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George’s triple lifts Lady Eagles

The selma times-journal

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&045; With 0:01 left on the game clock senior Amber George knocked down a 3-pointer from 35 feet away to lift the Judson Lady Eagles past the Miles College Lady Bears 61- 60.

George’s shot capped an amazing Judson comeback.

In the second half Judson trailed by 14 points with less than 10:00 to play, but in the 5:00 that followed the Lady Eagles went on an 18-4 tear to close the gap to 54-52 with the clock reading 4:56.

Charity Fuller tied the game at 56-56 with a short jumper and 1:10 remaining in the game.

Meanwhile the Judson trapping defense held Miles to just three field goals the last 10:00 of play.

The Lady Bears dropped in four free throws around a wide open lay-up by George.

Lady Eagle coach Lee Jones called a time out with 0:05 left to play, his team down 60-58, and they had to advance the ball the length of the floor.

“We knew they would guard three of our girls and let two go,” said Jones. &8220;We got it into our big girl in the middle(Jennifer Holmberg) and she gave it to Amber and she hit the shot.”

The trio of Holmberg, George, and Fuller led the second half rally for Judson.

They combined for 30 of the 38 second half points for the Lady Eagles.

“My objective was to keep the team going,” said George, &8220;and two or three of us pulled together and finally got the team to play the tempo we’re use to playing.”

Judson played even with the NCAA Division II Miles College for about the first 10:00 of the game.

The Lady Bears began to establish themselves on the inside and started to pull away. Their quickness also payed off as they went out front by as much as 15 points in the first half. Miles College led 33-23 at half time. “We didn’t know where we were in the first half,” added Coach Jones. “We knew we had to pick it up and play hard in the second half and it paid off for us.”

Lady Saints upset Lady Poets

By Bruce Holmes

The Selma Times-Journal

Tiffany Anderson came out on fire Tuesday night and led the Selma High Lady Saints to a 60-53 victory over the defending 6A state champion Sidney Lanier High School Poets.

Anderson finished the night with 17 points and three assists.

Anderson hit two three-pointers and Erica Lumpkin (21 points, nine rebounds) put on a clinic, scoring from the outside with back-to-back baskets in the second period and Selma led 34-22 at the half.

But the Lady Poets wouldn’t go away. Kayla Melson, who finished with 32 points,

scored from the outside and brought her team to within 10, 34-24.

Shemeeka Simpson made an acrobatic lay-up and Anderson drained two more tre’s giving Selma a 44-30 lead.

Komeka Wilson hit a 15-footer and ended the third period, leading 48-32.

In the fourth period, Melson countered with a trio of layups and brought Lanier to within 12 points, 54-42.

Lanier’s Kenya Moore scored back-to-back baskets but it wasn’t enough as Selma recorded the win.

Simpson finished with nine points. Richelle Jones and Komeka Wilson added five points each.

The momentum carried over into the guys game as Selma High played with heart, beating the Sidney Lanier Poets 54-53.

Dre Benjamin, 16 points and five assists, put the Saints on his back and carried them to the victory.

With 1:23 left in the game, the Saints trailed 50-48.

On the Poets next possession, Benjamin stole the pass from Alex Hall and went coast-to-coast for the lay-up and completed the three-point play after drawing the foul on the basket, giving Selma a 51-50 lead.

Lanier’s Robert Thomas, 14 points, missed a lay-up and Benjamin scored again to make the score 53-50. With 0:05.2 left on the game clock, Lanier pushed the ball up the court and Thomas threw up a prayer from deep in the corner. The triple was good and tied the game 53-53.

Selma’s Chris Howard pushed the ball up the court off the inbound pass and went for a lay-up with 0:02.3 left, but was fouled.

Howard missed the front end of the pair of freebies but sank the second one for the 54-53 victory.

Quinn Pernell added 13 points and Jimmy Smith tacked on seven points.

In other basketball action:

Monroe (B) 54, Morgan (B) 35

It was a must-win game for both the Morgan Academy Senators and the Monroe Academy Volunteers.

Both teams came in tied for second in the AISA 3A standings, but this game also was a must win for Coach Rick Raines of Monroe Academy as he had never beat the Senators in his tenure which included coaching at Morgan’s cross town rival Meadowview Christian.

The game started off the way everyone knew it would as both teams traded points.

Ben Callaway of Morgan kept the Senators in the hunt with a surprise hot hand from the arc along with good post shooting by Rett Rivers.

Trent Dawson proved to be a thorn in the Senators side as he made all of the baskets in dire times for the Vols.

The first period ended with a Morgan lead of 12-10.

Throughout the second period Dawson found help as Todd Killpatrick, Josh Rotch and Patrick Wilson chimed in to not allow the Senators to add to the lead but cut it down to a one- point lead at the end of the 2nd 27-26.

The third period became the deciding point in the game as Coach Raines’s halftime adjustments worked to perfection and limited the Senators shooting to only

two shots by Ben Callaway

and Blake South the period ended with a Vol lead 38-31.

Morgan’s Blake South would attempt to spark a rally with an early fourth period lay-up but the Vols turned in seven unanswered points after South’s shot to create an overwhelming deficit and an ending score of 54-35.

In the loss Callaway led the Senators with 10 points followed by South with nine points.

In JV Senator action the boys dominated the Vols 38-18, Sam Tate, Heath Harrelson, and Seth Psomiadis all led Morgan with six points.

Monroe (G) 38, Morgan (G) 28

Tuesday night, the Morgan Academy Lady Senators and the Monroe Academy Lady Vols shared the court in what has become a &8220;friendly rivalry.&8221;

The game began in a battle of defenses as the first period only showed a combined 17 points and ended with Morgan having a 9-8 lead.

In the second period the Vols took a lead that they would not allow slip away as Fairbib Mayon and Ashton Salter took charge of the shooting for Monroe as the second period ended with a Vol lead of 19-13.

The loss of Jamie Pilcher showed itself in the third period as Monroe added 10 points to their score and Cursey Oaks for Morgan was the only player to score as she added all of Morgan’s six points

to make the score at the end of the 3rd period 29-17.

Coach Rick Raines of Monroe installed a keep away offense in the fourth period that sealed the deal on a Monroe Volunteer victory 38-28.

In the win Salter scored 14 points to lead the Vols in scoring.

In the loss Oaks scored 12 points to lead the Senators followed by Jaye Lynn Lawrence.

In the Junior Varsity action the Lady Senators pulled out a thriller to win 29-26.

Caitlin Henderson led the team with 14 points.

Meadowview Christian (G) 39, Autauga (G) 30

The Meadowview Christian Lady Trojans added their ninth straight victory Monday night when they declassified the Autauga Academy Lady Generals 39-30.

Carol Ann McIntyre finished the night with 11 points, six rebounds.

Elyse McIntyre added 10 points to go along with five rebounds and five assists. Devan Aultman added nine points and six rebounds with one assist and a pair of steals.

The Lady Trojans will look for their 10th straight victory Tuesday night when they travel to Montgomery to face the Taylor Road Lady Tigers.

Autauga (B) 45, Meadowview (B) 31

The Meadowview Trojans never could catch a lead, falling to the Autauga Academy Generals 45-31.

The Trojans trailed all four quarters, but cut the lead to 10 at the intermission, 25-15.

Derek Lassiter led the Trojans with 15 points. Dustin Lee chipped in eight points.

Autauga was led by Jake Taylor with 17 points.

The Trojans, who are out of contention for the area crown can still wreck the Taylor Road Tigers quest for a perfect season on Tuesday when they face them in Montgomery.

MCS (G) 58, Taylor Road (G) 27

Carol Ann McIntyre posted 21 points and eight rebounds to lead the Lady Trojans to the area championship.

The younger McIntyre finished the night with a pair of assists and a trio of steals.

Deavan Aultman pitched in with 16 points, eight rebounds, three assists and a trio of assists. She also finished the night shooting 80 percent from the floor.

Hailey Johnston added eight points and five rebounds.

Elyse McIntyre rounded out the scoring with a quintet each of points, rebounds and assists.

Taylor Road was led in scoring by Danielle Teddy with 12 points and Megan Suddon with eight points.

The Lady Trojans, who have won 10 straight, will hit the road again Saturday as they end their season inside the gym of Lowndes Academy in Lowndesboro. Tip is set for 4 p.m.

R.C. Hatch (B) 69, John Essex (B) 45

The Hatch Bobcats posted their 25th victory of the season, in a 34-point rout of John Essex on Tuesday night.

The Bobcats, who won their area title outright on Saturday will host the area tournament along with being the No. 1 seed.

Frankie Sullivan led the Bobcats with 16 points, six rebounds and a trio of steals.

Calvin Pope chipped in with 13 points, nine rebounds and three assists.

Phillip Johnson added 12 points, six rebounds four assists and three steals.

Antwan Starks finished the night with 10 points and a trio of rebounds.

Lorenzo Jones didn’t post double-digits, but did have a busy night on the floor.

Jones finished with eight points, six rebounds, three steals and a quartet of assits.

This was another game where coach Homer Davis had the opportunity to get a look at his bench against a varsity squad as his Bobcats turned a 10-point halftime lead into a 34 point victory.

The Bocats outscored the John Essex Hornets 32-18 during the second half of play.

The Bobcats will be on the road Tuesday night in a rematch with 4A Greensboro.

Hatch will end its season on Feb. 3 when they play host to John Essex and will then begin area tournament play the next week.

Taylor Road (B) 44, MCS (B) 39

The Meadowview Christian Trojans were only a few seconds away from spoling Taylor Roads perfect regional record. With time ticking down the Trojans nursed a one-point lead.

Taylor Road, however stepped behind the arc and drained a triple to push the Tigers ahead by a pair en route to the 44-39 victory.

Meadowview was led in scoring by J.R. Lowe’s 19 points. Derek Lassiter added eight points, as did Dustin Lee.

Blake Smith finished the night with four points.

In the JV boys game, the Trojans came out on top, 45-31.

Lowe led the Junior Trojans with 13 points and was tied in scoring by Cooper Hain with 13 points.

Brook Ross added eight points and Josh Barlow finished the night with six points.

Meadowview will end their season Saturday when they travel to Lowndesboro for a rematch with the Lowndes Academy Rebels.

Tipoff for that game is set for 4 p.m.