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Girls roundup: Jacksonville edges White Plains on freshman guard’s late steal and free throw; will include box scores, details and more

Friday’s girls scores
Alexandria 76, Clay Central 51
Anniston 74, Cleburne County 22
Jacksonville 44, White Plains 43
Oxford 43, Talladega 40
Ranburne 56, Horseshoe Bend 39
Sacred Heart 81, Westbrook Christian 11
Sylacauga 39, Munford 28
Weaver 48, Wellborn 9
ASD at Atlanta Area SD
Victory Christian at Faith Christian
Winterboro vs. Ragland
Calhoun County Tournament
At Jacksonville State
Piedmont 49, Donoho 25

Cherokee County Tournament
At Gadsden State-Centre
Spring Garden 51, Cherokee County 34
Sand Rock 49, Cedar Bluff 48
Etowah County Tournament
At Southside
Championship: Glencoe 51, Southside 40

Randolph County Tournament
At Handley HS, Roanoke

Handley 73, Wadley 21

By East Alabama Sports Today

 Rebekah Gannaway did more in 20 seconds to get her team a victory Friday night than most people do in a week.
The freshman guard boldly dove for a loose ball at midcourt with 19.8 seconds left in a tie game and then broke that tie with a free throw moments later, sending Jacksonville to an important 44-43 win that firmly placed it in the 2-3 game of the upcoming area tournament.
“I thought this is a really important game and I tried to get the ball no matter what,” she said. “Sometimes I’m not as bold as that, sometimes I think I look for my other teammates to do stuff more than I could, but I was thinking I have to do what I have to do to get this ball back, at least try to get back to the lead.
“There was a lot of pressure on that free throw, but it was a thing I had to do to help my teammates.”
As the clock was winding down Amia Montgomery knocked a ball loose from close quarters near the center line. Gannaway instinctively went after it and was fouled. She hit the front end of her one-and-one, but missed the second, leaving the door open for White Plains to break her heart.
WP guard Callyn Martin launched a 3-pointer with four seconds left that hit the front of the rim. Montgomery was fouled on the rebound and went to the line with 1.4 seconds to play. She missed her free throw, White Plains rebounded and got the ball to midcourt to call time with nine-tenths of a second left. There was time to get a shot but Angel Bozarth’s long 3-pointer hit on the left side of the backboard and fell away.
The game didn’t look like it was going to be close early. Jacksonville rallied from a 7-2 deficit with a 14-0 run that carried into the second quarter and gave them an 11-point lead. 
Then it was White Plains’ turn to rally. The Lady Wildcats used an 18-3 run that carried into the third quarter to go back on top 33-29. It stayed that close the rest of the way.
“I think we gave them away too many opportunities by doing silly stuff out there we don’t need to do, but we had enough stops in the end to get the win so it doesn’t matter,” Jacksonville coach Tres Buzan said.
Kayla Broom led Jacksonville with a full box score. She had 17 points, 12 rebounds, three assists, three steals and two blocked shots. Maggie Anderson had 10 points and Pataience Crar grabbed 11 rebounds. 
For White Plains, Lily Ponder had 17 points and Camden Wilson grabbed 15 rebounds.
Jacksonville 44, White Plains 43
Lily Ponder 5-11 6-8 17, Kaylee Johnson 3-9 0-1 8, Callyn Martin 3-9 2-2 8, Angel Bozarth 2-9 0-0 5, Adriana Sotelo 1-6 0-0 3, Camden Wilson 1-5 0-2 2, Hallie Williams 0-0 0-0 0, Shaniya Calloway 0-0 0-0 0, Destiny Cochran 0-0 0-0 0.  Totals 15-49 8-13 43
JACKSONVILLE – Kayla Broom 6-14 3-6 17, Maggie Anderson 3-7 2-3 10, Patience Carr 2-5 5-10 9, Rebekah Gannaway 1-4 1-2 4, Brenna Stone 2-6 0-0 4, Amia Montgomery 0-0 0-1 0, Amarie Curry 0-0 0-0 0, Malijah Goggins 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 14-38 11-22 44
White Plains        7    15 13  8  – 43
Jacksonville         13  13 10  8  – 44
3-point goals: White Plains 5-19 (Ponder 1-2, Johnson 2-5, Martin 0-2, Bozarth 1-4, Sotelo 1-6); Jacksonville 5-20 (Broom 2-6, Anderson 2-5, Carr 0-1, Gannaway 1-3, Stone 0-3, Goggins 0-2). Rebounds: White Plains 32 (Wilson 15); Jacksonville 37 (Broom 12, Carr 11). Fouled out: Carr. Total fouls: White Plains 15, Jacksonville 14.

Top seeds final tuneup

Each of the top three girls seeds in the county tournament had an easy time of it in their final tuneups before joining the fray later this week.
Anniston 74, Cleburne County 22: Top-seeded Anniston (16-3) got 20 points from Allasha Dudley and a double-double from Asia Barclay. Dudley also had four rebounds, three steals and seven assists. Barclay pulled down a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds. She also had three steals, two assists and two blocked shots.
Airriana Colley had 14 points, and Kiana Montgomery had 11 points, five rebounds and two blocked shots.
Sacred Heart 81, Westbrook Christian 11: Nine players scored for the second-seeded Lady Cardinals and their defense held Westbrook without a field goal in the middle two quarters. Alisia Person led a balanced scoring attack with 17 points. Myiah Harris had 16
Alexandria 72, Clay Central 51: Kameron Simpson scored 16 of her 23 points in the first half to help stake the Vthird-seeded alley Cubs to a big lead. Jordyn Walker hit five 3-pointers and had 19 points. Ashley Phillips scored all 13 of her points in the first half.
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