MOODY – The Ashville Bulldogs won the St. Clair County Jr. High Basketball Tournament Monday, beating Springville 52-48 in the finals.
The Bulldogs defeated Steele and Odenville to get to the championship round to face the Tigers.
Moody 51, Ragland 32
A 22-8 run in the fourth quarter by Moody helped the Blue Devils defeat Ragland 51-32 in the first game of the opening round.
The Blue Devils led 8-2 after the first quarter, but Ragland won the scoring battle in the second frame 12-11 to make it 19-14 at intermission.
Both teams scored 10 points each in the third quarter to make it 29-24 before the Blue Devils closed out the game on the 22-8 run.
Seven players scored for Moody and leading the way was Darian Dozier with 18 points. Also scoring in double figures was Nick Burrell with 10 points. Carson Dillashaw pumped in eight points while Caden Helms added six points. Dylan Finley finished the game with four points while Kolby Seymour chipped in three points. Morgan Pickney had two points.
Leading Ragland was Kentrell Turner with 17 points. Owen Shaw added six points while Adam Gulledge had five points. Jordan Turner scored four points.
Ashville 43, Steele 17
The Bulldogs opened the game on a 10-0 run and went on to defeat the Steele Raiders 43-17.
A half-court shot by Ashville’s Bryson Seawright at the buzzer made it 19-2 after one quarter of play.
The Bulldogs led 24-8 at halftime, and extended their lead to 37-12 after three quarters.
Leading Ashville in scoring was Jacob Wilson with 12 points. Cole Hyatt pumped in 10 points while Seawright netted seven points. Ashton Vann totaled six points while Braxton Nall finished with four points. D’John Jones and Casey Phillips scored two points each.
Leading Steele was Payton Johnson with eight points. Elijah Turner added seven points while AJ Cater scored two points.
Ashville 44, Odenville 28
Tied 22-22 at halftime, Ashville held the Saints to just six points in the second half and went on to win the game 44-28 to advance to Monday’s title game.
The Bulldogs led 14-10 after the first quarter and then Odenville’s Josh Ruff nailed a trey at the buzzer to make it 22-22 at the half.
The Bulldogs turned up the heat on defense to start the second half, and took a 33-26 lead into the fourth quarter.
Two Bulldog players scored in double figures as Wilson pumped in 19 points and Vann added another 15. Wesley Tucker scored four points while Hyatt and Jones netted three points each.
Leading the Saints was Josh Ruff with 12 points. Kaeden Pennington added eight points while Dylan Brown netted four points. Jackson Lindsey and Jacoby Blanks finished the game with two points each.
Springville 47, Moody 29
The Tigers advanced to the championship game by upending Moody 47-29.
Springville jumped out to a 12-5 lead after the first quarter. Moody’s first points of the second quarter came on a three-pointer by Seymour to cut the Springville lead to 16-8 with 3:28 remaining in the second quarter. Seymour’s shot sparked a 7-0 run by the Blue Devils to make the score 16-12 with two minutes left before halftime.
The Tigers put up an 8-0 run themselves, and led 24-14 at halftime.
By the end of the third quarter, Springville’s lead was 34-25, and they went on to win going away.
Springville had two players score in double figures and leading the way was Garrett Howard with 14 points. Cason Kersh netted 11 points while Jamel Williams totaled nine points. Isaac Keith chipped in five points while Johnnie Wolf, Dylan Hyatt and Sam Lee all scored two points each.
Leading Moody was Helms with 12 points. Seymour pumped in two treys to total six points while Dillashaw added four points. Mason Myers, Davion Dozier and Burrell netted two points each while Jordan Stephenson had one point.
Ashville 52, Springville 48
At first, it looked as if Springville would run Ashville out of the gym as they led 14-4 after one quarter of play.
At one point in the second quarter, it was 21-4 before the Bulldogs called timeout.
After that timeout, Ashville outscored Springville 48-27 and went on to win the title 52-48.
The Bulldogs started chipping away at the Springville lead, going on a 10-2 run to close the gap to 23-14. By halftime, Springville’s lead was down to four points at 27-23.
Ashville opened the second half on a 12-0 run to take a 35-27 lead. Springville scored the final six points of the third quarter to cut the deficit to just two at 35-33.
Ashville’s Seawright hit a trey to open up the scoring in the fourth quarter to give the Bulldogs a 38-33 lead.
Ashville coach Sloan Lewis kept feeding the basketball inside to his two big men – Wilson and Jones – and they kept producing as the Bulldog lead stayed around five to seven points.
Springville’s Hyatt hit a trey to cut the Ashville lead to 45-41 with 2:45 remaining. Jamel Williams hit another trey for Springville to make it 49-48 with 42 seconds remaining.
Ashville’s Wilson hit a lay-up with 25 seconds remaining to make it 51-48. The final score was 52-48.
Leading Ashville was Wilson with 26 points. Jones added 10 points while Vann pumped in nine points. Tucker and Seawright added three points each while Hyatt added one point.
Leading Springville were Williams and Keith with 12 points each. Lee and Wolf chipped in eight points each while Kersh scored six points. Hyatt finished the game with three points.
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