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Keith High squeaks past Clarke County

Keith High needed a strong fourth quarter performance against Clarke County.

Arayvion Jones scored 19 points and grabbed 21 rebounds as the Bears prevailed 61-52 on Tuesday night in Orrville.

The Bears (6-1) put their once-beaten record on the line against Selma High on Friday night at home.

Keith outscored the Bulldogs 9-0 in the last two minutes to pull away. Jones, DeCarlos Moore and Jeffrey Callens all made big shots during that stretch for the Bears.

“We started off slow, but we picked it up in the second half,” Jones said. “We’ll have to step up and compete against Selma High on Friday.”

Keith also got a solid performance from eighth-grader Tommy Tisdale III, who scored 16 points and hit four three-point shots. He is the son of former Keith High basketball coach and current Keith High Principal Tommy Tisdale Jr.

The Bears led 11-7 after one quarter, 31-25 at halftime and 41-38 after three quarters.

Clarke County girls 51, Keith 30: Poor shooting doomed the Lady Bears. Keith led 12-6 after one quarter, but Clarke County bounced back to lead 17-15 at halftime. Clarke County outscored Keith 17-3 in the third quarter and eventually pulled away.

Akese Jones led Keith with eight points. Sharkelia Hatcher added seven points.