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Balance is power

Girls roundup: Alexandria gets balanced scoring, big night behind the arc to beat Jacksonville; Ohatchee, PV, White Plains also notch victories

White Plains’ Callyn Martin (center) chases Piedmont’s Ava Pope (1) with Whitney McFry nearby to provide interference. (Photo by B.J. Franklin)

Thursday’s girls scores
Alexandria 54, Jacksonville 39
Anniston 84, Clay Central 7
ASD 39, Fayetteville 31
Gaston 47, Jacksonville Christian 45
Mount Zion 51, Ranburne48
Ohatchee 63, Ashville 46
Pleasant Valley 52, Cleburne County 51
White Plains 53, Piedmont 23
Other games
B.B. Comer at Winterboro
Gaylesville at Faith Christian
Glencoe at Southside
Lincoln at Leeds
Pell City at Munford
Talladega at Handley
Weaver at Westbrook Christian
Wellborn at West End

By East Alabama Sports Today

Alexandria has been known to shoot the 3-ball well, but it hasn’t been often the Lady Cubs shot it from behind the arc as well as they did Thursday night.
 
The Lady Cubs hit 12-of-30 shots from 3-point range on the way to a 54-39 win over Jacksonville on their Senior Night. Six players combined for the 3s, with Kayleigh Steen hitting four and Sarah Pelham hitting three.
 
At one point in the first quarter they hit four straight 3, pushing their lead to 19-7. Pelham hit all of her 3s in that stretch.
 
“We hit a bunch of them, I know that, which is good,” Alexandria coach Craig Kiker said. “Right time of the year to do that.”
 
“We are a shooting team, we love to shoot,” sophomore Chloe Gattis said. “At practice we’ll do 3s and 3s and 3s.”
 
The Lady Cubs used a balanced scoring attack to get past the Golden Eagles. Kayleigh Steen was their leading scorer with 12 points, but three others had nine and three more had five. Ashley Phillips was one of those with nine, and she also had eight rebounds and eight assists.
 
“We’re still improving a little bit and I hope we haven’t played our best just yet,” Kiker said. “The balanced scoring is nice. It’s normally Ashley and Kameron who leads us, and Kayleigh, too, but to have a lot of guys score is nice.”
 
Gattis had nine points for the second game in a row. She hit all four of her shots from the floor, including a 3-pointer, and grabbed six rebounds.
 
“I think God has really been good to me on the basketball court,” Gattis said.
 
Jacksonville did not have a scorer in double figures. Patience Carr and Malijah Goggins had nine points each, and Kayla Broom grabbed a game-high nine rebounds.
 
Alexandria 54, Jacksonville 39
JACKSONVILLE –
Patience Carr 3-15 2-6 9, Malijah Goggins 3-8 0-0 9, Amarie Curry 3-5 0-0 7, Brenna Stone 3-3 0-0 6, Kayla Broom 2-6 1-2 5, Rebekah Gannaway 1-8 0-0 3, Maggie Anderson 0-6 0-0 0, Kaitlyn Hamm 0-2 0-0 0, Amia Montgomery 0-0 0-0 0, Autumn Carr 0-0 0-0 0, Ashley Grant 0-0 0-0 0, Kiara LaCounty 0-0 0-0 0. Totalas 15-53 3-8 39.
ALEXANDRIA – Kayleigh Steen 4-10 0-0 12, Ashley Phillips 3-7 1-2 9, Chloe Gattis 4-4 0-3 9, Sarah Pelham 3-11 0-0 9, Kameron Simpson 2-5 0-0 5, Rylee Gattis 2-3 1-1 5, Jordyn Walker 1-6 2-3 5, TyShica Woodgett 0-2 0-0 0, Madison Foster 0-0 0-0 0, Madelyn Richey 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 19-48 4-9 
 
Jacksonville                           10  14 4    11  –  39
Alexandria                             21  6   16  11  –  54
3-point goals: Jacksonville 6-22 (P. Carr 1-6, Goggins 3-7, Curry 1-2, Broom 0-2, Gannaway 1-8, Anderson 0-6, Hamm 0-1); Alexandria 12-30 (Steen 4-9, Phillips 2-4, C. Gattis 1-1, Pelham 3-7, Simpson 1-3, Walker 1-6). Rebounds: Jacksonville 38 (Broom); Alexandria 41 (Phillips 8, C. Gattis 6). Total fouls: Jacksonville 13, Alexandria 8.Anniston 84, Clay Central 7

Ohatchee 63, Ashville 46: Jorda Crook had 19, Gracie George 17 and Tori Vice 13 for the Lady Indians.

ASHVILLE – Kadance Kennedy 4 0-0 10, Carley Thomason 0 1-2 1, Kayla Simpson 0 0-0 0, Ryleigh Waid 7 7-10 25, Meghan McCarthy 4 0-0 8, Britney Cole 1 0-0 2, Jada Wills 0 0-0 0, Sera Potter 0 0-0 0. Totals 16 8-12 46.
OHATCHEE – Gracyn Snow 1 3-4 5, Jazmine Adams 1 0-1 2, Tori Vice 6 1-6 13, Gracie George 8 1-4 17, Millie Rainwater 1 2-2 5, Jorda Crook 6 7-10 19, Karson Coppock 1 0-0 2. Totals 24 14-27 63.
 
Ashville                                   10  13 9    14  –  46
Ohatchee                                 15  12 25  11  –  63
3-point goals: Ashville 6 (Kennedy 2, Waid 4); Ohatchee 1 (Rainwater). Fouled out: Potter. Total fouls: Ashville 17, Ohatchee 11. Officials: Stubbs, Hollingsworth, Belue.
 
White Plains 53, Piedmont 23: Lily Ponder led a balanced White Plains scoring attack with 10 points. Four other players had at least seven.

PIEDMONT – Ava Pope 3 0-0 6, Emma Todd 0 0-0 0, Whitney McFry 0 0-0 0, Jaycee Glover 0 0-0 0, Lile Ridley 4 3-4 11, Hanna Barbee 0 0-0 0, Armani Perry 0 0-0 0, Jenna Calvert 0 0-0 0, Sarah Goss 0 0-0 0, Gracie Naugher 0 0-0 0, Z’Hayla Walker 3 0-0 6. Totals 10 3-4 23.
WHITE PLAINS – Callyn Martin 2 3-4 7, Cheyenne Cocnran 2 0-0 6, Hallie Williams 2 0-0 5, Shaniya Calloway 0 0-0 0, Camden Wilson 4 0-0 8, Lily Ponder 3 4-6 10, Adriana Sotelo 1 0-0 3, Angel Bozarth 3 0-0 7, Kaylee Johnson 3 0-0 7. Totals 20 7-10 53.
 
Piedmont                                10  3   6    4    –  23
White Plains                          11  9   20  13  –  53
3-point goals: White Plains 6 (Cochran 2, Williams, Sotelo, Bozarth, Johnson). Total fouls: Piedmont 8, White Plains 8. Notes: Ridley had 15 rebounds and two blocked shots. Walker had 11 rebounds.
 
Pleasant Valley 52, Cleburne County 51: Rylee Haynes had 19 points for the Lady Raiders.

PLEASANT VALLEY – Rylee Haynes 7 4-4 18, Marlie Wright 2 0-0 6, Gracie Hood 1 0-0 3, Emma Hood 3 1-4 7, Macey Roper 4 1-2 9, Anna Worthy 0 0-0 0, Karmyn Sparks 3 2-3 8. Totals 20 8-13 52.
CLEBURNE COUNTY – Olivia McDaniel 5 4-7 14, Brooklyn McDaniel 4 5-5 14, Hailey Price 2 4-4 8, Shanna Brown 7 0-1 15, Kendall Houston 0 0-0 0, Micah Pentecost 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 13-17 51.
 
Pleasant Valley                   15  12  13  12  –  52
Cleburne County                16  10  9    16  –  51
3-point goals: Pleasant Valley 4 (Haynes, Wright 2, G. Hood); Cleburne County 2 (B. McDaniel, Brown). Fouled out: Pentecost. Total fouls: Pleasant Valley 14. Cleburne County 14. Officials: Pratt, Bearden, Morehouse.

White Plains’ Kaylee Johnson (right) plays tight defense on Piedmont’s Armani Perry. (Photo by B.J. Franklin)


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