“We moved the ball, hit some shots and we had the lead there, so we tried to play everybody,” Talladega head coach Chucky Miller said.
He continued, “That’s the first we’ve played since Thursday and I was happy. They played fresh tonight, so maybe we can keep it up.”
D’Angelo Scales capped a 20-1 run by getting a steal and ensuing layup.
Desmond Green scored the last points of the first quarter by rattling a transition dunk, the first of many for the Tigers during the game. In fact, Green opened the second quarter with a steal and another dunk. At that point, Talladega led 32-7. By halftime, the score stood well out-of-hand at 41-17.
Ahmad Gooden and D’Angelo Scales both scored 14 points, while Josh Madden finished with 13 points. Richard Williams contributed nine points, while Marius Echols had eight points.
For Winterboro, Jutorrius Cook led all scorers with 15 points.
WINTERBORO 43, BRANTLEY 32
The Winterboro girls team added the biggest win in the program’s history according to head coach Sheroderick Smith by defeating 1A’s No. 2-ranked team Brantley, 43-32.
“In the game of basketball you have runs, you have stops; you make good plays, you make bad plays; but I think resiliency is the word I would like to use, and heart, that the girls are really possessing,” Smith said. “They’ve been trying to get into the film room lately, too. These are the things they’re doing on their own. I’m really proud of them. Beating Brantley today was the biggest win in our program and we’ve had two in one year. I’ve been very blessed to be a part of it.”
The win moves the team to an overall record of 9-3 with one loss to 6A team Jefferson Davis and two losses to 4A team Anniston.
Jasmine Richardson led the team in scoring with 17 points, while Anslea Twymon finished the game with 14 points. Morgan Merritt contributed nine points.
“They were without their best player,” Smith said of Brantley. “Of course, that always changes the dynamic. Brantley is an extremely good team. They can shoot the ball well. In the first quarter, the girls got knocked around a little bit. They got put into a position as though they weren’t supposed to be playing against a team like that. In the second quarter, we came out and hit some shots. Anslea knocked down a 3-pointer, Jasmine knocked down a 3, and Morgan knocked down a 3. Then, we started playing together, and we took a 3-point lead at the end of the half. The third quarter came around and we had a run where we had four straight steals that all converted to layups. Our girls, the bench, the parents that came down there, they were into it. They were loud on the defensive end. Jasmine had to play through foul trouble today, but one thing she did—she came through in the fourth quarter and really helped us seal the win. Even though she played through foul trouble, she didn’t even show it. Anslea Twymon, her first half wasn’t that good, but her second half she got back to the aggressive side. She knocked down some big shots today. Nadia didn’t have a good game today; we’ve got to work on her consistency because we need that. We feel like we have three girls who can score. After today, our girls feel like they can compete with anybody in the state of Alabama. We want the respect first. Once we get the respect from everybody we play, then we want to challenge ourselves to personally get better on defense and boxing out.”
The Lady Bulldogs face another challenge today against Loachapoka.
“They’re ranked (No. 9) as well,” Smith said. “They had a close win today against a 5A school. They’re a very well-coached program. Loachapoka is a basketball school. They’ve got rings on the boys side, they’ve got rings on the girls side. I know the coach very well. Honestly, the game we had today against Brantley was a playoff atmosphere game. You talk about playoff atmosphere in the regular season, I think my girls are really anticipating the playoffs. So, the Loachapoka game is going to be another playoff, intense atmosphere.”
SHADES VALLEY 65, SYLACAUGA 54
In a battle of the No.3 team in 6A versus the No. 3 team in 5A, Sylacauga came up short. However, head coach Derrick Crawford said at the end of the day, the most important thing is his team improved because of the game.
The Lady Aggies are currently competing at the highly competitive Ball Powher Prep Invite at Faulkner University in Montgomery.
The Lady Aggies trailed by only two points at the end of the first quarter, 13-11.
However, they fell behind 35-24 in the second quarter. Crawford said the team played very well with the exception of the second quarter. He was especially pleased with the way his younger players responded while playing at a larger venue against tough competition. It was a six-point ball game nearly the entirety of the fourth quarter until less than three minutes were remaining in the game.
Shakayla Thomas scored another double-double by tallying 20 points and 12 rebounds. Tierra Dark had 15 points, seven assists, and seven rebounds. Kayla Dark finished the game with 11 points and five rebounds. Briasia Richardson chipped in six points and seven rebounds.
The Lady Aggies continue in the tournament play with Valley this morning at 11 a.m. at Faulkner University.
MUNFORD 52, RANDOLPH CO. 15
Kierra Groce led the Munford Lady Lions to an opening win in the Handley Christmas tournament. Groce scored 21 points. Backcourt mate Rauanna Caldwell also finished the game in double digits with 10 points. Esherika Hawkins contributed nine points for the team.
The Lady Lions will play in the championship game of the tournament against the winner of the game between host school Handley and Alexandria. The game is scheduled for tipoff at 4 p.m. Saturday.