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Girls roundup: Pleasant Valley uses balanced scoring effort to offset Piedmont’s big guns; Hokes Bluff edges Jacksonville in OT and more

Faith Christian’s Emily Sills chases down a loose ball with the Coosa Christian defenders Bella Millirons (33) and Erin Snow (31) in pursuit. On the cover, Lindsey Pritchett led a balanced scoring attack that lifted Pleasant Valley over Piedmont. (Photos by B.J. Franklin)

Thursday’s games
Anniston 67, Guntersville 26
Coosa Christian 56, Faith Christian 24
Hokes Bluff 38, Jacksonville 34 (OT)
Jacksonville Christian 49, Donoho 45
Pleasant Valley 70, Piedmont 65
Spring Garden 67, Cleburne County 26

By Al Muskewitz
East Alabama Sports Today

JACKSONVILLE – Pleasant Valley coach Brad Hood said it looked “different” having his leading scorer and rebounder both on the bench in the heat of an important area game, but there they were, both having fouled out of the game.
 
It would be up to others on the roster to bring the Lady Raiders through and they wound up getting contributions across the board to hold off Piedmont 70-65 to maintain second place behind Weaver in their area standings.
 
PV leading scorer Emma Hood fouled out in the third quarter and top rebounder Karmyn Sparks followed her to the bench in the fourth. But the Lady Raiders, you could say, had a little extra in reserve.

Freshman Rylee Haynes, a starter, scored seven points in the third quarter and set up several of Chandler Dorsett’s 3-pointers with her penetration. Junior high call-up Marlie Wright provided “great minutes” in the fourth quarter with her defense and rebounding. Ava Boozer hit a big 3-pointer in the first quarter and converted an equally important three-point play with a minute left to push the lead to six. 

“My takeaway from tonight is they faced some adversity and kept fighting,” Brad Hood said. “It was a good team win. … It was just an opportunity to get better to beat Weaver. We’re both chasing them.”
 
Sydney Prater and Kayley Kirk helped Piedmont stage a furious comeback in the fourth quarter, but PV was luckily far enough ahead that the Lady Bulldogs ran out of time before the Lady Raiders ran out of lead. Prater and Kirk combined for 22 of the Lady Bulldogs’ 25 points in the fourth quarter.
 
Prater, relieved of the pressure of chasing her 1,000th career point, erupted for 31 points. She surpassed the milestone early in Tuesday night’s game with Saks and now has 1,048 career points. Kirk had 22 points. 
 
Pleasant Valley offset those efforts by putting five scorers in double figures for the first time this season.
 
Lindsey Pritchett led the balanced effort with 13 points. Haynes had 12, while Brooke Perry, Dorsett and Sparks had 11 each. Hood scored six and is now 26 points shy of 1,000 for her career.
 
“So many people scoring in double figures made it a fun game from the team aspect of it,” Hood said. “I think we’re a true team, we just don’t have it all together yet. We could be a dangerous team by area.”
 
Pleasant Valley 70, Piedmont 65
PIEDMONT (7-7) –
Kayley Kirk 8 5-8 22, Lele Ridley 2 0-1 5, MacKenzie Tolbert 0 0-0 0, Madison Tyree 1 0-0 3, Z’Hayla Walker 2 0-0 4, Sydney Prater 13 5-8 31, Kiara Jackson 0 0-0 0. Totals 26 10-17 65.
PLEASANT VALLEY (11-8) – Brooke Perry 4 3-3 11, Lindsey Pritchett 4 2-2 13, Ava Boozer 2 1-1 6, Rylee Haynes 5 1-3 12, Chandler Dorsett 3 2-5 11, Emma Hood 2 1-2 6, Marlee Wright 0 0-0 0, Karmyn Sparks 4 3-3 11. Totals 24 13-19 70.
Piedmont                     13          8         19       25        –          65
Pleasant Valley          18        15        22        15        –          70

3-point goals: Piedmont 3 (Kirk, Ridley, Tyree); Pleasant Valley 9 (Pritchett 3, Boozer, Haynes, Dorsett 3, E. Hood). Fouled out: E. Hood, Sparks. Total fouls: Piedmont 16, Pleasant Valley 20. Officials: Pratt, Watson, Elworth.

HOKES BLUFF 38, JACKSONVILLE 34 (OT)
JACKSONVILLE –
Jayden Presley scored 12 points and Hokes Bluff outscored Jacksonville 6-2 in overtime to win. Kayla Broom led Jacksonville with 11 points.
 
Hokes Bluff 38, Jacksonville 34 (OT)
HOKES BLUFF –
Jayden Presley 4-9 4-6 12, Kristen Shields 2-8 2-2 7, Gracie West 1-5 3-4 5, Maddie Smith 2-8 0-0 5, Haley Simpson 0-3 4-10 4, Madison Wolfe 1-3 0-0 3, Madison Ingram 1-4 0-0 2, Aubrey Moland 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 11-40 13-22 38.
JACKSONVILLE (7-9) – Kayla Broom 5-12 1-2 11, Patience Carr 3-9 0-0 7, Brenna Stone 2-3 1-2 5, Rebekah Gannaway 1-4 0-0 3, Amia Montgomery 1-2 1-2 3, TiAsia Williams 1-2 0-0 3, Malijah Goggins 0-3 2-2 2, Amarie Curry 0-1 0-0 0, Aly Meagher 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 13-36 5-8 34.
Hokes Bluff      13        2          10        7          6          –          38
Jacksonville     9          5          10        8          2          –          34
3-point goals: Hokes Bluff 3-11 (Shields 1-2, Smith 1-5, Simpson 0-2, Wolfe 1-2); Jacksonville 3-19 (Broom 0-5, Carr 1-5, Gannaway 1-4, Williams 1-2, Goggins 0-3). Rebounds: Hokes Bluff 31 (West 6); Jacksonville 26 (Stone 6, Broom 6).
Fouled out: Shields, Broom. Total fouls: Hokes Bluff 9, Jacksonville 22.
 
COOSA CHRISTIAN 56, FAITH CHRISTIAN 24
India Brown scored seven of her game-high 18 points in the second quarter and Claire Davidson added six of her 13 in the period as the Lady Conquerors pulled away.  To see more photos from this game visit www.bjfranklin.smugmug.com
 
Coosa Christian 56, Faith Christian 24
COOSA CHRISTIAN –
Claire Davidson 6 1-3 13, Emily Snow 1 0-0 3, Sydney Courington 3 1-4 7, Jones 0 0-0 0, Kaylee Reaves 0 0-0 0, Erin Snow 0 0-0 0, Bella Millirons 4 1-3 9, Caitlin Cates 0 0-0 0, Gemma Littlejohn 1 2-2 4, Emma Justus 1 0-0 2, India Brown 7 4-4 18. Totals 23 9-16 56.
FAITH CHRISTIAN (6-7) – Emily Sills 0 1-4 1, Ari Arevalo 1 0-0 2, Kristin Covington 2 0-2 4, Kassidy Nix 0 0-0 0, Elizabeth Bedford 0 0-0 0, Sydnee Johnson 3 2-4 8, C.J. Setters 1 0-1 2, S.K. McVeigh 1 0-0 2, Erin McVeigh 0 0-0 0, Savanna Gibbins 0 0-0 0, Meg Ford 1 3-5 5, Anna Strautman 0 0-0 0. Totals 9 6-16 24. 
Coosa Christian           9          18        12        17        –          56
Faith Christian             7          7          4          7          –          24
3-point goals: Coosa 1 (Snow). Total fouls: Coosa 16, Faith 12. Officials: Hall, Robinson, Lemon.

JACKSONVILLE CHRISTIAN 49, DONOHO 45
JACKSONVILLE –
Kylie Cupp scored nine points in the second half, Mia Morales tossed in another eight and JCA was 8-for-11 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter in the come-from-behind victory.
 
Morales and Sidney Hancock had 12 points each for JCA and Cupp finished with 11. Victoria O’Neill scored 10 of her 17 points in the first quarter to stake Donoho to a 17-8 lead, but the Thunder kept chipping away at it.
 
JCA 49, Donoho 45
DONOHO (1-11) –
Victoria O’Neill 7 0-0 17, Shelly Phillips 2 0-0 4, Campbell Hagan 1 5-5 7, Savannah Frickey 2 0-0 4, Anastasia O’Neill 2 0-0 5, Jenna Stremmel 4 0-1 8. Totals 18 5-6 45.
JCA (11-6) – Karli Barnwell 0 3-3 3, Kylie Cupp 4 3-7 11, Mia Morales 6 0-1 12, Jacie Brakett 0 0-0 0, Elizabeth Goss 2 2-2 6, Rebekah Carter 2 1-2 5, Sidney Hancock 4 4-5 12. Totals 18 13-20 49.
Donoho           17        6        13        9          –          45
JCA                 8          10        15        16        –          49

3-point goals: 4 Donoho (V. O’Neill 3, A. O’Neill). Fouled out: Frickey. Total fouls: Donoho 17, JCA 11.
 
ANNISTON 67, GUNTERSVILLE 26
The Lady Bulldogs (14-3) got contributions across the board. Allasha Dudley scored 20 points, grabbed eight rebounds and had seven steals and nine assists. Kiana Montgomery scored 10 points, had six rebounds, three steals and four blocked shots. Tekyia Jackson had 16 points, four rebounds and two steals, and Toniah Foster had 12 points and nine boards.

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