Calhoun County basketball: Jacksonville girls score lopsided opening victory
by Brandon Miller
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Jacksonville's Angel Kidd (5) and Wellborn's Tiara Truss go for a loose ball. (Photo by Trent Penny/The Anniston Star)
Jacksonville's Angel Kidd (5) and Wellborn's Tiara Truss go for a loose ball. (Photo by Trent Penny/The Anniston Star)
JACKSONVILLE – Jacksonville guard Virginia Poe said when the Golden Eagles take the court, they try to beat every team they play.

After third-seeded Jacksonville routed Wellborn 86-6 on Monday in the Calhoun County Tournament, she remained reserved, saying she “didn’t want to make a big deal” about the lopsided score.

“We’re just trying to get wins,” Poe said. “We just wanted to play our game, work on what we needed to work on and control the tempo of the game. We didn’t want to let them get into it.

"We wanted to dominate in all aspects of the game, but we didn’t know if we would or not. I think we did a good job.”

The domination started early for the defending tournament champions, who opened the game with a 23-0 lead, before leading 56-4 at halftime. The Golden Eagles quickly took over the game while also achieving the one goal that coach Ryan Chambless had for his team entering the first-round game -- play with effort.

“Effort is what I’ve been preaching and before the game I told them I wanted to see us improve,” Chambless said. “Everything we’re trying to do right now is be ready and play our best come area tournament. That’s what we talk about every day. Hopefully, it’ll work out for us.”

Effort came from every player on the roster, with all 11 players scoring. Darrien Martin led the way with 18 points, and Dasia Kirksey scored 16.

“We really just worked as a team,” Martin said. “We just did what we were supposed to do.”

Despite points coming early and often, the Golden Eagles shined brighter on defense than when they had the ball. While the team allowed only two points in each of the first three quarters, Poe was mostly impressed Jacksonville (14-6) didn’t foul until the closing minutes of the game.

“In practice, how we work on our offense is through defense. That’s what we really focus on,” she said. “That’s basically all we do. Conditioning, defense and offense is all one thing. The type of defense we play is kind of all over the place so it’s really good to not have a foul until late. I’m not sure that’s ever happened.”

Wellborn was led by Dymond Myles’ four points. Tiarra Truss added two points.

Jacksonville will play Faith Christian on Thursday at 4 p.m in the quarterfinals.

“As long as we just keep the effort going, I think we can make a good run coming up,” Chambless said. “That’s what we’re hoping to do.”

Brandon Miller covers prep sports for The Star. He can be reached at 256-235-3575 or follow him on Twitter @bmiller_star.
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