E.A. Sports Today

Bearcats stack Deck against Tigers

Senior Weaver guard comes off the bench to enjoy career night, nails 9 3-pointers, scores 31; includes games in and around Calhoun County

Boys games
Anniston 80, Saks 46
Donoho 62, Coosa Christian 41
Hokes Bluff 48, Glencoe 46
Huffman 56, Oxford 49
Munford 55, TCC 41
Spring Garden 63, Cleburne County 37
Weaver 85, Cedar Bluff 51
White Plains 66, Ranburne 45

Girls games
Cedar Bluff 58, Weaver 57
Coosa Christian 70, Donoho 32
Glencoe 54, Hokes Bluff 32
Spring Garden 65, Cleburne County 29
TCC 53, Munford 30
White Plains 26, Ranburne 22

By East Alabama Sports Today

CEDAR BLUFF – With Weaver missing one of its main weapons Monday night all Taylor Deck wanted to do was help pick up the slack.

He did more than just help. The senior guard had the hot hand and burned Cedar Bluff big time.

Deck came off the bench and hit his first 11 shots from the floor – nine of them 3-pointers – and scored 31 points to lead the Bearcats to an 85-51 victory. He was 11-of-12 in the game with the only miss coming on a 3-pointer with about 30 seconds to play.

“It was one of the best (shooting performances) I’ve seen and I’ve been at Weaver all my life,” Bearcats coach Marcus Herbert said. “We’ve had numerous great shooters and I haven’t seen anybody get that hot and hit nine in a row. He was excellent tonight.

“Even in practice he’s a great shooter. He was just waiting for his time to come and it came tonight. I had to call time out to tell them to get the ball to him because he was that hot.”

And he didn’t really get started until the second half. Deck, who figured he made only two or three 3s in any game before in his career, had two 3-pointers in the first half. He hit three in the third quarter, which finally brought the Tigers out on him, and four more in the fourth.

“This is a very, very big night for me,” Deck said. “I made two in the first half and was just feeling it. I kept shooting and they kept dropping. It felt great.

“I’ve always had a good shot, but that volume of shots doesn’t usually come my way. One of my big players was out tonight. We were only up eight at half and felt we needed something to spark the team and I felt it was my night to do this.”

The Bearcats were missing Robert Gaines, out with a stomach bug. With one fewer weapon Herbert was worried about depth, but everyone stayed in the game and they added 16 points from Shamar Spinks, 12 from Amardric Elston and 10 from DeAndre McCain.

Herbert hopes Deck can keep it going. For his part, Deck is just comfortable playing his role.

“Hopefully I can continue to contribute,” he said. “If it’s not my night I’ll be passing and getting other guys open and if it is my night I’m going to shoot it.”

Weaver 85, Cedar Bluff 51
WEAVER – Taylor Deck 11 0-0 31, Brandon Heath 1 0-0 2, Shamar Spinks 7 2-2 16, Gary Wallace 4 0-1 8, DeAndre McCain 4 2-2 10, Amardric Elston 5 2-2 12, Taber Stephens 0 0-0 0, Colby Thompson 3 0-0 6. Totals 35 6-7 85.
CEDAR BLUFF – Anbre Leek 2 0-0 4, Brian Stitts 3 3-5 9, Travon Clifton 0 2-2 2, Titus Bennett 3 0-2 9, Sam Cosby 0 0-0 0, Lucas Hampton 5 1-1 12, Stephen Webb 2 0-0 4, Jacob Gordon 3 0-0 6, Corey Teague 2 0-0 4. Totals 20 6-10 51.
Weaver 18 20 23 24 – 85
Cedar Bluff 10 20 8 13 – 51
3-point goals: Weaver 9 (Deck 9); Cedar Bluff 5 (Clifton 3, Hampton 2). Total fouls: Weaver 10, Cedar Bluff 10. Officials: Moore, Fountain, Miller.

White Plains 66, Ranburne 45

RANBURNE – Simeon Shadrix, in his first game after his clutch 4-point play against Oxford Friday night, scored 28 points with seven 3s for the Wildcats. White Plains hit 14 3-pointers in the game. Jaden Chatman scored all 12 of his points from behind the arc, all in the second half after the teams played to a 28-28 halftime tie. Brock Young led Ranburne with 20 points, but was held to only two free throws in the fourth quarter when White Plains pulled away.

White Plains 66, Ranburne 45
WHITE PLAINS – Houston Conger 0 0-0 0, Quin Wilson 1 0-0 2, Jaden Chatman 4 0-0 12, Simeon Shadrix 10 1-1 28, Jacob Wheeler 2 1-2 6, Brody Baker 3 2-2 9, Matthew Clay 3 0-0 7, Jaden Harris 0 0-0 0, Kahlil Williams 0 0-0 0, Gavin Burrage 1 0-0 2. Totals 24 4-5 66.
RANBURNE – Devon Chambers 6 2-2 15, Jake Burson 2 0-0 5, Tye Bailey 0 3-4 3, Sammy Green 1 1-2 3, Brett Maddox 0 0-0 0, Brody Bailey 0 0-0 0, Jackson Pollard 0 0-0 0, Caleb Hornsby 0 0-0 0, Brock Young 7 2-2 20. Totals 16 9-12 45.
White Plains 11 17 17 21 – 66
Ranburne 13 15 11 6 – 45
3-point goals: White Plains 14 (Chatman 4, Shadrix 7, Wheeler, Baker, Clay); Ranburne 4 (Chambers, Burson, Young 2). Total fouls: White Plains 13, Ranburne 8.

Donoho 62, Coosa Christian 41

GADSDEN – Donoho coach Jeremy Satcher called it a “big boost” when Jacob LeCroy decided right before the start of practice he wanted to play basketball his senior year. He had planned to step away from the court to concentrate on his impending college golf career, then as the season neared changed his mind.

He’s been the Falcons top scorer since the season began and in his latest start threw in 23 points to help beat the Conquerors.

“It was a big boost because he is one of the top players in the county,” Satcher said. “Plus, he is someone who can do it all and a leader/coach that you need to have on a good team.”

LeCroy was one of three Falcons scoring in double figures. Amari Smedley had 14 and Seth Ford had 10 (all in the second half).

Donoho 62, Coosa Christian 41
DONOHO – Seth Ford 4 1-2 10, Amari Smedley 5 4-7 14, Rod Elston 3 2-4 9, Reid Williamon 0 1-2 1, Jacob LeCroy 7 7-14 23, Charlie Williamon 2 0-0 4, Dekali Garrett 0 0-0 0, Chandler Armstong 0 1-4 1. Totals 21 16-33 62.
COOSA CHRISTIAN – Deontae Ford 6 1-1 13, Datarius Britton 1 0-0 2, Conner Belyue 0 1-2 1, Caleb Cates 1 1-4 3, Mikell Mooneyham 3 0-0 6, Evan Delp 4 4-5 12, Noah Davidson 0 2-2 2, Caiden Lipscomb 0 0-0 0. 15 9-14 41.
Donoho            13        11        15        23        –          62
Coosa Christian   9          7         8        17        –          41

3-point goals: Donoho 4 (LeCroy 2, Elston, Ford). Technical fouls: Ford, Mooneyham. Fouled out: Ford, Williamon, Mooneyham, Lipscomb. Total fouls: Donoho 18, Coosa Christian 23.

Anniston 80, Saks 46

Kwame Milton put together a full box score – 16 points, seven rebounds and eight assists – to lead the Bulldogs. Actually, Anniston placed four scorers in double figures that outscored the Wildcats. Theron Montgomery had 12 points (and six rebounds), Malcolm Harvey had 10  (and four rebounds) and Antonio Kite had 11.

Hokes Bluff 48, Glencoe 46

Braydon Hill’s layup in the closing seconds gives Hokes Bluff the win in its season opener.

Girls Games

White Plains 26, Ranburne 22

RANBURNE – Lily Ponder and Angel Bozarth combined to hit five 3-pointers and lead the Lady Wildcats. Ponder hit three and scored a game-high 11 points. Bozarth hit two in the first half and finished with eighth. Briley Merrill led Ranburne with nine points.

White Plains 26, Ranburne 22
WHITE PLAINS –
Callyn Martin 0 0-2 0, Cheyenne Cochran 0 0-0 0, Ary Rosario 2 0-2 4, Camdyen Wilson 0 0-1 0, Lily Ponder 3 2-2 11, A.D. Sotelo 0 0-0 0, Jocelyn Harris 1 0-0 2, Angel Bozarth 3 0-0 8, Kaylee Johnson 0 1-2 1. Totals 9 3-9 26.
RANBURNE – Briley Merrill 3 1-4 9, Julianna Merrill 2 0-0 4, Chaney Merrill 1 0-0 2, Natalie Merrill 0 0-0 0, Jasey Langley 0 0-0 0, Erica Lovvorn 2 0-0 4, Kayli Olds 1 1-2 3. Totals 9 2-6 22.
White Plains 10 6 6 4 – 26
Ranburne 7 4 7 4 – 22

3-point goals: White Plains 5 (Ponder 3, Bozarth 2); Ranburne 2 (B. Merrill 2). Total fouls: White Plains 5, Ranburne 11.

Cedar Bluff 58, Weaver 57

CEDAR BLUFF – Alexis Smith’s free throw with no time on the clock gave the Lady Tigers the victory. Weaver missed a potential winning shot with two seconds left and then ran into Smith before Cedar Bluff could get off a half-court shot. Haley Homesley and Caleigh Cortez scored 14 points each for Weaver. Smith led all scorers with 19.

Cedar Bluff 58, Weaver 57
WEAVER –
Bree Edmonson 2 2-3 6, Caleigh Cortez 7 0-6 14, Maleah Foster 6 1-1 13, Abby Gaines 3 0-1 7, Amira Carter 1 1-2 3, Haley Homesley 6 2-2 14. Totals 25 6-15 57.
CEDAR BLUFF – Adriana Valencia 0 1-3 1, Matison Bedwell 4 0-0 11, Kyla O’Neal 2 2-3 6, Emily Goss 4 0-1 10, Maggie Clowdis 0 2-2 2, Julianne Wilson 0 0-0 0, Hannah Cosby 2 5-8 5, Alexis Smith 7 5-9 19. Totals 19 15-26 58.
Weaver 10 15 16 16 – 57
Cedar Bluff 16 17 9 17 – 58

3-point goals: Weaver 1 (Gaines); Cedar Bluff 5 (Bedwell 3, Goss 2). Fouled out: Edmonson, Carter. Total fouls: Weaver 25, Cedar Bluff 17. Officials: Moore, Dykes, Miller.

Coosa Christian 70, Donoho 32

GADSDEN – Claire Davidson and India Brown combined for 22 points in a 30-point first quarter that got the Lady Conquerors off and running. Davidson finished with a game-high 25 points and Brown had 15. Jenna Stremmel had 10 of Donoho’s 12 first-quarter points and led the Lady Falcons with 16.

Coosa Christian 70, Donoho 32
DONOHO –
Victoria O’Neill 2 0-0 4, Shelley Phillips 0 0-0 0, Campbell Hagan 2 1-4 5, Savannah Frickey 2 0-1 4, Amelia Baker 0 0-0 0, Anastasia O’Neill 0 3-4 3, Lillie Mae Sherman 0 0-0 0, Jenna Stremmel 6 4-6 16.
COOSA CHRISTIAN – Claire Davidson 9 4-7 25, Emily Snow 0 0-0 0, Chloe Davidson 5 2-2 13, Sidnee Courington 1 0-0 2, Kaylie Reeves 3 0-0 7, Bella Mullirons 3 0-0 7, Gemma Littlejohn 0 0-0 0, Emma Justus 0 0-0 0, India Brown 7 1-1 15. Totals 28 7-10 70.
Donoho 12 5 11 4 – 32
Coosa Christian 30 19 17 4 – 70

3-point goals: Coosa Christian 7 (Cl. Davidson 3, Ch. Davidson, Reeves 2, Mullirons). Total fouls: Donoho 6, Coosa Christian 13. Officials: Woodham, Childs, Childs.

Glencoe 54, Hokes Bluff 32

GLENCOE – Cami Zahorscak hit two of her three 3-pointers in the first two minutes of the game and it opened lanes for the Lady Jackets the rest of the night. Zahorscak finished with nine points. Glencoe’s Ashley Morgan led all scorers with 12.

Glencoe 54, Hokes Bluff 32
HOKES BLUFF (3-2) –
Madison Wolfe 2 0-0 6, Maddie Smith 1 0-0 3, Halle Davenport 2 0-0 5, Kristen Shields 1 4-4 6, Gracie West 0 4-6 4, Jayden Presley 3 0-0 6, Madison Ingram 1 0-0 2. Totals 10 8-10 32.
GLENCOE (5-1) – Anna Grace Goodwin 1 0-0 2, Anna Beth Giles 3 2-3 8, Abby Vice 2 1-2 5, Allie Silvey 0 1-2 1, Ashley Morgan 4 4-4 12, Asia Dennis 1 2-2 4, Lauren Cole 3 2-2 8, Crimson Silvey 0 0-0 0, Aubrey Gray 1 3-8 5, Cami Zahorscak 3 0-0 9. Totals 18 15-23 54.
Hokes Bluff 7 4 9 12 – 32
Glencoe 12 15 7 20 – 54

3-point goals: Hokes Bluff 4 (Wolfe 2, Smith, Davenport); Glencoe 3 (Zahorscak 3). Total fouls: Hokes Bluff 17, Glencoe 14.

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