E.A. Sports Today

Lady Jackets turn back Golden Eagles

Girls roundup: Jacksonville gets close, but Oxford manages to hang on; includes 5 other games involving county teams

By Brant Locklier
For East Alabama Sports Today

OXFORD — Tremeria Britt drilled a 3-point basket with three minutes to go to shut down a Jacksonville comeback and the Oxford Lady Yellow Jackets went on to a 54-47 win Friday night.

The Jackets (12-11) led all the way against Jacksonville (12-7), but saw the Golden Eagles chop the lead to one point in the final quarter after going on an 8-2 run led by Dasia Kirksey.

Winter Taylor knocked home three free throws down the stretch and ended the game with 21 points and eight rebounds for Oxford.

The Lady Jackets used an effective half-court trap press to jump out to an early 9-2 lead, but late turnovers created by the Jacksonville defense cut the lead to 9-6 after one quarter

Taylor scored seven second-quarter points as the Lady Jackets stretched the lead to 26-20 at the half. Ataliya Morgan kept the Golden Eagles in striking distance with seven points of her own.

It has been a big 10 days for the Lady Jackets as they have beaten Anniston and Jacksonville over that stretch, and it has been a long time since the Jackets have accomplished that. But they know more must be done to grab the bigger prize.

“We kind of went flat after the County tournament where we played so well,” Oxford coach Tonya Peoples said. “The atmosphere and the big crowd and all the emotion we had just left us in our last game against Pell City.

“We have got to improve on our defense as get ready for the upcoming playoffs. We cannot let people score 50-60 points against us and expect to win. We have to take pride in our defense and rebounding. We do that and our offense will take care of itself.”

The Lady Jackets were not bored on the boards. They out rebounded the Golden Eagles, 43-29. Ebony Kelley hauled down 13 rebounds and Jordan Smith grabbed 12 rebounds. As a team they grabbed 20 offensive rebounds to keep their offense alive.

Kyra Williams had 15 points to lead the Golden Eagles

Saks 64, Woodland 22: The Lady Wildcats celebrated their inclusion in the statewide poll for the first time in coach Michelle Lively’s tenure with their 12th straight victory and seventh straight by 20 points or more.

Maiya Northard led eight Saks scorers with 14 points. Jordan Briskey had 12 and Tayler Teague had nine. Northard had four assists and two blocked shots. Briskey had four steals.

Cleburne County 50, Alexandria 37: The Lady Tigers got strong play inside and on the perimeter. Chelsea Parker led the winners with 16 points, while Shawntavia Boyd added 10.

“The girls played hard,” Cleburne County coach Todd Gable said. “The posts (Parker and Madison Jones) played tough down low and we had great guard play (from Boyd, Lauren Brown and Alex Casey.”

Alexandria’s Connieya Bradford led all scorers with 24 points.

JCA 46, Ohatchee 37: Joeley Cupp hit five 3-pointers in her game-high 22 points that led the Thunder to victory. Cupp hit a 3 in each of the first three quarters, including three in the third when the Thunder pulled away.

Makenzie Hanks and Ally McCoy had 11 points apiece for Ohatchee. Hanks had three 3-pointers, all in the first half, and McCoy was 6-for-10 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter.

Pleasant Valley 51, Ashville 42: Atleigh Brannon scored 17 points and Mckinley Parris had 12 as the 10th-ranked Lady Raiders survived a dull performance to win. The Lady Raiders scored only 13 points in the first half.

Pleasant Valley won the girls small school division of the County Junior High Tournament on Friday beating Sacred Heart 40-32.

Anniston 64, Parker 34: Miajah Bullock continued her strong play of the past few weeks with 13 points and five steals. The Lady Bulldogs got scoring from a lot of places as they grabbed a 19-7 first-quarter lead, substituted freely and extended it to 46-15 at halftime. J’Kyra Clemons had 12 rebounds to go with her six points. Carsheuna Curry had eight rebounds and four steals.

FRIDAY’S GIRLS BOXSCORES

Oxford 54, Jacksonville 47

JACKSONVILLE – Kyra Williams 6-11 2-4 15, Aniyah Robinson 3-9 3-4 9, Ataliya Morgan 3-8 0-0 8, Aniya Jefferson 4-6 0-0 8, Dasia Kirksey 3-12 1-2 7, Kelsey Ervin 0-1 0-0 0, Essence Hutchinson 0-2 0-1 0. Totals 19-49 6-11 47.

OXFORD – Winter Taylor 7-17 7-10 21, Jordan Smith 3-9 2-2 8, Tremeria Britt 3-8 0-0 8, Ebony Kelley 1-5 5-10 7, Makayla Kidd 2-6 1-6 6, Grace Mitchell 1-1 0-0 2, Anna Bolton 1-1 0-0 2, Alex Gomez 0-1 0-0 0, Acacia Kidd 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 18-48 15-28 54.

Jacksonville 6 14 15 12 — 47
Oxford 9 17 13 15 — 54

3-point goals: Jacksonville 3-9 (Williams 1-1, Morgan 2-5, Kirksey 0-2, Hutchinson 0-1); Oxford 3-14 (Taylor 0-3, Britt 2-7, M. Kidd 1-4). Rebounds: Jacksonville 29 (Robinson 6); Oxford 43 (Kelley 13, Smith 12). Total fouls: Jacksonville 18, Oxford 16.

Cleburne County 50, Alexandria 37

CLEBURNE COUNTY – Shawntavia Boyd 3 4-8 12, Bailey Norton 0 0-0 0, Erykah Ware 1 0-0 2, Chelsea Parker 6 4-9 16, Lauren Brown 4 1-2 9, Madison Jones 2 3-4 7, Abby Lee 0-0 2-2 2, Alex Casey 1 2-3. Totals 17 16-29 50.

ALEXANDRIA – Destiny Heathcock 1 0-0 2, Brooke Ponder 0 2-2 2, Connieya Bradford 10 4-9 24, Shelby Lowery 0 2-4 9, Gracie Muncher 0 1-2 1, Catelyn Howell 1 0-0 3, Allison Bonds 1 0-0 3. Totals 13 9-17 37.

Cleburne Co. 14 4 10 22 — 50
Alexandria 4 10 5 18 — 37

3-point goals: Alexandria 2 (Howell, Bonds). Fouled out: Howell. Total fouls: Cleburne Co. 17, Alexandria 20. Officials: Stephens, Stringer, Robinson.

Jacksonville Christian 46, Ohatchee 37

OHATCHEE – Courtney Poole 2 0-0 4, Hannah Howell 1 0-0 2, Ally McCoy 2 6-10 11, Kacie Cooper 0 0-0 0, Makenzie Hanks 3 2-2 11, Madison Hanks 2 1-2 5, Cheyenne McCarter 2 0-0 4. Totals 12 9-14 37.

JCA – Joeley Cupp 7 3-11 22, Hayley Moses 0 0-0 0, Briah Cupp 0 2-2 2, Sarah Crook 4 0-0 8, Olivia Jones 0 0-0 0, Kayla Barnes 3 4-6 12. Totals 14 9-19 46.

Ohatchee 7 6 8 16 — 37
JCA 6 13 16 11 — 46

3-point goals: JCA 7 (J. Cupp 5, Barnes 2); Ohatchee 4 (McCoy, Mak. Hanks 3). Total fouls: Ohatchee 21, JCA 12.

Anniston 64, Parker 34

PARKER — Brianna Armstrong 5 4-7 16, Valencia McDuffie 1 0-0 2, Ka’nauria Whitt 3 0-0 6, Desiree Sanders 0 0-0 0, LaDiamond Brown 0 0-0 0, N. Garner 1 0-0 2, Perrisha Rowser 0 3-3 3, Miharri Mackey 0 0-2 0, Kinshayla Lawson 1 0-0 2, Jasmine Jones 0 1-4 1. C. Hollis 0 2-4 2. Totals 11 10-20 34.

ANNISTON — Miajah Bullock 4 5-6 13, Raven Cooley 4 3-4 12, Carlina Welch 1 3-4 5, Viera Edmonson 1 0-0 3, Davia Palmer 0 0-2 0, Kendra Finley 3 1-4 7, Amoriya Dudley 2 2-6 6, Jordyn Johnson 0 0-0 0, Montega Clemons 2 0-0 4, Taniya Foster 0 0-0 0, Carsheuna Curry 1 0-0 2, J’Kyra Clemons 3 0-0 6, Mattie Logan 0 0-0 0, Jemya Bullock 3 0-0 6. Totals 24 14-26 64.

Parker 7 8 15 4 — 34
Anniston 19 27 13 5 — 64

3-point goals: Parker 2 (Armstrong 2); Anniston (Cooley, Edmondson). Fouled out: Garner. Total fouls: Parker 22, Anniston 17. Officials: Holmes, Smith, Bradford.



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