E.A. Sports Today

Prep basketball

White Plains boys survives illness, foul troubles and a halfcourt shot to win in OT. Saks stuns Piedmont. Anniston tops Westminster Christian. Alexandria, Jacksonville, Weaver, Pleasant Valley, JCA, Heflin, B.B. Comer win. In girls’ hoop, Piedmont, Cherokee County, Jacksonville, Alexandria and Southside roll.

Tuesday scoreboard

Fort Payne 51, Oxford 45
Anniston 38, Westminster Christian 35
White Plains 67, Cherokee County 63, OT
Saks 54, Piedmont 51
Alexandria 80, Lincoln 31
B.B. Comer 70, Isabella 24
Weaver 87, Wellborn 50
Jacksonville 64, Asheville 58
Jacksonville Christian 55, Cedar Bluff 45
Cleburne County 40, Central-Clay 32
Pleasant Valley 56, Ragland 47
Oneonta 78, Glencoe 76
Oxford 71, Fort Payne 52
Piedmont 64, Saks 32
Jacksonville 66, Asheville 19
Cherokee County 63, White Plains 33
Southside 70, Etowah 9
Alexandria 54, Lincoln 33

By East Alabama Sports Today

WHITE PLAINS — A night after beating Jacksonville to set up a potential coin flip to host the area tournament, White Plains got a Class 4A, Area 10 scare.

That scare came in the form of Cherokee County’s Eli Martin pouring in 34 points. His five 3-pointers included a halfcourt shot at the buzzer to force overtime.

Josh Wheeler poured in 28 points of his own, and the Wildcats survived, 67-63, to stay on course for that potential coin flip.

After the game, White Plains coach Chris Randall needed a hug, so he offered one to Cherokee County counterpart Caleb Hayes.

“Cherokee County played their guts out,” White Plains coach Chris Randall said. “Caleb Hayes is doing a great job, and their kids fought like dogs.

“We are so proud to get that win.”

White Plains missed guard Paul Laube, who was out with the flu, and center Carter Johnson ran into foul troubles.

Dylan Barksdale hit a key 3-pointer with a 1:30 left to cut the margin to two points. Almon hit two free throws to put the Wildcats up three with two seconds left, setting the stage for Martin’s halfcourt shot to tie the game.

“We thought we were in good shape,” Randall said. “They’re throwing the ball in front of our bench with about two seconds left, and that cat makes it from halfcourt.”

The key to the game, Randall said, was a defensive switch made by White Plains assistant coach Bradley Dawson, putting Cam Almon on Martin. The move came with four minutes left in regulation, and White Plains came back from a seven-point deficit.

“Bradley makes that change, and I really believe Cam’s length hurt him a little bit,” Randall said. “It gave us a chance to come back and win.”

Wheeler hit five 3-pointers on the way to his big night. White Plains’ other top performers:

—Johnson: 13 points.
—Coleman Ray: seven points (two 3-pointers).
—Daniel Williams: seven points (one 3-pointer).

Cherokee County’s other top performer:

—Ben Moseley: 13 points (two 3-pointers).

JACKSONVILLE 64, ASHVILLE 58: Devin Barksdale scored 16 points with three 3-pointers and dished out five assists to lead Jacksonville.

The Golden Eagles’ other top performers:

—Jaquan Ervin: 13 points (two 3-pointers), four rebounds, four assists.
—Aaron Nixon: nine points (one 3-pointer), five rebounds.
—Quinn Weaver: nine points (three 3-pointers).

SAKS 54, PIEDMONT 51: Joshua Todd and Christian Hall scored 16 points apiece, and Saks rallied from a 14-point deficit to stun Piedmont in a Class 3A, Area 11 game at Piedmont.

Saks’ other top performers:

Hall went 4-for-5 on 3-point attempts. Saks’ other top performers:

—Lajuan Curry: 10 points (three 3-pointers).
—Anthony Bothwell: eight points, five assists.
—Dorrien Walker: four points, 11 rebounds.

Piedmont’s top performers:

—Colton Proctor: 15 points (two 3-pointers).
—Ishmael Bethel: 12 points (one 3-pointer).
—Cole Wilson: 11 points (three 3-pointers).

ANNISTON 38, WESTMINSTER CHRISTIAN 35: Jacorey Lane hit four of Anniston’s nine 3-pointers and scored 16 points, and Anniston rebounded from its semifinal loss to Jacksonville in the Calhoun County semifinals with a big win on the road.

Anniston’s other top performers:

—Isaiah Allen: nine points (three 3-pointers).
—Kyron Brown: one 3-pointer.
—Devin Coleman: one 3-pointer.

ALEXANDRIA 80, LINCOLN 31: Jaylen Henderson led three Alexandria players in double figures with 18 points. He hit one 3-pointer and added five rebounds.

Alexandria’s other top performers:

—Cole Wheeler: 18 points (one 3-pointer), seven rebounds, six assists, three steals.
—Drake Davis: 11 points (two 3-pointers), seven rebounds, seven assists, three steals.
—Quendavion McDowell: nine points, 10 rebounds.

Lincoln’s top performers:

—Tripp Ward: 13 points (two 3-pointers).
—Chorion Kelley: 10 points (two 3-pointers).

WEAVER 87, WELLBORN 50: Gabe King hit four 3-pointers en route to 26 points as Weaver won in Class 3A, Area 11 play.

Weavers other top performers:

—KeShawn Allen: 23 points.
—Harper Williams: 13 points.
—D.J. Marbury: 13 points.

Wellborn’s top performers:

—Ray Williams: 12 points, five rebounds, two steals.
—Ollie Boot: 16 points.
—Jackson Long: six points, five rebounds, six assists, two steals.

PLEASANT VALLEY 56, RAGLAND 47: Braxton Salster scored 12 points, and the Raiders scored a victory on the road.

Pleasant Valley’s other top performers:

—Barnwell: 10 points (three 3-pointers).
—Hunter Sparks: nine points.
—Jaden Sparks: seven points (two 3-pointers).

Ragland’s top performers:

—Brayden Collins: 23 points (one 3-pointer).
—Tacorian Soles: 17 points (one 3-pointer).

JACKSONVILLE CHRISTIAN 55, CEDAR BLUFF 45: Jesse Gannaway led JCA with 30 points, 11 rebounds and five steals.

The Thunder’s other top performers:

—Bryson Dowdey: 15 points, eight steals.
—Noah Lee: seven points, 15 rebounds, six assists, four steals.

CLEBURNE COUNTY 40, CENTRAL-CLAY 32: Grey Freeman led Cleburne County with 10 points. The Tigers’ other top performers:

—Jacob Cavender: eight points.
—Cade Shubert: seven points.
—Sy Altman: seven points.
—Gavin Bates: six points.
—Cade Shubert: six points.

B.B. COMER 70, ISABELLA 24: Sophomore Cam Gaddis led the way with 17 points as Comer improved to 14-4 overall, 5-0 in Class 2A, Area 7 play. The Tigers’ other top performers:

—Chris Wilson: 16 points.
—Kamore Harris: 13 points.
—Raelon Sims: 10 points.

ONEONTA 78, GLENCOE 76: Grant Smith led Glencoe (14-7) with 21 points and 12 rebounds The Yellow Jackets’ other top performers:

—Aiden Cornutt: 18 points.
—Garrett Morgan: 16 points.
—Wade Segrest: 10 points.


PIEDMONT 64, SAKS 32: Carson Young hit six 3-pointers en route to 20 points, and Piedmont improved to 14-8 with a victory in Class 3A, Area 11 play.

Piedmont’s other top performer:

—Ava Pope: 17 points.

—Saks’ top performers:

—Jakailynn Carter: 13 points (four 3-pointers).
—Madison Turner: five points, 10 rebounds.

CHEROKEE COUNTY 63, WHITE PLAINS 33: Macy Lea hit three 3-pointers on the way to 15 points to lead Cherokee County to victory in Class 4A, Area 10 play.

Cherokee County’s other top performers:

—Deannia Starr: 13 points.

White Plains’ top performers:

—Addi Bradley: 15 points.
—Cooper Martin: eight points (two 3-pointers). 

JACKSONVILLE 66, ASHVILLE 19: Neveah Nicholson led Jacksonville with 13 points. The Golden Eagles’ other top performers:

—Jayci Taylor: 12 points (three steals).
—Alexis Phillips: 11 points, three steals.
—Halaina Lozano: nine points (three 3-pointers), five assists, three steals.
—DeAsia Prothro: eight points, eight steals.

SOUTHSIDE 70, ETOWAH 9: Laylah Davis hit two 3-pointers on the way to 19 points and pulled down seven rebounds, and Southside improved to 20-5.

The Panthers’ other top performers:

—Grace Anne Rose: 16 points (one 3-pointer).
—Madison Shaw: 15 points (two 3-pointers).

ALEXANDRIA 54, LINCOLN 33: Charlee Parris and Pressley Slaten scored 13 points to lead Alexandria. The Valley Cubs’ other top performers:

—Allyssa Hunt: seven points.
—Leah Patterson: six points (two 3-pointers).

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