Youthful Lady Tigers battle for season-opening win over Keith

11-28-17 — Demopolis, Ala. — Aniya Johnson brings the ball up the floor for Demopolis. The sophomore guard had six points, six rebounds, and six assists Tuesday night.

Tony Pittman knew before his team took to the floor Tuesday night for its home opener that inexperience would be a key theme in season’s early going. That inexperience showed itself for stretches as the Lady Tigers worked their way to an uneven 38-23 win over Keith.

“The first game jitters, rushing a lot of things instead of being patient and taking what the defense gives you,” Demopolis coach Tony Pittman said. “We didn’t do that the first half, primarily because of first game jitters.”

Demopolis closed the first quarter with an offensive flurry, carrying a 12-3 lead after the game’s first eight minutes. The offense sputtered soon thereafter as Demopolis managed only 15 points over the next two quarters of play.

“Every year you have a different team and you have to play to your strengths. Right now our strength is ball handling and bringing our post game along,” Pittman said. “Hopefully, after Christmas, you’ll see that start to gel and we’ll be a different team.”

Demopolis found consistency with the ball in the hands of Aniya Johnson. The sophomore guard calmed a frenetic and, occasionally, frantic group while scoring six points, grabbing six rebounds and dishing out six assists.

Johnson found her greatest success as a passer on inlet passes to Samia Jackson, who finished with eight points and five rebounds in the post. Shakesaney Bell contributed eight points in the victory while A’Miracle Jones had six.

“A’Miracle did an outstanding job of doing work in the post. Samia did a good job,” Pittman said. “Shug Billingsley came off the bench and gave us some good, solid minutes. She didn’t do a lot in the scorebook, but it didn’t matter. She’s gaining that experience and I think she’s really going to help us in the season.”

Demopolis is set to travel to Class 6A Bessemer City Thursday night.
“We’re going back to the laboratory tomorrow and we’re playing again Thursday,” Pittman said. “Hopefully we’ll get better each and every ball game we go out.”

Demopolis volleyball off to strong start

(Photo by Johnny Autery)
Napoleon Roberson bumps a ball against Sweet Water.

The Demopolis High varsity volleyball team sits at 3-1 after its first two days of play. The Lady Tigers took two matches in the Sweet Water Invitational Saturday. Demopolis took two out of three games from Thomasville. Demopolis lost the first game 25-22 before winning the next two 25-4 and 15-9.

The Lady Tigers went on to take two from three from Millry. Demopolis won the first game 25-11 and dropped the second 25-16. The Lady Tigers capped off the match victory with a 15-7 win.

Demopolis fell to Sweet Water 25-21 in the first of its best-of-three championship round meeting. The Lady Tigers rallied to take the second 25-22. Sweet Water won the finale 15-10.

Demopolis opened its home slate with a sweep of Jackson, downing the Aggies 25-10, 25-11 and 25-11.

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Madelyn Brooker spikes a ball against Sweet Water.

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Madelyn Brooker and Kendall Hannah go up for a block gainst Sweet Water.

Demopolis High volleyball schedule

Demopolis High School Volleyball Schedule

Sept. 2 – Sweet Water Tournament – TBA

Sept. 5 – vs. Jackson – 4:30 p.m.

Sept. 7 – @ Clarke County Tri-Match – 4:30 – p.m.

Sept. 11 – @ Greensboro Tri-Match – 4:30 p.m.

Sept. 12 – @ Sumter Central – 4:30 p.m.

Sept. 13 – vs. Greensboro – 4:30 p.m.

Sept. 14 – vs. Central-Tuscaloosa – 6 p.m.

Sept. 19 – vs. Thomasville – 4:30 p.m.

Sept. 21 – vs. Sweet Water – 4:30 p.m.

Sept. 23 – Thomasville Tourney – TBA

Sept. 28 – @ Linden Tri-Match – TBA

Oct. 3 – @ Central-Tuscaloosa – 4:30 p.m.

Oct. 5 – @ Jackson – 4:30 p.m.

Oct. 10 – @ Thomasville Tri-Match – TBA

Oct. 12 – vs. Sumter Central – 4:30 p.m.

Oct. 14 – @ Selma Dig Pink Tournament – TBA

Oct. 19 – vs. Linden – 4:30 p.m.

Oct. 24 – Area Tournament – TBA

Oct. 26 – Super Regional – TBA

Demopolis splits in day one at Gulf Shores

3-27-17 — Gulf Shores, Ala. — Demopolis’ Kendall Hannah fires a pitch the plate against Hartselle.

Demopolis’s first game in Gulf Shores Monday afternoon saw the Tigers take a thrilling 2-0 victory over Class 6A Hartselle. The lone runs of the game came with two outs in the bottom of the fourth inning when Anna Katherine Aldridge singled to score Elly Brown and Abbey Latham.

Hartselle’s best chance to tie the game came in the top of the sixth with a runner aboard. Kendall Hannah induced a pop out from Hartselle cleanup hitter Emily Cowart to end the game.

3-27-17 — Gulf Shores, Ala. — Demopolis’ Taylor Smith tracks down a fly ball for a putout against Hartselle.

Katherine Poe was perfect through the first three innings of play, setting the Tiger lineup down in order before Brown’s one-out single in the fourth. Latham and Natalie Tatum followed with singles of their own to set up the Aldridge base hit. The Tigers’ fifth hit of the contest came in the bottom of the fifth when Taylor Smith singled.

Hannah was effective and efficient in the effort, striking out three while scattering three hits and one walk on only 78 pitches in the shutout.

Demopolis followed that effort with a flat performance against Northview (Dothan) in a 4-0 loss. The Tigers surrendered two runs in the second inning and one each in the third and fourth. Natalie Tatum allowed only four hits and two earned runs but a pair of Demopolis errors proved unhelpful to the Tiger cause. Tatum, Hannah and Latham each singled for the only Demopolis hits of the contest.

Demopolis (19-5) continues tournament play Tuesday.

3-27-17 — Gulf Shores, Ala. — Demopolis’ Anna Katherine Aldridge singles to right field to plate the Lady Tigers’ only two runs in their win over Hartselle.

Sweet Water baseball debuts at No. 1 in ASWA rankings

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Five Marengo County teams land among the Top 10 of their respective classes in the first Alabama Sports Writers Association baseball and softball rankings of the 2017 season. Highlighting the group is Sweet Water, the No. 1 baseball team in Class 1A. The Bulldogs opened the season 10-0 before taking its first loss in a 6-5 setback to Clarke County last Saturday.

Marengo Academy sits at No. 7 in the AISA baseball rankings. The Longhorns’ female classmates sit at the same position among the softball rankings. Sweet Water also sees its softball team sitting in the debut rankings as the Tony Echols-led Lady Bulldogs are at No. 9 in Class 1A.

Demopolis softball is at No. 10 in the Class 5A softball rankings. Two of the Lady Tigers’ three losses are at the hands of Class 7A No. 4 Baker while the other is to Class 3A No. 10 American Christian Academy.

ASWA SOFTBALL RANKINGS

CLASS 7A

  1. Spain Park (15-0)
  2. Sparkman (17-2)
  3. Fairhope (16-1-1)
  4. Baker (20-3)
  5. Buckhorn (16-2)
  6. James Clemens (12-7)
  7. Tuscaloosa County (16-4)
  8. Mary Montgomery (16-5)
  9. Oak Mountain (9-9)
  10. Thompson (11-3)

Others nominated: Central-Phenix City (14-7), Hewitt-Trussville (5-8), Hoover (5-9-1).

CLASS 6A

  1. Chelsea (11-2)
  2. Oxford (15-1)
  3. Daphne (13-2)
  4. Gardendale (13-1)
  5. Southside-Gadsden (6-6)
  6. Hazel Green (12-3-1)
  7. Pell City (14-4)
  8. Austin (8-5)
  9. Northview (12-4)
  10. Hartselle (6-7)

Others nominated: Dothan (10-6), Helena (5-6), Robertsdale (11-5), Saraland (12-6), Muscle Shoals (8-4-1), Wetumpka (7-9).

CLASS 5A

  1. Springville (7-1)
  2. Rehobeth (17-2)
  3. Alexandria (4-2)
  4. Marbury (8-5)
  5. Lincoln (13-6)
  6. Mortimer Jordan (12-4-1)
  7. Hayden (7-4)
  8. Scottsboro (16-3)
  9. Moody (6-4)
  10. Demopolis (11-3)

Others nominated: Beauregard (9-8), Corner (14-6), East Limestone (5-5), Etowah (11-5), Eufaula (14-5), Faith Academy (6-2), Lawrence County (14-8).

CLASS 4A

  1. Westminster Christian (22-1)
  2. Alabama Christian (20-2)
  3. Northside (14-5-1)
  4. Hale County (5-3)
  5. Central-Florence (11-1)
  6. Satsuma (17-3)
  7. Handley (8-7)
  8. Cordova (10-2-1)
  9. Wilson (6-0)
  10. Thomasville (12-3)

Others nominated: Danville (9-3), LAMP (5-3), Leeds (7-5), Montgomery Catholic (4-0), Oneonta (7-4), Priceville (9-4).

CLASS 3A

  1. Plainview (10-1)
  2. Pisgah (5-5)
  3. Prattville Christian (6-3)
  4. Colbert Heights (7-0)
  5. East Lawrence (11-5)
  6. J.B. Pennington (14-3)
  7. Mobile Christian (6-8)
  8. Pleasant Valley (10-3-1)
  9. Geneva (9-3)
  10. American Christian (10-6)

Others nominated: Carbon Hill (7-3), Gordo (6-4), Hanceville (9-4), Locust Fork (5-0), Opp (11-3), West Morgan (3-5-1).

CLASS 2A

  1. Hatton (7-5)
  2. Ider (3-7)
  3. Leroy (9-2)
  4. Collinsville (12-5)
  5. Lamar County (5-1)
  6. Fyffe (7-5-1)
  7. Ariton (9-6)
  8. Tanner (1-1)
  9. Mars Hill Bible (4-3)
  10. Cottonwood (7-5)

Others nominated: Verbena (1-2).

CLASS 1A

  1. Sumiton Christian (6-2)
  2. Brantley (12-2)
  3. Billingsley (2-3)
  4. Spring Garden (4-1)
  5. Skyline (8-2-1)
  6. Cedar Bluff (6-3)
  7. Tharptown (7-5)
  8. Pleasant Home (5-3)
  9. Sweet Water (6-8)
  10. Berry (6-5)

Others nominated: Decatur Heritage (4-8), Kinston (5-3), Wadley (1-1), Waterloo (5-5).

AISA

  1. Macon-East (25-3)
  2. Pickens Academy (9-3)
  3. Autauga Academy (NA)
  4. Edgewood (19-9)
  5. Abbeville Christian (19-5)
  6. Patrician Academy (11-3)
  7. Marengo Academy (12-9)
  8. Glenwood (16-8)
  9. Northside Methodist (11-7)
  10. Clarke Prep (16-3)

Others nominated: Wilcox Academy (5-4).

ASWA BASEBALL RANKINGS

CLASS 7A

  1. Hewitt-Trussville (13-2)
  2. Sparkman (8-4)
  3. Theodore (9-3)
  4. Grissom (11-4)
  5. Auburn (8-3)
  6. Hoover (10-3)
  7. McGill-Toolen (9-4)
  8. Central-Phenix City (9-6)
  9. Buckhorn (8-6-1)
  10. Enterprise (9-3)

Others nominated: Bob Jones (8-8), Lee-Montgomery (9-3), Mountain Brook (8-5), Oak Mountain (9-5), Smiths Station (8-6), Spain Park (8-5), Thompson (8-7), Vestavia Hills (5-4).

CLASS 6A

  1. Cullman (11-3)
  2. Spanish Fort (14-1)
  3. Decatur (9-1)
  4. Helena (9-3)
  5. Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa (8-5)
  6. Florence (10-4)
  7. Hartselle (6-8)
  8. Hazel Green (9-4)
  9. Chelsea (9-4)
  10. Southside-Gadsden (6-6)

Others nominated: Gardendale (6-4), McAdory (7-3), Northview (11-4), Oxford (8-4), Saraland (9-5), Walker (10-3).

CLASS 5A

  1. Briarwood Christian (11-1)
  2. Faith Academy (8-4)
  3. Russellville (5-5)
  4. Calera (8-3)
  5. Etowah (8-1)
  6. St. Paul’s (11-1)
  7. Mortimer Jordan (8-4)
  8. Alexandria (6-4)
  9. Scottsboro (10-2)
  10. Jackson (10-1)

Others nominated: Curry (8-5), Guntersville (8-3), Headland (7-3), Pleasant Grove (6-5), Rehobeth (6-6).

CLASS 4A

  1. Randolph (9-2)
  2. Cherokee County (9-2)
  3. UMS-Wright (6-7)
  4. Oneonta (6-4)
  5. Jacksonville (7-1)
  6. Hokes Bluff (8-1)
  7. Wilson (10-3)
  8. Trinity (7-1)
  9. Sipsey Valley (7-2)
  10. Madison Academy (5-6)

Others nominated: Dale County (7-6), Madison County (7-6), Munford (7-4), Satsuma (10-5), White Plains (6-3)

CLASS 3A

  1. T.R. Miller (12-0)
  2. Cottage Hill (11-5)
  3. American Christian (7-3)
  4. Oakman (11-3)
  5. Geneva (6-3)
  6. Mobile Christian (5-6)
  7. Piedmont (4-4)
  8. Bayside Academy (8-2)
  9. Ohatchee (6-4)
  10. Colbert Heights (5-1)

Others nominated: Colbert County (5-3), Gordo (4-0), Houston Academy (6-6), Montgomery Academy (6-4), Prattville Christian (6-5), Providence Christian (6-6), Wicksburg (7-5).

CLASS 2A

  1. G.W. Long (11-3)
  2. Leroy (9-3)
  3. Mars Hill (6-4)
  4. Fyffe (7-1)
  5. Phil Campbell (8-3)
  6. Luverne (9-2)
  7. Reeltown (8-0)
  8. New Brockton (6-1)
  9. Vincent (6-4)
  10. Thorsby (6-3)

Others nominated: Cottonwood (7-4), Red Bay (6-4), St. Luke’s (4-5).

CLASS 1A

  1. Sweet Water (10-1)
  2. Cedar Bluff (7-2)
  3. Brantley (5-3)
  4. Decatur Heritage (4-5)
  5. Athens Bible (5-2)
  6. Millry (9-5)
  7. Coosa Christian (8-1)
  8. Victory Christian (7-1)
  9. Sumiton Christian (8-2)
  10. Highland Home (7-2)

Others nominated: Hackleburg (4-7), Houston County (8-6), Maplesville (6-2), Pleasant Home (4-5), Spring Garden (6-2).

AISA

  1. Glenwood (14-2)
  2. Monroe Academy (11-4)
  3. Lowndes Academy (9-3)
  4. Northside Methodist (15-5)
  5. Autauga Academy (10-4)
  6. Clarke Prep (13-3)
  7. Marengo Academy (10-3)
  8. Pike Lib (10-4)
  9. Fort Dale (10-4)
  10. Macon-East (12-6)

Others nominated: Bessemer Academy (10-9-1), Chambers Academy (7-2), Escambia Academy (5-3), Kingwood (10-5), Morgan Academy (4-3)

Abrams homers twice in one inning as Demopolis pounds DCHS

Elly Brown, Alex Abrams, Abbey Latham and Kendall Hannah totaled six home runs for Demopolis in a 21-0 rout of Dallas County Thursday.

Demopolis High School moved to 2-0 in Class 5A, Area 7 play with a 21-0 road romp over Dallas County Thursday.

The Lady Tigers hung 15 runs on the board in the first inning on its way to the dominating victory. Courtney Smith led off the game with a single before scoring on an Elly Brown RBI double. Abbey Latham followed with a single to plate Brown for the 2-0 lead. Bria Brown singled to put runners on first and second. Two batters later, Kayla Montz reached on an error, allowing Latham and Kendall Hannah to score for the 4-0 advantage. Montz then scored on a passed ball. Alex Abrams followed with a homer to left to plate Taylor Smith for the 7-0 lead.

Four batters later, Latham homered to center to score Napoleon Roberson and Elly Brown. Montz later singled home Bria Brown and Hannah to open the lead to 12-0. Taylor Smith doubled Montz in to make it 13-0. Abrams capped the scoring in the inning by hitting her second homer of the frame to drive in Smith for the 15-0 lead.

Elly Brown doubled with one out in the second. Latham followed with her second homer of the game to make it 17-0. After a Bria Brown single, Kendall Hannah homered over center to put Demopolis up 19-0. Roberson later singled to drive in Montz and make it 20-0. Elly Brown capped the scoring in the third with a solo home run.

Courtney Smith finished 1-for-4 with a stolen base and a run scored. Elly Brown was 3-for-4 with two doubles, a homer, two RBIs and four runs scored. Latham went 3-for-3 with two home runs, six RBIs, a stolen base and three runs scored.

Bria Brown went 3-for-4 with a stolen base and two runs scored. Hannah finished 1-for-3 with a homer, two RBIs, a stolen base and three runs scored. Montz went 1-for-3 with four RBIs and three runs scored. Taylor Smith was 2-for-2 with a double, one RBI and two runs scored. Abrams was 2-for-2 with a pair of homers, four RBIs and two runs scored. Roberson went 1-for-2 with one RBI and a run scored.

Montz pitched the complete game shutout, scattering two hits and striking out five in the three-inning affair.

Demopolis (12-3) is set to play in the Tombigbee Tournament over the weekend.

Demopolis listless in loss to ACA

Demopolis (11-3) fell flat Thursday as it dropped a home tilt to American Christian Academy 4-0. The Tigers surrendered three runs in the third and one in the fourth to find themselves in a significant hole.

Demopolis struggled to make contact throughout the night, striking out 15 times in the game. The only hits of the evening came in the form of singles from Courtney Smith, Elly Brown, Abbey Latham and Bria Brown.

The loss is only the third of the year for the Tigers, whose other two defeats came in tournament play against Class 7A Baker. The setback also marks the first time Demopolis has been shut out this season.

The Lady Tigers are set to play again Tuesday when they host Hale County.

Lady Tigers outscore opponents 62-0 in Mardi Gras tourney

Demopolis (6-0) romped its way through the Washington County Mardi Gras Tournament Saturday with four shutout victories en route to the championship of the draw. After beating Excel 5-0 and Fruitdale 15-0 Friday, Demopolis opened Saturday with a 10-0 skunking of host Washington County.

Demopolis 10, Washington County 0

Kendall Hannah struck out 10 on 56 pitches in a five-inning perfect game for the win. The Lady Tigers scored five runs in the first inning, four in the second and one in the fourth. Courtney Smith and Elly Brown singled to open the game before Abbey Latham stroked a three-run homer to put Demopolis up 3-0. Bria Brown followed with a double and later scored on a Kayla Montz RBI single. Three batters later, Montz scored on a Taylor Smith sacrifice fly to move the advantage to 5-0.

Elly Brown doubled to open the second before Latham took a four-pitch walk. Montz singled to plate both runners for the 7-0 lead. Hannah followed with a two-run shot to move it to 9-0. The final run of the game came when Hannah doubled home Montz in the fourth.

Courtney Smith was 1-for-3 with a run scored. Elly Brown went 3-for-3 with a double and two runs scored. Latham finished 1-for-1 with a homer, three RBIs, two walks and two runs scored.

Bria Brown went 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored. Montz was 2-for-3 with three runs scored and three RBIs, Hannah was 3-for-3 with a run scored, three RBIs, a double and a homer. Taylor Smith drove in a run.

Demopolis 15, Southern Choctaw 0

Demopolis continued its relentless run with a four-homer in a 15-0 thrashing of Southern Choctaw. Montz picked up her second victory in the circle, striking out four batters in four innings while allowing two hits.

Courtney Smith drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the first before Elly Brown was hit by a pitch. Latham followed with a three-run homer to put the Lady Tigers up 3-0. A Bria Brown walk and a Montz single set the stage for a two-run single by Anna Katherine Aldridge that moved the lead to 5-0.

Elly Brown kept her hot streak going in the second with a solo homer to left field. After a Bria Brown single, Montz homered to move the lead to 8-0.

The Lady Tigers really began to pour it on in the third. Taylor Smith singled in Aldridge. Courtney Smith singled in Taylor Smith. Elly Brown doubled home Courtney Smith. Bria Brown later stroked a two-run homer to drive in Latham.

Lane Braeden Burbage singled in Hannah in the fourth to make it 14-0 before Elly Brown took a beanball with the bases loaded for the final run.

Courtney Smith was 2-for-3 with a stolen base, one RBI and two runs scored. Elly Brown went 2-for-2 with a double, a homer, two runs scored and three RBIs. Latham finished 2-for-3 with a homer, two runs scored and three RBIs.

Bria Brown finished 2-for-2 with a homer, three runs scored and two RBIs. Montz was 2-for-3 with two RBIs, a homer and a run scored. Alex Abrams and Hannah each scored a run.

Aldridge was 1-for-3 with one RBI and a run scored. Burbage went 1-for-2 with one RBI and a run scored. Taylor Smith finished 2-for-3 with one RBI and a run scored.

Demopolis 4, Sweet Water 0

The Lady Tigers had their closest contest of the afternoon in game three as they downed Sweet Water 4-0. Natalie Tatum anchored the shutout victory in the circle, striking out 11 over four innings of work while surrendering two hits.

Latham hit a solo homer with two out in the top of the first to open the scoring. Demopolis added insurance in the fourth. Taylor Smith hit a one-out double to ignite the rally. Her older sister, Courtney Smith, then singled her in for the 2-0 lead. Two batters later, Latham singled in Courtney Smith to make it 3-0. Elly Brown then scored on a wild pitch for the final margin.

Courtney Smith finished 1-for-2 with a stolen base, one RBI and a run scored. Elly Brown scored a run. Taylor Smith went 1-for-1 with a double and a run scored. Latham finished 2-for-2 with a homer, two RBIs and a run scored.

Demopolis 13, Satsuma 0

Demopolis completed its stranglehold on the tournament field with a 13-0 mauling of Satsuma in the tournament championship. Tatum struck out nine batters in the game while surrendering just two hits and a walk in four innings of work.

Courtney Smith led off the game with a single and later scored on a Latham RBI single to put Demopolis up 1-0. The score stayed there until the third when the Lady Tigers erupted for seven runs.

Bria Brown singled home Courtney Smith. Montz then ripped a two-run single to score Latham and Bria Brown. Montz then scored on an error to move the advantage to 5-0.

Abrams followed with a two-run triple to score Tatum and Hannah. Abrams put the lead at 8-0 when she scored on a passed ball.

The Lady Tigers drove the score up again in the fourth when Elly Brown scored on an error. Montz made it 10-0 with a single to plate Latham. Abrams later drew a bases-loaded walk to score Montz before Tatum scored on an error. Hannah scored the final run of the tournament on a fielder’s choice to set the lead at 13-0.

Courtney Smith was 1-for-4 at the plate with one RBI, a stolen base and two runs scored. Elly Brown went 1-for-2 with a run scored. Latham was 2-for-3 with one RBI and two runs scored. Bria Brown finished 1-for-3 with a run scored and two RBIs.

Montz went 2-for-3 with three RBIs and two runs scored. Tatum was 1-for-2 with two runs scored. Hannah went 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored. Abrams 2as 1-for-2 with three RBIs, a triple and a run scored. Taylor Smith finished 1-for-2 with one RBI.

Demopolis is scheduled to play again Tuesday in Moundville against Hale County.

Homers, Montz no-hitter fuel Demopolis thrashing of Fruitdale

It got ugly in a hurry in Demopolis’s second game Friday as the Lady Tigers routed Fruitdale 15-0 at the Washington County Mardi Gras Tournament.

Demopolis scored five runs in the first inning, four in the second and six in the third en route to the victory. Kayla Montz dazzled in a the three-inning no-hitter while striking out eight of the 10 batters she faced in the contest.

Courtney Smith singled to open the game and stole second before Elly Brown singled to put runners on the corners. Abbey Latham followed with a run-scoring single to plate Smith and put Demopolis up 1-0. Bria Brown repeated the feat three pitches later to plate Brown and move the lead to 2-0.

Latham scored on a wild pitch to make it 3-0 before Anna Katherine Aldridge singled in Brown and courtesy runner Alex Abrams for the 5-0 advantage.

Elly Brown got drilled by a pitch to open the second. Latham drilled the next pitch over the center field fence for a two-run homer and the 7-0 Lady Tiger lead. Bria Brown doubled two pitches later, stole third, and later scored on a passed ball during Montz’s at-bat. Lane Braeden Burbage singled in Abrams to put her team up 9-0.

Latham hit a one-out double to start the rally in the third inning. Bria Brown then stroked a 3-2 pitch over the center field fence for a two-run homer and the 11-0 lead. Aldridge later singled in Abrams and Kendall Hannah to make it 13-0. Taylor Smith singled in Aldridge and Burbage to set the final margin.

Courtney Smith was 1-for-3 with a run scored and one of the eight Demopolis stolen bases in the game. Elly Brown finished 1-for-2 with two runs scored. Latham was 3-for-3 with a double, a home run, three runs scored, two RBIs and two stolen bases.

Bria Brown went 3-for-3 with three runs scored, a double, a homer, three RBIs and three stolen bases. Montz walked. Abrams scored three runs and stole two bases. Hannah walked and scored. Aldridge was 2-for-3 with a run scored and four RBIs. Burbage finished 3-for-3 with a run scored and one RBI. Taylor Smith finished 2-for-3 with two RBIs.

Demopolis (2-0) is set to play host team Washington County Saturday at 11 a.m.

Demopolis rolls through Calera to advance to Regional play

Demopolis punched its ticket to the Central Regional Tournament Monday with a 57-39 road victory over Calera in sub-regional action.

The Lady Tigers started hot, outscoring Calera 20-5 in the first quarter. Demopolis scarcely relinquished control throughout the duration of the ball game, leading 28-16 at half and 45-31 by the end of the third quarter.

“That was our plan, to come in and take control of the basketball game, attack the basket, use our speed and our quickness. We were able to do so,” Demopollis coach Tony Pittman said. “We got some easy baskets and it really helped us turn the intensity up on defense.”

Freshman guard Aniya Johnson set the pace with 16 points on the night including 13 in the game’s second half. Senior forward Darnesha Harris added 15 points and 12 rebounds in the effort. Freshman Shacorie Cockrell scored 12. Sahakesaney Bell finished with eight points while Sylvia Clayton scored six.

“It’s expected of them. That’s the type of mentality that we want them to have throughout the year. Even though they’re freshmen, they don’t have to play like freshmen,” Pittman said of his freshman duo combining for 28 points in a crucial road victory. “Kudos to Sylvia because she was able to create and draw double teams and they were able to knock down some open shots.”

Demopolis also shot at a scintillating clip from the free throw line, draining 11 of 12 attempts in the game.

“I think the difference tonight was the preparation. We had three days to work on the things we needed to work on and that was one of them. Coach (Ronnie) Abrams did a tremendous job of talking to our girls about going to the free throw line and clearing your mind and knocking your shot down,” Pittman said. “When you get to this point here, it’s the little things that make the difference for us.”

Demopolis (17-6) is set to play in the Class 5A Central Regional at Alabama State University Monday at 9 a.m. against Sylacauga (19-4).

“I expect just to go back into the gym once we find out who our opponent is and put a game plan together,” Pittman said. “It takes a total team effort every time we go out on the floor. We expect everybody to do their part and get a W.”