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Girls roundup: Faith Christian plays better when it plays together; Jacksonville, Ohatchee, Weaver post wins, and more 

Kristin Covington scored a game-high 18 points to lead Faith Christian to a big area victory over rival Donoho. (Photo by B.J. Franklin)


By Al Muskewitz
East Alabama Sports Today
 
In a five-team area if you can’t be the No. 1 seed the mission becomes to avoid the 4-5 play-in game as ardently as possible.
 
The Faith Christian girls basketball team moved a little closer to doing just that after Friday’s 52-32 win over Donoho, but that decision may not be totally in their hands.
 
The Lady Lions’ win over JCA Tuesday was a big deal for a program coach Casey Farr says is changing and a big help to get them back in a favorable playoff spot. But it may still take the luck of a coin flip to determine who avoids the play-in game for the right to play the No. 1 seed and almost certain elimination. At least in the 2-3 game you have a chance to play for a berth in the substate round.

“I would much rather be sitting at 3 and get to play the 2,” Faith coach Casey Farr said. “But at this point every night is about us going out, being together and playing together. A 20-point win on my belt is amazing and it feels great but it’s all about right back here (pointing in the dressing room).”

Faith used a big second half to win this one. The Lady Lions held a five-point halftime lead, then turned up their defense and outscored the Lady Falcons 27-12 in the second half. They held Donoho to three field goals in the second half and four points in the fourth quarter.
 
Meanwhile, Kristin Covington scored 10 of her 18 points in the half and Emily Sills had six of her 13 in it. Not to be overlooked was the effort Sarah Kate McVeigh gave that won’t show in the box score but played a big part in getting those scorers open.

Campbell Hagan and Jenna Stremmel kept the Lady Falcons in it early. Hagan scored eight of her team-high 15 points in the first half while Stremmel scored all six of her points in the half. Victoria O’Neill gave them six of her 10 in the second quarter.
 
Faith had a 19-18 lead when Farr called time out with 3:32 left in the half. The Lady Lions outscored Donoho 6-2 to the horn, then opened the third quarter with a 12-3 run and steadily pulled away. 

“Finishing for me and for our team is all about believing in the process and buying into what the coaches have taught us,” Covington said. “We have our goals, definitely, but I think our biggest goal as a team is to play together as well as possible.”

C.J. Setters (22) and Sydnee Johnson make it difficult for Donoho’s Anastasia O’Neill (13) to complete a pass during Friday’s game, (Photo by B.J. Franklin)

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Faith Christian 52, Donoho 32
FAITH CHRISTIAN (7-7) –
Emily Sills 5 1-1 13, Ari Arevalo 1 0-0 2, Kristin Covington 7 4-4 18, Kassidy Nix 0 0-0 0, Elizabeth Bedford 1 0-0 3, Sydnee Johnson 2 2-2 6, C.J. Setters 0 0-1 0, S.K. McVeigh 3 0-0 6, Erin McVeigh 0 0-0 0, Savannah Gibbins 0 0-0 0, Meg Ford 2 0-0 4, Anna Stroutman 0 0-0 0. Totals 21 7-8 52.
DONOHO (1-12) – Victoria O’Neill 4 1-3 10, Shelly Phillips 0 0-0 0, Campbell Hagan 6 3-4 15, Savannah Frickey 0 0-0 0, Amelia Baker 0 0-0 0, Anastasia O’Neill 0 1-2 1, Lillie Mae Sherman 0 0-0 0, Jenna Stremmel 3 0-2 6. Totals 13 5-11 32.
Faith Christian         8          17        14        13        –          52
Donoho                       8          12        8          4          –          32

3-point goals: Faith Christian 3 (Sills 2, Beford); Donoho 1 (V. O’Neill). Total fouls: Faith Christian 14, Donoho 8. Officials: Morris, Oden, Wright.
 
CLAY-CHALKVILLE 64, OXFORD 48
OXFORD –
Clay-Chalkville guard Ericka Johnson was in foul trouble most of the night, but made up for her time out with 17 second-half points to help the Lady Cougars (9-9) pull away.
 
It was a tight battle in the first half as the Lady Jackets (3-16) got off to a quick 8-3 start before the Cougars started making 3s. Clay-Chalkville nailed four in the first half and managed a 29-25 halftime lead. Senior Justyce Smith and eight points and 10 rebounds in the half for Oxford.
 
Smith ended up with a double-double (20 points, 13 rebounds) and Akiera Robinson had 15, including three 3s. –Brant Locklier
 
Clay-Chalkville 64, Oxford 48
CLAY-CHALKVILLE (9-9) –
Khali Johnson 2 0-0 5, Monika Johnson 4 5-7 15, Erica Lockhart 6 9-9 22, Tamerria Tatum 0 0-0 0, Lakerrya Moulton 1 2-2 4, Tamiya Muse 0 2-2 2, Aukevia Tellis 4 1-3 12, Cheyenne Pearson 2 0-0 4, Olivia Watson 0 0-0 0. Totals 19 19-23 64. 
OXFORD (3-16) – Kiki Woods 0 0-0 0, Kaleah Taylor 0 0-0 0, Emma McCullough 0 0-0 0, Lisa Montgomery 0 0-0 0, Sara Paulson 0 0-0 0, Jamya Gibson 0 0-0 0, Ashleigh Jackson 1 2-2 4, Akiera Robinson 5 2-4 15, Lauren Ellard 1 2-3 4, Amirea McLeod 0 0-0 0, Justyce Smith 7 6-7 20, Lamiya McGrue 1 0-0 2, Justyce Woods 0 3-4 3. Totals 15 15-20 48.
Clay-Chalkville         14        15        17        18        –          64
Oxford                        13        12        8          15        –          48
3-point goals: Clay-Chalkville 7 (K. Johnson, M. Johnson 2, Lockhart, Tellis 3); Oxford 3 (Robinson). Rebounds: Clay-Chalkville 22 (Lockhart 5); Oxford 28 (Smith 13).
 
CHEROKEE COUNTY 47, WHITE PLAINS 22
CENTRE –
Jordyn Starr scored all 19 of her points in the first half to lead Cherokee County to a 35-9 halftime lead and an area victory. Starr hit a pair of 3-pointers in the half and went 7-for-7 from the free throw line.
 
Cherokee County 47, White Plains 22
WHITE PLAINS (9-12) –
Callyn Martin 0 0-0 0, Cheyenne Cochran 0 0-0 0, Camden Wilson 1 2-4 4, Lily Ponder 3 2-4 8, Adrianna Sotelo 1 0-0 2, Jocelyn Harris 2 0-2 4, Angel Bozarth 1 1-2 3, Kaylee Johnson 0 0-0 0, Hallie Williams 0 1-2 1. Totals 8 6-14 22.
CHEROKEE COUNTY – Bell Mahannah 0 2-2 2, Carilyn Elrod 0 0-0 0, Sydney Whisenant 0 0-0 0, Aubrie Williams 0 0-3 0, Laney Johnson 3 0-0 8, Aubrey Wester 1 0-0 2, Jordyn Starr 5 7-7 19, Kayleigh Hunter 2 4-6 8, Crimson Mahannah 1 3-6 6, Alexia Wood 0 2-4 2. Totals 12 18-28 47.
White Plains                3          6          6          7          –          22
Cherokee County        25        10        10        2          –          47
3-point goals: Cherokee County 5 (Johnson 2, Starr 2, C. Mahannah). Total fouls: White Plains 19, Cherokee County 19.
 
SOUTHSIDE 53, ALEXANDRIA 28
ALEXANDRIA –
Ashley Phillips 2 0-0 6, Sarah Pelham 2 0-0 5, Kayleigh Steen 2 0-0 6, Kaitlin Harvey 1 1-2 3, Kameron Simpson 2 0-0 4, TyShica Woodgett 0 0-0 0, Maggie Phillips 1 2-2 4. Totals 10 3-4 28.
SOUTHSIDE – Savannah Nunn 3 5-6 11, Sydney Yancey 1 0-0 2, Kenzi Duncan 3 2-4 8, Kaylee Brown 1 0-0 2, Alexis Thompson 2 0-0 4, Kat Rowe 3 0-0 6, Macie Williams 8 4-6 20. Totals 21 11-16 53.
Alexandria       5          7          7          9          –          28
Southside        16        8          15        14        –          53        

3-point goals: Alexandria 5 (A. Phillips 2, Pelham, Steen 2). Total fouls: Alexandria 13,
Southside 8. Officials: Fountain, Thomas, Simpson.
 
OHATCHEE 40, GASTON 26
OHATCHEE –
Gracyn Snow 1 0-0 2, Jazmine Adams 2 0-2 4, Tori Vice 11 0-1 24, Gracie George 2 0-1 4, Millie Rainwater 0 0-0 0, Regan Snow 1 0-2 2, Jorda Crook 2 0-4 4. Totals 19 0-10 40.
GASTON – Kaytlin Thrasher 0 0-0 0, Alexis Underwood 1 0-0 2, Katherine Moon 1 0-0 3, Ivy Dupree 3 2-6 8, Sidney Oliver 0 3-4 3, Haley Morgan 1 1-2 4, Indya Price 0 0-0 0, Lillian Lewis 2 0-0 6. Totals 8 6-12 26.
Ohatchee         17        6          8          9          –          40
Gaston             3          4          5          14        –          26
3-point goals: Ohatchee 2 (Vice 2); Gaston 4 (Morgan, Moon, Lewis 2). Total fouls: Ohatchee 13, Gaston 8. Notes: Vice got off to a fast start, scoring 13 in the first quarter.
 
JACKSONVILLE 48, PIEDMONT 33
PIEDMONT –
Sydney Prater 4-7 6-9 15, Kayley Kirk 4-11 0-0 11, Lele Ridley 1-6 2-4 4, Kiara Jackson 1-4 0-0 3, Z‘Hayla Walker 0-0 0-0 0, Hannah Barbee 0-0 0-0 0, Cayla Parris 0-0 0-0 0, Armoni Perry 0-0 0-0 0, Amber Rainey 0-0 0-0 0, Mackenzie Tolbert 0-0 0-0 0, Madison Tyree 0-3 0-1 0. Totals 10-31 8-13 33.
JACKSONVILLE – Kayla Broom 10-17 2-4 23, Patience Carr 3-13 2-5 9, Brenna Stone 3-3 0-0 6, Rebekah Gannaway 1-5 0-0 3, Amia Montgomery 1-3 0-0 2, Malijah Goggins 1-3 0-0 2, Amarie Curry 1-1 0-2 2, Sarah Quinn 0-1 0-0 0, Ashlynn Farr 0-0 0-0 0, Aly Meagher 0-0 0-0 0, Khadajah Richardson 0-1 0-0 0, TiAsia Williams 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 20-48 4-11 48.
Piedmont         8          11        4          10        –          33
Jacksonville     13        14        8          13        –          48
3-point goals: Piedmont 5-17 (Prater 1-2, Kirk 3-8, Ridley 0-3, Jackson 1-3, Tyree 0-1);
Jacksonville 4-16 (Broom 2-4, Carr 1-6, Gannaway 1-2, Goggins 0-2, Richardson 0-1, Williams 0-1). Rebounds: Piedmont 23 (Ridley 6); Jacksonville 33 (Broom 8). Total fouls: Piedmont 9, Jacksonville 9
 
WEAVER 57, SAKS 20
WEAVER (13-5) –
Caleigh Cortez 2 3-4 7, Kiese Hubbard 1 0-1 2, Lorilei Brown 0 0-0 0, Maleah Foster 2 2-4 6, Trinity Pulliam 3 2-2 8, Dijinea Anderson 1 1-2 3, Abby Gaines 5 0-0 12, Amira Carter 2 3-6 7, Haley Homesley 6 0-0 12. Totals 22 11-19 55.
SAKS (2-14) – Amya Carlise 1 2-4 4, Deja Almon 1 0-0 2, Halimah Binyamin 3 1-2 7, Teana Edwards 2 2-4 6, Alicia Gooden 0 0-0 0, Thomas 0 1-2 1, Destini Elston 0 0-0 0. Totals 7 6-12 20.
Weaver          17        15        20        5          –          57
Saks                8          3          8          1          –          20

3-point goals: Weaver 2 (Gaines 2). Fouled out: Carlise. Total fouls: Weaver 13, Saks 17. Officials: Hall, Cedrich, Daniel.
 
GLENCOE 64, JB PENNINGTON 50
JB PENNINGTON –
Lessie Allison 1 3-3 5, Kindle Weems 0 0-0 0, MaKayla Head 1 0-1 2, Kayla Putman 3 1-2 7, Amber Hall 1 0-0 2, Madison Lipscomb 7 12-19 26, Kylee Johnson 3 0-0 8. Totals 16 16-25 50.
GLENCOE – Anna Claire Hipps 1 0-0 2, Anna Grace Goodwin 5 0-0 12, Anna Beth Giles 3 405 11, Abby Vice 1 1-2 3, Alie Silvey 1 4-5 6, Ashley Morgan 2 3-4 7, Asia Dennis 1 2-2 4, Lauren Cole 2 1-7 5, Crimson Silvey 1 2-2 5, Aubrey Gray 3 3-8 9. Totals 20 20-35 64.
JB Pennington           17        11        5          17        –          50
Glencoe                       20        11        12        21        –          64
3-point goals: JB Pennington 2 (Johnson 2); Glencoe 4 (C. Silvey, Giles, Goodwin 2). Fouled out: Johnson, Goodwin, Giles. Total fouls: JB Pennington 25, Glencoe 22. Officials: Montgomery, Woods, Tillery. Notes: The Lady Jackets overcame a lot of adversity to pick up this win. One player didn’t make the game because of the flu, another left at halftime with flu symptoms and two regular guards fouled out in the fourth quarter. 

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