Recaps by Griffin Pritchard | Publisher
Photos by Thomas Stabler | CAScoreboard Photographer
CENTRAL ALABAMA SCOREBOARD OFFICE – In Guntersville, the Prattville Christian Panthers added another win to their collection knocking off New Hope 49-44. PCA has games against Southside-Gadsden and Plainview still left to play. In the opening round, Hannah Jones and CoCo Thomas had themselves a game. Jones led the Lady Panthers with a double-double outing scoring 16 points with 12 boards and a quartet of blocks. Thomas scored 10 but grabbed nearly twice as many boards totaling 18 for the game. EJ Connell added 13 points, six boards and five steals.
Avery Rogers finished the New Hope game with six points and four rebounds. Kayden Carr scored four as the defending state champions improved to 6-0 on the year.
The PCA Varsity Boys knocked off Southside-Gadsden 51-40 and will tangle with Sardis next. Carson Roberson led the 3-1 Panthers with 14 points. Coleman Hunter added 10 and grabbed 16 boards. PJ Evans and Conner Williams combined to score 15. Brady Hughes dished out four assists and Brady Roberson chipped in with three points.
Earlier in the week, PCA split with Autaugaville. The Lady Panthers won it walking away 57-10, while the Panthers (boys) dropped a 68-61 decision to the defending 1A Champions.
The freshmen pairing of Conner Williams and PJ Evans led the Panthers with a combined 35 points (split 19 and 16, respectively) and 11 rebounds. Carson Roberson added 16 points. Between the three, they accounted for 15 rebounds. Camron Coleman added five points and four boards. Brady Hughes grabbed five rebounds and Cade Segars added three points.
As for the Lady Panthers, Connell was shooting the lights out, scoring 20 with five assists and four steals. Jones added 12 and nine boards. Rogers chipped in with 10 points. Thomas finished the night with nine boards and six points. LB NesSmith scored five while Jenna McClendon grabbed four rebounds in the win.
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JV: Autaugaville doubles up PCA
CENTRAL ALABAMA SCOREBOARD OFFICE – The future looks to be just as bright as the present for state champion Autaugaville. The Eagles knocked off PCA’s JV Panthers 43-21. Collier Connell led the Panthers with 10 points. Collin Ross added five points and five boards. Brodie Whirley finished the night with three points and four rebounds. Ryan Kiefer and Anderson Burkhart combined for eight rebounds (split four boards each).
Macon East hangs banners and wins to tipoff season
CENTRAL ALABAMA SCOREBOARD OFFICE – Macon East opened the season by hanging their championship and then proceeded to hang back to back wins on the board. The Knights knocked off Morgan Academy 62-50 to open the season and then followed suit with a 75-61 win over Springwood.
In the opener Tyler Daniels and Maurice Poole led the way for Macon East scoring 17 and 16 respectively. Daniels finished the night with a double-double grabbing 19 boards while Poole finished the night with eight rebounds and five steals. Keegan Roney was also in double digits scoring 13 points. Garrison Miller (6 points on two triples), Jacob Wilson (five points and five assists) and Gunner Justice (five points) also were key to the victory.
Poole took over against Springwood, scoring 31 (perfect from the floor and 4-of-7 from behind the arc) with 19 boards. Daniels added 20 with 15 boards, four steals and four blocks.
Wilson (eight), Roney (eight rebounds with five points), Wilkins (five points) and Miller (two steals) also stepped in to key the win.
Overall – The Knights outrebounded the Wildcats 38-24 and that proved to be the difference as most of the other offensive stats were comparable.
(Photo Courtesy Macon East Athletics)
Edgewood Academy falters against Sparta and Fort Dale
CENTRAL ALABAMA SCOREBOARD OFFICE – After handily dispatching Coosa Valley to start the new basketball season, Edgewood has struggled to find the momentum falling to Sparta at home and then Fort Dale in the first round of Hooper’s Thanksgiving Tournament in Hope Hull.
Edgewood took the lead into the intermission, but were outscored 23-16 in the third period and that ended up being the dagger as the Eagles knocked off the Wildcats 57-56 Monday afternoon.
Ethan Alford and Brady Long – for Fort Dale – posted 15 points to lead the Eagles. Clay Benson – the only other FDA player in double digits – finished the night with 13.
The Wildcats were led by Austin Champion’s 17-point outing. Brody Whitt added 15 points in the loss.
Going back to the Sparta affair – Bryson Pate posted 22 points as the Warriors went into the locker room up 31-30 and then outscored the Wildcats 14-9 in the fourth period on the way to the 56-51 victory.
Champion posted 18 in the loss and was followed in scoring by Cooper Hall with 11 and JB Collier with nine.
Evangel withstands Valiant Effort
CENTRAL ALABAMA SCOREBOARD – Montgomery-based Evangel Christian and Valiant Cross shared the court for the first time, tipping off the new basketball season. Evangel picked up the 42-36 victory behind Nii Addy’s double-double. Addy led Evangel with 16 points and 14 rebounds. He also added two blocks and a steal. Evangel put the game away in the fourth, outscoring their opponents 11-4 in the waning moments.
Kennedy Holland finished the night with 11 points, two boards, three assists and a pair of steals. Jeremiah Williams chipped in on the scoring, knocking down a trio of triples and a free throw to finish with 10 points and three steals. Williams also added a pair of boards and an assist to the winning effort.
Evangel started Thanksgiving week in Auburn as part of the Lee-Scott Thanksgiving Classic. They matched up with Pike Liberal to start the tournament.
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