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PCA Girls top 3A, Boys finding their shot

Story by Griffin Pritchard | Publisher

Photos Courtesy of Prattville Christian Athletics

CENTRAL ALABAMA SCOREBOARD OFFICE — The Prattville Christian Lady Panthers ended last season with the state championship held aloft and haven’t slowed down since. PCA – right now – is the top team in 3A (based on the first ASWA poll of the season) and boasts a 12-0 record with wins up and down the AHSAA’s classifications.

“I’m proud of their consistent effort and focus,” said Jason Roberson, who pulls double duty during the colder months coaching both PCA’s boys and girls basketball teams. “I think we are making really good progress.”

That progress has shown on the court winning by 20-plus multiple times: LAMP (56-22), Geneva (76-18), Chilton County (75-18), Autaugaville (75-10), Gadsden City (65-29), Brew Tech (57-27) and Montevallo (81-24). But that’s just a sampling of the season. The Lady Panthers have played one – singular – close game through the first part of the season when they knocked off New Hope 49-44 in the Guntersville tournament.

While the points have been mounting – the load has been a shared effort. Hannah Jones leads the PCA attack with 220 points. Ella Jane Connell (167), CoCo Thomas (133) and Avery Rogers (116) have had a hand in the heavy lifting.

Roberson: “Ella Jane is our leader on the floor and in practice. Hannah Jones has been extremely consistent both scoring and rebounding the ball. CoCo Thomas, Kayden Carr, and Aly Blankinchip have been extremely consistent with their effort. Avery Rogers is as solid of a defender in the state of Alabama.”

Given what the PCA Girls have played through – Roberson feels that it will help shape them for what’s to come.

“I feel like we have played a pretty tough schedule so far that will hopefully prepare us to play our very best basketball when it matters most,” said Roberson.

While the Girls are on top of the 3A world, the boys are still trying to find their shot, falling to 4-6 on the season after losing to Marbury 56-53 in the opening round of the Autauga County Tournament played at Prattville High.

Carson Roberson added 19 points to lead the Panthers and now has 150 on the season. Conner Williams has 125 and Cade Segars has 94. In the Marbury game Coleman Hunter finished the affair with 13 points and eight rebounds and four steals. PJ Evans scored 10 and grabbed four boards. Cameron Coleman scored nine points. Brady Hughes accounted for six assists and four boards. Collin Ross grabbed six boards in the loss.

Roberson: “Having three freshmen playing huge minutes , I am pleased with where we are. We have had some growing pains but at the same time we are growing up a little. We just need to continue improving on the little things every single day.”

When the Panthers are in a groove – they are tough to beat with wins over LAMP (85-33), Elmore County (86-55), Southside-Gadsden (51-40) and Cedar Bluff (73-25).

Roberson: “We have played some really athletic teams in higher classifications than us recently and I believe that will help up by the time area play rolls around.”

To be successful – PCA is going to rely on their leaders.

“Brady Hughes is our leader on the floor and in practice,” said Roberson. “Camron Coleman has led with his effort on a consistent basis. Carson Roberson and Conner Williams have been leading the way scoring for us on a consistent basis.”

PCA boys return to the court Saturday morning against Billingsley. The Lady Panthers are a part of the tournament. After battling for county supremacy, PCA will look to Montgomery December 18 as a part of the Jack Schweers Capital City Classic.

Founder/Publisher of Central Alabama Scoreboard. Former sportsguy, managing editor, currently working for the City of Tallassee as a Public Information Specialist and grant writer.

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