“We’re hoping , starting tomorrow, to get on a winning streak because three losses are tough in a row,” Gable said Wednesday afternoon.
Following the trip to Saks, Cleburne County hosts Ranburne Saturday then travels to Lincoln for a Class 4A, Area 10 game Tuesday.
The run of three losses began on December 30 when Spring Garden downed the Tigers 53-22 in the championship game of the Hilburn-Patterson Haralson County Invitational (Ga.) tournament. Gable said his team committed 14 turnovers in the first quarter alone against Spring Garden’s defensive pressure and fell behind 18-2. At the half, Spring Garden led 32-9.
Alisa Norton had six points, three assists and three rebounds for the Tigers. Toni Epps and Kaity Zeiders each scored four points. Zeiders had three rebounds and Epps two. Kiara Akles, Shawntavia Boyd, Madison Jones and Bridget McClain scored two points apiece. Boyd also had five rebounds, two steals and two assists and Akles grabbed three rebounds. Grace Conkle had two steals.
Norton and Boyd were named to the all-tournament team.
Cleburne County struggled to put the ball in the basket in the early going at Munford Friday and eventually lost to the Lions 38-26. The Tigers trailed 23-9 at the half and 27-19 after three quarters. In the fourth quarter, Cleburne County cut Munford’s lead to five points before Munford pulled away.
Norton scored nine points and had three assists. Epps had seven points and three boards. Boyd scored five points and added five rebounds and two steals. Akles had three points and 10 rebounds. Zeiders, who was injured in the second quarter and did not return, had two points and three rebounds.
White Plains hosted Cleburne County Saturday. After a closely contested first half, the Wildcats ran away from the Tigers in the second half and won 46-25. Cleburne County led 8-6 after one quarter and trailed just 12-11 at halftime.
“White Plains picked up their intensity and we didn’t,” Gable said of the second half. “We stayed at the same level.”
Epps finished with eight points and three rebounds. Norton had five points and four assists.
Zeiders scored four points and added five rebounds. Akles and Ware finished with three points apiece. Ware added two assists and two steals and Akles had two rebounds. Boyd had two points, two rebounds and two steals. Jones pulled down two rebounds.