E.A. Sports Today

Wildcats shoot down Lincoln

White Plains uses red-hot start to grab early control of their Thanksgiving Tournament game; Donoho gets first win, PV falls

By East Alabama Sports Today

LINCOLN — White Plains came out fast and furious Tuesday night and scored a 67-59 victory over Lincoln in the second round of the Lincoln Thanksgiving Invitational.

After being held to an uncharacteristic one 3-pointer in their opening-round victory over Sylacauga – and that coming “by accident” — the Wildcats buried 3s on their first three trips down the floor and opened a 22-4 lead before the Bears knew what hit them.

“It was like bam, bam, bam,” Lincoln coach Rush Rutledge said.

The 3s came from three different players – Eli Hightower, on a 25-footer right off the tip; leading scorer Jerod Guthrie and Michael McGuirk. The Wildcats (3-0) hit seven 3s in the game, with Guthrie nailing four of them.

“We never played there before and got used to the surroundings,” White Plains coach Chris Randall said. “We were a little more comfortable today.

“They got our attention and I think our guys were a little more focused. We came out of the gate with a lot of confidence and intensity. I thought we had something to prove and it seems like we play better when we play that way. Our guys were a little embarrassed (about Monday). They feel like they can shoot the ball better than that.”

White Plains may have jumped on Lincoln quickly, but the Golden Bears (3-1) didn’t stay down for long. They cut their deficit to four late in the third quarter, but Hightower knocked down another 3 to knock them back.

The Wildcats closed it out from the foul line, with Guthrie hitting 8 of 9 in the fourth quarter. Guthrie finished with 24 points.

White Plains will play Westbrook Christian tonight at 8:30 for the championship. Lincoln will play Pell City at 7 for third place. In the other games, Winterboro plays Ashville at 4 and Moody plays Sylacauga at 5:30.

“They’ll play at a different pace,” Randall said of Westbrook. “They want it to be in the 40, we need it to be in the 70s. Whoever wins that battle of wills (will win).”

West End Tournament
WALNUT GROVE –
Oneonta placed four scorers in double figures and defeated Pleasant Valley 63-47 in the opening round. The Raiders will play the loser of the West End-Woodville game later in the day.

Oneonta’s William Standridge scored all 13 of his points in the middle two quarters as his team opened a 42-28 lead. Josh Faucett led Pleasant Valley with 17 points.

Cornerstone Tournament
BIRMINGHAM –
Mitchell Baker scored 11 points to lead Donoho over Talladega County Central 35-32 to give coach Alex Mastin his first victory as a head coach.

“I’m just happy for the guys,” said Mastin, hired to replace Shannon Felder in the spring. “We put in a game plan and they executed it perfectly.

“Garrett Steed, Robert Clausen and Mitchell Baker lead with their effort and intensity. However, most importantly, every guy off the bench did their job and that’s why we were able to win.”

BOYS BOXSCORES

White Plains 67, Lincoln 59
WHITE PLAINS (3-0) –
Jerod Guthrie 6 8-9 24, Kevin Carr 4 2-3 10, Eli Hightower 2 0-3 6, Michael McGuirk 2 2-2 7, Jackson Guthrie 2 0-1 4, Quez Wyatt 0 0-0 0, Lawrence Jackson 0 0-0 0, Macey Carr 0 0-0 0, Murphy Doss 8 0-0 16, Brett Beaver 0 0-0 0. Totals 24 12-18 67.

LINCOLN (3-1) — Isaac Davis 0 0-2 0, Zay Caldwell 4 0-0 9, Tyler Hemphill 3 2-2 11, Malik Weed 3 2-4 8, Quinn Carmichael 2 0-0 4, Dee Whiteside 5 4-4 14, L.J. Carmichael 3 5-10 11, Donte Rivers 0 0-0 0, Brikeal Truss 0 0-0 0, M Johnson 0 2-4 2. Totals 20 15-28 59.

White Plains 22 16 14 15 — 67
Lincoln 10 13 22 14 — 59

3-point goals: White Plains 7 (Je. Guthrie 4, Hightower 2, McGuirk); Lincoln 4 (Caldwell, Hemphill 3). Fouled out: McGuirk, Weed. Technical foul: Doss. Total fouls: White Plains 19, Lincoln 22. Officials: Calkins, Wright, Howell.

Oneonta 63, Pleasant Valley 47
PLEASANT VALLEY (1-3) –
Josh Preston 0 0-0 0, Dakota Jones 2 4-5 8, Caden Turner 0 2-2 2, Riley Vernon 0 0-0 0, Britton Proper 3 0-0 7, Marshall Smith 0 0-0 0, Josh Faucett 6 4-8 17, Reid Hightower 2 0-0 5, Jordan Landers 0 0-0 0, Nick Robbins 0 0-0 0, Jordan Lambert 0 0-0 0, Carter Knight 1 0-0 2, Drew Angel 0 0-0 0, Chase Craven 2 2-2 6. Totals 16 10-15 47.

ONEONTA – Jaden Kent 1 0-0 2, Brody Moore 5 0-0 11, Jacob Adams 7 1-6 15, Christopher Roberts 4 6-7 14, Matilion Nash 0 0-0 0, William Standridge 4 5-10 13, Zachary Dimmock 0 0-0 0, Andrew Elrod 1 3-4 5, Lance Bothwell 0 3-4 3. Totals 22 18-31 63.

Pleasant Valley 11 7 10 19 — 47
Oneonta 13 12 17 21 — 63

3-point goals: Pleasant Valley 3 (Proper, Faucett, Hightower); Oneonta 1 (Moore). Fouled out: Turner. Total fouls: Pleasant Valley 26, Oneonta 18. Officials: Battles, Dupree, Millikan.

Donoho 35, Talladega County Central 32
DONOHO –
Dylan Dunaway 0 0-0 0, Garrett Steed 1 2-4 5, Saad Ibrahim 0 0-0 0, Mateen Ibrahim 0 0-0 0, Joseph O’Neill 1 0-0 3, Ross Hagan 2 0-0 4, Tucker Sedmak 0 0-0 0, Jacob Lecroy 0 0-0 0, Mitchell Baker 5 1-2 11, Wilson Russell 2 0-0 4, Walton Montgomery 0 0-0 0 Robert Clausen 3 2-4 8. Totals 15 5-10 35.

TCC — D’Andre Edison 3 1-2 7, Lederrian Bejamin 4 0-0 10, Darrell Maple 0 0-0 0, Keaton Lawson 0 0-0 0, Dameon Swain 0 0-0 0, Charles Willis 0 0-0 0, Devilyn Keller 5 0-0 11, Kyle Cross 2 0-2 4. Totals 14 1-4 32.

Donoho 9 11 6 9 — 35
Talladega Co. Cent. 11 5 4 12 — 32

3-point goals: Donoho 2 (Steed, O’Neill); TCC 3 (Benjamin 2, Keller). Fouled out: Steed. Total fouls: Donoho 10, TCC 19. Officials: Stromeyer, Lovell, Williams.



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