MOODY – After being held scoreless in the first quarter, the Ashville Lady Bulldogs scored 30 points during the next three quarters to earn a hard-fought 30-25 victory over the Ragland Lady Purple Devils in the championship game of the St. Clair County Jr. High Basketball Tournament.
Ashville 20, Springville 13
The Lady Bulldogs defeated Springville in the opening game of the tournament 20-13. Neither team was able to make a shot until Ashville’s Sera Beth Potter rebounded a missed shot and put it back up with 1:07 remaining in the first quarter.
The score was 3-0 after one quarter and 8-0 at halftime.
The two teams were pretty much evenly matched in the second half with the Lady Tigers edging Ashville in scoring 13-12 to make the final score 30-13.
Leading Ashville and all scorers was Porche Woods with nine pints. Kathleen McCarthy added seven points while Potter and Caitlin Cates had two points each.
Leading Springville were Carissa Bailey and Chrischandria James with four points each. Alyssa McDaniel and Katelyn Cooley scored two points each, while Bella Gray added one point.
Ragland 40, Steele 23
The Lady Purple Devils outscored the Steele Lady Raiders 29-6 in the second and third quarters to advance to the second round with a 40-23 victory.
Steele led 3-2 after the first quarter as both teams were cold shooting the ball.
Ragland caught fire in the second frame outscoring Steele 17-4 to take a 19-7 halftime lead. The Lady Purple Devils kept the pressure on in the third stanza as they won the scoring battle 12-2 to take a 31-9 lead. They went on to win 40-23.
Ragland had two players score in double figures as Campbell Adams totaled 17 points and Cadence Buchanan pumped in 13 points. Addie Campbell and Giana Byers chipped in four points each while Hannah Ragsdale scored two points.
Leading Steele was Rayne Ford with 13 points. Juli Mostillo added seven points while Lilly Hardwick netted two points. Catherine Seiffert finished the game with one point.
Ragland 30, Odenville 25
The Lady Purple Devils earned a shot to play for the championship by upending top-seeded Odenville 30-25.
The Lady Saints led 7-3 after one quarter of play, but Ragland tied the game 11-11 with 20 seconds remaining in the second quarter. They took a 13-12 lead into the locker room at halftime.
Ragland doubled up the Lady Saints 10-5 in the third quarter to take a 23-17 lead into the fourth quarter.
Down 27-20 with two minutes left in the game, Odenville went on a 5-0 run to make it 27-25 with 56 seconds remaining. Ragland’s Byers hit a shot with 39 seconds remaining that made it 29-25. Odenville missed a shot with 15 seconds left and Ragland went to the 30-25 win.
Leading Ragland was Buchanan with 18 points. Byers and Adams netted four points each, while Campbell and Aubrey Ball added two points each.
Leading Odenville was Nia Green with eight points. Ruthie Haynes totaled seven points while Sydne Pope and Adyson Luster scored five points each.
Ashville 34, Moody 33
The Lady Bulldogs punched their ticket to the title game with a 34-33 victory over Moody.
Ashville led 6-5 after the first quarter and with both teams scoring eight points each in the second frame, the Lady Bulldogs still were on top 14-13 at halftime.
The two teams were tied 22-22 after three quarters of play with Ashville winning the scoring battle in the fourth quarter 12-11 to make the final score 34-33.
Leading Ashville was McCarthy with 13 points. Woods and Elizabeth Franklin scored six points each while Emma Drinkard added five points. Potter and Kadie Kennedy scored two points each.
Leading Moody was Sydney White with 10 points. Destiny Chattman and Jaylon Fields added eight points each while Sophie Crowe had five points. Maddie Barfield scored two points.
Ashville 30, Ragland 27
The championship game went down to the wire as Ashville fought from behind to capture the crown with a 30-27 victory over Ragland.
The Lady Purple Devils controlled the first quarter as they were up 5-0 after the first six minutes of play. Ashville fought back in the second frame to make it 7-5 at halftime in favor of Ragland.
The Lady Bulldogs gained control in the third stanza outscoring Ragland 14-8 to take a 19-15 lead headed down the stretch.
The Lady Purple Devils outscored Ashville 12-11 in the fourth quarter, but the comeback fell short with the Lady Bulldogs holding on for a 30-27 win.
Leading Ashville to victory was Kennedy with eight points. Woods netted seven points while McCarthy added six points. Rachel St. John had five points while Potter and Franklin netted two points each.
Leading Ragland was Adams with seven points. Buchanan totaled six points while Byers contributed five points. Campbell scored four points while Ball had three points.
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