Pelham blows past Calera

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, January 15, 2008


PELHAM – Four Pelham Panthers scored in double digits Monday as Pelham blew past Calera, 70-20. The game was a make-up game from Thursday’s game that was canceled due to severe weather in the area.

Melanie Short scored 18 to lead the Panthers, while Jordan Mauk and Toni Wellborn followed with 13 points each. Katelyn Speights added 12 points.

The Panthers jumped out to an 18-7 lead in the first quarter and held Calera to three points in the second quarter as they took a 39-10 lead into halftime.

Calera, led by Brandy Johnson’s nine points, scored just five points in both the third and fourth quarters.

In other girls action:

-Calera drops two of last three games: The Calera Eagles’ loss to Pelham was their second loss in three games after beating Vincent, 44-23, Friday, but losing Jan. 8 to Childersburg, 50-33.

Although the Eagles held just a four-point lead at the half Friday, Tesha Horton put on an impressive second-half performance to lead Calera to victory.

Horton finished with a game-high 20 points, followed by Brandi Johnson with 10 points and Kawanna Brickler with five points.

For Vincent, Kara Cohill had a team-high 10 points, while Niesha Dotes had eight.

While the Eagles found their groove against Vincent, Calera did not against Childersburg, losing 50-33.

Horton and Keyunna Davis were the leading scorers in the loss, each finishing with 10 points.

-Yellow Jackets still slipping: In addition to Friday’s loss at Calera, the Vincent Yellow Jackets struggled offensively in a home 28-20 loss Jan. 8 against Shades Mountain Christian.

During the Jan. 8 loss, the Yellow Jackets scored single digits in every quarter, including a one-point fourth quarter.

Keisha Cohill paced Vincent with 16 of the Yellow Jackets’ 20 points.

-Montevallo swept by Aliceville: Tena Niven’s No. 6 Montevallo Bulldogs suffered their second loss of the season to Aliceville Monday, 58-38. Aliceville jumped out to a 24-6 lead and never looked back to remain undefeated in the area and all but lock up the area championship.

Seqouia Peeples led Montevallo with 11 points.

The Dawgs opened a 21-point first-quarter lead over West Blocton Jan. 8 and never looked back en route a dominating 65-22 win.

Peeples led Montevallo offensively, only missing two shots on the night.

-Lions just shy of three-game sweep: The Briarwood Christian Lions were just five points shy from taking a three-game sweep last week with wins over John Carroll and Chelsea, and a loss to Ramsay.

In the win over John Carroll Jan. 8, Lauren Parks posted a game-high 18 points, including five 3-pointerss, to lift the Lions to the area win.

Becca Stephens was next for the Lions with 12 points and nine rebounds.

While the John Carroll and Chelsea games turned out like the Lions had hoped, the Ramsay game Friday did not.

Holding a 10-point lead going into the fourth quarter, the Lions’ defense was unable to contain the Rams as Ramsay outscored Briarwood 21-7 in the final quarter to take the 53-49 victory.

-Thompson falls just short: The Thompson Warriors fell just shy of victory Monday, 61-60, against Ramsay. Zoriah Williams led Thompson with 26 points, while Rhonda Watts had 14.

Thompson (13-9) travels to Pelham (11-8) Friday for an area game.

The Warriors can tie Pelham for first place in the area with a win.

-Oak Mountain takes one, drops one: The Oak Mountain Eagles traveled to Spain Park Friday and then traveled home with a win, 38-32.

Holding just a two-point halftime lead, the Eagles used steady defense to slow the Spain Park offense in the second half.

Lauren Miller led the Eagles with 17 points, followed by Emily Wolfe with 11 points.

Laura Kneiss led Spain Park with 10 points.

Prior to Friday’s win over Spain Park, the Eagles did not fare as well Jan. 8 in a 35-24 loss at Vestavia Hills.

While the Eagles tied the game at the end of the third quarter, the Rebels outscored Oak Mountain 15-4 in the final quarter to take the win.

Miller was the leading scorer for the Eagles with a nine points.

The Jags opened the week with a 79-24 loss at No. 3 Hoover.

-Hope completes sweep over Covenant: Devin Douglas scored a game-high 12 points to lead Hope Christian to a 29-21 victory over Covenant Christian Monday. Metta Smith added seven points for Hope. The win completed a season sweep over Covenant, after Hope beat them 37-28 on Jan. 7