Sumiton Christian too much for Curry

Eagles win tournament opener

By JOHNATHAN BENTLEY and W. BRIAN HALE, Eagle Sports
Posted 12/28/17

SUMITON — Sumiton Christian used a torrid first quarter to jump out to a double-digit lead and Curry never recovered as the Eagles earned a 74-58 victory over the Yellow Jackets in the nightcap of the Sumiton Holiday Classic on Thursday.

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Sumiton Christian too much for Curry

Eagles win tournament opener

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SUMITON — Sumiton Christian used a torrid first quarter to jump out to a double-digit lead and Curry never recovered as the Eagles earned a 74-58 victory over the Yellow Jackets in the nightcap of the Sumiton Holiday Classic on Thursday.

Sumiton Christian led by as many as 20 points in the second half and had four players score in double figures.

Next up for the host team is a game against Oak Grove set for 7:30 p.m. tonight. Other opening day winners were Lindsay Lane and Thorsby — who will meet in today’s other semifinal game at 6 p.m.

Against Curry, seven different players scored points in the first quarter for the Eagles (9-3). Isaiah Wright led the way with five points, Judson Laird and Blaine Sharpston each added four and both Will Short and Josh Marshall knocked down 3-pointers as Sumiton Christian built a 23-12 lead going into the second quarter.

Short added two more 3-pointers in the second quarter and J.C. Sheffield put in four points for the Eagles, who led 37-27 at the half. Sumiton Christian opened the third quarter with a 10-0 run to push the lead to 20 points at 47-27. Wright ended the run with a pair of free throws. Curry cut the lead back to 10 points at 51-41 with 2:20 left in the third quarter, thanks to seven straight points from Jakob Hicks.

The Eagles countered with an 8-0 spurt to end the quarter. Brown converted a 3-point play, Laird made a 3-pointer and Ethan Morgan added a basket. Sumiton Christian led 59-41 going into the final quarter.

For the Eagles, Laird led the offense with 16 points, Wright added 15, Short put in 12 and Sharpston had 11 points.

Curry’s John Moon led all scorers with 16 points. The Yellow Jackets (4-8) play Falkville at 4:30 p.m. in the consolation bracket.

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Thorsby 86, Oakman 84

Thorsby scored 32 points in the fourth quarter to make up a six-point deficit and earn an 86-84 win over Oakman in their first-round tournament game on Thursday at Sumiton Christian.

Oakman led through the first three quarters.

The Wildcats were up 22-16 after the first quarter, 42-33 at the half and 60-54 after three quarters.

Oakman will play Westminster Christian-Oak Mountain at 3 p.m. today in their consolation bracket game while Thorsby advances to play Lindsay Lane at 6 p.m. in the semifinals.

Skylar Hice led the Wildcats (3-5) with 24 points on Thursday, Peyton Hill and Christian Hubbard each had 17 and Denzell Chatman added 14.

Christian Fortner had 38 points for Thorsby (5-2).

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FSB Shootout

Central-Clay 63, No. 2 Cordova 59

The second-ranked Cordova Blue Devils fell to the Central Clay County Volunteers 63-59 on Thursday at Gadsden State in day two of the FSB Shootout.

Isaac Chatman led with 26 points and Jayce Willingham had 15 points.

Cordova led 18-14 at the end of the first period and held a 30-27 lead at halftime. The Blue Devils outscored the Volunteers 13-12 in the third period for a 43-39 advantage, but Central Clay clinched the 63-59 victory.

The Blue Devils (11-4) play defending state champion South Atlanta (Georgia) today at 5 p.m. at Gadsden State.

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West Point Christmas Tournament

Meek 70, West Point 51

Meek stormed back from a nine-point halftime deficit to stun West Point 70-51 in the semifinals of the West Point Christmas Tournament on Thursday.

Meek will play for the tournament championship against either Corner or Brewer at 7:45 p.m. today.

The Tigers trailed by nine points at the half, but outscored the Warriors 44-16 in the second half to earn the blowout victory.

Meek (11-3) trailed 16-6 after the first quarter and 35-26 at the half. The Tigers connected on five 3-pointers in the third quarter, scoring 23 points to take a 49-44 lead into the final period.

For Meek, Caleb Aaron had 15 points, Peyton Key added 11, John Mark Abercrombie had 10 and both Jacob Woodard and Kevin Chino added nine.

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Tharptown Invitational

Varsity Girls

Carbon Hill 69, Brilliant 43

Carbon Hill split its first two games of the Tharptown Invitational, losing to Rogers in the opener on Wednesday and following with a win over Brilliant on Thursday.

Against Brilliant, the Bulldogs earned a 69-43 win.

Molly Kate Atkins had 25 points in the game, including 18 in the third quarter, along with five assists and five steals.

Carbon Hill (8-7) led 25-13 at the half and 55-33 after three quarters.

Cagejia Hosey added 13 points and seven rebounds for the Bulldogs, Makindle McGough had 10 points, Abby Martin added six points, Alayna Ivie and Ricki Jill Burrough each added four and Lacey Evans had 12 rebounds.

Carbon Hill opened the tournament with a 61-20 loss to Rogers. Evans had 10 points and six rebounds in the game.

The Bulldogs face Oakman (6-8) at 1 p.m. today in the fifth-place game.