The Cleburne County girls will be riding a four-game winning streak when the annual Tri-county tournament begins Friday in Heflin. The Tigers are the No. 2 seed and will play No. 3 Horseshoe Bend in their semifinal round game. The tournament will conclude Saturday with the girls consolation game set for noon and the girls championship game scheduled at 3 p.m.
The most recent win for coach Todd Gable’s team came Saturday when Randolph County came to Heflin and departed on the short end of a 50-16 final score. Alisia Person netted three of her four 3-point attempts and finished with 13 points and five rebounds. Brooklyn McDaniel contributed 12 points, four rebounds and three assists.
Kendall Houston and Olivia McDaniel each scored seven points and snared four rebounds. McDaniel had four steals and two assists. Houston dished out four assists. Chelsea Parker had six points, four rebounds and two steals. Alex Casey and Haven Freeman scored two points apiece. Casey had four assists and two rebounds while Freeman had four rebounds and two steals. Micah Pentecost scored one point and had one rebound, one assist and one steal.
On Friday, the Tigers traveled to Clay County and defeated Clay Central 55-27 in a Class 5A, Area 10 contest. Cleburne County led at the half 27-11. Parker’s double-double of 15 points and 12 rebounds was best for the Tigers. Casey had eight points and seven assists. Houston scored seven points and passes for three assists. Olivia McDaniel and Brooklyn McDaniel each tallied six points. Brooklyn pulled down seven rebounds. Olivia had five boards and three steals.
Person ended with five points, two assists and two steals. Freeman added four points and five rebounds. Pentecost and Tatiana Ervin each scored two points. Ervin made two steals. Pentecost recorded three assists and three rebounds.
On Jan. 11 in Wedowee, Cleburne County defeated Randolph County 53-23 after leading 26-12 at halftime. Casey was the leading scorer with 14 points. She also led in assists with seven and made three steals. Olivia McDaniel had 11 points, five rebounds and two steals. Brooklyn McDaniel finished with nine points, eight boards and two assists.
Houston ended with six points, four rebounds and three assists. Freeman scored five points and added six rebounds. Person had four points, three steals and two assists. Parker and Ervin each netted two points. Ervin also had three rebounds and two steals. Parker recorded the team-high in rebounds with 10. Pentecost had three boards.
The Tigers will complete their Area 10 schedule next week. Cleburne County plays at Lincoln on Jan. 23 and Clay Central comes to Heflin for a game on Jan. 25.