Montevallo continues winning ways
FROM STAFF REPORTS
Alisha Gentry scored a game-high 23 points Friday as the Montevallo Bulldogs reeled off their 21st victory of the season in a 54-26 rout over the Oak Grove Tigers.
Gentry scored 16 points in the first 11 minutes, giving the Bulldogs a 24-4 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The Bulldogs (21-3) outscored the Tigers 12-2 in the second quarter and cruised to victory in the second half.
Following Gentry was Sequoia Peeples, who finished with nine points.
Prior to Montevallo’s victory over Oak Grove, the Bulldogs also took care of county-rival Vincent on Jan. 28, 53-18.
Montevallo held Vincent scoreless in the first quarter and then called the dogs off in the second half to take the easy win.
Offensively for the Bulldogs, Gentry and Rachel Willingham each finished with 12 points.
Peeples had seven points and 12 rebounds in the win. Adrienne Slaughter, Audry Kelley and Kiara Cohill had three points each for Vincent in the loss.
In other girls action:
-Lions pick up pair of wins: Becca Stephens finished with a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds Saturday as the Briarwood Christian Lions took down the McAdory Yellow Jackets, 66-27.
The Lions’ defense allowed four points in the first quarter and zero points in the second to give Briarwood a 36-4 advantage at the half.
Kathryn Byers had 12 points in the win, while Julia Hoke finished with 10.
The Lions also held Chilton County to just 27 points Jan. 29 in an impressive 60-27 victory.
Lauren Parks led the way with 15 points, while Stephens finished with a double-double of 13 points and 13 rebounds. Elizabeth Reiser also had double-digit rebounds with 10 in the win.
Eagles split four games in five days: The Oak Mountain Eagles played four games in five days, dropping both away games, but taking both home games.
In the final game of the grueling four-game stretch Saturday, the Eagles took down Chelsea, 50-22.
Oak Mountain opened a 13-1 first-quarter lead over Chelsea and never looked back.
Lauren Miller paced the Eagles (16-11) with 19 points, while Marisa Tomaszewski finished with a double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds.
Rebecca Simpson finished with a team-high seven points for the Hornets.
The Eagles also won their home contest with Prattville Jan. 29, 61-37.
Emily Wolfe and Miller led the Eagles with a team-high 17 points apiece, with Wolfe also finishing with 12 rebounds.
Tomaszewski also had a solid night, finishing with 16 points.
The Eagles did not fare as well on the road, dropping both away games 49-35 at Hueytown and 72-26 at Hoover. In the Friday loss to Hueytown, the Eagles fell behind early before making a late run at the Golden Gophers. Tomaszewski paced the Eagles with 12 points.
In the Jan. 28 loss at No. 2 Hoover, the Bucs held the Eagles to 10 points or less in each quarter to secure the win.
Miller led the Eagles with nine points.
-Thompson takes 2-of-3: Despite a loss to No. 2 Hoover on Jan. 29, the Thompson Warriors earned two big wins over Hueytown and Ramsay.
In the Friday win over No. 5 Ramsay, the Warriors opened an early lead and held off a late rally by the Rams to take the 62-40 victory.
Rhonda Watts almost equaled the effort by Ramsay as the senior finished with 33 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. Renita Lewis finished with 12 points in the win for the Warriors (18-11).
In the Jan. 29 home loss to No. 2 Hoover, the Warriors fell behind by nine early before fighting back in the second quarter. Another big quarter by Hoover in the third proved to be the difference in the game. Watts had 15 points.
Prior to the loss, the Warriors earned an area win over Hueytown on Jan. 28, 68-34. Zoriah Williams had almost as many points as the entire Golden Gophers team as the senior finished with a double-double of 24 points and 14 rebounds. Watts had 11 points and five assists.
-Hornets take down Fayetteville: The Chelsea Hornets doubled Fayetteville’s effort in every quarter but the third Jan. 28 as the team took the easy win, 70-33.
Rebecca Stephens finished with a game-high 20 points, while also swiping six steals in the win. Morgan Arnold had 16 points, while Lauren Swee had seven assists.
-Panthers drop back-to-back games: The Pelham Panthers did not have the week they expected heading into the area tournament as the team dropped back-to-back games to Mountain Brook and Vestavia Hills.
In the Friday 58-51 loss to Vestavia Hills, the Panthers fell behind by five at the half before taking a 2-point lead at the end of the third.
However, some hot shooting by the Rebels led to a 22-13 fourth quarter and a Vestavia win.
Melanie Short led the Panthers (13-12) with a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds. Toni Wellborn was next for the Panthers with 10 points.
The Panthers suffered a similar fate in the Jan. 29 loss to Mountain Brook after falling behind early.
Ally Slaughter and Short paced the Panthers with 10 points apiece.
-Jags drop three games in five days: It wasn’t the week Spain Park was looking for as the Jags dropped 3-of-4 games in a five-day span.
The Jags dropped the last game Friday in a close 37-29 loss to Hewitt-Trussville.
Despite leading by three at the half, the Huskies outscored the Jags 23-12 in the final half to take the win.
Laura Kneiss led the Jags with 10 points, followed by Kelsey Williams with nine points and nine rebounds.
In the Jags’ only win of the week, Spain Park rallied from a 4-point, fourth-quarter deficit to take the win over Homewood Jan. 31, 34-33. Meghan Dunn led the Jags with 15 points and four steals.
The Jags had another close contest on Jan. 29, but came up short to No. 8 Northridge, 41-33.
The Jags led by six at the end of the first quarter, but Northridge outscored Spain Park 23-9 in the second half, including a 13-0 third quarter. Dunn had a team-high 13 points for the Jags.
In the loss that started the week Jan. 28, Kneiss scored a team-high 10 points as the Jags fell to Vestavia, 44-35. Dunn also had nine points.
-Springs drops two: Indian Springs rallied from behind Jan. 31, but it wasn’t enough as Shades Mountain Christian held on for the win, 51-43.
Terra Stanley led Springs with a game-high 27 points. Springs suffered the same result two days earlier as Oak Grove took the Jan. 29 win, 38-35.
Madi Turner and Stanley each had eight points to lead Springs (2-13).
-Hope earns two more: Hope Christian earned a pair of wins with a 31-11 win over First Assembly and a 53-32 decision over East Central. In the win over First Assembly on Friday, Devin Douglas had a game-high nine points for Hope (17-5). In the win over East Central on Jan. 29, Metta Smith scored a game-high 18 points to lead the Eagles to victory