Prep basketball roundup: Cleburne County girls, Spring Garden girls, boys win in Georgia
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Cleburne County’s Shawntavia Boyd had 15 points, five rebounds and a pair of assists as Cleburne County managed a 44-41 win over Bremen (Ga.) on Friday. The victory came in the Hilburn-Patterson Haralson County Invitational in Tallapoosa, Ga.

Also for Cleburne County, Eryka Ware scored nine points.

The Tigers (7-4) will play again today at 6 p.m. against a team to be determined.

Spring Garden 59, Heard County (Ga.) 32: Haley Motes scored 17 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to pace Spring Garden.

Emory Reedy added 12 points for the Panthers, who will play South Paulding (Ga.) today at 3 p.m.

Woodland 66, Red Bay 45: Class 2A Woodland shot out to a 41-17 halftime lead over No. 8 Red Bay in the Lauderdale County Christmas Tournament and cruised from there.

Leah Strain led Woodland with 28 points, while Adre Bowen added 12. Shanna Strain and Shalyn Strain each pitched in nine points.

Woodland (13-0) will play either Oneonta or Mars Hill today at 6 p.m. in the semifinals.

Handley 40, Alexandria 38: Shae Thomas had 11 points for Handley in its own Christmas tournament, while Kiesha Bell and Ronda Radford each had eight.

Jacksonville Christian 49, Wellborn 28: Playing in the JCA Holiday Classic, the Thunder scored in double figures in every quarter to pull steadily away from Wellborn. JCA led 25-14 at halftime and 38-16 after three quarters.

Senior Elysabeth Morales finished with 13 points for JCA. Joeley Cupp scored 10 points for the winners, and Sarah Crook added eight points. Kierra Evans, Morgan Jordan and Carlee Mullinax each had eight points for Wellborn.

JCA (7-4) will play Ranburne (7-5) in the championship game today at 5 p.m.

Ranburne 55, Donoho 20: The Bulldogs pressed their way to a 24-6 advantage after one quarter and were never challenged thereafter in the JCA Holiday Classic. Hali Wilson scored 16 points, 12 in the first quarter when she was 4-for-4 at the free throw line. She also grabbed eight rebounds.

Hannah Phillips had a double-double with 10 points and 11 boards. Kat Runels recorded 11 points and seven rebounds. Jessie Ralston scored 10 points.

Donoho senior Amanda Sherer had four 3-point baskets and 12 points. Anna Marie Woodfin added four points for the Falcons.

Donoho will face Wellborn in the consolation game today at 2 p.m.

Boys

Spring Garden 58, Bremen (Ga.) 47:
Will Westbrook had 17 points and 16 rebounds in the win, while Jay Prater added 16 points.

Spring Garden will face either Heard County or Haralson County today at 7:30 p.m.

Wellborn 71, Jacksonville Christian 45: Wellborn scored the final six points of the first half for a 34-23 halftime lead then stayed hot in the second half during the JCA Holiday Classic.

Ten Panthers scored, paced by senior guard Devron Taylor’s 15 points. Corri Tignor netted 10 points. Landon Machristie scored nine, while Devin Lewis and Blake Hanson each had eight. Guard Alex Jones tallied a game-best 22 points for JCA. Wellborn (4-5) will meet Donoho (7-1) today in the championship game, which is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

Donoho 55, Ranburne 54: Sophomore Robert Clausen’s 3-point basket with 30 seconds to play, his only points of the game, carried the Falcons past Ranburne in the JCA Holiday Classic.

The Bulldogs had taken a 54-52 lead 15 seconds earlier on a driving basket by Kyle Lovvorn. Two missed free throws by Donoho with 17 seconds left gave Ranburne the final shot but the ball fell away from the rim.

Each team scored 13 points in the first quarter and 13 in the second. Ranburne led 40-39 after three quarters.

Donoho sophomore Kevin Carr led all scorers with 20 points, 16 in the second half. Justin Foster added 11 points, Chris Carr nine and Richard Bateman seven for the Falcons. Lovvorn finished with 18 points for Ranburne. Jay Smith scored 13 points, Brayden Wilson eight and Dylan Wiggins six for the Bulldogs.

Ranburne (6-4) will meet Jacksonville Christian (5-6) in the consolation game today at 3:30 p.m.

Jacksonville 61, Glencoe 53: In the Glencoe round-robin tournament, the Golden Eagles led 30-26 at halftime then took control with a 24-point third quarter.

Cam Horton led Jacksonville with 24 points. Sid Thurmond contributed 16 points and Lavontae LaCount 10. The Eagles continue tournament play today at 2:30 p.m. against Pleasant Valley.

Piedmont 76, Murphy (N.C.) 46: In the consolation bracket of the Battle of the States tournament in Hiawassee, Ga., the Bulldogs rode a 23-9 advantage in the second quarter to a 34-19 halftime lead. Ty Sparks scored eight of his 14 points in the decisive second.

For the game, Sparks had three 3-point baskets, five rebounds, two steals and two assists. Denard Spears also scored 14 points for Piedmont. He added eight boards, four assists and three steals.

Dreek Thompson contributed 11 points and seven rebounds to the win. Easton Kirk and Taylor Hayes each netted seven points for the Bulldogs and Kirk grabbed a game-best nine rebounds. Piedmont (7-5) will play Union County (Ga.) in the consolation final today at 1:30 p.m.
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