Playing at home all three games, the Cleburne County girls picked up two blowout wins and suffered a narrow loss during the past eight days. On December 12, Clay Central came to Heflin and the Tigers won 54-20. Cleburne County led 28-9 at the half. Eight players contributed points to the victory.
Kaity Zeiders led the way with a double-double of 11 points and 12 rebounds. Shawntavia Boyd also scored 11 points and added six rebounds and five assists. Alisa Norton was the third double-digit scorer for Cleburne County with 10 points. Norton had two rebounds. Erykah Ware scored nine points. Kiara Akles finished with seven points and six boards. Bridget McClain had three points and four rebounds. Lauren Brown had two points and five rebounds. Toni Epps, cleared to play for the first time in several games, had two points and two rebounds in very limited minutes as she started working herself back into game condition after an injury.
White Plains defeated Cleburne County 36-32 Saturday after leading 22-19 at halftime. Tigers’ coach Todd Gable said turnovers in the first half kept his team on its heels throughout the game.
Norton recorded 14 points, three rebounds and three assists. Zeiders had eight points and seven rebounds. Akles finished with five points and five rebounds. Epps had four points and Boyd ended with one point, one rebound and one assist.
The Tigers hosted Lincoln Tuesday and won 47-12. It was 30-9 at halftime. The game was the Class 4A, Area 10 opener for Cleburne County.
Epps outscored the Golden Bears by herself with 14 points. She was 3-for-4 on 3-point shots and added six rebounds and four steals.
“You could tell she was starting to get her legs back under her,” Gable said.
Akles and Boyd each had eight points and four assists. Boyd made five steals and Akles grabbed four rebounds. Zeiders had 10 boards and seven points.
Ware and Norton each scored three points. Norton also had seven assists and five rebounds. McClain had two points, four rebounds and two blocks. Bailey Norton scored two points.
Gable’s team hosts Area 10 pre-season favorite Anniston Friday.
The Tigers play at Ranburne Saturday afternoon then meet Bremen (Ga.) in the Hilburn-Patterson Haralson County Invitational tournament on December 27.