Prep action keeps weekend hopping

Published 12:00 am Sunday, December 11, 2005

Lady Bobcats 46,

Lady Bears 42

UNIONTOWN &045; The R.C. Hatch Lady Bobcats came from behind to beat the Keith Lady Bears 46 – 42. Down by 11 points with less than five minutes left in the third quarter, Hatch outscored the Keith 12 – 4 to pull within three by the end of the quarter. The Lady Bobcats tied the score at 42 with 1:14 left to play. Venecia Dudley of Hatch sank two free throws with :57 left in regulation to seal the victory, as the Lady Bobcats failed to score the rest of the way.

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The Lady Bears controlled the tempo in the 1st and 2nd quarters of the game. They were determined and they also executed well and took a 22 – 13 lead to the locker room at the half.

Dudley finished with 20 points for Hatch. Latoria Paige pulled down a game high 20 rebounds, half of them from the offensive end to go with her 9 points. Jones scored 14 points for the Lady Bears.

James Gilmore

Hatch 70, Keith 42

UNIONTOWN &045; Sixteen minutes of basketball is all it took for the R. C. Hatch Bobcats to put away the Keith High School Bears Friday night before a sell out crowd. Hatch coasted the rest of the way to their second straight area win.

The Bobcats jumped out of the gates early, outscoring the Bears 20 – 10 in the 1st quarter. Frankie Sullivan had 10 of Hatch’s points in the quarter. The second quarter is what doomed Keith as their only scoring in the quarter came by the way of just two field goals. Hatch raced to a 35 – 14 half time advantage. &8220;We were prepared for this game,&8221; said Bobcat coach Homer Davis, &8220;the guys were fired up and ready to play Keith tonight. It turned out to be an easy game to coach.&8221; Hatch led by as much as 34 points late in the 3rd quarter.

Sullivan led the Bobcats with 21 points. Calvin Pope finished with 18 points.

Hatch will return to the hardwood Tuesday when they host Wilcox Central. Keith played Wilcox Central Saturday at home and will host Southside in an intra-county clash Tuesday.

James Gilmore

Lady Bears 45,

Lady Jags 44

ORRVILLE &045; The Keith Lady Bears held off a furious 4th quarter attempt by the Wilcox Central Lady Jaguars to win 45 – 44. For the second game in a row coach Aaron McKinley&8217;s young team were able to control the game for three quarters, but unlike last nights loss, the Lady Bears held on to get their third win of the season.

James Gilmore

FMHS 55, Aliceville 51

The Francis Marion High Runnin’ Rams held court Thursday night with a 55-51 victory over Aliceville High School.

FMHS improves to 6-2 overall and 2-0 in the region.

Jonathon Anderson finished the game with 14 points and seven rebounds.

Justin Johnson finished the game with 12 points and five assists. Edward Hinkle added 11 points, five assists and three rebounds.

Kevin Curry added four points and five rebounds in what coach Woodie Jackson deemed a good defensive effort.

For Aliceville, Brandon Rice finished with 14 points and Travis Jones added 11 points.

The Lady Runnin’ Rams also added a victory which pushed them to 6-1 on the season.

Francis Marion will be back in action on Dec. 13 when they play host to Class 4A’s Demopolis High and then end their week on the road at the Sunshine High Classic in Newbern.

Griffin Pritchard

Saints take home wins

The future of the Selma High School basketball program is looking bright. In the past three games the freshman Saints haven’t played that well according to coach Tommy Tisdale, but have managed to come out on top.

Over the course of the last two weeks, the frosh Saints have played Hillcrest (Tuscaloosa), Autaugaville and Wilcox-Central, all with the same result &045; a &8220;W.&8221;

In Tuscaloosa, the Saints never let their opponents from Hillcrest High even get in the game, running away with a 74-38 victory.

Josh Dixon led the charge with 20 points. Tedrick Owens finished the night with 17 points and Jacoby Shannon finished with 13 points.

One week later, the Saints held court against the 1A Autuagaville Eagles in Selma.

Despite a battle, the Saints pulled out the 70-65 victory, despite trailing 40-33 at the intermission and remained down 51-50 at the end of the third frame.

Owens once again set the tempo and the pace for the Saints with a game-high 30 points.

Wendell Young pitched in with 16 points and Shannon added 14 points in the victory.

On Thursday night, the frosh Saints added another win to their record, knocking off the Wilcox-Central Jaguars in Camden 53-49.

Owens led the way with 12 points and was followed by Shannon with 11 points.

Dixon and Young chipped in nine points each and DeAngelo Norris added five points.

Ryan Reece finished with four points, Justin Ravizee added a pair of points and Jeffery Colon added one point on a free throw.

Griffin Pritchard

MCS ladies win

Over the past three games, the Meadowview Christian Lady Trojans have posted a 2-1 record with wins over Coosa Valley at home and against Taylor Road Academy at the Patrician Holiday Tournament, but in between the two is a loss to Patrician in the first round of their tournament.

Against Coosa Valley on Dec. 5, the Lady Trojans notched a 39-31 win with a 22-point effort from Carol Ann McIntyre. McIntyre finished the game 9-of-10 from the charity stripe and finished the night with six rebounds as well.

Elyse McIntyre added five points and four assists in the victory.

Friday, the Lady Trojans were out-manned by the Patrician Lady Saints in the first round of the Patrician Holiday Tournament in Butler.

The Lady Saints jumped ahead 52-25 victory to ship the Lady Trojans into the consolation finals.

C. McIntyre finished with 14 points, three rebounds and a pair of assists. For the Lady Saints Kane Andrews posted 20 points in the victory.

In the consolation final, the Lady Trojans upended the Taylor Road Academy Lady Tigers 56-35. C. McIntyre finished the game with a career high 23-points and 17 rebounds. E. McIntyre finished with 11 points and eight assists and sophomore Deavan Aultman ended the game with 10 points and nine rebounds.

Meadowview will be back on the road Monday when they travel to Kingwood Christian in Alabaster.

Griffin Pritchard

MMI 102, Open Door 26

Michelle Ivey and her Marion Military Tigers have been running roughshod over their competition. Case-in-point, Friday night, the Tigers took a road trip to face Open Door Christian School. When all was said and done, Open Door had been slammed shut to the tune of 102-26.

Javoris Smith led the Tiger charge with 22 points. Kendrick Moore added 17 points and Same Green added 12 points. Michael Hardy added 11 points in the blowout.

One day later, the Lady Tigers got in on the winning action by posting a 66-49 victory over Lowndes Academy. The victory pushed the Lady Tigers to a 7-0 mark on the season.

Felicia Sprott was dominant in the middle for MMI, posting a big-time double-double with 30 points and 20 rebounds.

Emily Easley added 13 points and Yolanda Kelly finished the night with 12 points.

On the varsity boys side of the coin, MMI posted a 65-38 victory over Rebels.

Moore led the charge with 25 points and Smith followed with 13 points.

The Tigers will face Open Door Tuesday in Marion. Tipoff is set for 5 p.m.