E.A. Sports Today

Shot at big money

Donoho freshman wins 3-point shootout during county tournament, will take shot for $10,000

By Al Muskewitz
East Alabama Sports Today
JACKSONVILLE – Drew Williamson knows exactly what he’s going to be doing the next two days.


The Donoho freshman is going to be practicing as many half-court shots as his schedule allows after earning a shot at $10,000 for winning the F&M Bank 3-Point Shootout during the Calhoun County Tournament.
Williamson, the younger brother of former Faith Christian gunner Logan Williamson, hit 14 3-pointers from the top of the key in the qualifying round. 
“I’ve never done this before so I didn’t really know what to expect,” Williamson said. “I could have shot better.
“I just tried to find a comfortable position and just keep doing the same thing. That’s why I shot from the same spot.”
White Plains’ Jacob Wheeler, Sacred Heart’s Jack Miller and Oxford’s Peyton Watts all hit 13 3-pointers. Anniston’s Allasha Dudley, who took last year’s big-money shot after hitting a record 19 3-pointers in qualifying, hit 11 this year.
Before making a final determination on the winner, contest organizers reviewed the claim Pleasant Valley junior Josh Ballew hit 14 3s during his qualifying attempt, but the quality of a video offered for review proved inconclusive.
Williamson will make his mid-court shot during Friday’s championship doubleheader. If he hits it, he’ll receive a $5,000 scholarship and Donoho will receive $5,000 for its general fund. He will receive a prize just for winning the shootout.
Williamson said he has taken “many’ half-court shots in practice and said this past year half of them have gone through the hoop. He’s never made one in a game. 
“I’ve got to prepare for that one shot because that one shot is just … crazy,” he said.
Five originally scheduled participants were forced to pull out of the contest because of the flu. Some teams offered substitutes in their place. Here are the results of the shootout:
14 – Drew Williamson, Donoho
13 – Jack Miller, Scared Heart
13 – Peyton Watts, Oxford
13 – Jacob Wheeler, White Plains
11 – Josh Ballew, Pleasant Valley
11 – Demar Stewart, Anniston
11 – Kobe Messer, Jacksonville Christian
9 – Kohl Perry, Weaver
9 – Cam Foushee, Ohatchee
9 – Seth Slaton, Alexaandria
8 – Josh Rutledge, Faith Christian
8 – Kyrie Maynor, Jacksonville
5 – Silas Thompson, Piedmont 
11 – Allasha Dudley, Anniston
11 – Tori Vice, Ohatchee
11 – Myiah Harris, Sacred Heart
9 – Marlie Wright, Pleasant Valley
9 – Adriana Sotelo, White Plains
8 – Lele Ridley, Piedmont
8 – Sydnee Johnson, Faith Christian
7 – Kaleah Taylor, Oxford
7 – Kayleigh Steen, Alexandria
5 – Haley Homesley, Weaver
3 – Campbell Hagan, Donoho
2 – Kylie Cupp, Jacksonville Christian

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