Sumiton Christian eyes another tournament title
by Johnathan Bentley
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Sumiton Christian’s Hudson Davis (42) shoots a jumper over a Winston County defender during their game at the Meek Holiday Classic on Thursday. Sumiton Christian defeated Winston County 40-27. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
Sumiton Christian’s Hudson Davis (42) shoots a jumper over a Winston County defender during their game at the Meek Holiday Classic on Thursday. Sumiton Christian defeated Winston County 40-27. Photo by Johnathan Bentley
ARLEY — Two weeks, two tournament titles — that’s what is on the line for the Sumiton Christian Eagles tonight.

A week after winning the Sumiton Christian Christmas Tournament against Meek, the Eagles are in the championship game of the Smith Lake Invitational at Meek High School.

For the second straight week, the Eagles face Meek with a title on the line. Today’s game is set for 6:30 p.m. Sumiton Christian is looking for its second straight Smith Lake Invitational title. The Eagles defeated Meek 47-40 on Saturday.

Sumiton Christian (12-3) advanced to today’s game with a 40-27 win over Winston County. The Eagles turned to its defense down the stretch, holding the Yellow Jackets to just three free throws in the final quarter.

With the win, Sumiton Christian matched last year’s win total of 12.

“I’m pleased with the guys,” Sumiton Christian coach Bill Griffin said. “We’ve won every game that we’ve had a chance to win going into the last three or four minutes. We’ve had a lot of close games. Once we get to 15 wins we will set our sights a little bit higher.”

Against Winston County, the Eagles led 11-10 after the opening quarter, 23-14 at the half and 31-24 going into the third quarter.

The Yellow Jackets got within five points at 31-26 early in the quarter, but couldn’t get any closer.

DeMonte Hobbs had 12 points for Sumiton Christian, Austin Clark added nine, Hudson Davis put in seven and Vann Lovelady put in six.

Meek 53, Addison 41

Meek got a huge game out of Jentson Hiller en route to a 53-41 victory over Addison on Thursday night.

Hiller had 23 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Tigers to their third win over Addison this season.

Meek held a slim 36-33 lead going into the final quarter before outscoring Addison 17-8 in the final quarter.

Jeremiah Banks added 11 points and seven rebounds for Meek (5-10) while Seth Hayes had nine points and seven rebounds, Isaac Johnson had six points, five rebounds and five assists and Cameron Hallmark had 10 rebounds. For Addison, Caleb Estill had 12 points.

Varsity Girls

Meek 59, Winston County 53

Meek’s Haylee Ragsdale finished with 27 points, including 9 of 10 from the free throw line in the final quarter, as the Tigers held off Winston County 59-53 on Thursday in the opener of the Meek Holiday Classic.

The Tigers face Addison in today’s championship game set for 5 p.m. Addison moved on with a win over Sumiton Christian in its first-round game.

Addison’s girls won last year’s tournament title.

Winston County’s Kayla Pruitt matched Ragsdale, scoring 27 points for the Yellow Jackets.

The game was close through the first two quarters.

Meek led 12-11 after the opening quarter and Winston County took a 25-24 lead into the half.

The Tigers pulled away after outscoring Winston County 17-10 in the third quarter for a 41-35 lead going into the fourth.

Meek’s Rebekah Wolfe knocked down five 3-pointers in the game and finished with 14 points.

Calera Christmas Tournament

Varsity Boys

Dora 65, Central-Clay County 64, OT

Dora played its third straight one-point game on Thursday.

This time the Bulldogs came out on top.

Dora eked out a 65-64 win over Central-Clay County in the Calera Christmas Tournament.

Dora lost to Carbon Hill and Fairview — both by one point — in their last two games.

On Thursday, the game was tied 59-59 at the end of regulation and the Bulldogs outscored Central 6-5 in the extra period for the victory.

Dora led 16-13 after the first quarter and 31-25 at the half and 49-45 going into the final quarter.

For the Bulldogs, Devonta Gosha had 14 points, DeAngelo Pendleton had 12 points, Caleb May added 11, Deionte Smith put in nine and Keleil James added six.

Central Clay County connected on 11 3-pointers in the game.

Dora takes on the Calera-Montevallo winner at 7:30 p.m. today.

Big Orange Classic

Walker JV 50, Center Point 47

Center Point led 13-7 after the first period, before Walker would cut the lead to one going into the half, 22-21, with Centerpoint still in command. The Vikings still trailed by a point, 34-33 after the third period, before outscoring Center Point 17-13 in the final period to clinch the 50-47 victory.

Aaron Morris led the Vikings with 28 points, while Dawson Sellers scored 8 points. Marlon Oliver had seven points.

The Vikings will take on Hoover today at 10 a.m. in the second day of the Big Orange Classic.