Abraham brothers advance

Published 12:00 am Thursday, February 12, 2004

Uniontown – The RC Hatch Lady Bobcats displayed their talent and explosive offense to blow out the Keith Lady Bears 77-33 in the first round of area play.

The win advances them to the area tournament finals against Billingsley on Friday in Uniontown.

Four Lady Bobcats scored in double figures.

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The Lady Bears scored the first basket of the game, but after the game was knotted at four, the Lady Bobcats went on a 9-0 run and coasted to an 18-9 advantage after one quarter.

The Lady Bobcats scored 25 second quarter points while holding the Lady Bears to six.

Coach Abraham, already playing 10 girls, decided to empty the rest of his bench with 2:49 left in the third quarter and his team up 60-18.

The Lady Bears could only score three points the third quarter. The Lady Bears were able to put up 14 points in the final quarter.

The Lady Bobcats were led by Latoria Paige’s 15 points.

Jamacia Cheese scored 12 off the bench. Ahjah Mitchell added 11 points and 9 steals. Sierra Miller chipped in 10 points.

For the Lady Bears V. Jones dropped in 14 points and S. Gooden scored seven.

Wilcox 58, Escambia-44

It was a good night for the Abraham brothers as John’s Wilcox team matched Walter’s RC Hatch squad with a first round area win.

The Lady Jaguars took an easy 58-44 win over Escambia Tuesday night at home.

Wilcox led 47-28 after three quarters.

Sheronica Finklea had 11 points and 10 rebounds. Shakira Arnold had 10 points and three steals. Angelica Oaks had nine and Ashley Welch had nine points and 10 rebounds.Despite senior Earnest Foster’s career-high 41 points, 21 coming in the first half, the Concordia College Hornets fell to Oakwood 91-87 in college basketball action on Tuesday night.

Foster got the Hornets out front early, dazzling the home crowd with an array of moves to the hoop and 3-point baskets from long range.

He teamed with Clifton Reeves and Jabar Combs to push the Green and Gold out to a 28-18 lead midway through the first half.

From this point, Oakwood swingman Joey Jenkins began to heat up. The Panama City native drained two NBA-range treys and added two free throws to pull the Huntsville club to within a basket. The two evenly matched teams traded baskets the remainder of the half as the Hornets led 40-38 at the break.

Intermission couldn’t cool down Foster and Jenkins as the two dueled it out in the second half, putting on an offensive display worthy of ESPN’s SportsCenter highlights.

Reeves sandwiched a reverse lay up and two free throws between two more treys from Foster and the Hornets moved out quickly to a nine-point cushion. But Jamaal Gibbons spurred another Oakwood run, draining a three and feeding Jenkins for another.

After a timeout, Oakwood changed it’s strategy and began pounding the ball inside to big Michael Grier.

The 6-foot-9, 275-pound center teamed with power forward Jermaine Brown to give their squad its first lead of the game 62-61 at the 10:30 mark.

The two teams engaged in a seesaw battle that produced six lead changes until Jenkins’ short jumper in the lane gave Oakwood the lead for good at 82-81. After Jenkins’ seventh trifecta put Oakwood up 89-83 with :28 to play, the Hornets wouldn’t go down easily.

Foster drove baseline for a dunk, stole the inbounds pass and fed Reeves for a lay up, pulling the Hornets within 89-87 with :5.6 seconds showing on the clock. On the inbounds play, Foster was whistled for an intentional foul that all but sealed the fate of the Hornets.

“We really needed this win for a chance of gaining an invite to the national tournament in Oklahoma” said Hornet head man Raymond Brown. &uot;Hopefully our strength of schedule can sway the selection committee to include us in the twelve team invitational, we’ve played the second toughest schedule in our division, but right now we’re on the bubble.&uot;

Reeves followed Foster with 21 points and 13 rebounds and Combs finished with 16 and six assists. Jenkins led

four Oakwood players in double figures with 34 points. Brown added 17 points while Grier finished with 13.