E.A. Sports Today

Simmons steps up

Senior guard answers the bell as Cardinals open defense of third straight state title with rout of Faith; Lady Cards win in Harrell's return

New Sacred Heart girls basketball coach Marcus Harrell (crimson shirt) watches intently as the action on his end of the floor unfolds.

By Al Muskewitz
East Alabama Sports Today

After three seasons as a role player on Sacred Heart’s basketball team, Murdock Simmons has a leadership role to play this season as the Cardinals chase a fourth straight Class 1A state championship.

But the role intensified four days ago when Diante Wood, the Cardinals’ most decorated returning player, the top prospect in the state and an Alabama signee, saw the start of his senior season delayed by an ankle injury of uncertain severity.

Simmons never backed down Monday night as the Cardinals opened the defense of their multiple state titles with an easy 87-25 win over Faith Christian that also was an area game.

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