Cleburne County tries again Saturday to complete its Class 4A, Area 10 home-and-home series with Munford. Weather permitting, the Lions will arrive in Heflin mid-afternoon and the varsity girls will play around 4:30 p.m., after the boys’ ‘B’ team contest at 3:30 p.m. Coach Todd Gable said Friday morning he hoped to have his girls at the gym early for a shoot-around session and review of the Munford game at Munford on January 3.
“It’s been since Monday since we’ve played or practiced,” Gable said.
Saturday’s game will also serve as Senior Night for the Tigers. Cleburne County will complete its regular-season schedule at Alexandria Monday.
Prior to losing three full days of school and part of Tuesday to snow and ice, Gable’s team was 1-2 over its most recent three games.
Cleburne County played Handley in Roanoke on January 23 and fell 43-42. The score was 11-11 after one quarter. Handley led 27-25 at halftime and 34-30 after three quarters. Gable said the Tigers were able to tie the score in the second half but could never take the lead. Cleburne County got a basket on a baseline drive by Toni Epps to make it a one-point game in the final seconds but was out of timeouts and couldn’t get a foul before the clock expired.
Shawntavia Boyd ended with 13 points, four rebounds and four steals. Epps scored 10 points and had three rebounds. Kaity Zeiders recorded nine points, 10 boards and three steals. Kiara Akles had six points, three rebounds and six steals. Alisa Norton contributed four points, five rebounds and two steals. Gable said his players had been able to hold their own on the boards against the taller Handley team.
On January 24, Cleburne County played at Clay Central and won 57-27.
“Friday, they came out on fire,” said Gable. “They were determined that game. … Everything was good. Transition was going great. We just dominated the boards pretty much. Defense was real good that game.” Epps was the scoring leader against the Volunteers with 17 points and Zeiders led on the boards with 10 rebounds. Norton scored 12 points and added four rebounds and two assists. Boyd had 10 points, three rebounds and six steals. Akles finished with nine points, six rebounds and three steals. Erykah Ware had three points and seven rebounds. Madison Jones, Bridget McClain and Lauren Brown each scored two points. Jones grabbed four rebounds and Brown added two boards and two steals.
At Anniston Monday, the Bulldogs blasted the Tigers 57-18. Cleburne County controlled the opening tip and Boyd scored on a layup for a 2-0 lead but it was downhill from there.
“I was pleased as far as breaking the press. When we’d get on the other end, we’d just rush a shot every time,” Gable said.
Zeiders, Boyd, Akles and Epps each scored three points. Akles’ points came on a 3-point basket. She and Zeiders also pulled down four rebounds apiece and Boyd had two boards. Ware, Bridget McClain and Bailey Norton each tallied two points. Grace Conkle had two rebounds.