E.A. Sports Today

Wellborn scores first area win

Hanson scored 19 points and two others score double-doubles as Panthers edge PV; Jacksonville loses close one in Heflin

Monday’s boys scores
Appalachian 77, Donoho 58
Cleburne County 58, Jacksonville 55
Jefferson Christian 56, Faith Christian 54
Piedmont 64, Weaver 53
Wellborn 67, Pleasant Valley 62

By East Alabama Sports Today

Wellborn doesn’t have a zero on any page of its basketball ledger now.

Blake Hanson scored 19 points and Jordan Montgomery and Jaylun Kelley both had double-doubles as the Panthers dumped Pleasant Valley 67-62.

The win was Wellborn’s first within Class 3A Area 12 this season.

“There’s not a zero on the board in the area or the regular season and thank God,” said Wellborn coach Jordan Angle, who was feeling sick under the weather the entire second half. “We were stoked.

“We sold out for this one because the kids said before the game we’re going to win one game in the area regardless what we have to do to do it and I’ll be darned if they didn’t do it.”

Blake played a key role, hitting five of six free throws down the stretch after the Panthers had gotten the game tied at 62.

In addition to him, Montgomery had 14 points and 12 rebounds, while Kelley had 12 points and 10 boards. Sophomore backup point guard Eric Johnson came off the bench to score nine points and grab six steals.

“If we wouldn’t have had him, we wouldn’t have won,” Angle said.

The outcome certainly had Angle feeling a little better. He felt ill throughout the second half.

The loss left PV coach Ryan McCoy to think of what might have been.

“This one stung a good bit,” he said. “I really thought we played well enough to win it, except the last four minutes.”

Reid Hightower led the Raiders with 17 points. Josh Faucett had 14.

Cleburne County 58, Jacksonville 55: The Golden Eagles’ snake-bit way continued as they hit only 9-of-25 free throw attempts in the area game at Heflin. The Tigers, meanwhile, were 14-of-26.

Jacksonville’s Cam Horton led all scorers with 29 points. Jeremiah Blake had 16 points for Cleburne County, while Jacob Lee had 11was on

Cleburne County 58, Jacksonville 55

JACKSONVILLE – Cam Horton 10-23 6-9 29, Casey Trull 3-4 0-0 6, Rivan Hill 2-10 1-3 5, Taye Ackles 1-7 2-4 4, Will Fuller 2-3 0-4 4, Alex Gilbert 1-1 0-0 3, Tahj Kirkland 1-3 0-1 2, Blake Morris 1-1 0-2 2, Aaron Brag 0-1 0-0 0, K.J. Satcher 0-0 0-0 0, Jay Davis 0-0 0-0 0, Alex Davis 0-0 0-0 0, Martavious Log 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 21-53 9-25 55.

CLEBURNE COUNTY – Jeremiah Blake 6-6 3-6 16, Jacob Lee 3-7 5-9 11, John Robinson 3-5 3-4 9, Stashun Henson 3-7 2-2 8, Noah Ware 2-4 1-2 5, Joshua Brown 2-7 0-2 5, Taylor Rice 2-2 0-1 4, Brock Swafford 0-0 0-0 0, Colton Austin 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 21-39 14-26 58.

Jacksonville 14 11 13 17 — 55
Cleburne Co. 10 18 18 12 — 58

3-point goals: Jacksonville 4-16 (Horton 3-7, Hill 0-4, Ackles 0-3, Gilbert 1-1, Bragg 0-1); Cleburne Co. 2-10 (Blake 1-1, Lee 0-1, Henson 0-1, Ware 0-1, Brown 1-5, Austin 0-1). Rebounds: Jacksonville 41 (Horton 7, Hill 7, Kirkland 7); Cleburne Co. 30 (Lee 10, Robinson 9). Fouled out: Trull. Total fouls: Jacksonville 21, Cleburne Co. 20.



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