Saints fall short; Keith advances

Published 12:17 am Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The Selma Saints might have been able to beat just the Wilcox-Central Jaguars Monday night. Or, they might have been able to simply overcome their own mistakes. But, the Saints were in no shape to take on and defeat both their own problems and the problems caused them by a potent Jaguar offense and tough defense.

“We beat ourselves tonight. And, we were not able to capitalize on the chances we were given,” Selma head coach Woodie Jackson said after his team fell 62-54 to Wilcox-Central.

With the win, the Jaguars earned the Class 5A Area 5 championship, their ninth area championship in a row.

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“We were able to hold on and pick up this win and earn a home game in the sub-regional,” Wilcox-Central head coach Mark Dukes said. “We were able to build a lead and then hold on against Selma’s tough rally.”

The Jaguars scored the game’s opening points with a three-pointer on their first possession and that was it.

The remaining minutes proved meaningless as Wilcox-Central never trailed in the game and led by as much as 13 points in the third quarter.

Selma, who will now have to travel Friday in their sub-regional game, missed key free throws throughout the game and had far too many turnovers for Jackson’s liking.

“We are disappointed in the loss, no doubt,” Jackson said. “But we know that we lost because of our own mistakes and that gives us a confidence heading into Friday. We can win that game.”

Selma did rally late in the game to make the final result in doubt. Over the final 4:30 of the game, the Saints used a full-court press to cause turnovers and was able to get their offense in gear somewhat to close the game to just two points with 20 seconds left.

But, another key turnover and break downs on defense gave Wilcox-Central easy opportunities to stretch the lead back to the decisive eight points.

Keith 49, Autaugaville 41

ORRVILLE — The Keith Bears continued their strong 2010-2011 season knocking off Autaugaville Monday night at home to claim the Class 1A Area 5 championship.

Chris Oden and Forrest Pasely each knocked down 13 points and recorded double-digit rebounds to pace the Bears in their win. Michael Drake added 11 points in reserve.

The Bears will now host the loser of St. Jude, Notasulga Friday..