E.A. Sports Today

Lady Cards gain some respect

Girls roundup: Sacred Heart dominates Plainview to remain undefeated; includes details of many games in and around Calhoun County

Friday’s girls results
Anniston 73, Sylacauga 7
Cherokee County 63, White Plains 26
Glencoe 75, JB Pennington 44
Jacksonville 37, Hokes Bluff 36
Munford 58, Clay Central 56
Ohatchee 65, Gaston 40
Oxford 61, Talladega 48
Pleasant Valley 62, Piedmont 52
Ragland 56, Victory Christian 22
Sacred Heart 59, Plainview 37
Spring Garden 61, Faith Christian 22
Weaver 62, Saks 17

By East Alabama Sports Today

The Sacred Heart girls basketball team scored its most significant victory of coach Marcus Harrell’s tenure Friday night when it held down Plainview 59-37.

The Lady Cardinals held a team that had beaten them by 33 last year and scored at least 50 points eight times this season to just 11 points in the first half and its second-lowest point total of the season. They were up by 18 midway through the second quarter and 20 for the first time in the game with 3:00 left in the third.

“I definitely think this is the biggest win we’ve had since I’ve been here, for sure,” Harrell said. “The biggest thing for us tonight was we’ve just got to show we can match top teams’ physicality and we did that tonight.

“We had some players step up. We got in foul trouble early, had to put some younger players in and they stepped up big time.”

One of those was ninth-grader Taysia West, who became the Lady Cardinals’ primarily ball handler when Ayanna Foster sat out the whole second quarter with foul trouble and the Lady Bears tried to get Myiah Harris out of her game.

Foster came back and led the Lady Cardinals (7-0) with 20 points. She was particularly dominant in the fourth quarter when the Lady Bears (9-4) were trying to get back in the game.

Foster scored eight of her points in the fourth quarter — she had 16 in the second half — but she did so much more. There were back-to-back blocked shots that twice denied the Bears in the paint and there was 2-on-1 break she ran and comfortably pass the ball over to Myiah Harris for an easy layup.

“I just had to make up for it in the second half because I didn’t get to play in the first half due to foul trouble,” Foster said. “My coach was kind of upset with me because I had two fouls in the first quarter, so I just had to make up for it.

“This was a really big game. I feel like we earned respect, not just for the fans but for ourselves and we’re ready to win the big one.”

Sacred Heart 59, Plainview 37
PLAINVIEW (9-4) –
Harley Wilkins 0 0-0 0, Kenzi Traylor 2 0-0 5, Peyton Blevins 4 0-0 10, Morgan Richey 0 2-2 2, Jesi Farris 0 0-4 0, Reagan Williams 0 0-0 0, Ava Smith 0 1-2 1, Avery Price 0 0-2 0, Lainey Tidmore 0 0-0 0, Tobi Trotter 4 8-12 16, Elaine Puckett 1 1-4 3. Totals 11 12-26 37.
SACRED HEART (7-0) – Alisia Person 3 1-1 9, Myiah Harris 4 0-0 9, Ayanna Foster 8 4-5 20 Cearia Jenkins 1 1-2 3, Joelle Tillery 1 0-0 3, Jordan Sabree 1 0-1 2, Serena Hardy 0 0-0 0, Alyssa Bell 0 0-0 0, Taysia West 6 1-3 13. Totals 24 7-12 59.
Plainview 7 4 13 13 – 37
Sacred Heart 15 12 10 22 – 59

3-point goals: Plainview 3 (Traylor, Blevins 2); Sacred Heart 4 (Person 2, Harris, Tillery). Total fouls: Plainview 14, Sacred Heart 17.

Oxford 61, Talladega 48

OXFORD – The Lady Jackets (2-8) used a tenacious defense to create 24 turnovers and pull away for a rare victory over Talladega.

Ashleigh Jackson had 12 points and seven rebounds to lead Oxford. Justyce Smith had 11 points and 12 boards, while Amirea McLeod added nine. Tionna Roberts led Talladega with 21 points.

A late rally gave the Lady Jackets a 13-12 lead after one quarter. They left a lot of points off the board as they missed nine free throws in the quarter. Jackson had seven points.

The Lady Tigers (3-5) scored the first seven points of the second quarter and pulled out to a six-point lead, but Oxford went on a 14-1 run to end the half. Sophomore Emma McCullough came off the bench to score six points and Jackson added four point to give the Lady Jackets a 27-20 lead.

Talladega went on an 8-1 run to pull ahead 29-28 early in the third, but the Lady Jackets countered with an offensive uprising of their own. Kaleah Taylor scored eight points as Oxford outscored the Lady Tigers 18-3 to end the quarter. The Lady Jackets extended the lead to 20 before settling into a 13-point victory. –Brant Locklier

Oxford 61, Talladega 48
TALLADEGA (3-5) –
Aiyani Heath 2 0-0 4, Tionna Roberson 7 5-9 21, Lamyah Elston 0 1-2 1, Brooklyn Moss 1 2-4 4, Ja’Nail Wilson 0 0-0 0, Takerria Swain 2 2-5 6, Trinity Webb 2 0-2 4, TraNyia Chatman 0 0-0 0, Cymarion Scales 2 0-2 4, Kadaysha McKenzie 1 1-2 4, Imani Booker 0 0-0 0. Totals 17 11-26 48.
OXFORD (2-8) – Kierstin Woods 1 3-6 5, Kaleah Taylor 3 2-2 8, Emma McCullough 2 2-2 6, Lisa Montogmery 1 0-0 2, Sara Paulson 0 0-0 0, Jamya Gibson 0 0-0 0, Ashleigh Jackson 4 4-8 12, Akiera Robinson 2 4-8 8, Lauren Ellard 0 0-4 0, Amirea McLeod 4 1-2 9, Justyce Smith 4 3-9 11. Totals 21 19-41 61.
Talladega 12 8 12 16 – 48
Oxford 13 14 19 15 – 61

3-point goals: Talladega 3 (Roberson 2, McKenzie). Rebounds: Talladega 21 (Heath 4); Oxford 41 (Smith 12).

Ohatchee 65, Gaston 40

OHATCHEE – Eighth-grader Jorda Crook has a huge upside as an athlete in Calhoun County. She showed that winning MVP honors at this year’s County Junior High Volleyball Tournament and she put it on display here, scoring 18 points in helping the Lady Indians earn an area victory.
Crook has been averaging about six points a game, but she scored eight points in the first quarter as the Lady Indians raced out to 16-1 lead. She had 11 in the first half.

“The game is really starting to slow down for her,” Ohatchee coach Bryant Ginn said. “She’s so young, but so athletic. I tell her all the time she doesn’t realize how good she can be.

“This was huge for her to give her some confidence and see she can really play with these older girls, and it’s great for our team because she’s a versatile player we can play at any position.”

Ohatchee’s Tori Vice led all scorers with 19 points.

Ohatchee 65, Gaston 40
GASTON – Alexis Underwood 0 0-0 0, Tamera Foster 0 1-4 1, Katherine Moon 1 0-0 2, Abriana Dupree 5 2-5 12, Sidney Oliver 2 1-4 5, Haley Morgan 0 0-0 0, Indya Price 0 1-2 1, Lillian Lewis 3 0-0 7, Alyssa Gargus 5 1-3 12. Totals 16 6-18 40.
OHATCHEE – Gracyn Snow 0 0-0 0, Jazmine Adams 1 2-2 4, Tori Vice 7 4-7 19, Marli Hanks 0 2-4 2, Gracie George 2 0-1 4, Millie Rainwater 4 0-0 9, Regan Snow 1 2-4 4, Jorda Crook 8 2-4 18, Bayley Alward 1 0-0 3, Morgan Foushee 1 0-2 2. Totals 25 12-24 65.
Gaston 1 12 16 11 – 40
Ohatchee 16 13 18 18 – 65
3-point goals: Gaston 2 (Lewis, Gargus); Ohatchee 3 (Vice, Rainwater, Alward)
Fouled out: Moon, Gargus, G. Snow. Total fouls: Gaston 20, Ohatchee 17. Officials: Watson, Weeks, Kyner.

Pleasant Valley 62, Piedmont 52

PIEDMONT – Emma Hood scored 19 points, Chandler Dorsett hit four 3-pointers and the Lady Raiders held Piedmont’s top scorer to less than half the points she had the night before while coming back from an early 11-point deficit.

Piedmont’s Kayley Kirk scored 30 Thursday night against Wellborn, but the Lady Raiders held her to 13 on this night. Sydney Prater led the Lady Bulldogs in scoring with a game-high 21.

The Lady Raiders trailed by six at halftime, but shut down Kirk in the second half after she hit three 3s in the second quarter. Hood and Dorsett, meanwhile, combined for 16 points in the third quarter as PV scored 22 and took a 46-40 lead into the fourth quarter. Hood scored 15 of her points in the second half.

Pleasant Valley 62, Piedmont 52
PLEASANT VALLEY – Brooke Perry 1 0-0 2, Lindsey Pritchett 2 4-5 10, Ava Boozer 0 0-0 0, Rylee Haynes 1 3-4 6, Chandler Dorsett 5 2-3 16, Emma Hood 19, Karmyn Sparks 4 1-2 9. Totals 19 17-24 62.
PIEDMONT – Kayley Kirk 4 2-2 13, Lele Ridley 4 3-5 12, Armani Perry 0 0-0 0, McKenzie Tolbert 0 0-0 0, Madison Tyree 0 0-0 0, Z’Hayla Walker 0 0-1 0, Sydney Prater 8 3-5 21, Kiara Jackson 2 0-0 6. Totals 18 8-13 52.
Pleasant Valley 13 11 22 16 – 62
Piedmont 11 19 10 12 – 52
3-point goals: Pleasant Valley 7 (Pritchett 2, Haynes, Dorsett 4); Piedmont 8 (Kirk 3, Ridley, Prater 2, Jackson 2). Total fouls: Pleasant Valley 17, Piedmont 20. Officials: Barber, Pratt, Hinkle.

Cherokee County 63, White Plains 26

Jordan Starr scored 20 points and Laney Johnson had 15 on five 3-points to lead the Lady Warriors to an area victory. The Lady Warriors hit 10 3-pointers in the game, at least two in every quarter. Starr’s production was boosted by a 9-for-10 showing from the free throw line; the Lady Warriors were 19-of-23 from there for the game.

Cherokee County 63, White Plains 26
CHEROKEE COUNTY –
Bell Mahannah 1 0-0 3,Caitlyn Elrod 0 0-1 0, Sydney Whisenant 2 2-2 8, Aubrie Williams 0 3-4 3, Laney Johnson 5 0-0 15, Audrey Wester 0 0-0 0, Jordyn Starr 5 9-10 20, Kayleigh Hunter 1 1-2 3, Crimson Mahannah 3 4-4 11, Alexia Wood 0 0-0 0. Totals 17 19-23 63.
WHITE PLAINS – Callyn Martin 0 0-0 0, Cheyenne Cochran 1 0-0 3, Ary Rosario 0 1-4 1, Camdyen Willson 1 2-5 4, Lily Ponder 1 0-0 2, Adriana Sotelo 1 0-1 3, Jocelyn Harris 1 1-1 3, Angel Bozarth 3 2-4 10. Totals 8 6-15 26.
Cherokee County 16 15 17 15 – 63
White Plains 9 8 5 4 – 26

3-point goals: Cherokee County 10 (B. Mahannah, Whisenant 2, Johnson 5, C. Mahannah, Starr); White Plains 4 (Cochran, Sotelo, Bozarth 2). Total fouls: Cherokee County 20, White Plains 17. Officials: Calkins, Ned, Hall.

Jacksonville 37, Hokes Bluff 36

HOKES BLUFF – Jacksonville regained a one-point lead in the final minute, made two team defensive stops and then held on through a series of inbounds plays as Hokes Bluff had several fouls to give.

The Lady Golden Eagles got their scoring from three players. Brenna Stone led them with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Patience Carr had 14 points and Kayla Broom had the other seven.

Jacksonville 37, Hokes Bluff 36
JACKSONVILLE –
Brenna Stone 8-12 0-2 16, Patience Carr 5-8 4-5 14, Kayla Broom 2-11 2-2 7, Rebekah Gannaway 0-4 0-2 0, Amia Montgomery 0-0 0-0 0, Amarie Curry 0-0 0-0 0, Malijah Goggins 0-2 0-0 0, Aly Meagher 0-0 0-2 0, Ashlynn Farr 0-0 0-0 0, Khadajah Richardson 0-0 0-0 0, TiAsia Williams 0-0 0-2 0. Totals 15-37 6-15 37
HOKES BLUFF – Gracie West 7-9 2-8 16, Maddie Smith 2-6 3-3 7, Kristen Shields 3-11 0-4 6, Jayden Presley 2-3 1-2 5, Kaylee Ingram 1-1 0-0 2, Makenzie Bates 0-0 0-0 0, Madison Wolfe 0-6 0-2 0. Totals 15-36 5-17 36.
Jacksonville 10 6 13 8 – 37
Hokes Bluff 2 17 11 6 – 36

3-point goals: Jacksonville 1-6 (Broom 1-3, Gannaway 0-1, Goggins 0-2); Hokes Bluff 1-10 (West 0-1, Smith 0-2, Shields 0-2, Presley 1-2, Wolfe 0-3). Rebounds: Jacksonville 34 (Stone 10, Broom 8); Hokes Bluff 20 (West 5, Shields 5). Total fouls: Jacksonville 16, Hokes Bluff 13.

Weaver 62, Saks 19

Caleigh Cortez and Haley Homesley scored 10 points apiece in the second quarter as the Lady Bearcats opened a 40-13 halftime lead. Homesley , who stepped into the starting lineup only last week,  led four Weaver scorers in double figures with 19 points. Amira Carter had 16, Cortez 13 and Maleah Foster 10.

Weaver 62, Saks 19
WEAVER – Caleigh Cortez 6 1-4 13, Maleah Foster 5 0-2 10, Abby Gaines 1 0-1 2, Dijinea Anderson 0 0-0 0, Jayden Forsyth 1 0-0 2 Amira Carter 6 4-8 16, Haley Homesley 8 3-4 19. Totals 27 8-19 62.
SAKS – Amya Carslie 0 0-0 0, DeArian Stewart 2 2-2 6, Takeirra Hudson 0 0-0 0, Deja Almon 1 0-0 2, Halimah Binyamin 2 1-2 5, Teana Edwards 1 0-0 3, Alicia Gooden 0 0-0 0, Destini Elston 1 1-4 3. Totals 7 4-8 19.
Weaver 19 21 18 4 – 62
Saks 8 5 2 4 – 19
3-point goals: Saks 1 (Edwards). Total fouls: Weaver 7, Saks 16. Officials: Askew, Tillery, Whiteside.

Anniston 73, Sylacauga 7

Kiana Montgomery led four Anniston scorers in double figures with 14 points and the Lady Bulldogs held their opponent scoreless in the first and last quarters. Allasha Dudley, Anna Garrett and Airriana Colley had 10 points apiece. Jordyn Johnson and Garrett each scored seven points in the first quarter as the Lady Bulldogs opened a 29-0 lead.

Dudley also had five steals and six assists. Tekeyia Jackson and Montgomery each had six rebounds.

Anniston 73, Sylacauga 7
SYLACAUGA –
Aurielle Turner 1 1-2 3, Christina Keith 1 0-0 2, Jasmine Burns 1 0-0 2, Destiny Brown 0 0-1 0, Zamariya Cook 0 0-0 0, Taylor Murphy 0 0-2 0, Dakota Johnson 0 0-1 0, Jashonte Edwards 0 0-5 0, Cece Dales 0 0-0 0. Totals 3 1-2 7.
ANNISTON – Allasha Dudley 4 0-0 10, Measia Kelley 1 0-0 2, Anna Garrett 4 1-2 10, Charliese Simmons 0 0-0 0, Shiwana Jackson 1 0-0 3, Khyla Garrett 1 0-0 3, Jordyn Johnson 3 0-0 7, Tiuana Thomas 0 0-0 0, Airriana Colley 4 0-0 10, Tekyia Jackson 4 0-0 8, Kiana Montgomery 6 2-2 14, Unrayasia Barclay 2 0-0 4, Toniah Foster 0 2-2 2. Totals 30 5-6 73.
Sylacauga 0 2 5 0 – 7
Anniston 29 19 22 3 – 73

3-point goals: Anniston 8 (Dudley 2, A. Garrett, S. Jackson, K. Garrett, Johnson, Colley 2).
Total fouls: Sylacauga 5, Anniston 13.

Glencoe 75, JB Pennington 43

GLENCOE – Anna Beth Giles scored 21 points and Ashley Morgan added 10 to lead the Lady Jackets (7-3). Giles had eight in the first quarter as Glencoe opened a 22-X lead and had 11 in the third quarter.

Glencoe 75, JB Pennington 43
JB PENNINGTON –
Jessica Thompson 4 0-0 8, Kierra Merriweather 1 0-1 2, Zoe Joles 1 0-0 2, Malia Howell 3 0-0 6, Malorie Morgan 2 0-0 4, Kelly Pickett 7 1-3 16, Lauren Roberson 1 0-0 2, Mira Gieser 1 1-2 3. Totals 20 2-6 43.
GLENCOE (7-3) – Anna Clair Hipps 1 0-0 2, Anna Grace Goodwin 1 2-4 5, Anna Beth Giles 7 7-9 21, Abby Vice 2 3-6 7, Ashley Morgan 4 2-4 10, Asia Dennis 1 0-0 2, Lauren Cole 3 0-0 6, Crimson Silvey 1 0-0 3, Aubrey Gray 3 2-4 8, Cami Zahorscak 0 2-2 2. Totals 23 18-29 66.
JB Pennington 11 11 11 10 – 43
Glencoe 22 13 16 15 – 66

3-point goals: JB Pennington 1 (Pickett). Glencoe 2 (Goodwin, Silvey). Fouled out: Pickett. Total fouls: JB Pennington 19, Glencoe 12. Officials: Dupree, Oden, Montgomery.

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