E.A. Sports Today

Senior Night Success

Saks, Donoho, Faith all celebrate their Senior Nights with a pair of victories, while White Plains wins twice on Piedmont’s night

By East Alabama Sports Today

Faith Christian extended the first 20-win season in the three-year career of its lone senior, Madison Stephens, Thursday night when it defeated Wellborn 25-17, 25-21 and Anniston 25-5, 25-13.

Stephens had 12 kills, 17 digs and four aces for the Lady Lions (23-16) on her special night. Cornelia Simpson had five kills, six aces, five blocks and 11 digs.

Faith has more than tripled its victory total of a year ago.

“Last year we were really young, playing mostly eighth graders,” Faith coach Bradley Dawson said. “We played well most of the year, but didn’t know how to finish games. It feels good to see all the hard work we put in in the offseason start to pay off.

“But 20 wins doesn’t mean anything if we don’t take care of business (going forward). It will be something nice to talk about in the future, but right now we are not really talking about it. We are focused on playing well Monday (in the area tournament).”

The Lady Lions open their area tournament at Donoho against Sacred Heart. A win will guarantee them a spot in the regional round for the first time since 2011.


Four of Donoho’s “Super 8” are seniors who were recognized before the matches and they all played big roles as the Lady Falcons (38-8) defeated Munford 25-12, 25-7 and Weaver 25-12, 25-13.

Camille Fink had 13 kills and six aces, Camryn Swain had seven digs, Kayla Wallace had seven aces and Anna Marie Woodfin had 17 digs. Among the underclassmen, Madison Gaines had 10 kills, Peyton Suco had two blocks and Katie Brown had 33 assists.


The Lady Wildcats recognized their five seniors, then went out and defeated Etowah 25-14, 25-16 and Sacred Heart 25-14, 25-11.

Jordan Briskey led Saks (44-6) with 16 kills. Taylor Teague had 12 kills and two blocks, Baylee Snider had seven kills and Jaelyn Wilson had 39 assists.

“This is a great bunch of girls who care about each other and want to excel on the court,” Saks coach Randy Law said. “They will do whatever it takes to win.”


PIEDMONT – The Lady Wildcats bounced back from losing a tight first set to beat Cherokee County 26-28, 25-14, 15-9 and then beat Piedmont 25-9, 25-21 on the Bulldogs’ senior night.

Carsyn Morrow had 15 kills and two blocks to lead White Plains (20-12). Korie Burgess had 20 digs and five aces. Haley Helms had 39 digs, two kills and five assists. Ryleigh Randall had 39 assists, 10 digs, three aces and one kill.

“We came out a little flatter than expected,” White Plains coach Joi Watts said. “It’s fall break, so the girls are a little off schedule being out of school. We had to find some focus and consistency, but I think we settled in and played much better.”

(Involving Calhoun County teams)

Monday’s Schedule
Class 1A Area 10

At Donoho
Donoho vs. Jacksonville Christian, 5 p.m.
Faith Christian vs. Sacred Heart, 6 p.m.
Championship, 7 p.m.

Class 3A Area 11
at Ohatchee
Ohatchee vs. Ashville, 4 p.m.
Westbrook Christian vs. Glencoe, 5 p.m.
Championship, 6 p.m.

Class 3A Area 12
At Pleasant Valley
Pleasant Valley vs. Piedmont, 1:30 p.m.
Wellborn vs. Weaver, 3 p.m.
Championship, 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday’s Schedule
Class 4A Area 11

At Jacksonville
Jacksonville vs. Cleburne County, 4:30 p.m.
Saks vs. White Plains, 6 p.m.
Championship, 7:30 p.m.

Class 5A Area 12
At Alexandria
Alexandria vs. Anniston, 4 p.m.
Lincoln vs. St. Clair County, 5:30 p.m.
Championship, 7 p.m.

Class 6A Area 10
At Chelsea
Oxford vs. Pell City, 4:30 p.m.
Winner vs. Chelsea, 6 p.m.

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