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Boys roundup: Ohatchee’s hot hand fuels record-setting day; Piedmont, Sacred Heart win; scores and more

Saturday’s boys games
Coosa (Ga.) at Cherokee County
Guntersville 61, Southside 48
Ohatchee 84, Pleasant Valley 55
Piedmont 54, Westbrook Christian 47
Plainview 71, Spring Garden 53
Anniston 68, Ramsay 62
Sacred Heart 66, Sylacauga 49
Sumter Central at Munford

By East Alabama Sports Today
 
JACKSONVILLE –
 A 24-4 first quarter and six scorers in double figures paved the way for Ohatchee’s highest scoring game in head coach Bryant Ginn’s tenure Saturday, a 84-55 rout of Pleasant Valley.
 
Ginn has had the Indians’ boys team the last five years. Their previous single-game scoring high under him was 78 points in an 86-78 loss to Weaver in December 2016. Their previous best game this year was 77 in a victory over Ragland, part of three straight games scoring in the 70s.
 
“That’s pretty good,” Ginn said. “When we knock down our shots early we’re pretty tough.”
 
Evan Keller (15), Bayley Tillison (13), Austin Wyatt (12), Grayson Alward (12), Trey Pesnell (10) and Nathan Higgins (10) all scored in double figures for the Indians. All nine players who got in the game for them scored.
 
They simple couldn’t miss early on. They buried four straight 3-pointers at one stretch of the big opening quarter, several out of transition, and away they went. They hit five 3s in the quarter and seven in the game.
 
“We got on a stretch where we weren’t missing any shots and when you have those stretches where you don’t miss any shots it kind of intensifies the team’s energy,” Keller said. “And that’s when we get on the big runs, when our energy’s high and we trust everybody the most.”
 
Pleasant Valley’s Josh Ballew led all scorers with 19 points. He hit five 3-pointers in the second half, four in the fourth quarter. 

Ohatchee 84, Pleasant Valley 55
OHATCHEE (8-9) – Parker Alexander 1 0-2 2, Nathan Higgins 3 4-5 10, Trey Pesnell 3 4-5 11, Grayson Alward 6 0-0 12, Todd Dover 1 1-2 3, Cameron Foshee 2 0-0 6, Evan Keller 5 3-4 15, Bayley Tillison 5 1-5 13, Austin Wyatt 5 2-3 12. Totals 31 15-25 84.
PLEASANT VALLEY (3-12) – Austin Johnson 3 2-4 8, Jake Malsy 1 0-2 2, Brayden Wright 0 0-0 0, Josh Ballew 7 0-2 19, Wyatt Ingram 1 0-0 2, Coleman Haynes 4 2-2 12, Garrett Cramner 1 0-0 2, Jackson Almaroad 1 1-2 3, Colby Gaines 3 1-3 7. Totals 21 6-15 55.
Ohatchee         24        22        19        19        –          84
Pleasant Valley            4          20        12        19        –          55

3-point goals: Ohatchee 7 (Pesnell, Foshee 2, Keller 2, Tillison 2); Pleasant Valley 7 (Ballew 5, Haynes 2). Fouled out: Dover, Johnson, Malsy. Total fouls: Ohatchee 15, Pleasant Valley 23. Officials: Pratt, Hollingsworth, Howell.
 
PIEDMONT 54, WESTBROOK CHRISTIAN 47
 
PIEDMONT –
When Piedmont embarked on its current run of nine games in 14 days, Bulldogs coach JoJo Odam predicted Silas Thompson would play an important role in keeping the team on track.
 
Thompson was part of a balanced attack against the Warriors, scoring 10 points and grabbing seven rebounds as the Bulldogs remained undefeated through this stretch and won their eighth in a row.
 
T.J. Fairs was Piedmont’s leading scorer with 12 points, hitting four of five shots from the field. Carl Myers had 10 points and six rebounds. Delo Foster and Alex Odam had nine points each.
 
Piedmont 54, Westbrook Christian 47
WESTBROOK – Andrew Lockridge 4 0-0 9, Phillip Pirani 0 0-0 0, Grant Martin 2 0-0 5, Brandon Foster 0 0-0 0, Joseph Gilcrest 5 1-2 13, Christian Morris 0 0-0 0, P.J. Wells 3 1-6 7, Jackson Luttrell 4 0-2 8, Cade Phillips 2 1-4 5. Totals 20 3-14 47.
PIEDMONT (14-2) – Carl Myers 4 1-1 10, Kaedon Jenkins 1 0-2 2, Delo Foster 3 3-8 9, Silas Thompson 3 2-3 10, Alex Odam 2 4-5 9, T.J. Fairs 4 4-6 12, Jakari Foster 0 0-0 0, Sean Smith 1 0-0 2. Totals 18 14-25 54.
Westbrook         13            12            10            12            –               47
Piedmont            11            15            14            14            –               54
3-point goals: Westbrook 4 (Lockridge, Martin, Gilcrest 2); Piedmont 4 (Myers, Thompson 2, Odam). Fouled out: Wells, Luttrell, Foster. Total fouls: Westbrook 19, Piedmont 15. Officials: Kelley, McCreath, Phillips

SACRED HEART 66, SYLACAUGA 49
 
Khalil Watkins and Jayden Stone combined for 46 points to provide the Cardinals more than enough firepower. Watkins scored 10 points in the first quarter, hit 6-of-8 free throws in the first half and scored 22 points. Stone scored a game-high 24 points.

“We have won our last four games trying to build the chemistry needed for success,” Stone said. “There’s more to do but I hope we can peak at the right time.”
 
Sacred Heart 66, Sylacauga 49
SYLACAUGA –
Aametrius Sanders 0 4-4 4, Desmon Jones 2 0-0 4, Malik Powell 3 0-1 8, Daylon Keith 2 3-5 8, Ty Trammell 2 0-2 4, Qua Taylor 0 0-0 0, Shannon Grant 3 1-5 7, Caden Lunsford 2 0-0 5, DeMarco Campbell 2 2-2 6, Gabe Cox 1 0-0 3, Lareston Williams 0 0-0 0. Totals 17 10-19 49.
SACRED HEART – Spencer Wigley 0 0-0 0, Khalil Watkins 6 9-11 22, Jack Miller 2 0-0 4, Marshall 1 0-0 2, Caleb Brown 3 0-2 6, Aaron Moore 2 0-0 4, K.D. Harris 0 0-0 0, Jayden Stone 9 4-5 24, Cade Landers 2 0-0 4. Totals 25 13-18 66.
Sylacauga            13            9              17            10            –               49
Sacred Heart      21            14            12            19            –               66

3-point goals: Sylacauga 5 (Powell 2, Keith, Lunsford, Cox); Sacred Heart 3 (Watkins, Stone 2). Total fouls: Sylacauga 19, Sacred Heart 16..

A 24-4 first quarter and six scorers in double figures paved the way for Ohatchee’s highest scoring game in head coach Bryant Ginn’s tenure Saturday, an 84-55 rout of Pleasant Valley.
 
The Indians simple couldn’t miss early on. They buried four straight 3-pointers at one stretch of the big opening quarter and away they went.
 
Ginn has had the boys team the last five years. Their previous single-game scoring high under him was 78 points in an 86-78 loss to Weaver in December 2016. Their previous best game this year was 77 in a victory over Ragland, part of three straight games in the 70s.
 
Evan Keller (15), Bayley Tillison (13), Austin Wyatt (12), Gray Alward (12), Trey Pesnell (10) Nathan Higgins (10) all scored in double figures for the Indians.
 
Pleasant Valley’s Josh Ballew led all scorers with 19 points. He hit five 3-pointers in the second half, four in the fourth quarter.
 
This story will be updated.
 
Ohatchee 84, Pleasant Valley 55
OHATCHEE (8-9) – Parker Alexander 1 0-2 2, Nathan Higgins 3 4-5 10, Trey Pesnell 3 4-5 11, Grayson Alward 6 0-0 12, Todd Dover 1 1-2 3, Cameron Foshee 2 0-0 6, Evan Keller 5 3-4 15, Bayley Tillison 5 1-5 13, Austin Wyatt 5 2-3 12. Totals 31 15-25 84.
PLEASANT VALLEY (3-12) – Austin Johnson 3 2-4 8, Jake Malsy 1 0-2 2, Brayden Wright 0 0-0 0, Josh Ballew 7 0-2 19, Wyatt Ingram 1 0-0 2, Coleman Haynes 4 2-2 12, Garrett Cramner 1 0-0 2, Jackson Almaroad 1 1-2 3, Colby Gaines 3 1-3 7. Totals 21 6-15 55.
Ohatchee         24        22        19        19        –          84
Pleasant Valley            4          20        12        19        –          55

3-point goals: Ohatchee 7 (Presnell, Foshee 2, Keller 2, Tillison 2); Pleasant Valley 7 (Ballew 5, Haynes 2). Fouled out: Dover, Johnson, Malsy. Total fouls: Ohatchee 15, Pleasant Valley 23. Officials: Pratt, Hollingsworth, Howell.
 
PIEDMONT 54, WESTBROOK CHRISTIAN 47
 
PIEDMONT –
When Piedmont embarked on its current run of nine games in 14 days, Bulldogs coach JoJo Odam predicted Silas Thompson would play an important role in keeping the team on track.
 
Thompson was part of a balanced attack against the Warriors, scoring 10 points and grabbing seven rebounds as the Bulldogs remained undefeated through this stretch and won their eighth in a row.
 
T.J. Fairs was Piedmont’s leading scorer with 12 points, hitting four of five shots from the field. Carl Myers had 10 points and six rebounds. Delo Foster and Alex Odam had nine points each.
 
Piedmont 54, Westbrook Christian 47
WESTBROOK – Andrew Lockridge 4 0-0 9, Phillip Pirani 0 0-0 0, Grant Martin 2 0-0 5, Brandon Foster 0 0-0 0, Joseph Gilcrest 5 1-2 13, Christian Morris 0 0-0 0, P.J. Wells 3 1-6 7, Jackson Luttrell 4 0-2 8, Cade Phillips 2 1-4 5. Totals 20 3-14 47.
PIEDMONT (14-2) – Carl Myers 4 1-1 10, Kaedon Jenkins 1 0-2 2, Delo Foster 3 3-8 9, Silas Thompson 3 2-3 10, Alex Odam 2 4-5 9, T.J. Fairs 4 4-6 12, Jakari Foster 0 0-0 0, Sean Smith 1 0-0 2. Totals 18 14-25 54.
Westbrook         13            12            10            12            –               47
Piedmont            11            15            14            14            –               54
3-point goals: Westbrook 4 (Lockridge, Martin, Gilcrest 2); Piedmont 4 (Myers, Thompson 2, Odam). Fouled out: Wells, Luttrell, Foster. Total fouls: Westbrook 19, Piedmont 15. Officials: Kelley, McCreath, Phillips

SACRED HEART 66, SYLACAUGA 49
 
Khalil Watkins and Jayden Stone combined for 46 points to provide the Cardinals more than enough firepower. Watkins scored 10 points in the first quarter, hit 6-of-8 free throws in the first half and scored 22 points. Stone scored a game-high 24 points.
 
Sacred Heart 66, Sylacauga 49
SYLACAUGA –
Aametrius Sanders 0 4-4 4, Desmon Jones 2 0-0 4, Malik Powell 3 0-1 8, Daylon Keith 2 3-5 8, Ty Trammell 2 0-2 4, Qua Taylor 0 0-0 0, Shannon Grant 3 1-5 7, Caden Lunsford 2 0-0 5, DeMarco Campbell 2 2-2 6, Gabe Cox 1 0-0 3, Lareston Williams 0 0-0 0. Totals 17 10-19 49.
SACRED HEART – Spencer Wigley 0 0-0 0, Khalil Watkins 6 9-11 22, Jack Miller 2 0-0 4, Marshall 1 0-0 2, Caleb Brown 3 0-2 6, Aaron Moore 2 0-0 4, K.D. Harris 0 0-0 0, Jayden Stone 9 4-5 24, Cade Landers 2 0-0 4. Totals 25 13-18 66.
Sylacauga            13            9              17            10            –               49
Sacred Heart      21            14            12            19            –               66

3-point goals: Sylacauga 5 (Powell 2, Keith, Lunsford, Cox); Sacred Heart 3 (Watkins, Stone 2). Total fouls: Sylacauga 19, Sacred Heart 16..

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