Calera boys, girls, SCHS girls remain in top ten

The Calera boys and girls teams as well as the Shelby County High School Lady Wildcats, continued their winning ways with victories in their respective area tournaments last weekend.

At CHS, the No. 1-ranked Eagles (26-3) were led by center Charlie Jones who recorded a double-double with 25 points and 14 rebounds in a convincing 104-55 win over Horseshoe Bend.

Sophomore George Drake scored 21 points in the win in the first round of the Class 2A area tournament held at Calera

The most impressive performance of the night may have come from sophomore Trey Russell, who turned in a quadruple-double with 10 points, 10 rebounds, 11 assists and 10 steals.

C.J. Pearson recorded a double-double for the Eagles with 11 points and 10 rebounds. The only other Eagle in double figures was Glynn Dowdell with 10 points.

The Eagles were slated to play the Vincent Yellow Jackets in the finals Tuesday night at Calera High School.

Vincent 68, Lineville, 65

Vincent, which was down by 22 points with under five minutes left in the third period, made a gallant comeback to win 68-65 over Lineville last Friday night.

Andre McKinney led the Jackets with 17 points and Terrance Olds finished the game with 15. Olds hit several key three-pointers down the stretch.

CHS 54, Horseshoe Bend, 24

The No. 6-ranked Calera Lady Eagles (18-3) outscored Horseshoe Bend 17-2 in the first period before going on to an impressive 54-24 win in the opening round of the tournament last Friday night.

Freshman Shanavia Dowdell scored 22 points in the win, grabbed 11 rebounds and blocked two shots in the win.

Laquarius Wilson recorded a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Lady Eagles. Wilson also had four assists and three steals. Mary Ann Spivey scored nine points and had four assists and four steals in the win.

The Lady Eagles were slated to play Lineville Tuesday night in the championship. Lineville escaped with a five-point victory over Vincent after leading by 16 in the third period last Friday night.

Dowdell was recently named the Birmingham Tip-Off Club Player of the Week. Dowdell is averaging 30.9 points per game, 12.9 rebounds per game and four blocked shots per game. She has only had two games in which she has not recorded a double-double.

SCHS 79, Jemison 47

At Shelby County High School, the Lady Wildcats ran their record to 17-2 with an opening round, 79-47 win over Jemison.

Brittany Battle put on a show for the fans, scoring 31 points (including 10-17 from the free throw line and 3-of-5 from behind the three-point arc), dishing out eight assists, grabbing six rebounds and recording five steals in the win.

Lakisha Cohill had nine points and six rebounds for the Lady Wildcats and Bethany Dixon recorded nine points, two assists and two rebounds. Tamiko Player also scored nine points.

Ashley Lamb led the way on the boards for SCHS with 10 rebounds and Britney Patterson chipped in seven points in the win.

SCHS head coach Leroy Miles said a big contributor to his team winning in the opening round was the defensive play of Stephanie Trice and Tracey Warren.

&uot;They have always played great defense,&uot; Miles said. &uot;Those are things that sometimes don’t show up in the stat box.&uot;

Miles also said that while his team has lost only two games this season, the credit does not go to him.

&uot;I know I’m the head coach, but I really just get things organized,&uot; Miles said. &uot;The credit really does to my coaching staff and the girls. They are the ones doing all the real work. I have a great coaching staff and hard-working players.&uot;

Those coaches include Deann Lamb, April Stringfield, Brandy Steed and Crystal Buchanan.

The Lady Wildcats were scheduled to play Childersburg Monday night. Childersburg defeated Chelsea 63-51 in the opening round of the tournament last Friday night.

Chelsea 63, Childersburg 51

Kelly McGuire led the Lady Hornets with 17 points and nine rebounds. Charlie Bowman had 15 points for CHS. Jessica Tillman chipped in nine points in the loss.

Kristen Jordan and Gina Lisella each scored seven points for the Lady Hornets. The loss ended the Lady Hornets’ season with a 5-19 record.

SCHS 54, Chelsea 43

The Shelby County Wildcats defeated Chelsea 54-43 in the opening round of the area tournament at Childersburg.

Shelby County trailed the Hornets 24-23 at the half before outscoring Chelsea 31-18 in the second half the claim the win.

Skylar Patterson paced the Wildcats with 17 points. Brandon Burns and Dre Davis each recorded double-doubles for SCHS. Burns finished the night with 13 points and 10 rebounds while Davis had 11 points and 10 boards.

Jay Fitzhugh recorded 14 points and eight rebounds to lead the Hornets and Joel Watkins had 11 points. Grant Sullivan chipped in nine points in the loss.

Hoover 89, Pelham

39

Eugeneia Kee had 15 points and 10 rebounds as the Hoover Lady Busc (27-2) defeated the Pelham Lady Panthers (12-15) 89-39 in the semifinals of the Class 6A, Area 6 tournament.

Editor’s Note: Vincent girls, Pelham boys and girls, Thompson boys and girls and Montevallo boys and girls stats were not provided as of presstime