Vincent edges Shelby County

Vincent High School guard Dontravious Moon attempts a shot against Shelby County forwards Tyler Madison and Brandon McKinney, from left, in the Wildcats' 64-60 loss Jan. 5. (Contributed/Brittani Morris)

By BRITTANI MORRIS / For the Reporter

COLUMBIANA — The Vincent High School boys’ basketball team edged Shelby County 64-60 in high school basketball action Jan. 5.

Anterio Rogers led the Yellow Jackets (12-5) with 17 points in the victory. Rogers also finished with a team-high nine steals.

Damauntey Johnson chipped in 11 points. Dontravious Moon added 10 points in the win.

Tyler Madison led Shelby County (6-13) with 24 points. Madison also grabbed a team-high 12 rebounds to finish with a double-double.

Emmanuel Hall added eight points.

The Wildcats began the game with many mental errors, but gained more confidence before half time and showed good ball handling.

“We did pretty good,” said Shelby County sophomore Emmanuel Hall. “We should have done better, but we worked hard.”

Vincent played strong in the paint throughout the entire night and ended the first half in the lead, 32-20.

“I thought we played the way we wanted in the first half,” said Vincent head coach John Hadder. “We didn’t finish the way we hoped to but I thought we played hard.”

Both teams found themselves at the free-throw line the whole night shooting foul shots. The aggressive neck-to-neck game kept the fans on the feet the entire game.

GIRLS

The Shelby County High School girls’ basketball team defeated Vincent 45-14 in high school basketball action Jan. 5.

Ashley Mizzell led the Wildcats (13-3) with 13 points in the victory. Aulicia Nunn added 11 points.

Brooklyn Jones led Vincent (3-9) with nine points. Arkel Kelley added three points.

“We made a lot of mistakes in the first half, but in the second half we came back,” Jones said. “We gave it all we had, but we ran up short.”

The Wildcats raced out to a 31-11 halftime lead.

“I think our girls started out very fast and aggressive,” said Shelby County head coach Brandi Steed.

“Anytime you have 15 girls on your bench and all 15 girls get a lot of playing time, you have a very good night,” added assistant coach Brookie Harbison.

Shelby County’s Hallie Brown began the third quarter with a left-handed layup to draw the crowd in.

Vincent coach Mary Kyser said the Yellow Jackets need improvement following the loss.

“We have got to work on being more aggressive,” Kyser said.

Shelby County sophomore Victoria Adams said the Wildcats took control of the game in the first 16 minutes.

“I think we stepped it up,” Adams said. “We came out in the first half doing great. Our hard work at practice paid off.”