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Lady Panthers sharp

Girls roundup: Spring Garden hits 15 3s on JCA, PV holds another foe under 20, Alexandria closing on top seed, Piedmont tops Weaver and more

Tuesday’s girls scores
Alexandria 66, Etowah 55
ASD 42, Victory Christian 30
Cherokee County 50, Jacksonville 44
Cleburne County at Wellborn
Coosa Christian 58, Faith Christian 34
Fort Payne 63, White Plains 33
Handley 68, Clay Central 45
Lincoln 59, Munford 23
Piedmont 47, Weaver 26
Pleasant Valley 53, Saks 14
Ranburne 47, Donoho 30
Spring Garden 96, Jacksonville Christian 39
Talladega Co. Central 68, Ragland 57
Westbrook Christian 56, Ohatchee 40

Etowah County Tournament
Hokes Bluff 59, Gaston 29

By Al Muskewitz
East Alabama Sports Today
 
JACKSONVILLE – In addition to the box scores and scorebooks, Spring Garden coach Ricky Austin keeps an efficiency rating for each player, each game and each season in his office. The efficiency the Lady Panthers displayed in Tuesday night’s 96-39 rout of Jacksonville Christian was off the charts.
 
In the first quarter and a half alone the Lady Panthers scored on 18 of 26 possessions, hit 17 of their first 25 shots from the floor, and scored 31 of their first 41 points off the 19 turnovers they created. By the time Austin had gotten every player into the game – with 1:20 left in the first half – they had scored on 24 of 35 possessions and had a 56-11 lead.
 
“Wish I could duplicate that every game; that’d be a great year,” Austin said. “It was pretty precise. We made plays for each other and we made the easy shots we should be making this time of year, so I was very pleased with the efficiency.”
 
It was the second time this season the Lady Panthers (21-2) scored more than 90 points and won their tenth game in a row. They scored more points than the Thunder just on 3-pointers, getting 15 from seven players. Macy Reedy and Abbie Steward each had four.
 
The Lady Panthers were so efficient all 14 players who got in the game scored.
 
“That’s why you bring them,” Austin said. “We just don’t say let’s go for the ride. When you get a chance to do something, no matter what the score is, let’s get better and be ready to do your job. That’s the reward, you get to score when you do your job.
 
“That’s speaks highly of our team how we’re built. We’re not built for one person, two people, we’ve got a lot of people who has to contribute and when it’s your time, it’s your time. That’s how we are.”
 
Reedy and Kayley Kirk led Spring Garden with 14 points each; Reedy scored all her points in the first quarter. Steward had 12, while Ace Austin and Neely Welsh each scored 10.
 
JCA’s Rebekah Carter led all scorers with 21 points. She scored 17 in the second half for the Thunder, which was missing two of their top players for injury and illness.
 
Spring Garden 96, Jacksonville Christian 39
SPRING GARDEN (21-2) –
Ace Austin 5 0-0 10, Abbie Woods 2 0-0 5, Macy Reedy 5 0-0 14, Kayley Kirk 5 3-4 14, Sarah Kate McKay 2 0-0 6, Avery Steward 2 0-0 6, Alexis Adkison 2 0-0 4, Neely Welsh 4 2-2 10, Olivia Law 1 0-0 2, Kristen Lewis 2 0-0 5, Abbie Steward 4 0-0 12, Maggie Jarrett 2 0-0 4, Breanna Rogers 1 0-0 2, Maggie Reedy 1 0-0 2. Totals 38 5-6 96.
JACKSONVILLE CHRISTIAN – Rebekah Carter 9 0-0 21, Kara Goss 3 0-0 6, Kristen Walker 0 0-0 0, Mia Morales 2 0-0 4, Karli Barnwell 1 0-0 2, Abbie Stovall 0 1-2 1, Hannah Clayton 2 0-1 5, Krymson Clay 0 0-0 0. Totals 17 1-3 39.
 
Spring Garden        27  29 24  16  –  96
JCA                             9    2   16  12  –  39
3-point goals: Spring Garden 15 (Woods, Mc. Reedy 4, Kirk, McKay 2, Av. Steward 2, Lewis, Ab. Steward 4); JCA 4 (Carter 3, Clayton). Total fouls: Spring Garden 4, JCA 7. Officials: Batey, Hughes, Dyar.

Cherokee Co. 50, Jacksonville 44

CENTRE — Jordyn Starr led three Cherokee County scorers in double figures with 17 points. She also added five rebounds and five steals for the Lady Warriors (12-8, 4-1), who kept pace with Hokes Bluff for the right to host the upcoming area tournament. 
 
Karlee Perry connected on four treys and finished with 13 points. Kayleigh Hunter contributed 12 points and 13 rebounds. Aubrie Williams had six points.

Jacksonville’s Kayla Broom led all scorers with 22 points, including three treys. She also grabbed 15 boards.

The Lady Golden Eagles (10-7, 2-2) held a 17-8 advantage at the end of the first quarter before Cherokee County surged ahead at the break, 24-22. The Lady Warriors stretched the lead to 40-31 after three quarters and held on down the stretch.

Cherokee County 50, Jacksonville 44
JACKSONVILLE – Kayla Broom 7-11 5-8 22, Maggie Anderson 2-7 0-0 6, Amarie Curry 2-7 1-2 5, Patience Carr 2-5 0-0 5, Amia Montgomery 1-1 0-0 3, Brenna Stone 0-2 1-2 1, Rebekah Gannaway 0-3 1-2 1, Malijah Goggins 0-2 1-2 1, Carmen Prater 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 14-38 9-16 44.
CHEROKEE COUNTY – Jordyn Starr 5-15 6-9 17, Karlee Perry 4-10 1-1 13, Kayleigh Hunter 4-9 4-7 12, Aubrie Williams 3-7 0-0 6, Emily Allen 1-6 0-0 2, Audrey Green 0-2 0-1 0, Sidney Johnson 0-0 0-0 0, Audrey Wester 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 17-49 11-18 50.
 
Jacksonville     17  5    9   13   –  44
Cherokee Co.    8   16  16  10  –  50
3-point goals: Jacksonville 7-17 (Broom 3-4, Anderson 2-7, Curry 0-1, Carr 1-2, Montgomery 1-1, Gannaway 0-2); Cherokee Co. 5-14 (Starr 1-2, Perry 4-10, Allen 0-1, Green 0-1). Rebounds: Jacksonville 39 (Broom 15, Curry 5); Cherokee Co. 28 (Hunter 13, Starr 6). Fouled out: Stone. Total fouls: Jacksonville 12, Cherokee Co. 11.

Pleasant Valley 53, Saks 14

ANNISTON – The Lady Raiders had four starters score in double figures and their defense held their third opponent in the last four games under 20 points. Emma Hood and Macey Roper led PV with 13 points each. Rylee Haynes had 12 and Karmyn Sparks had 10.

The game was moved to Alexandria Middle School because of roof leaks in the PV gym. The Lady Raiders (14-9) are the No. 8 seed in the upcoming Calhoun County Tournament, where they’ll play Saks in their first game Saturday, but are 6-0 since the seeding meeting.
 
Pleasant Valley 53, Saks 14
SAKS –
Alayzia Neal 1 0-1 2, Keilynn Williams 0 2-2 2, Takierra Hudson 1 0-0 2, Deja Almon 3 0-0 6, Alicia Gooden 0 0-0 0, Teana Edwards 0 0-0 0, Destini Elston 1 0-0 2, DeAvian Stewart 0 0-0 0. Totals 6 2-3 14.
PLEASANT VALLEY (14-9) – Rylee Haynes 5 2-5 12, Marlie Wright 1 0-0 2, Gracie Hood 0 2-3 2, Emma Hood 5 3-12 13, Macey Roper 6 1-6 13. Erin Rose 0 0-0 0, Karmyn Sparks 4 2-2 10. Totals 
 
Saks                            2    8    2    2    –  14
Pleasant Valley         21  12 18  2    –  53
3-point goals: Pleasant Valley 1 (Wright). Fouled out: Hudson, Edwards. Total fouls: Saks 21, Pleasant Valley 9. Officials: Mahone, Strott, Hollingsworth.

Piedmont 47, Weaver 26

WEAVER – Lele Ridley scored 15 points, grabbed 19 rebounds and had three of the Lady Bulldogs’ season-high five blocked shots. Piedmont’s Ava Pope led all scorers with 17 points and Z’Hayla Walker grabbed 11 rebounds. Haley Homesley led Weaver with 13 points. 
 
Piedmont 47, Weaver 26
PIEDMONT (5-11) –
Ava Pope 5 4-6 17, Emma G. Todd 0 0-0 0, Whitney McFry 1 0-0 2, Jaycee Glover 0 3-9 3, Lele Ridley 5 5-10 15, Hannah Barbee 0 0-0 0, Armani Perry 0 0-0 0, Jenna Calvert 0 0-0 0, Sarah Goss 0 2-2 2, Gracie Naugher 0 0-0 0, Z’Hayla Walker 3 2-6 8. Totals 14 16-33 47.
WEAVER – Marley Tucker 4 0-1 8, Madison Atchley 0 1-2 1, Kiese Hubbard 1 0-2 2, Loralei Brown 0 0-0 0, Kayleigh Hindsman 1 0-0 2, Tiara Lawrence 0 0-0 0, Haley Homesley 5 1-4 13. Totals 11 2-9 26.
 
Piedmont        11  14  10  12  –  47
Weaver            9    4    3    10  –  26
3-point goals: Piedmont 3 (Pope 3); Weaver 2 (Homesley 2). Fouled out: Homesley. Total fouls: Piedmont 9, Weaver 21.

Alexandria 66, Etowah 55

ANNISTON – Ashley Phillips hit three 3-pointers in the first quarter, two in the fourth and finished with 24 points as the Lady Cubs stayed in line for a shot at the No. 1 seed in their area. Kameron Simpson scored 10 of her 14 in the fourth quarter 
 
If Etowah beats Southside Friday, the Lady Cubs will grab the No. 1 seed and hosting rights for the area tournament and earn an automatic spot in the Class 5A subregion round. If Southside wins, they’ll be tied and a coin flip will decide the top seed.
 
Alexandria 65, Etowah 55
ETOWAH –
Jaleigh DeVine 9 0-0 20, Z’Niya Manning 2 1-3 5, Abbagile Martin 2 2-2 6, Amayah Ash 1 4-4 6, Laura Wood 4 0-1 12, Anna Jones 1 0-0 2, Alyssa Davis 2 0-0 4. Totals 21 7-10 55.
ALEXANDRIA – Ashley Phillips 9 1-3 24, Sarah Pelham 1 0-0 2, Kayleigh Steen 0 0-0 0, Kameron Simpson 6 2-2 14, Jordyn Walker 1 4-7 6, TyShica Woodgett 5 1-2 11, Rylee Gaattis 1 0-0 2, Chloe Gattis 1 4-7 6. Totals 24 12-21 65.
 
Etowah             13  5    15  22  –  55 
Alexandria       16  7    16  26  –  65
3-point goals: Etowah 6 (DeVine 2, Wood 4); Alexandria 5 (Phillips 5). Total fouls: Etowah 15, Alexandria 14. 

Fort Payne 65, White Plains 33

FORT PAYNE – Kiuna Johnson scored 15 of her 17 points in the second half to lead the Lady Wildcats past White Plains. Isabelle Goggans scored 10 of her 15 in the first quarter to get Fort Payne started. Kylie Neil also scored 15 points for Fort Payne. Callyn Martin led White Plains with 16.
 
Fort Payne 65, White Plains 33
WHITE PLAINS –
Callyn Martin 4 7-8 16, Cheyenne Cochran 0 0-0 0, Hallie Williams 0 0-0 0, Shaniya Calloway 0 0-0 0, Camden Wilson 1 0-0 2, Lily Ponder 1 0-0 3, Adriana Sotelo 0 0-0 0, Angel Bozarth 2 0-2 4, Kaylee Johnson 2 3-4 8. Totals 10 10-14 33.
FORT PAYNE – Harleigh Sullivan 1 1-2 3, Kiuna Johnson 6 5-7 17, Isabelle Goggans 6 0-0 15, Patricia Haas 0 0-0 0, Mattie Prewett 1 2-4 4, Abby Boatwright 1 0-0 2, Logan Neil 2 0-0 5, Kylie Neil 5 5-7 15, Brylan Gray 0 2-2 2, Brina Harris 1 0-0 2, Sydney Hickman 0 0-0 0. Totals 23 15-22 65.
 
White Plains    4    14  8    7    –  33
Fort Payne       14  16  18  17  –  65

3-point goals; White Plains 3 (Martin, Ponder, Johnson); Fort Payne 4 (Goggans 3, L. Neil). Total fouls: White Plains 14, Fort Payne 13. Officials: Brady, Darwin, Lybrand.

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