County basketball roundup

Calera's Tyesha Haynes, pictured in an early season matchup with Thompson, led the Eagles scoring with 16 points in a Dec. 13 loss to Oneonta. (Reporter Photo/Drew Granthum)

Calera’s Tyesha Haynes, pictured in an early season matchup with Thompson, led the Eagles scoring with 16 points in a Dec. 13 loss to Oneonta. (Reporter Photo/Drew Granthum)

The following is a roundup of the county basketball teams from Dec. 6-17:

Dec. 6

Spain Park girls fall to Mountain Brook

The Spain Park Jaguars girls basketball team took on the Mountain Brook Spartans, falling for just the second time all season. The Spartans used an offensive explosion in the second quarter to take a 48-35 win. Despite outscoring the Spartans 13-8 in the first quarter, the Jaguars fell victim to a 14-8 run by the Spartans in the second quarter. Spain Park took a 22-21 lead into the half.  Coming out of the half, Spain Park never seemed to gain footing, as the Spartans outscored the Jags 12-7 in the third quarter and 14-7 in the fourth. The Saprtans were able to score 30 points off turnovers, while Spain Park had18. Victoria Baldwin led the Jaguars with 15 points.

 

Vincent boys come up short against T.C. Central

A strong first quarter by the Vincent Yellow Jackets boys basketball team wasn’t enough, as the squad fell to T.C. Central 53-37. The Yellow Jackets jumped out to 16-13 lead after the first quarter, but shooting went cold in the second. Vincent could only post three points the entire second quarter, as opposed to the Fighting Tigers’ 17. The Yellow Jackets came out of the half swinging, and outscored T.C. Central 13-12 in the third quarter. Unfortunately for Vincent, the shooting went cold in the fourth again, as the Fighting Tigers outscored the Jackets 11-5. Jay Hamilton led Vincent with 13 points, eight rebounds and two assists.

 

Dec. 9

Jaguar girls knock off Gadsden City

The Spain Park girls basketball team handed the previously unbeated Gadsden City Titans their first loss on Dec. 9, as the Jags won 64-48. Gadsden City was able to jump out early, posting a 12-point first quarter to take a 12-10 lead after the first quarter. The Jaguars quickly responded, exploding for 21 points in the second quarter while holding the Titans to just 13. After the first half of play, Spain Park led 31-25. The second half saw more offensive production from the Jags, as Spain Park scored 19 to take a 50-38 lead after three quarters. The Jaguars added 14 more points in the fourth, cruising to a 64-48 win. Victoria Baldwin led Spain Park with 22 points.

 

Dec. 10

Thompson girls fall to SPHS

The Thompson Warriors girls basketball team fell behind early and never quite caught back up, dropping a road contest to Spain Park, 54-35. Spain Park jumped out to a 16-10 lead after the first quarter, while both teams scored 11 points a piece in the second. After trailing 27-21 at the half, Thompson again had troubles scoring in the third. The Warriors only mustered six points to the Jaguars’ 16, going down 41-24 after three quarters of play. Spain Park added 13 more in the fourth, taking a 54-35 victory. Victoria Baldwin had 19 points, Jemiaya Lee had 13 andDenise Newton posted 11 in the win. Elizabeth Philpot had 15 rebounds, while Kelsea Bivins paced the Warriors with 11 points and 11 rebounds.

 

Dec. 13

Calera girls fall to 3-2 against Oneonta

A strong second quarter push by the Indians ended up being the deciding factor in a 43-28 win over Calera. The Eagles opened up with a strong first quarter, taking a 15-13 lead over the Indians. Oneonta then bounced back with a 17-11 run of its own to end the second quarter. The Indians took a 20-16 lead into the half, and never trailed again, taking a 43-28 win. Tyesha Haynes led the Eagles with 16, while Keyanna Gayden and A’kia Harris both had eight rebounds.

Dec. 16

Montevallo boys edge Vincent for tourney spot

An explosive first quarter gave the Montevallo boys basketball squad the advantage it needed to take a 46-36 win. The Bulldogs came out shooting, outscoring the Yellow Jackets 17-4 in the first quarter alone. The Yellow Jackets and Bulldogs each posted 14 apiece in the second quarter, giving Montevallo a 31-18 lead headed into the half. In the third quarter, Montevallo again got the upper hand in scoring, this time edging Vincent 10-8. Vincent was able to outscore Montevallo 10-5 in the fourth, but ran out of time in its bid for a comeback. Jace Green had nine points and three rebounds for Vincent, while the win gave Montevallo the final spot in the county boys basketball tournament.

Dec. 17

Vincent boys race past Victory Christian

Strong offense and a tough defensive effort gave the Vincent Yellow Jackets boys basketball team a huge 62-21 win over Victory Christian. Vincent came out scoring, posting 24 point in the first quarter to just seven from VC. The second quarter was a continuation, as the Yellow Jackets rolled up 15 to the Lions’ four to take a 39-11 halftime lead. With the game well in hand, the Yellow Jackets posted 12 in the third and 11 in the fourth to take home the win. Roderick Brown had 11 points for Vincent, who moved to 6-4 with the win.