Ten players scored Saturday as the Cleburne County boys bounced back quickly from their first Class 4A, Area 10 loss of the season with a 69-42 road win over Ranburne. The Tigers opened the game with an 11-0 run and led 25-12 when the first quarter ended. Each team scored 16 points in the second quarter. Cleburne County started the second half with a 16-0 push and put the game away with a 22-9 margin in the third quarter, aided by two 3-point baskets from Max Prichard. A pair of free throws with 6:33 to go by Cameron Kerr made it 68-37 and kept the clock running the remainder of the game.
Prichard finished with three treys and 23 points. Kerr scored 12 points. Christian Henson and Geoffrey Teague each had seven points. Jeremiah McLeroy tallied six points. Griffin Turner had five points. Blake Pointer and Tyler Berry each scored three points. Brandon Horn had two points and Matthew Morrow netted a free throw.
Friday evening, Cleburne County hosted Area 10 foe Anniston and the Bulldogs won 65-27. Anniston led 19-9 after one quarter and 41-14 at halftime. Henson scored nine points to lead the Tigers. Prichard had five points and Morrow scored four. Berry, Horn, Pointer and Isaiah Ware had two points apiece and Turner scored one point.
The Tigers (5-5) open play in the Hilburn-Patterson Haralson County (Ga.) Invitational tournament Friday against Rockmart (Ga.). The game is scheduled to tip off at 4:30 p.m. Central. Win or lose Friday, the Tigers play again Saturday. A win over Rockmart will pit them against the winner of Friday’s game between Bowdon (Ga.) and South Paulding (Ga.) at 4:30 p.m. Central. A win Friday also guarantees Cleburne County at third tournament game Monday, December 30.
Should Rockmart defeat Cleburne County, the Tigers play the Bowdon-South Paulding loser at 1:30 p.m. Saturday but will not play Monday.