Cleveland boys improve to 11-5

Locust Fork’s Jaime Gail Hudson drives to the basket during last week’s win over Oneonta.

Locust Fork’s Jaime Gail Hudson drives to the basket during last week’s win over Oneonta.

Conny Lowery’s Cleveland Panthers seemed to have righted the ship a bit and now stand at 11-5 after three impressive wins over the past week.

Last Tuesday in Blountsville, J.B. Pennington jumped on the visiting Panthers and took a 29-23 lead to the half.

The second half was a different story as Cleveland outscored the Tigers 16-7 and 19- 13 over the final two quarters to take a 58-49 victory.

J.B. Pennington (3-11) got 12 points from J.P. Ogle and 11 from Mauricio Hernandez.

Cleveland (9-5) was led by Peyton Hazelrig’s game-high 25 points while Tristan Rittenhouse chipped in 13.

Friday night, Cleveland hammered Gaston 80-35 to improve to 10-5 overall, 3-1 in 2A Area 12.

Cleveland sprinted out to a 23-4 lead after one quarter and was never really threatened by a Gaston team that dropped to 1-13 overall, 0-5 in the area.

Desi Cozad led a balanced Panther attack with 21 points. Khalil Johnson had 20 points and Micah Fallin had 18.

The Panthers improved to 11-5 Monday with a 74-52 win at Southeastern.

The Mustangs played the Panthers close after the first quarter but it was the opening eight minutes of the game that buried the home team.

Cleveland led 18-4 after one quarter and went on to take a 22-point win.

Jordan Graham led Southeastern (5-15) with 22 points.

Cleveland got 22 points from Khalil Johnson, 12 from Micah Fallin and 10 from Desi Cozad.

The Panthers travel to Asbury Friday night and need to win to force a tie for the No. 1 seed in the area.

Tuesday, Jan. 5
at Oneonta
Oneonta 75, Good Hope 51

The Redskins turned in one of the better efforts of the season and took apart the visiting Raiders.

Oneonta smothered the visitors on the defensive end in the first half, building a 44-15 lead after two quarters.

Good Hope (5-10, 1-3 in 4A Area 10) was led by Mark Cofer’s 18 points.

Oneonta (8-8, 3-1) was led by Brody Moore’s 18 points, while Will Standridge had 16. Jacob Adams had nine points and nine rebounds and Chris Roberts had eight rebounds and five steals.

Friday, Jan. 8
at Locust Fork
Locust Fork 63, Oneonta 17

The balanced Lady Hornets, ranked No. 2 in 4A, streaked to a 17-2 lead after one quarter and a 37-7 lead at the half to improve to 17-1 overall and 4-0 in 4A Area 10.

Kimberly Horton and Jaime Gail Hudson led the Hornets with 14 points apiece and Madison Cater chipped in 11 as every player on the Locust Fork roster scored. Hudson pulled down 12 rebounds to finish with a double-double and Cater had four steals. Boys Locust Fork 62, Oneonta 55

The Hornets wrapped up the Area 10 title but it wasn’t easy.

Brannon Smith’s team raced out to a 21- 10 lead after one quarter but the Redskins played well over the next 16 minutes and trailed 33-26 at the half and just 45-43 after three quarters.

The Hornets then put the visitors away with a 9-1 run midway through the final quarter.

Oneonta (8-9 overall, 3-2 in 4A Area 10) got a big night from Brody Moore, who finished with 25 points. Jaden Kent and Chris Roberts had eight points each. Jacob Adams had eight points, 13 rebounds and seven assists.

Bay Etheredge led Locust Fork (11-8, 4-0) with 25 points, including five 3-pointers. Daniel Goss and Drew Rogers had 10 points each.