Linden ladies take 1A, Area 4 crown

Linden held a commanding lead at the end of each quarter Wednesday night, closing out A.L. Johnson 57-38 to win the Class 1A, Area 4 championship.

The Lady Patriots led 20-9 after one quarter of play and kept that double-digit advantage for much of the night. Linden put the game out of reach with a 13-4 run in the fourth quarter that saw ALJ connect on only two field goals in the frame.

Lady Eagle senior Tiffany Barber led all scorers with 22 points while Akayla McGhee added 10 for A.L. Johnson. Linden countered with four players in double figures.

Amber Richardson had 20 points on the night while Dajia Miller added 13. Imiya Agee had 11 points and Tomysha Boykin scored 10.

Linden is set to host a sub-regional game Monday while ALJ travels for sub-regional play.

Lady Longhorns hold off Patrician to win region

IMG_2017LIVINGSTON — Marengo Academy (24-0) held off a valiant Patrician team Saturday to win the AISA Class A Region 2 championship with a 48-40 victory.

Patrician came out of a 26-26 halftime tie with a 7-0 run to take a 33-26 lead in the third quarter. Anna Michael Crocker pulled Marengo back into it with a 6-0 run of her own to cut the deficit to 33-32.

Andrea Edmonds gave the Lady Longhorns the lead with a rebound and put-back for a 34-33 MA advantage. Brooke Smyly added to that lead with a runner to make it 36-33 with 6:57 to go in the game.

Chandler Stenz and Andrea Edmonds earned All-Tournament honors for Marengo Academy while Brooke Smyly (middle) took home the Most Valuable Player award.

Chandler Stenz and Andrea Edmonds earned All-Tournament honors for Marengo Academy while Brooke Smyly (middle) took home the Most Valuable Player award.

Marengo clamped down and allowed only seven points the remainder of the contest as Chandler Stenz iced the game late with a string of free throws.

Patrician opened the game with a flurry, but Stenz pulled her team out of the hole with a quick four-point spurt to end the first quarter and put MA up 15-14 after one quarter of play.

Stenz scored 10 of her 14 points from the free throw line in the game. Edmonds ended with 13 points and 12 rebounds. Smyly had 10 points and 12 rebounds while Crocker contributed 10 points and four steals.

George led Patrician with 15 points and seven rebounds. Kelsey Lewis had 13 points for PA while Tyler Armistead grabbed 12 rebounds.

Stenz and Edmonds earned All-Tournament honors for Marengo while Smyly took home Most Valuable Player honors.

The win means Marengo will enter next week’s state tournament as the No. 1 seed from Region 2.

Marengo Panther teams beat A.L. Johnson

Marengo and A.L. Johnson met Friday night in a clash of old county rivals. The Lady Panthers downed ALJ 57-41, moving to 9-6 on the season following the win.

Alesia Bowser led Marengo with 17 points, 19 rebounds, three steals and four blocks. Keishelle Clark added 17 points, 11 rebounds, three steals and a block in the effort. Kiana Lewis finished with 11 points, five rebounds two steals and an assist.

The Marengo High Panther boys moved to 3-12 on the season with an 84-56 win over A.L. Johnson in the nightcap. Michael Lewis led with 25 points, eight rebounds, five assists and five steals. Demetrius Bowser added 23 points, 10 rebounds, six steals, an assist and two blocks in the win. Justin Dunning finished with 10 point and eight rebounds.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Demopolis reschedules Selma game for Thursday

Demopolis High School’s scheduled basketball contests against area foe Selma have been moved to Thursday evening. DHS had been scheduled to play Selma beginning at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday before a winter storm forced the cancellation of school. Demopolis then rescheduled the required area contest for 3 p.m. Wednesday before the announcement came Tuesday morning that school will be closed Wednesday as well.

Demopolis will now cancel its contest with Pickens County, which had been set for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, in view of playing Selma in that time slot.

Lady Longhorns honor seniors, trample Tuscaloosa

Brooke Smyly gets the rebound as the Lady Longhorns add another victory to their perfect record as the beat Tuscaloosa Academy.

Brooke Smyly gets the rebound as the Lady Longhorns add another victory to their perfect record as the beat Tuscaloosa Academy.

LINDEN — Marengo Academy (22-0) capped the first undefeated regular season in program history Monday with a 55-24 trouncing of Tuscaloosa Academy.

The Lady Longhorns outpaced Tuscaloosa 13-9 in the first quarter and opened the lead to double digits with a 16-7 run in the second.

The Lady Longhorns used a 12-8 third quarter to add to the advantage before ceremonially pulling seniors Chandler Stenz, Brooke Smyly and Conner Etheridge from the game to a round of applause early in the fourth quarter.

The contest was the last home game for the Lady Longhorn senior trio. Despite their absence from the floor in the game’s final minutes, MA held Tuscaloosa Academy scoreless in the fourth quarter while hanging 14 points of its own to ice the 31-point win.

Stenz led the way for Marengo with 17 points, five assist and three steals. Smyly had 10 points, 16 rebounds, four blocks and three assists. Etheridge had five points, five rebounds and two assists.

Andrea Edmonds chipped in nine points, seven rebounds and four steals for the Lady Longhorns. Anna Michael Crocker finished with eight points and five steals. Victoria Belcher and Hannah Freeman scored three apiece off the bench for MA.

MacKenzie Smelley led Tuscaloosa Academy with eight points and five rebounds.

MA honored its senior trio as well as injured senior Carolyne Baker before the game. Stenz currently sits at 1,604 points in her varsity career. Smyly has 1,341 points. Etheridge has 683.

The Lady Longhorns have already clenched a berth in next week’s state tournament at Huntingdon College. They are scheduled to play again Friday at 2 p.m. in the second round of the AISA 1A Region 2 Tournament on the campus of the University of West Alabama.