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Jolly good, (Rocka)fellow

Oxford freshman enjoys a double-double on a night Jackets needed to get through foul trouble; Dodd scores 41 for Alexandria, complete box scores from boys, girls games

By East Alabama Sports Today

OXFORD — It was a night when the Oxford Yellow Jackets needed their bench to step up and they did in grand style Friday night.

With four starters in foul trouble, the Yellow Jackets had to battle through a first half with top guns Markise Davis, Brandon Mack and Eugene Leonard on the bench, but they went on to beat Fort Payne 86-63 at the Oxford Sports Arena.

Simeon Shadrix nailed three 3-pointers in that first half to give the Jackets (2-5) an edge. Sophomore Kolby Warren had seven points for the game and sophomore Mont Montgomery had four points and six rebounds.

“The tough schedule we have played so far this year has really benefited these guys, as they can play some very good minutes against some good competition,” Oxford head coach Joel Van Meter said.

Van Meter was also beaming about the play of freshman Rockafellow Taylor, who had a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds.

”Rock makes a lot of good things happen out there; he played a great game for us,” Van Meter said.

Junior guard Leonard went off for 20 second-half points with a dazzling array of 3-point baskets and slashing drives to the basket.

”When Eugene is in foul trouble and cannot stay on the court, it is hard for him to get in the flow of things,” Van Meter said, “but you see what he can do when he gets in the flow.”

Slow start dooms girls

OXFORD – The home team got off to a slow start and it proved costly as the Oxford was unable to overcome a 13-point deficit and fell to Fort Payne 70-63 at the Sports Arena.

Fort Payne junior forward Isabelle Goggins was unstoppable in the first half as she poured in 15 points before sitting out the last four minutes of the half in foul trouble. Still, she finished with a game-high 33 points and 13 rebounds.

The Lady Jackets were cold as ice early as they found themselves trailing 25-12 midway through the second quarter. Sophomore Ashleigh Jackson scored six points and Tremeria Britt added seven as the Lady Jackets cut the deficit to six, but Kori Willingham came in for Goggins and reeled off seven straight points to help the Wildcats (5-2) open a 36-25 halftime lead.

Goggins was a steadying force in the second half as the Wildcats withstood run after run by the Lady Jackets.

Britt had 14 second half points as the pressing Yellow Jackets cut the deficit to seven a few times, but they could never get any closer against the hot shooting Wildcats.

Britt had a team-high 23 points to go with four rebounds. Jackson had 15 points and seven boards, while Makayla Kidd also scored in double figures with 10 points and four rebounds. Aumarie Lindsay had six rebounds, while Justyce Smith grabbed five for the Lady Jackets.

BOYS BOX SCORES

Oxford 86, Fort Payne 63
FORT PAYNE – Keon Walker 3 4-4 10, Brevin George 2 0-0 5, Kevin Hightower 0 0-2 0, Joshua Bain 2 0-0 5, Alexander Bynum 2 1-2 6, Ty Brooks 2 3-4 7, Nathan Waites 2 0-1 6, Nalen Dubose 0 0-0 0, Keyshawn Hightower 6 4-5 17, Colton Wells 1 4-5 7

OXFORD (2-5) – Markise Davis 3 0-0 7, Simeon Shadrix 3 0-0 9, Mont McClendon 2 0-1 4, Rockafellow Taylor 8 0-0 16, Kendrick Foster 4 2-6 10, Eugene Leonard 6 8-8 22, Demico Tanner 1 0-0 2, Kolby Warren 3 0-1 7, Brandon Mack 4 1-4 9, Rylan Houck 0 0-0 0.

Fort Payne 15 14 19 15 — 63
Oxford 22 17 18 29 — 86

3-point goals: Fort Payne 7 (George, Baine, Bynum, Waites 2, Hightower, Wells); Oxford 7 (Davis, Shadrix 3, Leonard 2, Warren). Fouled out: Foster.

Alexandria 77, Lincoln 53
LINCOLN –
Javion Surles 9 4-11 26, Joseph Gaston 0 0-0 0, Trebien Garrett 4 1-2 11, Roderick Wells 3 1-3 7, Xavier Ragland 0 0-0 0, Shamar Hampton 3 0-0 7, Jack Wood 0 0-0 0, Josh Jackson 1 0-0 2, Jakahri Howard 0 0-0 0. Totals 20 6-16 53.

ALEXANDRIA – Joe Tucker 0 0-3 0, Adam Young 3 1-4 9, Jake Weathington 4 0-0 9, Dru Davis 0 2-2 2, Grason Chaffin 0 0-0 0, Dalton Dodd 15 5-5 41, Romeo Dye 0 0-0 0, Jared Ponder 0 1-2 1, Kahlil Francis 0 1-2 1, Jalen Borders 1 0-0 2, Josh Tucker 1 0-0 2, Landon Williams 4 2-2 10. Totals 28 12-20 77.

Lincoln 14 9 18 12 — 53
Alexandria 10 13 24 30 — 77

3-point goals: Lincoln 7 (Hampton, Garrett 2, Surles 4); Alexandria 9 (Young 2, Weathington, Dodd 6). Total fouls: Lincoln 20, Alexandria 16. Officials: Caldwell, Hood, Odum.

NOTES: Alexandria senior Dalton Dodd goes for a career-high 41 points that included six 3-pointers – and he didn’t even get started until the second quarter. The 6-foot-7 UAH signee hit a pair of 3-pointers in the first quarter, but he had 12 points in each of the second and third quarters and 11 in the fourth. He went 15 for 20 from the field. “That’s the best I have felt shooting the ball,” Dodd said. Coach Jason Johnson said Dodd “had to” score because the rest of the Valley Cubs were struggling early.

Jacksonville 75, Jacksonville Christian 53
JCA –
Walker Messer 6-16 3-4 16, Chase Vinson 5-13 1-3 11, Kobe Messer 4-12 0-0 10, Elijah McCormick 2-10 2-4 6, Eli Fair 2-4 0-0 5, Nash Messer 1-6 0-1 3, Chase Cobb 1-1 0-0 2, Jonathan Carter 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 21-62 6-12 53.

JACKSONVILLE (4-1) – Cade Landers 6-10 2-2 16, DeMarien Stewart 5-8 2-2 15, Alex Gilbert 4-8 2-3 12, Donovan McCain 1-6 5-6 7, DeDarien Savage 2-3 3-5 7, Macey Carr 3-9 0-3 6, DeAndre McCain 0-5 5-6 5, Ron Wiggins 2-6 1-3 5, Alex Davis 1-4 0-0 2, Carter Landers 0-1 0-0 0, Jacob Tucker 0-0 0-0 0, Rico Aguirre 0-0 0-0 0, Jewels Gray 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 24-62 20-30.

JCA 15 10 12 16 — 53
Jacksonville 22 13 16 24 — 75

3-point goals: JCA 5-21 (W. Messer 1-6, Vinson 0-1, K. Messer 2-8, McCormick 0-1, Fair 1-2, N. Messer 1-3); Jacksonville 7-20 (Cd. Landers 2=3, Stewart 3-5, Gilbert 2-3, Carr 0-2, De. McCain 0-2, Wiggins 0-3, Gray 0-2). Rebounds: JCA 41 (Vinson 8, K. Messer 8); Jacksonville 52 (Do. McCain 12, De. McCain 9, Gilbert 8). Fouled out: W. Messer, Vinson, McCormick. Total fouls: JCA 23, Jacksonville 20.

NOTES: The Golden Eagles exacted a little bit of revenge for their upset loss to the Thunder in last year’s Calhoun County Tournament and exceeded their win total from all of last season.

Talladega 78, Talladega County Central 42
TALLADEGA (5-1) –
Fred Dickerson 9 6-6 27, Champ Beavers 3 0-0 8, Chaztin Tanner 4 2-2 12, Tyrese Scales 1 0-0 2, Ashton Duncan 2 2-2 7, Jay Patterson 4 0-0 9, J.Q. Wilson 2 1-3 5, Kobe Simmons 2 0-0 4, TraShaundez Bolden 1 2-6 4, Savioyan Westside 0 0-0 0. Totals 28 13-19 78.

TCC – Darrell Maple 0 0-0 0, Kentrell Duncan 4 1-2 11, Vinson 0 0-2 0, Jaylon Dates 2 1-1 5, Jaylon Swain 1 0-0 2, Makhail Simmons 5 2-3 12, Lakedrick Tuck 2 0-0 4, Melvin Harris 0 0-0 0, Devilyn Keller 3 0-0 8, Totals 17 4-8 42.

Talladega 16 30 17 15 — 78
TCC 11 9 13 9 — 42

3-point goals: Talladega 9 (Dickerson 3, Beavers 2, Tanner 2, Duncan, Patterson); TCC 4 (Duncan 2, Keller 2). Total fouls: Talladega 12, TCC 15. Officials: Mosley, Jordan, Loggins.

NOTES: Fred Dickerson scored 23 of his game-high 27 points in the first half – 16 in the second quarter as the Tigers took control – pulled away. He also had seven assists and four steals. Chance Beavers dished seven assists and Ashton Duncan grabbed eight rebounds.

Cherokee County 63, Glencoe 47
CHEROKEE COUNTY –
Marcus Barrington 5 0-0 12, Blake Dobbs 4 1-1 9, Will Hawkins 1 0-0 2, Kyle Burgess 3 0-0 9, Ivory Moore 4 1-2 9, Mitchell Davis 0 0-2 0, Luke Goss 7 0-0 18, Riley Russell 2 0-2 4. Totals 26 2-7 63.

GLENCOE – Brandon Bishop 1 0-0 3, Noah Huff 2 1-4 5, Colton Stone 2 3-5 7, Jakob Amberson 3 2-4 9, Cam Harris 4 2-2 12, Alec Pointer 1 1-2 4, Bryan Benefield 3 1-2 7, Collin Roberts 0 0-2 0. Totals 16 10-21 47.

Cherokee County 26 11 10 16 — 63
Glencoe 1 19 18 9 — 47

3-point goals: Cherokee County 9 (Barrington 2, Burgess 3, Goss 4); Glencoe 5 (Bishop, Amberson, Harris 2, Pointer). Total fouls: Cherokee County 19, Glencoe 11. Officials: Douthitt, Stringer, Lemon.

NOTES: The Warriors decided this one with a 26-1 first-quarter outburst; they hit six of their nine 3-pointers in the run with Barrington, Burgess and Goss all hitting two. Dobbs scored all nine of his points in the fourth quarter.

GIRLS BOX SCORES

Fort Payne 70, Oxford 63
FORT PAYNE (5-2) –
Catherine Anderson 5 3-6 13, Rachael Walker 0 0-0 0, Isabelle Goggins 13 6-7 33, Kaiya Jones 0 0-0 0, Mattie Prewitt 2 0-0 4, Madison Goodwin 0 0-0 0, Kori Willingham 5 0-1 12, Martina Ogle 0 0-0 0, Alysabeth Sheppard 4 0-0 8, Jenna Williams 0 0-0 0, Tee Anna Kerley 0 0-0 0, Payton Vest 0 0-0 0. Totals 29 9-14 70.

OXFORD (4-2) – Anna Bolton 2 4-4 9, Makayla Kidd 4 0-0 10, Halaya Harmon 0 0-0 0, Ashleigh Jackson 7 1-3 15, Tremeria Britt 10 1-2 23, Akiera Robinson 1 0-0 2, Aumari Lindsay 0 0-1 0, Jaymia Byrd 0 0-0 0, Justyce Smith 2 0-0 4, Kaylyn Hendrix 0 0-0 0. Totals 26 6-10 63.

Fort Payne 16 20 20 14 — 70
Oxford 10 15 20 18 — 63

3-point goals: Fort Payne 3 (Willingham 2, Goggins); Oxford 5 (Britt 2, Bolton 1, Kidd 2).

Jacksonville 59, Jacksonville Christian 21
JCA –
Sidney Hancock 3-5 1-2 7, Briah Cupp 1-7 4-4 6, Amelia Morales 2-8 0-1 4, Kylie Cupp 1-2 0-0 2, Elizabeth Goss 0-0 2-2 2, Jacie Brackett 0-0 0-0 0, Rebekah Carter 0-0 0-0 0, Madison Sexton 0-1 0-1 0, Kortney Wallace 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 7-23 7-10 21.

JACKSONVILLE (5-0) – Kyra Williams 7-17 4-6 21, Kayla Broom 6-15 0-0 12, Essence Hutchinson 2-10 2-2 6, Elizabeth Poe 2-4 2-2 6, Aniya Jefferson 2-6 0-0 4, TiAsia Williams 1-2 0-0 2, Brenna Stone 1-2 0-0 2, Patience Carr 1-2 0-0 2, Malijah Goggins 1-3 0-0 2, Destoni Edwards 1-3 0-0 2, Idea Gray 0-1 0-0 0, Amia Montgomery 0-0 0-0 0, Lydia Crow 0-0 0-0 0, Maddie Hall 0-1 0-0 0, Sarah Quinn 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-66 8-10 59

JCA 6 7 6 2 — 21
Jacksonville 9 22 24 4 — 59

3-point goals: JCA 0-6 (B. Cupp 0-3, Morales 0-3); Jacksonville 3-18 (K. Williams 3-8, Broom 0-2, Hutchinson 0-5, T. Williams 0-1, Goggins 0-1, Edwards 0-1). Rebounds; JCA 29 (Hancock 11); Jacksonville 37 (K. Williams 8, Broom 8). Total fouls: JCA 14, Jacksonville 17.

NOTES: Kyra Williams scored 10 of her game-high 21 points in the second quarter and eight in the third as the Lady Golden Eagles (5-0) pulled away from a tight first quarter. Kayla Broom scored 10 of her 12 points in those two quarters as well. “I wouldn’t say much changed (in the middle quarters) other than we finally started making shots,” Jacksonville coach Tres Buzan said. “The first minute of the game we had about four point-blank layups and we missed everything; that’s about how the whole first quarter went. Our defense tightened up a little too and that gave us some easy shots.”

Alexandria 62, Lincoln 21
LINCOLN –
Bailey Gowers 2 4-6 8, Kaziyah Gaston 0 0-0 0, Jayla Morris 3 2-4 8, Abbey Smith 1 0-0 2, Keishaunna Strown 0 0-0 0, Genesis McClellan 0 0-0 0, Shaniya Twymon 1 0-0 2, Hannah Carmichael 0 1-2 1, Taylor Conway 0 0-0 0. Totals 7 7-12 21.

ALEXANDRIA (5-1) – Ashley Phillips 1 0-0 2, Lauryn McLaughlin 1 0-0 3, Destiny Heathcock 1 0-0 2, KayLeigh Steen 1 0-0 3, Kaitlin Harvey 1 2-4 4, Kameron Simpson 0 0-0 0, Sarah Kilgore 2 2-4 7, Bre Bradford 9 0-0 18, Alierra Bradford 2 0-0 4, Sarah Pelham 1 1-2 3, Zoe Biggs 1 0-0 2, Allison Bonds 3 0-0 8, Maggie Phillips 1 0-0 2, Janizia Ross 2 0-0 4. Totals 26 5-10 62.

Lincoln 5 6 5 5 — 21
Alexandria 19 21 11 11 — 62

3-point goals: Alexandria 5 (McLaughlin, Steen, Kilgore, Bonds 2). Total fouls: Lincoln 15, Alexandria 12. Officials: Holmes, Brown, Caldwell.

NOTES: Bre Bradford scored all her points in the first half and didn’t play during the running clock of the fourth quarter. Aggressive defense held Lincoln to single digits in every quarter and created a lot of offense for the Lady Cubs.

Cherokee County 53, Glencoe 47
CHEROKEE COUNTY –
Kendal Perry 3 6-8 14, Jensen Alexander 3 4-4 10, Emily Williams 3 1-2 7, Laney Johnson 3 2-2 9, Crimson Mahannah 1 5-12 7, Callie Garrett 0 0-1 0, Jordyn Starr 1 0-0 2, Kayleigh Hunter 2 0-0 4. Totals 16 18-29 53.

GLENCOE – Anna Grace Goodwin 0 0-0 0, Anna Beth Giles 5 3-4 16, Abby Vice 2 2-3 6, Alyssa Goodwin 0 2-2 2, Ashley Morgan 2 3-3 7, Kenleigh Harper 2 0-0 4, Lauren Cole 4 1-3 10, Breia Little 0 0-0 0, Aubrey Gray 1 0-0 2, Cami Zahurscak 0 0-2 0. Totals 16 11-17 47.

Cherokee County 17 8 17 11 — 53
Glencoe 11 9 10 17 — 47

3-point goals: Cherokee County 3 (Perry 2, Johnson); Glencoe 4 (Cole, Giles 3). Total fouls: Cherokee County 20, Glencoe 20. Officials: Lemon, Douthitt, Tillery.

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