Archives for January 2014

Lady Tigers nearly knock off Selma

Demopolis (14-10, 4-2) nearly toppled area foe Selma Friday before an Ayana Moore steal and layup with nine seconds left spelled doom in a 40-39 loss.

The Lady Tigers carried a 6-4 lead out of the first quarter and then trailed for much of the night until a quick burst from Erica Bennett midway through the third quarter. Bennett connected on a turnaround off a Sylvia Clayton assist before draining a three off another Clayton assist just 30 seconds later to put her team up 19-16.

Those points would be the last scored by Demopolis until it erupted for a 20-point outburst in the fourth quarter. The Lady Tigers trailed 24-19 after the third period.

Scrappy play got Demopolis back in it. DeeDee White emphatically put her team back into the contest when she drained a triple off a Clayton pass to cut the deficit to 34-31 with two minutes to play.

Just 10 seconds later, Bennett went catch-and-shoot off Julie Rembert pass to tie the game at 34.

With 1:35 to go, Bennett struck again with a pair of free throws to make it 36-34. Clayton connected on a shot with 37 seconds remaining to put Demopolis up 39-35.

“I think it had a lot to do with our energy,” Demopolis coach Tony Pittman said of his team’s late run. “We came out in the fourth quarter with the mindset that we had to do something, we had to change the tempo. Our kids just raised their level of play and were able to be successful, get some easy shots and momentum picked up for us.”

The game began to turn when Selma’s Jamya Smith sunk a three pointer to put her team down 39-38 before Moore stole a pass just on her team’s side of half court and took it the distance for the game-defining play.

Selma did much of its damage on the night by turning defense into offense in a contest that saw the Lady Saints tally 22 steals as a team.

Bennett led Demopolis with 14 points, four rebounds and four steals. Ivery Moore had 10 points and five rebounds. White finished with nine points and four rebounds. Clayton contributed six points and four assists.

Smith had 12 points to lead Selma (21-4) while Areyanna Williams finished with eight point and seven rebounds.

The loss seals Demopolis as the No. 2 team in the upcoming area tournament that will begin Thursday at 5 p.m. in Selma when the Lady Tigers take on No. 3 seed Sumter Central.

Demopolis succumbs to late Selma surge

Demopolis (8-17) came within seconds of snapping its losing streak Friday night before clutch free throw shooting put Selma over the top with a 52-47 win.

The Tigers led all night long, getting their final points of the night with 1:57 to play when Trey Haskins hit Tripp Perry on the left block for a layup to put Demopolis up 47-44.

From there, Selma continued to work its way to the free throw line. Kahmaul Jones nailed a pair of free throws to cut the Saint deficit to 47-46. Jones gave his team the lead with 46.5 to play when he hit two more free throws for a 48-47 Selma lead.

Demopolis failed to cash in on its ensuing possession, leaving itself in a position where it had to foul. Aderick Moore knocked down one free throw to stretch it to 49-47.

Dexter Hatcher then made it 50-47 with another free throw. Moore went on to hit two more free throws to ice the win.

Demoplis led 9-6 after the first quarter before stretching the lead to 23-19 by half. Demopolis led by as many as 10 points, grabbing a 37-27 advantage in the third quarter when Demetrius Kemp crossed over on a drive and took off from just inside the free throw line before finished with a one-handed slam that brought the home crowd to life.

The Tigers upped the lead to 40-32 by the end of the third quarter before a 20-7 Selma run capped the game.

The loss was the 12th in the last 13 games for the Tigers, who have scuffled since a 7-5 start to the season.

Roderick Davis led Demopolis with 15 points and six rebounds. Charles Tripp added 10 points and five rebounds. Kemp finished nine points and 13 rebounds to go along with three assists and three blocked shots, all of which came on Selma dunk attempts.

Jones led Selma with 16 points and six rebounds. Ford added 15 points while Moore had a team high 13 rebounds.

Demopolis is set to play again Saturday night when it travels to Linden for its regular season finale.

Subject arrested after firing shots near Red Barn

Seneca Raby 015 0The Demopolis Police Department responded to call at the Red Barn in reference to shots being fired Thursday evening. Upon arrival officers made contact with several individuals in the parking lot who stated that a subject by the name of Seneca Raby had just shot several times at them.

Demopolis Police Chief Tommie Reese said that officers were told that the suspect had run behind the Red Barn toward the wood line. At this point officers gave chase along with the

DPD K-9.

DPD K-9 Officer Bo was used to apprehend the subject after he refused to give up. Reese said that during the arrest the K-9 Officer Bo was injured and is now receiving treatment from the veterinarian.

Officers were able to locate a handgun in the area of where the suspect was arrested.

Seneca Raby, 34,of Gallion, Al., was transported to Bryan Whitfield ER for treatment and then to the Marengo County Detention Center. He is charged with the following:

1. Discharging a Firearm in the City Limits

2. Ex-Felon in Possession of a Firearm

3. Resisting Arrest

4. Harassment of, interference with etc., duties of police animal


Longhorns upend Sparta in region draw

LIVINGSTON — Marengo Academy (13-11) upset top-seeded Sparta Academy 56-50 Friday afternoon in the semifinals of the AISA 1A Region 2 Tournament.

The Longhorns opened the game on a 14-4 run and carried a 24-15 lead into the half before Sparta mounted its comeback in the third quarter.

Sparta took its first lead of the game with 6:41 to play when Drew Hardin knocked down a shot off a steal to put the Warriors up 39-38. Marengo Academy’s Cason Cook did not allow the deficit to stand for long as he answered with a field goal of his own on the ensuing possession.

Cook, who sat most of the third quarter in foul trouble, made his presence felt in the third as his nine-point quarter helped the Longhorns to overcome its brief disadvantage and stretch its lead back to 46-41 with 4:59 to play.

Marengo would miss free throws down the stretch, going 8-for-16 from the charity stripe in the fourth quarter. The blown opportunities allowed Sparta to close it to 54-50 in the game’s final minute with a 9-1 run in a span of 20 seconds.

Sparta failed to capitalize on its opportunities off the missed Longhorn free throws as Hayden Huckabee snagged the game’s final rebound to seal the win.

Marengo out-rebounded Sparta 49-28 in the contest to help fuel the victory. Leading the charge for MA was Cook, who finished with 19 points and 13 rebounds. Huckabee added 17 points and eight rebounds. Shade Pritchett finished with 12 points and seven rebounds.

Anthony Antonelli and Carson Huckabee rounded out the scoring with four points each as Marengo got no points from its bench in the effort.

Hardin led Sparta with 19 points. Taylor Chaver finished with seven points while Zane Lambert scored all seven of his points in the fourth quarter to go along with seven steals.

Marengo advances to the region championship game at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Pruitt Gymnasium on the campus of the University of West Alabama.

Demopolis Arrest Reports: Jan. 30, 2014

Jan. 30 – Omar Winston, 20, for Harassment – DPD

Jan. 30 – Seneca D. Raby, 34, for Discharging Firearm in City, Resisting Arrest, Ex-Felon in Possession of a Firearm, and Harassment/Interference with Duties of a Police Animal – Highway 80 East

Lady Longhorns trounce Meadowview in region semis

LIVINGSTON — Marengo Academy (23-0) took its time finding a rhythm Friday afternoon but used a 20-0 second quarter to spur a 47-21 win over Meadowview Christian in the semifinals of the AISA 1A Region 2 Tournament.

The teams were scoreless three minutes into the game before Marengo turned it on and worked its way to a 13-4 opening quarter. Marengo took a 33-4 lead into the half and stretched it to 45-9 by the end of the third frame.

Andrea Edmonds scored the lone bucket of the fourth quarter for the Lady Longhorns as they utilized the time to give their younger players more experience.

Brooke Smyly led the way with 17 points for Marengo Academy to go along with 10 rebounds, three assists, two blocks and a steal.

Edmonds finished with 10 points and eight rebounds. Conner Etheridge added seven points and six rebounds in the effort.

Claudia Kendrick led Meadowview with eight points. Taylor Roberts had six points while Christina Dabits finished with five points and eight rebounds.

The Lady Longhorns move to Saturday’s finals against the winner of Sparta and Patrician Academy. That game is scheduled for 3 p.m. at Pruitt Hall on the campus of the University of West Alabama.

Photo of the Day: January 31, 2014

potd - snowball fightMelodie Hall, Tyler Pipkins and Tayler Pipkins enjoyed a time-honored tradition earlier this week – an old-fashioned snowball fight!

Longhorns hold off Jackson to clench state tourney berth

LIVINGSTON — Marengo Academy (12-11) punched its ticket to round two of the AISA 1A Region 2 Tournament as well as next week’s AISA 1A State Tournament with a 50-38 win over Jackson Academy Thursday.

The Longhorns opened the game with a 15-11 first quarter before pulling away with a 13-6 second quarter. The Longhorns stretched the 11-point halftime lead early in the third before Jackson Academy began to chip away.

MA led by as many as 16 before Jackson whittled the deficit down to seven points midway through the fourth quarter.

The offensive rebounding of Cason Cook and Anthony Antonelli helped Hayden Huckabee restore order. In the game’s closing minutes the Longhorns’ post duo kept possessions alive and allowed Huckabee’s shot-making ability to show through on second-chance buckets.

Huckabee helped the Longhorns stretch the lead back to double digits as MA put the game away at the free throw line.

Huckabee finished with a game high 19 points. Shade Pritchett added 12 points for the Longhorns. Carson Huckabee contributed seven points.

Colby Lucas scored 14 points to lead Jackson Academy while Peyton Wilson added in nine in the loss.

Marengo Academy is set to play Sparta Academy at 3:30 p.m. Friday on the campus of the University of West Alabama. That game will follow the Lady Longhorns’ 2 p.m. showdown with Meadowview Christian.

Willie Richardson

Mr. Willie Richardson of Demopolis, Alabama entered into eternal rest January 29, 2014 at the Bryan W. Whitfield Memorial Hospital, Demopolis. Funeral services for Mr. Willie Richardson are incomplete and will be announced later by Larkin and Scott Funeral Directors of Demopolis, Alabama.

All obituaries taken from the website of the corresponding funeral home unless otherwise noted.

Bessie Harmon

Ms. Bessie Harmon of Greensboro, Alabama entered into eternal rest January 29, 2014 at the Colonial Haven Care Nursing Facility, Greensboro, Alabama. Ms. Bessie Harmon is survived by nieces Ms. Jeanette Rainer and Mrs. Sarah Rowser, a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services for Ms. Harmon are incomplete and will be announced later by Larkin and Scott Funeral Directors of Demopolis, Alabama.

All obituaries taken from the website of the corresponding funeral home unless otherwise noted.