Prep basketball: Wellborn boys advance
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With senior point guard Devron Taylor on the bench for much of the second and third quarters with foul problems, the Wellborn Panthers still found a way to advance to the Class 2A, Area 10 championship game. Second-seeded Wellborn downed No. 3 Woodland 47-29 and will meet No. 1 Ranburne, the tournament host, Monday at 7 p.m.

Junior Corri Tignor scored 16 points despite Woodland’s packed-tight zone defense, grabbed 12 rebounds and blocked three shots. Taylor had a double-double despite limited time on the court, 10 points and 10 rebounds. Taylor was 5-for-6 at the free throw line and made five steals.

Landon Machristie scored 11 points and blocked three shots. Kevin Mixon dished out 10 assists and nabbed five rebounds. Blake Hanson netted two of Wellborn’s four 3-point baskets. Machristie and Taylor each had one trey.

The Panthers (7-13) led 28-15 at halftime and limited Woodland to eight points in the third quarter and six in the fourth. Andrew Bailey led the Bobcats with 10 points.

Ranburne 61, Ohatchee 44: Class 2A, Area 10’s No. 1 seed outscored Ohatchee 16-2 in the second quarter for a commanding 31-16 halftime lead. Spence Florczak tallied eight of his 10 points in the second quarter push on two 3-point baskets and a long 2-pointer.

Brayden Wilson led the Bulldogs (15-8) in scoring with 14 points and added four steals. Mark David Smith finished with a double-double of 10 points and 10 boards.

Point guard Kyle Lovvorn also scored 10 points. Jay Smith had 10 rebounds, four points and three assists. Dylan Wiggins netted nine points and made three steals.

For Ohatchee, Dillon Parker scored 12 points. Quinn Williams and Dylan Yates each recorded seven points for the Indians.

Class 4A, Area 11

Alexandria 60, Cherokee County 52: At Hokes Bluff, the Valley Cubs continued to benefit from balanced scoring and improved to 16-6.

Tyrelle Gay led the Cubs with 14 points. Luke Tucker had 13 points and Riley Shaw scored nine. Alexandria meets host Hokes Bluff on Monday at 6 p.m. for the area title. Hokes Bluff downed Jacksonville 54-33.

Class 1A, Area 10

Spring Garden 57, Cedar Bluff 51: At Collinsville, Spring Garden won its seventh straight game and improved to 13-12.

Will Westbrook, Will Ivey and Jacob Black each scored in double figures for the Panthers. Westbrook finished with 16 points, Ivey 15 and Black 10. Riley Austin scored seven points for the winners. Spring Garden plays Collinsville in the championship game Monday at 7 p.m. The two split a pair of regular-season games.

Girls

Class 1A, Area 12

Faith Christian 47, Jacksonville Christian 34: At Ragland, Jasmyne Groce’s double-double, 16 points and 10 rebounds helped Faith Christian to the area championship game today at 2 p.m.

Madelyn Adams recorded 13 points and eight rebounds in the win. Faith led 27-14 at halftime and each team scored 20 points in the second half. The Lions play host Ragland for the title. The Purple Devils defeated Sacred Heart 58-11 to advance.

Friday’s win guarantees Faith Christian (11-12) an appearance in sub-region play for the first time since 2006 and the second time in the school’s 13 seasons of play in the AHSAA.

Class 2A, Area 10

Woodland 72, Ohatchee 24: At Woodland, the Bobcats remained undefeated against Area 10 opponents with a convincing win over Ohatchee. Leah Strain paced Woodland’s attack with 25 points. Jaide Walker scored 14 points. Shalyn Strain and Shanna Strain each tallied nine points and Adre Bowen had eight points as the Bobcats improved to 28-1.

Junior Morgan Lee’s 15 points were best for the Indians.

Woodland will meet Ranburne for the area championship tonight at 7 p.m.

Ranburne 55, Pleasant Valley 46: Senior Indiana Morgan snapped a 42-42 tie with a 3-point basket with two minutes to play and the Bulldogs extended their lead with late free throws.

Morgan finished with 17 points. Alyssa Smith had 13 points and 13 rebounds and was 3-for-4 at the line in the fourth quarter. Hali Wilson contributed 11 points and seven boards. Hannah Phillips had eight points and seven rebounds off the bench. Ranburne improved to 17-8.

Freshman Atleigh Brannon and eighth-grader McKinley Parris each scored 15 points for Pleasant Valley. Parris had three 3-point baskets, and Brannon drilled two treys. Junior Tiffany Williams scored eight points for the Raiders. Pleasant Valley played without a senior this season.
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