Calhoun County basketball: White Plains girls dominate opener
by Joe Medley
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White Plains' Ryleigh Randall (23) tries to work away from Donoho's Alysse Lalonde. (Photo by Bill Wilson/The Anniston Star)
White Plains' Ryleigh Randall (23) tries to work away from Donoho's Alysse Lalonde. (Photo by Bill Wilson/The Anniston Star)
JACKSONVILLE -- White Plains High’s girls dominated all but one player on a young Donoho team during Saturday’s first-round action of the Calhoun County Tournament.

Taylor Snellgrove scored a game-high 16 points, and Ryleigh Randall added 10 to lead White Plains to the 46-15 victory in Jacksonville State University’s Pete Mathews Coliseum.

The Wildcats (17-6) will play Piedmont for the third time this season Wednesday 7 p.m. in the quarterfinals. Donoho fell to 2-12, but not without one notable performance.

Amanda Sherer became the story of the game by scoring Donoho’s first 11 points. No other Donoho player scored until the fourth quarter.

Donoho trailed 27-2 at halftime. Sherer had both points on one first-quarter basket.

Donoho trailed 36-11 after three quarters but with one double-figure scorer. Sherer had all 11 points, including nine on three 3-point baskets in the third quarter.

“I was aware,” Sherer said with a smile. “But my team was the ones setting the picks for me, so it was good.

“I knew we needed some points. Every time they set picks for me, I knew the people in the post were in there to put it back up when they needed to.”

Sherer is the lone senior on a seven-player team with six sophomores. One, Camille Fink, is out with an ankle injury.

Saturday, Donoho was outmatched against the tournament’s No. 4 seed.

“Amanda has been there before, and she doesn’t ever let anything get her down,” Donoho coach Paul Farlow said. “We’ve won two (games) in our season, but she works hard every day in practice.

“Great, great young lady, and she’s going to go far in life.”

White Plains will go farther in the county tournament, thanks largely to Snellgrove and Randall.

On top of her scoring, Snellgrove, a senior, led the Wildcats with eight steals.

“What I saw out of her is she led her teammates pretty well,” White Plains coach Michael Merriman said. “She was looking for her teammates trying to get them extra shots and trying to direct traffic out there a little better.

“She was having a really good game leading, but she started us off by shooting the ball real well.”

Randall, a freshman, showed up across the statistics sheet. She grabbed a team-high nine rebounds, tied Carley Wood for the team lead with three assists and had seven steals.

“She’s a player that we’re excited about,” White Plains coach Michael Merriman said. “She’s got to really develop and come on, but she’s getting better and better each game.

“She really grew up tonight, I thought. That’s something we’ve been looking for out of her.”

Now, White Plains moves on to a third matchup with area rival Piedmont this season. The Wildcats are 2-0 against the Bulldogs.

“I’m excited,” Snellgrove said. “I know it’s hard to play people three times, but I think it will be good.”

Sports columnist Joe Medley: 256-235-3576, On Twitter @jmedley_star.
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