Helena uses strong second quarter, Grant’s 22 points to defeat Calera

Published 10:50 pm Friday, January 5, 2024

By ANDREW SIMONSON | Sports Editor

HELENA – In their final game before the start of area play, the Helena Huskies earned the season sweep over the Calera Eagles with a 46-30 win at Helena High School on Friday, Jan. 5.

While the Huskies would go on to win the game, it was the Eagles that were in control early on before a massive second quarter swung the momentum firmly in the hosts’ favor.

Calera scored 11 points in the opening quarter as Destyni Grays powered the Eagles offense early on with eight points.

On the other end of the court, the Huskies were held to just one basket from the field and trailed 11-5 at the end of the first quarter.

However, Calera’s advantage would not last for long as Helena came out of the end-of-quarter break and flipped the script.

Amari Grant took over the game with 12 second-quarter points for the Huskies, which would drop 20 points in the second and hold the Eagles to just five more points before halftime.

Helena outscored Calera by 15 in the quarter, and that let the Huskies take a 25-16 lead into the locker room.

Tamia Fairbanks helped the Eagles improve in shooting coming out of the break with six of her team’s eight points in the third, but Helena continued to outpace its county foe after halftime.

Grant and Hannah Satterfield each scored six points in the third quarter as the Huskies extended their lead to 38-24 after three quarters of play.

That effectively sealed the win for Helena, which won the fourth quarter 8-6 to make the final margin of victory 16 points.

Grant led all scorers with a game-high 22 points, and her Huskies teammate Satterfield also got into double-figures with 10 points. In addition, Terri Moody scored five points.

For Calera, Fairbanks scored nine points, Grays had eight points, Samiyah Jemison scored six points and Jada Blake had five points.

Both Helena and Calera will start area play on Tuesday, Jan. 9, as the Huskies will play host to Briarwood and the Eagles will travel to Chilton County. Both games will tip off at 6 p.m.