E.A. Sports Today

‘Unstoppable’ Carr drives Eagles into regionals

Macey Carr delivers big double-double to drive Jacksonville past Sardis for first regional berth this decade; includes Piedmont, Ohatchee, Sacred Heart

By East Alabama Sports Today

SARDIS CITY – When he puts his mind to it, Macey Carr is capable of taking over a basketball game. He put his mind to it Tuesday night and the Jacksonville Golden Eagles are headed to the Northeast Regionals for the first time since 2010.

Carr just about did it all, erupting for 28 points and 15 rebounds as the Golden Eagles’ amazing turnaround continued with a 56-52 victory over Sardis in the Class 4A subregionals.

They now will face Madison Academy in their regional opener, 10:30 a.m. Monday at Jacksonville State. Madison Academy earned its spot with a 63-49 win over Anniston.

Carr, a senior transfer from White Plains, was all over the floor for the Golden Eagles in this one. He was 12-of-19 from the field shooting, grabbed six offensive rebounds and had six steals.

“Macey Carr woke up today,” Jacksonville coach Cordell Hunt said. “He was unstoppable. He got some critical rebounds for us and was a leader on the court.

“Macey can take over a game. He’s a great athlete. Sometimes he’s a little hard on himself and gets down on himself and it takes him out of his element some, but, man, when he’s on he is tough to stop going to the basket.”

The game was tight throughout. The Golden Eagles (19-8) trailed early, but got it tied at halftime. Even after they opened a seemingly safe 10-point lead late in the fourth quarter the Lions hit three straight 3-pointers to make it tight again.

It helped that the Golden Eagles shot 15-of-22 from the free throw line, scored 20 second-chance points and forced Sardis into 19 turnovers.

The win continues a magical season for the Golden Eagles. They were a paltry 3-18 a year ago in Hunt’s first season, but now they’re on the verge of a 20-win season and two wins away from the Final Four.

“We struggled last year,” Hunt said. “The kids were down from that, but we decided as soon as basketball was over last year we’d go to work. Early in the season I thought we could be a decent team. We got off to a good start and went through a little slump, but lately we’ve been playing pretty good.

“These kids are not quite ready to finish playing basketball right now.”

CLASS 3A: Piedmont in; Ohatchee, Weaver out

PIEDMONT – Kaedon Jenkins scored seven of his 10 points in a 15-0 fourth quarter that allowed Piedmont to pull away from New Hope and win their Class 3A subregional game 52-30 for a return trip to the Northeast Regional.

The Bulldogs will play Pisgah in their regional opener Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Pisgah defeated Weaver, 84-67.

Lee Stanley led the Bulldogs with 13 points and 10 rebounds, and was their only other scorer in double figures. T.J. Fairs scored seven points, all in the first quarter as the Bulldogs jumped out to an 18-8 lead.

Stanley and Fairs both hit a pair of 3-pointers in the first quarter. The Bulldogs hit eight in the game.

Plainview 81, Ohatchee 44: Ohatchee has some shooters in its lineup, but they were no match for the gunners from Plainview.

The Bears hit 13 3-pointers — eight in a 55-point first half — and rolled into the Northeast Regionals. Nine players hit at least one from behind the arc for the Bears.

The Indians had a big fourth quarter, scoring 21 points. Ben Glass scored all seven of his points in the quarter and Blake Buckelew scored six of his team-leading eight in it.

CLASS 1A: Sacred Heart dominates again

Sacred Heart might have had a scare put into it in the area tournament title game, but the Cardinals weren’t going to let it happen again.

The Cardinals hit 10 3-pointers and got scoring from 11 players as they crushed Lindsay Lane 109-62 in their subregion game at Miller Gym. The Cardinals, who have now won 57 straight against instate Class 1A competition, play Cedar Bluff in their regional opener Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

Diante Wood led five Sacred Heart scorers in double figures with 24 points. Murdock Simmons had 19.

Lindsay Lane sophomore Tommy Murr, reported to be the top high school scorer in the nation, led all scorers with 36 points. He had 23 in the second half.

Decatur Heritage 63, Spring Garden 47: The Panthers got off to a cold start, falling behind 24-8 in the first quarter, and couldn’t recover. Riley Austin led Spring Garden with 12 points and Dylan Rogers had 10..

CLASS 4A BOX SCORES
Jacksonville 56, Sardis 52
JACKSONVILLE (19-8) –
Marcey Carr 12-19 4-6 28, Donovan McCain 2-5 4-5 8, DeAndre McCain 1-11 5-7 7, Ron Wiggins 2-7 2-4 6, Alex Davis 2-3 0-0 4, DeMarien Stewart 1-2 0-0 3, Cade Landers 0-4 0-0 0, Jaden Barksdale 0-1 0-0 0, Carter Landers 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-52 15-22 56.

SARDIS – Logan Gaskin 4-10 0-0 12, Landon Haygood 5-9 1-4 11, Patrick Bright 4-8 1-2 11, Van Owens 3-7 2-6 8, Anthony James 3-3 0-1 6, Michael Cook 1-5 0-2 2, Braxton Brooks 1-2 0-0 2, Jacob Hopper 0-0 0-0 0, Logan Jackson 0-2 0-0 0, Dalton Pratt 0-0 0-0 0, Javen Smith 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 21-46 2-9 52.

Jacksonville 6 16 15 19 — 56
Sardis 10 12 13 17 — 52

3-point goals: Jacksonville 1-13 (Carr 0-2, De. McCain 0-6, Wiggins 0-1, Stewart 1-1, Cd. Landers 0-2, Barksdale 0-1); Sardis 8-21 (Gaskin 4-10, Bright 2-3, Owens 2-6, Cook 0-1, Jackson 0-1). Rebounds: Jacksonville 31 (Carr 15); Sardis 32 (Cook 9, Haygood 8). Total fouls: Jacksonville 9, Sardis 16.

CLASS 3A BOX SCORES
Piedmont 52, New Hope 30
NEW HOPE –
Caleb Lewis 2 0-0 6, Tristan Manley 0 0-0 0, Garrett Dudley 2 0-0 5, Dylan Selvage 0 0-0 0, Hunter Thompson 1 0-0 3, Zion Davis 1 0-0 3, Isaac Zandbergen 0 0-0 0, Matt Wilson 2 1-2 5, Jeffrey Cooper 0 0-0 0, William Thomas 0 0-0 0, Brandan Selvage 0 0-0 0, Jacob Reavis 4 0-0 8. Totals 12 1-2 30.

PIEDMONT – Carl Myers 2 0-0 6, Kaedon Jenkins 3 2-3 10, Delo Foster 2 0-3 4, Elijah Johnson 0 2-4 2, Ryley Kirk 0 0-0 0, Logan Pruitt 0 0-0 0, Lee Stanley 5 1-2 13, Alex Odam 1 0-0 2, T.J. Fairs 2 1-2 7, Malachi Jackson 0 0-0 0, Jakari Foster 1 0-0 2. Totals 18 8-16 52.

New Hope 8 8 14 0 — 30
Piedmont 18 11 8 15 — 52

3-point goals: New Hope 5 (Lewis 2, Dudley, Thompson, Davis); Piedmont 8 (Myers 2, Jenkins 2, Stanley 2, Fairs 2). Fouled out: Reavis. Total fouls: New Hope 15, Piedmont 6.

Plainview 81, Ohatchee 44
OHATCHEE –
Blake Buckelew 4 0-0 8, Ben Glass 3 0-0 7, Carson Stone 2 0-0 4, Grayson Alward 3 0-0 6, Kevin Williamson 1 1-2 3, Evan Keller 2 2-2 6, Cameron Foushee 0 0-0 0, Austin Wyatt 0 0-0 0, Domonique Thomas 1 0-1 2, Aaron Moore 2 0-0 4, Briley Hale 0 1-2 1, Jordan Lowe 1 0-0 3. Totals 19 4-7 44.

PLAINVIEW – Tristan Willingham 2 0-2 5, Sabastian Long 1 0-0 3, Taylor Haymon 2 2-2 7, David McLaughlin 1 0-1 2, Haden White 2 0-0 5, Caden Millican 7 2-2 19, Phillip Dukes 1 2-4 4, Jeffrey Armstrong 3 1-2 8, Cade Willingham 2 1-1 6, Anthony Cooper 2 0-0 4, Kobe Tinker 3 0-0 9, Devin Foshee 1 0-0 2, Jackson Hosch 3 0-0 7. Totals 30 8-12 81.

Ohatchee 7 8 8 21 — 44
Plainview 20 35 12 14 — 81

3-point goals: Ohatchee (Glass, Lowe); Plainview 13 (T. Willingham, Long, Haymon, White, Millican 3, Armstrong, C. Willingham, Tinker 3, Hosch). Total fouls: Ohatchee 13, Plainview 8. Officials: Bart, Furquar, Davis.

CLASS 1A BOX SCORES
Sacred Heart 109, Lindsay Lane 62
LINDSAY LANE –
Connor Holland 0 0-0 0, Brady Anderson 0 0-0 0, Owen Roberts 2 0-0 4, Tommy Murr 10 12-13 36, Charlie Morrison 3 1-2 10, Jason Zielinski 1 0-0 3, Palmer Smith 1 0-0 2, Lee Davis 4 0-2 8. Totals 21 13-17 62.

SACRED HEART – Quin Riggins 7 0-0 13, Diante Wood 10 2-4 24, Victor Wilson 3 0-0 9, Jack Miller 1 2-3 5, Murdock Simmons 6 4-4 19, Caleb Brown 4 2-2 10, Josh Brown 2 1-2 6, Stephen Stansil 1 0-0 3, JonRiley Miller 2 0-0 4, Khalil Watkins 5 2-2 13, K.D. Harris 1 2-2 4. Totals 42 15-19 109.

Lindsay Lane 10 11 20 21 — 62
Sacred Heart 24 30 30 25 — 109

3-point goals: Lindsay Lane 7 (Murr 4, Morrison 3); Sacred Heart 10 (Riggins, Wood 2, Wilson 3, Simmons, J. Brown, Stansil, Watkins). Total fouls: Lindsay Lane 15, Sacred Heart 21. Officials: Mannars, Harrison, Gilmore.

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