Cleburne County lost a heartbreaker to Handley in Roanoke on January 23. The final score was 73-69. After trailing 32-23 at halftime, the Tigers inched closer in the second half but never could overtake Handley.
Christian Henson scored 25 points to pace Cleburne County. Max Prichard and Tyler Berry also scored in double figures, Prichard with 12 and Berry with 10. Matthew Morrow and Isaiah Ware each tallied six points. Jeremiah McLeroy scored four points while Cameron Kerr and Brandon Horn added three points apiece.
Playing at Clay Central the following night, the Tigers fell behind early and lost 61-39. The Volunteers opened on a 9-0 run and Cleburne County trailed 21-5 after one quarter.
Henson was Cleburne County high-point man again with 15. Prichard finished with eight points and Horn scored six points. Ware and Griffin Turner had three points apiece. McLeroy and Brent George each scored two points.
In a Class 4A, Area 10 game on January 27 in Anniston, the Bulldogs downed the Tigers 89-44. Prichard netted 15 points. Henson also reached double figures with 14 points. Kerr and Morrow each had four points.
Turner, McLeroy and Berry had two points each and Blake Pointer scored one point.
The Tigers are to play their final Area 10 game Saturday, hosting Munford. Cleburne County goes to Alexandria Monday.
Cleburne County meets Munford again in the semifinal round of the Area 10 tournament at Anniston on February 7. The area championship game will be February 10.