Jasper’s John David Harrell (11) goes up for a shot against West Point’s Samuel Wheeler (12) during their game Monday night at Carl Cannon Coliseum. Jasper won 77-61.
Daily Mountain Eagle - Johnathan Bentley
Jasper's Landon Hunt (10) shoots against West Point on Monday.
Daily Mountain Eagle - Johnathan Bentley
By JOHNATHAN BENTLEY, Eagle Sports Editor
Jasper needed one quarter to find its offense Monday night in its season opener against West Point at Carl Cannon Coliseum.
Once the Vikings got going the Warriors were unable to stop them as Jasper earned a 77-61 victory.
After a lackluster 11-point first quarter, Jasper erupted for 32 points in second quarter to turn a two-point deficit into a 43-27 lead at the half.
Four Jasper players scored in double figures led by John David Harrell with 19 points — all in the first three quarters, Antione Harris added 14, Trinity Epps had 12 and Garrett Pschirer had 11. Dora transfer Brent Geeter had nine points in his first game for the Vikings and D.J. Fowler put in eight.
Jasper, last year’s Class 5A, Area 11 champion, trailed 13-12 after the first quarter.
Pschirer had three 3-pointers and scored all 11 of his points in the second quarter, Harris had eight points and Geeter had seven in the period.
Back-to-back steals by Harrell and Epps led to baskets and Epps hit Geeter with a pass that led to a one-handed dunk as Jasper pushed its lead to 37-19 with 1:58 left in the opening half.
West Point made just three shots in the quarter as Jasper took control.
In the third quarter, Harrell had seven points and both Epps and Harris put in six as the Vikings took a 64-44 lead into the final quarter.
Jasper (1-0) plays again next Monday vs. Hale County in the Catfish Haven Thanksgiving Tournament at Brookwood.
West Point 58, Jasper 41
West Point built an early lead and made it stand, beating Jasper 58-41 on Monday night.
The Warriors led 23-6 after the opening quarter. Both teams scored 35 points over the next three quarters.
West Point led 37-20 at the half and 49-26 after three quarters.
For Jasper (0-1), Alex Oliver had 14 points, Jordan Gilbert and Idoysia Mercer each had nine points, Hollie Harrell added five and Anna Kate Herring put in four.
For West Point, Miriam Oldacre had 22 points.
Dora 56, Curry 53
Dora held off Curry for a narrow 56-53 home win in the season opener for both teams on Monday night.
Despite having three starters foul out, the Bulldogs got crucial 3-pointers from Knoxx Eustice and Malique Davis in the final quarter.
The game was close throughout with Dora holding a 19-13 lead after the first quarter. The Bulldogs led 33-31 at the half and 43-42 after three quarters.
For Dora, Dee Wilkerson had 14 points, Eustice had nine points, Kaleb Towns put in seven and Kavin Towns added six.
Curry was led by the duo of Weston Horton and Luke Smith, who combined for 36 points. Horton had 19 while Smith put in 17, Andrew Stewart had eight and Ethan Wideman had six.
Curry plays at Oak Grove today and hosts Carbon Hill on Thursday. Dora hosts Shelby County on Saturday.
Dora 54, Curry 43
Zharia Hubbard poured in 33 points to lead Dora to a 54-43 home victory over the Curry Yellow Jackets on Monday night.
Dora jumped out to a 17-8 lead after the first quarter. Curry bounced back to take a 24-23 lead into the half, but Hubbard scored 23 points in the second half as the Bulldogs pulled away. Dora led 37-30 after three quarters.
Makaiyah Smith and Ja’Mya Harris each had six points for Dora while Jakiyah Womack put in five. For Curry, Abbey Moon had 16 points, Emma Martin had eight points, Anna Reese Woodley had seven and Allie Downs added five.
Sumiton Christian 71, Berry 54
Sumiton Christian improved to 2-1 on the season with a 71-54 home win over Berry on Monday.
Cody Long paced the Eagles with 20 points in the win.
Sumiton Christian led by seven points at 21-14 after the first quarter. The Eagles added to their lead in the second and took a 34-22 lead into the half. Sumiton Christian maintained its 12-point lead (52-40) after three quarters.
JC Sheffield added 15 points for the Eagles and Isaiah Wright had 13 points.
Sumiton Christian plays at Lynn on Thursday.