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Tournament preview?

Five games within Calhoun County Thursday night were previews of first-round matchups in the Calhoun County Tournament

Boys Games
Anniston 64, Clay Central 50
Donoho 90, JCA 71
Glencoe 65, Gaston 39
Ohatchee 68, Wellborn 30
Randolph County 74, Cleburne County 38
Weaver 65, White Plains 63

Girls Games
Clay Central at Anniston
Cleburne County 53, Randolph County 23
Donoho 66, JCA 61
Glencoe 64, Gaston 20
Weaver 43, White Plains 41
Wellborn 49, Ohatchee 23

By East Alabama Sports Today

JACKSONVILLE – If Thursday night’s game was any indication, Donoho and Jacksonville Christian’s first-round matchup in the Calhoun County Tournament on Saturday has the chance to be a real shootout.

Amari Smedley and Jacob LeCroy fueled a big second-half comeback that lifted Donoho to a 90-71 victory. The teams meet again Saturday in Oxford in the opening round of the county tournament, but for all the prestige the county tournament carries this one had a little more riding on it since it counted in the area standings.

And JCA had the upper hand in the first half, opening a 42-33 halftime lead. But Smedley and LeCroy combined for 45 points in the second half to bring the Falcons back.

Smedley hit four of his six 3-pointers in the third quarter, and five in the second half; he finished with 27 points. LeCroy scored 21 of his 25 points in Donoho’s 33-point fourth quarter; he was 14 of 16 from the line in the period.

The Falcons were 26 of 34 from the free throw line in the game and 14 of 30 from 3-point range.

“We turned up our intensity in the second (half) and if Smedley didn’t do his part then we would have been in a dogfight,” Donoho coach Jeremy Satcher said. “We’ve just got to bring the same intensity times 10 (in Saturday’s rematch) and we will be all right.”

Kobe Messer and Chase Vinson had 17 points apiece for JCA. They combined for 20 points in the first half.

It was one of five games Thursday night — three boys, two girls — between teams matched in the opening round of the Calhoun County Tournament. The others were the White Plains-Weaver boys and girls, JCA-Donoho girls and Ohatchee-Wellborn boys.

Thursday Boys Box Scores

Donoho 90, Jacksonville Christian 71
DONOHO (8-6) – Seth Ford 4 0-0 12, Amari Smedley 9 3-4 27, Jacob LeCroy 4 16-18 25, Joseph O’Neil 1 2-2 4, Rod Elston 5 5-10 18, Will Nelson 1 0-0 2, Edwin Connell 1 0-0 2. Totals 25 26-34 90.

JCA (5-9) – Jeremy Cockrell 0 1-2 1, Elijah McCormack 3 0-0 7, Walker Messer 5 4-6 15, Eli Fair 4 0-0 8, Nash Messer 2 0-3 4, Chase Vinson 8 1-2 17, Chase Cobb 0 0-0 0, Jonathan Carter 1 0-2 2, Kobe Messer 8 0-0 17. Totals 31 6-15 71.

Donoho 14 19 24 33 — 90
JCA 26 16 18 11 — 71

3-point goals: Donoho 14 (Ford 4, Smedley 6, LeCroy, Elston 3); JCA 3 (McCormack, W. Messer, K. Messer). Fouled out: Cobb, McCormack, Nelson. Total fouls: Donoho 18, JCA 23.

Weaver 65, White Plains 63
WEAVER (12-6) –
Taylor Deck 0 0-0 0, London Knight 4 5-6 13, Robert Gaines 5 2-8 13, Shamar Spinks 11 6-7 29, Nick Torres 2 0-0 5, Alex Perry 0 0-0 0, Dalton Hamby 0 5-10 5, Gary Wallace 0 0-0 0, Amardric Elston 0 0-2 0. Totals 22 18-33 65.

WHITE PLAINS (9-10) – Coleman Messer 0 4-4 4, Houston Conger 4 0-0 10, Chase Helms 0 2-2 2, Pierson Branham 2 0-0 4, Austin Bussey 0 0-0 0, Drake Preston 6 3-6 17, Matthew Clay 6 1-2 16, Jaden Harris 0 0-0 0, Ethan Bozarth 1 0-0 2, Gavin Burrage 1 6-9 8. Totals 20 16-23 63.

Weaver 13 10 27 15 — 65
White Plains 13 9 13 28 — 63

3-point goals: Weaver 3 (Gaines, Spinks, Torres); White Plains 7 (Conger 2, Preston 2, Clay 3). Technical fouls: Knight. Fouled out: Knight, Torres, Conger. Total fouls: Weaver 22, White Plains 26. Notes: Shamar Spinks hit two free throws with 8.7 seconds left to give Weaver a two-point lead and the Bearcats forced White Plains into a turnover on its final possession to seal the victory.

Ohatchee 68, Wellborn 30
WELLBORN (0-12) –
Chuck Taylor 0 0-0 0, Jeremiah Nolen 1 1-2 3, Eric Johnson 6 3-8 18, Coby Adams 0 0-0 0, Khavion Wesley 1 0-0 3, Ked Harris 2 0-0 4, Kameron Goodwin 0 0-0 0, Robert Broom 0 0-2 0, Chase Carroll 0 0-0 0, Austin Cooper 1 2-2 4, Dylan Grubbs 0 0-2 0. Totals 11 6-16 30.

OHATCHEE (7-13) – Andrew Roberts 0 1-4 1, Blake Buckelew 1 0-0 2, Ben Glass 5 0-0 12, Carson Stone 3 0-0 7, Grayson Alward 0 0-0 0, Kevin Williamson 3 3-4 10, Bayley Tillison 1 2-2 4, Evan Keller 3 0-0 7, Domonique Thomas 5 0-4 10, Landon Key 1 0-0 2, Aaron Moore 3 1-3 7, Briley Hale 0 0-2 0, Jordan Lowe 2 2-2 6. Totals 27 9-19 68.

Wellborn 4 10 13 3 — 30
Ohatchee 27 17 17 7 — 68

3-point goals: Wellborn 4 (Johnson 3, Wesley); Ohatchee 5 (Glass 2, Stone, Williamson, Keller). Technical fouls: Tillison. Total fouls: Wellborn 17, Ohatchee 17. Officials: Howell, Kelley, Belyeu.

Anniston 64, Clay Central 50
CLAY CENTRAL –
Jacques Bullock 6 0-0 14, Camerun Peoples 3 1-2 7, Cale Burns 1 0-0 3, Ben Street 2 3-4 7, Jama Williamson 5 0-0 13, Dewayne Garrett 0 0-0 0, Shamari Simmons 1 2-2 4, LaShawn Simmons 1 0-0 2, Paul Garrett 0 0-0 0. Totals 19 6-8 50.

ANNISTON (6-10) – Savion Bethune 3 6-7 13, James Haynes 7 3-4 20, Jimme Felton 0 0-1 0, William Fairley 2 0-0 5, Dontavious Davis 5 0-2 10, LaDreka Hall 0 0-0 0, Theron Montgomery 6 4-9 16. Totals 23 13-23 64.

Clay Central 13 7 17 13 — 50
Anniston 12 17 12 23 — 64

3-point goals: Clay Central 6 (Bullock 2, Burns, Williamson 3); Anniston 5 (Bethune, Haynes 3, Fairley). Total fouls: Clay Central 18, Anniston 10. Officials: J. Stringer, E. Stringer, Smith. Notes: Bethune had nine points in the fourth quarter and Haynes and Montgomery had six each. Haynes had 10 points in the second quarter to help bring Anniston grab the halftime lead. The Bulldogs were 13 of 19 from the line in the fourth quarter. “We played really well against a really good team,” Anniston coach Torry Brown said.

Thursday’s Girls Box Scores

Wellborn 49, Ohatchee 23
WELLBORN (9-6) –
Taliyah Kirby 1 0-4 3, Vanessa Carter 9 0-1 19, Itiania Weatherly 6 1-5 13, Katessa Carter 3 1-6 8, Olivia Brantley 0 0-2 0, Cloie Adkinson 1 1-2 3, Markeisha Jones 1 1-6 3. Totals 21 4-26 49.

OHATCHEE (5-13) – Graycn Snow 1 0-0 2, Jazmine Adams 0 0-0 0, Tori Vice 2 0-2 5, Kourtney Shuler 3 2-2 8, Marli Hanks 1 0-0 2, Gracie George 0 0-2 0, Millie Rainwater 2 0-0 4, Regan Snow 0 1-4 1. Totals 9 3-10 23.

Wellborn 10 25 12 2 — 49
Ohatchee 7 4 5 7 — 23

3-point goals: Wellborn 3 (V. Carter, Kirby, K. Carter); Ohatchee 2 (Vice, Shuler). Total fouls: Wellborn 12, Ohatchee 17. Officials: Stubbs, Kelly, Belyeu. Notes: Vanessa Carter scored eight and Weatherly had seven in the second quarter when Wellborn took control.

Weaver 43, White Plains 41
WEAVER (10-9) –
Caleigh Cortez 1 2-9 4, Kylee Jordan 0 0-0 0, Rayne Beck 5 5-10 15, Emily Reed 5 1-5 11, Anna Howell 0 0-0 0, Abby Gaines 3 0-2 7, Amira Carter 1 4-4 6. Totals 15 12-30 43.

WHITE PLAINS (8-10) – Rian Chandler 0 0-0 0, Hanna Dyar 2 0-0 5, Callyn Martin 0 1-3 1, Jordan Sabree 6 1-4 13, Landry Bussey 3 0-0 6, Chasity Nelson 0 3-4 3, Ary Rosario 3 0-2 6, Lily Ponder 0 0-0 0, Jocelyn Harris 2 3-4 7. Totals 16 8-17 41.

Weaver 17 4 5 17 — 43
White Plains 7 9 9 16 — 41

3-point goals: Weaver 1 (Gaines); White Plains 1 (Dyar). Fouled out: Martin, Sabree. Total fouls: Weaver 16, White Plains 25. Notes: Amira Carter sealed the win by going 4-for-4 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter on an otherwise tough day at the line for the Lady Bearcats.

Cleburne County 53, Randolph County 23
CLEBURNE COUNTY –
Alisia Person 1 2-4 4, Olivia McDaniel 4 3-3 11, Chelsea Parker 1 0-4 2, Alex Casey 5 2-4 14, Brooklyn McDaniel 2 5-7 9, Haven Freeman 2 1-2 5, Tatiana Ervin 1 0-1 2, Kendall Houston 2 1-4 6, Micha Pentacost 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 14-29 53.

RANDOLPH COUNTY – Beyonce Lindsey 1 2-2 4, Amy Heard 3 1-2 8, Kaylee Stover 0 0-0 0, Emma Partridge 3 0-2 7, Molly Burnes 1 2-2 4, Emma Huddleston 0 0-0 0, Abby Huddleston 0 0-3 0, Naomi Spidell 0 0-1 0, Marabel 0 0-0 0, Keisley Cotton 0 0-2 0. Totals 8 5-14 23.

Cleburne County 18 8 20 7 — 53
Randolph County 2 10 4 7 — 23

3-point goals: Cleburne Co. 3 (Casey 2, Houston); Randolph Co. 2 (Heard, Partridge). Total fouls: Cleburne Co. 18, Randolph Co. 23.

Glencoe 64, Gaston 20
GLENCOE (13-5) –
Anna Grave Goodwin 1 1-2 3, Anna Beth Giles 1 0-2 2, Abby Vice 2 1-2 5, Alyssa Goodwin 2 0-0 5, Ashley Morgan 3 5-6 11, Asia Dennis 0 1-2 1, Kenleigh Harper 3 0-0 6, Lexi Gray 0 1-2 1, Lauren Cole 4 1-1 9, Kaylie Davis 1 0-0 2, Breia Little 2 0-0 5, Crimson Silvey 1 0-0 2, Aubrey Gray 4 2-4 10, Cami Zuharscak 1 0-0 2. Totals 25 12-19 64.

GASTON – Mary Gargus 0 0-0 0, Katherine Moon 3 0-0 7, Abrianna Dupree 1 0-2 2, Sidney Oliver 1 0-0 2, Alyssa Gargus 1 1-2 4, Brianna Wise 0 0-0 0, Amayiah Hill 2 2-4 6. Totals 8 3-8 20.

Glencoe 13 28 18 5 — 64
Gaston 4 2 8 6 — 20

3-point goals: Glencoe 2 (Al. Goodwin, Little); Gaston 1 (Moon). Fouled out: Moon. Total fouls: Glencoe 6, Gaston 14.

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