Riding a two-game winning streak, Cleburne County hosts Anniston Friday for its second Class 4A, Area 10 game.
The Tigers (4-4) opened Area 10 action on a very positive note Tuesday with a 61-55 win over Lincoln. The game was played in Heflin. Cleburne County led 29-26 at halftime but the advantage didn’t last long as the Golden Bears scored the first four points of the third quarter. The game was nip-and-tuck thereafter with the lead frequently changing hands.
In the fourth quarter, senior Max Prichard’s shot earned Cleburne County a 53-51 lead that the Tigers protected the remainder of the game. Prichard was 12-for-15 at the free throw line and ended with 23 points. He also had eight steals, four rebounds and four assists.
Christian Henson scored 10 points. Brandon Horn had nine points, Cameron Kerr six points and Matthew Morrow five points. Geoffrey Teague and Tyler Berry had three points apiece and Griffin Turner scored two points.
Berry had five rebounds. Teague, Kerr and Jeremiah McLeroy each had two rebounds. Teague also made four steals and Horn had two steals.
Playing in Heflin Saturday, Cleburne County defeated White Plains 61-52. The Tigers had an outstanding game at the free throw line, going 21-for-27 as a team. Henson was 3-for-3. Horn and Kerr each went 2-for-2. Teague was 3-for-4, Prichard 7-for-10 and Morrow 4-for-6.
Prichard scored 19 points, including two 3-point buckets, and added seven rebounds, four assists and two steals.
Morrow had three 3-pointers with two coming in the fourth quarter to help his team protect its lead. He ended with 15 points, three assists and two steals.
Teague scored eight points and had four rebounds. Henson finished with seven points and three steals. Kerr had six points and four rebounds. Berry and Blake Pointer each scored two points. Turner had two assists.
Cleburne County hosted Clay Central on December 12 and the Volunteers won 69-53. Prichard tallied 21 points. Henson had eight points. Berry, Horn, Morrow and Turner each recorded four points. McLeroy and Teague netted three points apiece and Kerr had two points.
The Tigers visit Ranburne Saturday afternoon then take a break until December 27 when they meet Rockmart (Ga.) in the opening round of the Hilburn-Patterson Haralson County Invitational tournament.