Hobbs leads Sumiton Christian to tournament title
by Johnathan Bentley
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Sumiton Christian’s DeMonte Hobbs, left, gets around Meek’s Trenton Cockrell (24) and Ty Neal (23) on his way to the goal during their game Friday night. Sumiton Christian won 62-45 to claim their second straight Smith Lake Invitational title. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
Sumiton Christian’s DeMonte Hobbs, left, gets around Meek’s Trenton Cockrell (24) and Ty Neal (23) on his way to the goal during their game Friday night. Sumiton Christian won 62-45 to claim their second straight Smith Lake Invitational title. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
ARLEY — DeMonte Hobbs did a little bit of everything for the Sumiton Christian Eagles Friday night.

Hobbs knocked down free throws, slashed to the goal for short-range baskets and even connected on the occasional 3-pointer.

The Eagles’ top scorer finished with 18 points — all in a torrid first half — as Sumiton Christian won the Smith Lake Invitational at Meek High School, beating the host Tigers 62-45.

Thanks to Austin Clark and Hobbs, Sumiton Christian built a 12-0 lead before Meek got on the scoreboard with a Seth Hayes basket at the 2:40 mark of the opening quarter.

Hobbs retaliated with a long-range bomb and a 15-2 advantage. Meek didn’t get within eight points of the Eagles the rest of the game.

Sumiton Christian (13-3) led 20-5 after the opening quarter and led 30-9 midway through the second quarter following a Tyler Busby basket. The Eagles led 38-21 at the half and took a 46-34 lead into the final quarter.

“It’s always good to win a tournament,” Sumiton Christian coach Bill Griffin said. “I’m proud of our kids. They are playing more like a team for longer stretches. We’ll still have times where we don’t play well, but I’m encouraged. We are getting a little better.

“We were 0-9 in the summer, 13-3 was a million miles away.”

Against Meek, Mercer had 11 points for the Eagles, Hudson Davis had eight points, Busby had seven points, Austin Bice and Austin Clark each finished with five points and Nathan Godwin and Vann Lovelady added four.

For the Tigers, Jentson Hiller had 20 points and Seth Hayes added 11

Sumiton Christian plays at Cordova on Thursday and at Oakman on Friday.

Varsity Girls

Addison 55, Meek 42

Addison closed the game with a 12-2 run to earn the Smith Lake Invitational title Friday at Meek High School.

The Bulldogs led by just three points with two minutes left, but finally pulled away down the stretch for a 55-42 victory over Meek. Addison made 6 of 8 free throws in the closing minutes.

Addison, which also won the tournament last year, led 9-8 after the opening quarter and 23-20 at the half. The Bulldogs took a 39-31 lead into the fourth quarter, but Meek wasn’t done yet.

The Tigers cut the gap to 43-40 after a Haylee Ragsdale basket. However, the Tigers were unable to get any closer.

Stora Gilliland, who was 4 of 4 at the free throw line in the final quarter, finished with 19 points for Addison while Callie Brewer added 15. Lauren Cutcher added eight points.

All three girls made the All-Tournament Team.

For Meek, Ragsdale had 18 points and Morgan Hudson put in 10.

The Tigers host Lynn on Jan. 4.

Consolation Game

Sumiton Christian 50, Winston County 40

Kendell Hamm, Collin Bowen and Kirsten Click combined for 41 points to lead the Sumiton Christian Eagles to a third-place finish in the Smith Lake Invitational on Friday.

The game was in doubt until the Eagles pulled away in the final quarter.

Sumiton Christian led 12-11 after the opening quarter and Winston County took a 21-20 lead into the half. The Eagles took a 30-28 lead into the final quarter and outscored the Yellow Jackets 20-12 in the fourth quarter.

Hamm had 16 points while both Click (13 points, 13 rebounds) Bowen (12 points, 12 rebounds) had double-doubles. Anna Fitzgerald added six points and Haley Weigent had three.

Sumiton Christian plays at Cordova on Jan. 3.

Winfield Christmas Tournament

Varsity Girls

Lynn 47, Danville 14

Lynn advanced to the championship game of the Winfield Christmas Tournament with a dominating 47-14 win over Danville on Friday.

The Bears (13-1) will take on the host team in the championship game set for 6 p.m. today.

Against Danville, Lynn took control in the second quarter. The Bears led 13-9 after the opening quarter and dominated the rest of the way, holding Danville to just five points over the final three quarters.

Lynn led 25-11 at the half and 39-14 going into the fourth quarter.

Danville made just five shots (5-of-39) for the game and was 2-of-21 from 3-point range.

Reagan Tittle paced the Bears with 14 points, four rebounds and four assists, Jackee Dodd had 10 points, 14 rebounds and three assists — her fifth double-double of the season — Brooke Harris added nine points, two rebounds and two assists, Lindsay Tompkin had eight points and 10 rebounds and Brooklyn Beck added six points.

Winfield advanced to the championship game with a 49-36 win over Phil Campbell.

Varsity Boys

Winfield 45, Lynn 26

Lynn’s boys dropped their second straight game in the Winfield Christmas Tournament, falling to the home-standing Pirates 45-26 on Friday.

The Pirates led 11-7 after the first quarter and padded their lead in the second quarter, outscoring Lynn 17-7 for a 28-14 halftime lead. Winfield led 34-19 going into the fourth quarter.

Lynn (5-7) made just nine shots in the game and also committed 18 turnovers.

Ben Cagle paced the Bears with nine points and 11 rebounds, Peyton Moore had eight points, three rebounds and three assists, Jeremy Tittle had four points and 10 rebounds, Clay Porter had three points and Kyle Medeiros put in two.

Lynn takes on Holy Spirit at 2 p.m. today.

Varsity Girls

Pinson Valley 48, Carbon Hill 46

Pinson Valley made a pair of free throws with 3.9 seconds left to break a tie and knock off Carbon Hill 48-46 on Friday at the Winfield Christmas Tournament.

Carbon Hill (10-5) has lost two straight games after having its 10-game winning streak snapped by Lynn on Thursday.

Against Pinson Valley, the Bulldogs led 12-10 after the opening quarter, 23-20 at the half and 39-37 going into the final quarter.

For Carbon Hill, Caroline Dodd had 14 points, nine rebounds and five assists, Meagan Bice added 11 points and six rebounds, Savanna Lawson had 10 points, Lindsay Fluker put in five and both Abby Tittle and Mallorie Buzbee each had three points.

Carbon Hill takes on West Morgan at 10 a.m. today.

Dodd topped the 1,000-point mark for her career in the game. The junior guard has been playing on the varsity team since the 8th grade.

"This is an honor for Caroline to reach this point. She is a great ball player and competitor. She works very hard and wants to be successful,” Carbon Hill coach Wade Tittle said. “She is a terrific person as well and she would be the first to tell you that she couldn’t have gotten this done without all her teammates over the past couple years.”

Calera Christmas Tournament

Varsity Boys

Dora 78, Calera 73

Dora held off Calera 78-73 on Friday to earn a spot in the championship game of the Calera Christmas Tournament.

The Bulldogs take on Smiths Station at 7:30 p.m. today in the title game.

Against Calera, Dora led throughout before a late rally pulled the Eagles within five points. The Bulldogs were up 22-15 after the opening quarter and 35-29 at the half. Dora outscored Calera 25-18 in the third quarter for a 61-47 lead going into the final quarter.

For Dora (7-3), Deionte Smith had 21 points, Caleb May and Kaleiel James each had 14 points and DeAngelo Pendleton had 11.

“We’ve got to continue to get better. Calera is a good team. They made a game out of it at the end,” Dora coach Michael Bridges said. “I’m glad we get the chance to move on. We’ll get after it and see what happens.”

Big Orange Classic

JV Boys

Hoover 63, Walker 30

Walker’s JV team fell to the Buccaneers 63-30 in the second day of the Big Orange Classic on Friday.

For the Vikings (8-3), Aaron Morris had 10 points while both Marlon Oliver and Taray Johnson put in eight.

Walker takes on the loser of the Jackson-Olin vs. Northridge in the third-place game at 4:30 p.m. today.

Other games

In the Mitch Smith Classic at Athens, Walker fell to Gardendale 53-45 on Friday, the Vikings’ seventh straight loss. Walker also lost to Athens 85-42 in their tournament opener on Thursday.