Spring Garden girls

                 Spring Garden held off a fourth-quarter rally by Sand Rock and defeated the Wildcats 59-55 in the championship game of the annual Cherokee County tournament Saturday. Sand Rock led 15-12 after one quarter. The Panthers won the second quarter 17-9. They padded their 29-24 halftime lead with a 13-7 advantage in the third quarter.

                Tiyonna Roger led Spring Garden (17-2) with a double-double of 21 points and 12 rebounds. Macy Reedy scored 16 points. Reedy hit two 3-point shots and was 4-for-4 at the free throw line. Kerstin Bryant contributed 12 points and seven rebounds. A.J.Broome and Payton McGinnis each scored five points. Broome pulled down eight rebounds and had three assists. McGinnis had six boards.

                In the semifinal round, Spring Garden mashed Cedar Bluff 67-29. McGinnis drilled six of her 10 3-point shots and finished with 24 points. She also had six rebounds and three steals. Reedy scored 15 points. She was 5-for-6 from long range and had three rebounds. Tiyonna Rogers had 14 points, seven rebounds and two steals. Breanna Rogers was 2-for-3 on 3-pointers for six points. Katie Williams had four points and two boards. Bryant scored three points and added two steals and a team-best six assists. Broome finished with one point, three assists, two steals and two rebounds.    

Spring Garden boys

The Spring Garden boys lived up to their No. 1 seeding in the Cherokee County basketball tournament, edging Cherokee County 61-60 in Saturday night’s championship game at the Gadsden State-Cherokee arena in Centre.   

                The Panthers (15-3) had a four-point lead late then survived a 3-point basket followed by a quick timeout call with less than three seconds to play. On the inbounds pass, Spring Garden was whistled for a travel, although Panther partisans thought their player was fouled. The Warriors had to throw the ball in from their backcourt with less than one second on the clock and a heave at the basket was short.

                It was the first county championship for the Spring Garden boys under coach Ricky Austin. The Panthers were last county tournament champions on Jan. 24, 1998 when they defeated Cedar Bluff 69-42 for Tommy Lewis. Gaylesville hosted that tournament.

                A quick start carried the day for Spring Garden. The Panther led 15-8 after one quarter. Cherokee County chipped away at that lead the remainder of the game but couldn’t overcome it. The Warriors won the second quarter 16-15, the third 18-14 and the fourth 18-17.

                Isiah Sanchez paced the Panthers on offense with 19 points. He was 9-for-9 at the foul line and 2-for-2 from behind the 3-point arc. Riley Austin scored 12 points, claimed six rebounds and made three steals. Dylan Rogers was 3-for-4 from long range and scored 11 points. Rogers also grabbed six rebounds.

                Draevan Bowman had eight points, two assists, two steals and two rebounds. Weston Kirk contributed seven points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals. Dalton Rogers finished with four points and two rebounds.

                To reach the championship game, the Panthers defeated Sand Rock 68-52 in Friday’s semifinal round. Bowman drilled six 3-point baskets and finished with 20 points. He also grabbed six rebounds. Sanchez scored 16 points and had two assists. Kirk had 13 points, five rebounds and three assists. Austin was the fourth Panther to score in double digits against the Wildcats. He tallied 12 points, dished out three assists and made three steals. Dalton Rogers added four points, four rebounds and two steals. Dylan Rogers ended with three points, five rebounds and three assists.