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Girls roundup: Assistant coach’s pizza incentive drives Weaver to big fourth quarter and much-needed victory, helps PV clinch area No. 1; includes box scores, details and more

Weaver’s Kiese Hubbard (5) moves in to challenge Saks’ Teana Edwards during Friday night’s game. On the cover, Weaver coach Gary Atchley addresses the troops during a timeout. (Photos by B.J. Franklin)

Friday’s girls scores
Cherokee County 57, White Plains 27
Clay Central 68, Munford 35
Clay-Chalkville 52, Oxford 49
Donoho 45, Faith Christian 36
Glencoe at J.B. Pennington
Handley 61, Holtville 4
Haralson County (Ga.) 49, Piedmont 26
LaFayette 40, Ranburne 22
Ohatchee 54, Gaston 20
Pell City 50, Lincoln 29
Pleasant Valley 67, Wellborn 17
Southside 49, Alexandria 33
Spring Garden 65, Cleburne County 30
Talladega 51, Sylacauga 33
Talladega County Central at Winterboro
Weaver 46, Saks 41

By Al Muskewitz
East Alabama Sports Today
 
ANNISTON – It hasn’t been the best of years for the Weaver girls basketball team, but the Lady Bearcats had a lot of incentive to play well Friday night against Saks.

The Weaver players were all smiles after holding off Saks and await the reward promised by Weaver assistant coach Chelsea Mize (R). (Photo by B.J. Franklin)

Who doesn’t like pizza? Well that was the prize Weaver assistant coach Chelsea Mize dangled in front of the Lady Bearcats before the start of the fourth quarter and they responded with an inspired effort that lifted them to a 46-41 upset.
 
“We had a great practice yesterday; I think we are tired of losing,” head coach Gary Atchley said. “Plus, my assistant coach promised them pizza if we win and we played the whole fourth quarter like we haven’t eaten all week.”
 
The Lady Bearcats (3-12) led by a point going into the fourth quarter after trailing by six at halftime and they outscored Saks 21-17 in the final quarter to pull away. Madison Atchley scored seven of her 10 and Kiese Hubbard scored all six of her points in the quarter.
 
Haley Homesley led Weaver with 16 points, nine in the third quarter that helped bring it back. Marley Tucker added 10 points.
 
The win snapped a nine-game losing streak for the Lady Bearcats (3-12), who reached the Sweet 16 a year ago. It also handed the No. 1 seed in Class 3A Area 11 to Pleasant Valley. A win over Piedmont Tuesday will keep the Lady Bearcats out of their area tournament play-in game, a loss would send them into a coin toss with Saks.
 
“We needed this so bad,” Atchley said. “I’ve wanted to hide under a rock. We’ve just been kind of going through the motions. We played Pleasant Valley freaking hard the other night, we gave them everything we had, it was a 9-10-point game going into the fourth quarter and we just got in foul trouble. We hold our destiny in our own hands now.”
 
The Lady Bearcats will be holding pizza in those hands after practice one day next week.
 
Weaver 46, Saks 41
WEAVER (3-12) –
Madison Atchley 4 2-4 10, Kiese Hubbard 2 2-3 6, Loralei Brown 0 0-2 0, Marley Tucker 4 2-3 10, Kayleigh Hindsman 2 0-1 4, Haley Homesley 7 0-0 16. Totals 19 6-13 46.
SAKS (6-6) – Keilynn Williams 0 0-0 0, DeAvian Stewart 2 0-0 4, Deja Almon 0 0-0 0, Teana Edwards 6 3-6 16, Alicia Gooden 0 0-0 0, Jamiracle Bass 6 4-7 16, Destini Elston 0 0-4 0, Alayzia Neal 2 1-2 5. Totals 16 8-19 41.
 
Weaver                     9    2     14  21  –  46
Saks                           7    10   7    17  –  41
3-point goals: Weaver 2 (Homesley 2); Saks 1 (Edwards). Fouled out: Atchley, Almon. Total fouls: Weaver 16, Saks 14. Officials: Hayes, Wright, Stringer.

Weaver’s Marley Tucker (12) moves in to cut off a passing lane for Saks’ Destini Elston. (Photo by B.J. Franklin)

Cherokee County 57, White Plains 27

ANNISTON – The Lady Warriors jumped out to a 21-2 lead and cruised to a victory that allowed them to stay on track for the top seed in Class 4A Area 10.
 
They scored the first eight points of the game, led 17-2 after the first quarter and extended the lead to 19 points early in the second.
 
“One of the things we talked about was making sure we came out here focused, ready to take care of business,” Cherokee County coach Leah Nelson said. “The last time we played them they jumped out on us 7-0 and we just didn’t have the mentality we need to have at this point in our season to win important ballgames.”
 
Karlee Perry scored eight points in the first quarter on the way to a 20-point night. Jordyn Starr scored the Lady Warriors’ last six points of the quarter and finished with 12 points. Kayleigh Hunter had 14 in the game.

White Plains got its offense going in the second quarter. Callyn Martin scored four points in the quarter and finished with a team-high 14 points in the game.

Cherokee County 57, White Plains 27
CHEROKEE COUNTY –
Anakarina Reyes 0 0-0 0, Audrey Green 0 0-0 0, Keely Keener 1 0-0 2, Emily Allen 1 2-2 4, Aubrie Williams 0 0-0 0,  Karlee Perry 7 1-4 20, Sidney Johnson 1 0-1 2, Audrey Wester 0 0-0 0, Jordyn Starr 3 5-8 12, Kayleigh Hunter 4 6-9 14, Brooklyn Mahannah 0 0-0 0, Emilee Bedwell 0 0-0 0, Mary Johnson 1 0-0 3. Totals 18 14-24 57.
WHITE PLAINS (7-9) – Callyn Martin 6 1-2 14, Cheyenne Cochran 0 0-2 0, Hallie Williams 0 0-1 0, Shaniya Calloway 0 0-0 0, Camden Wilson 1 0-2 2, Lily Ponder 0 3-6 3, Adriana Sotelo 1 0-0 3, angel Bozarth 2 1-2 5, Kaylee Johnson 0 0-0 0, Isabella Higgins 0 0-0 0. Totals 10 5-15 27.
 
Cherokee County                17  9    14  17  –  57
White Plains                        2    11  8    6    –  27
3-point goals: Cherokee Co. 7 (Perry 5, Starr, Johnson); White Plains 2 (Martin, Sotelo). Fouled out: Wilson. Total fouls: Cherokee Co. 18, White Plains 19. Officials: Hollingsworth, Rodgers, Belyeu.

Pleasant Valley 67, Wellborn 17

JACKSONVILLE – The Lady Raiders put together another strong defensive game, holding their opponent to less than 20 points for the second game in a row, and thanks to Weaver’s upset of Saks clinched the No. 1 seed in the Class 3A Area 11 tournament.
 
On the offensive end, the Lady Raiders put five of their six scorers in double figures. Marlie Wright and Macey Roper led the way with 14 points apiece. Gracie Hood and Karmyn Sparks each had 11 and Emma Hood had 12.

Pleasant Valley 67, Wellborn 17
WELLBORN (0-11) –
Brooklyn Singleton 1 0-0 2, Blakley Cupp 3 3-4 9, Morgan 0 1-2 1, Nicole Burrell 0 0-0 0, Cloie Adkison 0 0-0 0, Ella Minor 0 0-0 0, TaNiya Traylor 0 0-0 0, Annelies Boot 1 1-2 3, Jayla Lowe 0 1-2 1, Dejah Traylor 0 0-0 0, Katelyn Hulsey 0 1-2 1. Totals 5 7-12 17.
PLEASANT VALLEY (11-9) – Rylee Haynes 2 1-4 5, Marlie Wright 5 0-0 14, Gracie Hood 4 0-0 11, Emma Hood 5 2-2 12, Macey Roper 7 0-2 14, Anna Worthy 0 0-0 0, Erin Rose 0 0-2 0, Karmyn Sparks 5 1-2 11, Kianna Hester 0 0-0 0, Chloey Williams 0 0-2 0, Harbor Parris 0 0-0 0. Totals 28 4-12 67.
 
Wellborn              1    3    10   3   –  17
Pleasant Valley   24  16  22   5   –  67
3-point goals: Pleasant Valley 7 (Wright 4, G. Hood 3). Total fouls: Pleasant Valley 9, Wellborn 11. 

Southside 49, Alexandria 33

ANNISTON – Savannah Nunn scored 15 of her 20 points in the first half to help the Lady Panthers take control of the game. Kaylee Brown had 16 for Southside. Kameron Simpson was Alexandria’s leading scorer with 13.
 
Southside 49, Alexandria 33
SOUTHSIDE –
Kensey Marble 0 0-0 0, Savannah Nunn 8 3-4 20, Sydney Yancey 2 1-1 5, Lynnsey Hunt 1 0-0 2, Kaylee Brown 6 2-3 16, Ziniah Hardy 0 0-0 0, Ally Gilliand 1 0-0 2, Kathry Rowe 2 0-0 4. Totals 20 6-8 49.
ALEXANDRIA – Ashley Phillips 0 5-7 5, Sarah Pelham 1 0-0 2, Kayleigh Steen 1 0-0 3, Kameron Simpson 6 0-0 13,
Walker 0 3-4 3, TyShica Woodgett 3 1-2 7, Rylee Gattis 0 0-0 0, Chloe Gattis 0 0-0 0. Totals 11 9-13 33.
 
Southside              10  19 10  10 –  49
Alexandria           9    5   13  6    –  33
3-point goals: Southside 3 (Nunn, Brown 2); Alexandria 2 (Steen, Simpson). Technical fouls: Hardy. Total fouls: Southside 14, Alexandria 12. Officials: Wood, Robinson, Hinkle.

Haralson County 49, Piedmont 26

TALLAPOOSA, Ga. – Tori Barkley hit three 3-pointers among her game-high 19 points to lead Haralson County. Lele Ridley led Piedmont with 15 points and nine rebounds. Z’Hayla Walker had four points and nine rebounds. 
 
PIEDMONT (4-11) – Ava Pope 1-8 0-0 2, Emma G. Todd 0-0 0-0 0, Whitney McFry 0-1 0-0 0, Jaycee Glover 0-9 0-2 0, Lele Ridley 4-12 6-10 15, Hannah Barbee 1-6 0-0 2, Armani Perry 0-0 0-0 0, Jenna Calvert 0-0 0-0 0, Sarah Goss 0-0 0-0 0, Gracie Naugher 1-2 0-0 3, Z’Hayla Walker 2-3 0-0 4. Totals 9-36 6-12 26.
HARALSON COUNTY – Lauren Bridges 3 3-5 9, Chloe Hyatt 2 0-2 5, Avery Lankford 0 0-0 0, Bayleigh Chandler 0 0-0 0, Tori Barakley 7 2-4 19, Claire Campbell 0 0-0 0, Sarakate Dobson 0 1-2 1, Katherine Bridges 1 3-6 5, Rylie Harrell 3 0-2 6, Morgan Martin 1 0-0 2, Laurel Vines 1 0-0 2, Abbie Brownlow 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 9-21 49.
 
Piedmont         8   5    5    8    –  26
Haralson Co.   11 21  16  1    –  49
3-point goals: Piedmont 2 (Ridley, Naugher); Haralson County 4 (Hyatt, Barkley 3). Fouled out: Pope. Total fouls: Piedmont 13, Haralson County 11. 

Ohatchee 54, Gaston 20

OHATCHEE – Jorda Crook scored 12 of her 19 points in the first quarter as Ohatchee raced out to a 22-4 lead. Tori Vice and Jazmine also were in double figures for the Lady Indians, scoring 10 points each.
 
GASTON – Makiyah Underwood 1 0-2 2, Alexis Underwood 0 0-3 0, Tamera Foster 0 0-0 0, Emma Parker 0 0-0 0, Olivia Lowrey 1 0-0 2, Indya Price 0 1-2 1, Ivy Dupree 0 0-0 0, Alyssa Gargus 4 2-4 11, Tracionna Jones 2 0-0 4. Totals 8 3-15 20.
OHATCHEE (10-7) – Gracyn Snow 1 1-2 4, Jazmine Adams 4 0-1 10, Lyda Elders 0 0-0 0, Tori Vice 5 0-0 10, Morgan Foushee 2 0-0 5, Gracie George 3 0-0 6, Millie Rainwater 0 0-0 0, Jorda Crook 8 3-4 19, Karson Coppock 0 0-0 0. Totals 23 4-7 54.
 
Gaston             4     6    4    6   –  20
Ohatchee         22  10  14  8   –  54
3-point goals: Gaston 1 (Gargus); Ohatchee 4 (Snow, Adams 2, Foushee). Total fouls: Gaston 10, Ohatchee 14. Officials: Barber, Wilson, Kelley.

Donoho 45, Faith Christian 36

ANNISTON – Victoria O’Neill scored 11 of her game-high 20 points in the fourth quarter, hitting two 3-pointers and going 5-of-8 from the free throw line, to help Donoho pull away and snap a three-game losing streak.
 
Donoho 45, Faith Christian 36
DONOHO (2-8) – Anastasia O’Neill 5 0-1 11, Campbell Hagan 4 0-5 8, Victoria O’Neill 6 5-9 20, Amelia Baker 0 0-1 0, Julie Cleckler 1 2-9 4, Virginia Jones 1 0-0 2, Janie Sills 0 0-0 0, A.G. Jones 0 0-0 0. Totals 17 7-25 45.
FAITH CHRISTIAN (5-11) – Ariana Arevalo 1 1-8 3, Anna Strautman 0 0-0 0, Kassidy Nix 0 0-0 0, A.G. Emerson 1 0-0 2, Elizabeth Bedford 3 0-0 7, Sydnee Johnson 3 2-5 10, Erin McVeigh 0 0-0 0, Meagan Ford 0 0-0 0, Baba Aremu 7 0-0 14. Totals 15 3-13 36.
 
Donoho                  9    12 10  14  –  45
Faith Christian    7   12  8    9    –  36
3-point goals: Donoho 4 (A. O’Neill, V. O’Neill 3); Faith Christian 3 (Bedford, Johnson 2). Fouled out: Cleckler. Total fouls: Donoho 14, Faith Christian 22.



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