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Balancing act

Girls roundup: White Plains uses balanced scoring and a 15-0 start to pummel Saks; Kirk, Prater lead Piedmont to victory and more

White Plains’ Ary Rosario looks to dribble past Saks’ Destini Elston (33) during Thursday’s game. (Photo by B.J. Franklin)

Thursday’s girls games
Faith Christian 50, Woodland 35
Piedmont 72, Wellborn 20
Sand Rock 52, Pleasant Valley 17
Southside 65, Fort Payne 55 (OT)
White Plains 48, Saks 26
Winterboro 49, Munford 45

By Al Muskewitz
East Alabama Sports Today

Jocelyn Harris, Lily Ponder and Callyn Martin combined for 39 points and eight of the nine White Plains players who got in the game scored as the Lady Wildcats opened their new year with a 48-26 victory over Saks.

Harris led all scorers with 15 points, while Ponder had 14 and Martin 10.

The Lady Wildcats also jumped out to a 15-0 lead in the first seven minutes of the game, with Ponder hitting two 3-pointers and seven points and Harris getting three buckets inside.

“Lily looked really good getting started early,” White Plains coach Chris Randall said. “Her shot selection was good and she handled the press very well. Her calmness against the press was really good for us, got us started. Once we got rolling everybody just kind of fell in line.

“That balance was huge. We’ve got to have that because we don’t have one jam-up offensive player. If we don’t have balance we’re going to be in trouble.”

White Plains 48, Saks 26
SAKS –
Amya Carlise 0 0-0 0, Penelope Dudley 0 0-0 0, Teanna Williams 0 0-0 0, DeAvian Stewart 3 1-1 8, Takeirra Hudson 0 0-0 0, Deja Almon 1 1-2 4, Halimah Binyamin 4 1-3 9, Teana Edwards 1 0-0 3, Alicia Gooden 0 0-0 0, Destini Elston 1 0-0 2. Totals 10 3-6 26.
WHITE PLAINS – Callyn Martin 4 0-0 10, Cheyenne Cochran 0 0-0 0, Ary Rosario 1 0-0 2, Camden Wilson 0 1-4 1, Lily Ponder 5 1-2 14, A.D. Sotelo 0 1-2 1, Jocelyn Harris 7 1-2 15, Angel Bozarth 0 2-5 2, Kaylee Johnson 0 3-4 3. Totals 17 9-19 48.
Saks 2 3 12 9 – 26
White Plains 15 11 15 7 – 48
3-point goals: Saks 3 (Stewart, Almon, Edwards); White Plains 5 (Martin 2, Ponder 3). Total fouls: Saks 17, White Plains 10.

Piedmont 72, Wellborn 20

Kayley Kirk and Sydney Prater each had 23 points as the Lady Bulldogs had their way with Wellborn. Kirk nailed five 3-pointers, while Prater knocked down 10 field goals.

Kirk hit three of her 3-pointers in the first quarter. Prater scored 11 in the first quarter and 18 in the first half as Piedmont opened a 41-6 halftime lead.

Piedmont 72, Wellborn 20
PIEDMONT (6-4) – Kayley Kirk 9 0-3 23, Lele Ridley 6 1-4 13, Hannah Barbee 0 0-0 0, Armoni Perry 0 0-0 0, MacKenzie Tolbert 2 0-0 5, Amber Raney 0 0-0 0, Sadie Maugher 0 0-0 0, Madison Tyree 2 0-0 4, Z’Hayla Walker 2 0-0 4, Sydney Prater 10 2-6 23. Totals 31 3-13 72.
WELLBORN – Amaya Myles 0 0-3 0, Alyssa Morgan 0 0-0 0, Itiania Weatherly 5 4-8 14, McKenzie Raines 0 0-0 0, Arissa Nolley 0 0-0 0, Annelies Boot 0 0-3 0, Cloie Adkison 3 0-0 6, Rebecca Salter 0 0-0 0. Totals 8 4-14 40.
Piedmont 23 18 12 19 – 72
Wellborn 4 2 8 6 – 20
3-point goals: Piedmont 7 (Kirk 5, Tolbert, Prater). Total fouls: Piedmont 16, Wellborn 14. Officials: Killingsworth, Dickeson, Stubbs.

Faith Christian 50, Woodland 35

Kristin Covington scored 15 points and Sydnee Johnson had 14 as Faith won its fifth game of the season.

The Lady Lions got off to a slow start, but picked up the pace in the second when all five players who scored for them in the 21-point quarter each got a pair of field goals each. Covington and Johnson combined for 10 points in the third quarter as Faith continued to pull away.

Faith Christian 50, Woodland 35
WOODLAND – Jaeden Herring 3 0-4 6, Kenslie Simpson 2 0-1 4, Leah Williamson 1 0-0 3, Jayvee Lovvorn 5 1-2 11, Josie Cross 0 0-0 0, Shannon Moore 0 1-2 1, Amy Smith 0 1-2 1, Juliana Lovvorn 1 0-0 2, Macey Slick 0 0-0 0, Brandi Fincher 3 0-0 6, Taylor Wilson 0 2-4 2. Totals 15 5-15 35.
FAITH CHRISTIAN – Emily Sills 3 2-4 9, Ari Prevalo 3 0-0 6, Kristin Covington 7 1-1 15, Kassidy Nix 0 0-0 0, Elizabeth Bedford 0 0-0 0, Sydnee Johnson 6 0-0 14, Anna Strautman 0 0-0 0, C.J. Setters 2 0-0 4, S.K. McVeigh 1 0-2 2, Erin McVeigh 0 0-0 0, Savanna Gibbins 0 0-0 0. Totals 22 3-7 50.
Woodland 7 12 9 7 – 35
Faith 8 21 12 9 – 50
3-point goals: Faith 3 (Sills, Johnson 2). Total fouls: Woodland 11, Faith 15. Officials: Banks, Robinson, Baker.

Sand Rock 52, Pleasant Valley 17

SAND ROCK – The Lady Wildcats had three scorers in double figures and hit five 3-pointers to win their 11th in a row. The 17 points were the fewest by a PV team since before the 2013-14 season, which is as far back as AHSAA team season records are available.

Sand Rock 52, Pleasant Valley 17
PLEASANT VALLEY –
Brooke Perry 1 0-2 2, Lindsey Pritchett 0 0-0 0, Ava Boozer 0 0-0 0, Rylee Haynes 0 0-0 0, Chandler Dorsett 2 2-2 6, Emma Hood 3 1-6 7, Karmyn Sparks 1 0-0 2. Totals 7 3-10 17.
SAND ROCK – Chloe Clausen 0 0-0 0, Caley Garrett 5 0-3 12, Kirby DeBoard 2 0-0 4, Haley Grace Lisenbee 0 0-0 0, Maci Brown 0 0-0 0, Jenna McKnight 2 0-0 5, Lily Middlebrooks 4 2-2 10, Lanie Henderson 5 1-4 13, Kynleigh Chesnut 4 0-2 8. Totals 22 3-11 52.
Pleasant Valley 6 2 4 5 – 17
Sand Rock 16 9 18 9 – 52

3-point goals: Sand Rock 5 (Garrett 2, McKnight, Henderson 2). Fouled out: McKnight. Total fouls: Pleasant Valley 9, Sand Rock 14. Officials: Johnson, McClellan

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