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Sports Round-up: BRHS girls fall

Published 6:20pm Friday, January 28, 2011

The Benjamin Russell girls basketball team was held to four points in the first and third quarters, as Childersburg ran away with a 60-35 win on Thursday.

The Lady Tigers scored 17 in the opening quarter, while only Tee Buckner and Shekinah Gregory could find the net for the Lady Wildcats.

BRHS kept its margin at 15 at halftime, but was outscored 14-4 in the third and trailed 42-17 entering the fourth.

In that fourth period, the Lady Cats scored 18 to surpass their total for the first three combined, but it wasn’t enough.

Jernika Russell and Y’Keona Kelley scored all of the points in the last eight minutes. Russell finished with 14 and eight rebounds, and Kelley had 13. Gregory closed with six rebounds for BRHS, which fell to 4-15.

The Lady Cats will face a Dadeville team on Saturday which lost 53-27 to Beauregard in its last outing. Rae Williams scored 12 in the loss for the Lady Tigers (6-13).

Edward Bell sweeps ranked St. Jude

St. Jude’s girls entered Camp Hill ranked fourth in the state, while the boys came in at No. 6.

Both left Edward Bell’s gym with losses on Thursday. The Lady Bears used a big fourth quarter to win 64-54, while the Bears picked up a 66-56 victory to sew up second place Class 1A, Area 6.

The EBHS girls (14-4, 6-1) have now won five straight contests. Home-court advantage in the area tournament will come down to a coin flip with St. Jude.

“We played better defense and clogged the middle, which is where St. Jude likes to drive,” coach Nancy Shealey said. “I think we’re playing our best ball right now, but I hope we can continue to improve and have not peaked too early.”

The Lady Bears led 34-19 at halftime, but the Lady Pirates owned the third quarter and went in front 47-42 heading into the fourth.

But, EBHS scored 22 and held St. Jude to seven in the final stanza for the win.

Desharte Edwards poured in 24 points, Kierra Billingsley added 17 and Natalie Copeland had nine.

The Bears improved to 8-12 with the win and they are 5-2 in their last seven games.

“We did a good job of penetrating in the lane and not settling for threes,” coach Mitch Joiner said. “They made a run on us in the third, but D.J. Black and Eddie Webb hit a couple of big shots, and we were able to control the fourth.”

Akeem Holloway led the way with 15 for EBHS.

“Akeem really hustles and gets those trash points, and he is good on fast breaks,” Joiner said.

Webb scored 13, Black had 12 and Kiunte Dowdell scored 11 to give the Bears four players in double figures.

EBHS led 30-24 at half and 44-37 after three. The Bears were 20 of 39 from the foul line, while the Pirates were 11 of 21.

EBHS hosts LaFayette in the last regular-season home game of the year at 4 p.m. Saturday.

Horn talks to Alex City Kiwanis Club

Benjamin Russell head football coach Danny Horn spoke to a nice crowd at Thursday’s Alexander City Kiwanis Club meeting at Central Alabama.

The veteran coach is entering his third season in Alexander City and said that after two losing years, the team is getting closer, strength-wise and skill-wise, to being where it needs to be in order to compete at the Class 6A level.

“We’re going to be as strong as anybody we play, I can promise you that,” Horn said. “Where we’ve been lacking since I’ve been here is at the skill positions. But, we’ve got some younger kids who can play that are coming up, and I think if we keep doing things the right way, good things will happen.”

BRHS has won just two games over the last two years, partly because of playing an extremely difficult schedule in which the Wildcats’ combined opponents went 63-36. But Horn, who won 225 games and six state titles at Clay County, said the hard times have reinvigorated him.

“Winning spoils you,” Horn said. “We won so much at Clay County, I got to where I didn’t appreciate it. I was mad after the games.

“We haven’t won much here yet, but I feel like the good Lord put me here for a reason, and I’m going to stay until it works out.”

Horn preached patience and got emotional when talking about his players.

“It’s going to take some time, but we’re on the right path,” Horn said. “To get them to do something for you, you have to show them you care, and I care about these players.

“They’re special. They’re out there working hard every day. We’ve just got to be patient, and this will turn around.”

Horn also discussed the ongoing renovations to the BRHS campus. The Wildcats are getting upgrades to their weight and locker rooms, along with a new class room and video room.

Horseshoe Bend, Coosa split games in New Site

The Central-Coosa boys withstood a late Horseshoe Bend rally to win 43-38 on Thursday.

Coosa led 11-4 after one and 20-14 at halftime, but the Generals found themselves in the lead late in the fourth.

But, Xavier Moon buried his only 3-pointer of the night with about two minutes to go to put the Cougars on top, and HBHS could not recover.

Moon was 10 of 10 from the charity stripe and finished with 13 points. Teammate Carderius McKinney also had 13.

Jay Glenn paced HBHS (8-12) with 10 points. Kendall Thomas contributed nine and Corey Battle scored six.

“That was one of our hardest-fought games of the year,” HBHS coach Mike Boyd said. “Both teams played hard, but they made a few more plays. I hate to lose, but we got after it.”

Tay Keith chipped in seven for the Cougars (8-11).

In the girls game, the Lady Generals improved to 22-2 with a 46-35 triumph.

The win was the 615th of Boyd’s career.

Brittney Keel sank five treys and led all scorers with 21 points. Katie Martin scored nine, followed by Ranley Clayton with six and Rachel Smothers with four.

HBHS owned a 7-6 lead after one and an 18-14 advantage at halftime. The Lady Cougars (8-11) were within six entering the fourth, but they could not mount a run.

Emily Burton’s 14 were tops for Coosa. Alexandria Thomas had eight and Tory Blackmon scored six.

Boyd praised the defensive work of Kaylee Jones on the Lady Cougars’ top scorer, Ciara Fuller.

HBHS plays a make-up game at Lineville on Tuesday, while Coosa hosts Elmore County Monday.

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