Piedmont boys will play
Ohatchee or Wellborn

Piedmont’s initial game in the 67th annual Calhoun County basketball tournament will be Monday at 7:30 p.m. at Pete Mathews Coliseum on the Jacksonville State University campus. The Bulldogs will play the winner of Saturday’s opening-round game between No. 10 Ohatchee and No. 15 Wellborn. If Piedmont wins Monday, the Bulldogs will face No. 2 Oxford on Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. The tournament ends Jan. 20.

Piedmont’s 60-57 home-court win over Weaver on Monday pushed the Bulldogs to 12-6 on the season. Weaver led 18-16 after one quarter. T.J. Fairs scored nine of his game-best 21 points in the second quarter, helping Piedmont to a 33-26 halftime advantage. Fairs also had six points in the fourth quarter and added four steals and two assists.

Ryley Kirk contributed 13 points, five boards and two assists. Delo Foster had a monster game on defense with 16 blocks. He grabbed seven rebounds, scored three points, made three steals and passed for two assists. Kaedon Jenkins had a big night on the boards with 11 rebounds. Jenkins netted eight points and dished out three assists. Carl Myers had nine points, six rebounds and three assists. Lee Stanley tallied six points.      

Saturday, the Bulldogs trailed at every quarter break then rallied in the fourth quarter for a 59-42 road win over Haralson County, Ga. Haralson County led 16-10 after one quarter, 26-22 at halftime and 32-25 after three quarters. Kirk led the late comeback with 14 points in the fourth period, including a 12-for-14 effort at the foul line. He ended with 18 points. Fairs scored 14 points. Stanley ended with eight points, six in the fourth, and added five steals and three rebounds. Jenkins had five points, nine boards and three steals. Myers added three points and Silas Thompson had two points. Foster grabbed eight rebounds and blocked three shots.

At Pleasant Valley on Jan. 3, Piedmont improved to 2-0 in Class 3A, Area 10 with a 65-23 win over the Raiders. Piedmont dominated from the beginning with a 25-4 lead after one quarter. It was 42-10 at halftime and 55-15 after three quarters. Kirk had 13 points. Thompson also scored in double figures with 10 points. Fairs tallied nine points and Stanley had eight points. Foster finished with six points, Alex Odam five, Myers four, Sean Smith three, Jenkins two and Logan Pruitt two.

Spring Garden boys
seeded first in tourney

Spring Garden’s 12-3 record earned the Panthers the No. 1 seed in the boys bracket of this week’s Cherokee County basketball tournament.

Spring Garden will play Friday at 8:30 p.m. against the winner of Thursday’s game between No. 4 Sand Rock and No. 5 Gaylesville. Saturday’s championship game is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. All of this year’s tournament games will be played at the Gadsden State-Cherokee arena in Centre.

The Panthers improved to 11-3 by winning for the eighth consecutive time at home on Jan. 2. The final score was 64-35 and Haralson County (Ga.) was Spring Garden’s victim. Spring Garden got 11 points apiece from Riley Austin and Weston Kirk. Austin added nine rebounds, five assists and two steals. Kirk grabbed three rebounds. Draevan Bowman had nine points, two boards and two steals.

Dalton Rogers and Dylan Rogers each tallied eight points. Dalton had five steals and three rebounds. Dylan added three rebounds, two assists and two steals. Destin Richardson scored six points. Isiah Sanchez had five points, four rebounds and two assists. Avery Gowens netted four points. Luke Welsh contributed two points and three boards. Ashton Rogers dished out three assists for the winners.

At Spring Garden on Saturday, the Panthers won again. This time they blasted Class 1A, Area 10 foe Faith Christian 73-44. Sanchez had 21 points. Dylan Rogers scored 10 points, Bowman eight, Austin seven, Dalton Rogers seven, Kirk seven, Welsh five, Ashton Rogers five and Richardson three. Welsh and Dylan Rogers led in rebounds with five apiece. Austin and Kirk each had three assists. Austin led in steals with four.     

The Panthers were to play Area 10 opponent Donoho in Anniston on Jan. 9. Come back for more about that next week.

Spring Garden girls
run record to 14-2

Spring Garden’s girls tuned up for this week’s Cherokee County basketball tournament with a 78-12 pasting of visiting Faith Christian on Saturday. The win made the Panthers 14-2 overall and 4-0 in Class 1A, Area 10.

Tiyonna Rogers and Payton McGinnis each scored 10 points to pace the Panthers. Neely Welsh and Lexy Adkison followed with nine points apiece. Breanna Rogers had eight points.

Abby Steward and Macy Reedy each tallied seven points. Chloe Jarrett had five points. Suzie Carter scored four points, Kristen Tierce three, Madison Jennings two, Katie Williams two and A.J. Broome two.

Broome led in assists with four and in steals with five. McGinnis and Kerstin Bryant had three assists apiece. Jennings and Welsh each made three steals. Adkison and Breanna Rogers led on the boards with five rebounds apiece.    

At home on Jan. 2, Georgia power Haralson County downed Spring Garden 71-52. Rogers had a double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds. Bryant scored 14 points and added three assists and three steals. Reedy had three 3-point baskets and scored 13 points. McGinnis scored six points and dished out four assists. Broome had one point and grabbed two rebounds.

Spring Garden is the No. 1 seed for the Cherokee County tournament in the girls bracket. The Panthers play Friday at 6 p.m. against the winner of Thursday’s game between No. 4 Cedar Bluff and No. 5 Gaylesville. Saturday’s championship game is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. the tournament is being played at the Gadsden State-Cherokee arena in Centre.

Piedmont girls get bye
in county tourney

At Sunday’s coaches meeting to seed the upcoming Calhoun County basketball tournament, Piedmont was tabbed as the No. 4 team in the girls bracket. As one of the top four seeds, Piedmont gets a bye into the quarterfinal round.  

The tournament begins on Saturday with four girls games and four boys games at Oxford High School. The Bulldogs will play their first game on Tuesday at 4 p.m. at Jacksonville State University’s Pete Mathews Coliseum.

Their opponent will be the winner of Monday’s game between No. 5 Alexandria and either No. 12 Saks or No. 13 Ohatchee. Saks and Ohatchee play Saturday. The 67th annual Calhoun County tournament concludes on Jan. 20.

Piedmont improved to 11-5 overall with a 57-52 win over visiting Weaver on Monday afternoon. The game was a complete contrast to the Bulldogs’ win over the Bearcats in Cleburne County’s post Christmas tournament. Monday night saw Piedmont bolt to a 22-6 lead after one quarter.

Kayley Kirk topped all scorers with 17 points and added five rebounds and two assists. Sydney Prater contributed a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds while blocking two shots.  Kaitlyn Ridley and Pinky Nation each scored 13 points. Ridley had eight rebounds, six assists and four steals. Nation grabbed six rebounds and dished out two assists. Camron Logan had two points. Cassidy Jackson and Kiara Jackson each pulled down two rebounds.   

At Tallapoosa, Ga., on Saturday, Haralson County defeated Piedmont 79-45. Prater and Kirk each scored 14 points and Prater had eight rebounds. Ridley scored 10 points. Nation had seven points and four boards.

Piedmont hosted Saks on Thursday and won 67-26. Kirk outscored the clawless Wildcats by herself with 36 points. Prater also reached double figures with 12 points. Nation tallied nine points, Ridley five, Aliyah Teague three and Logan two.

On Jan. 3, the Bulldogs evened their Class 3A, Area 10 record at 1-1 with a 65-23 win at Pleasant Valley in a makeup of a game initially set for Dec. 8 and postponed by snow and ice. Kaitlyn Ridley’s 25 points were best for the Bulldogs. Prater scored 11 points. Kirk finished with 10 points. Nation had nine points and LeLe Ridley tallied two points.

Piedmont was to host Glencoe in an Area 10 game on Jan. 9. Pleasant Valley comes to Piedmont on Friday.