Cleveland opened the basketball season with back-to-back wins over J.B. Pennington (64-55) and Susan Moore (74-45). Locust Fork opened the season with close losses to Springville (62-58), Ashville (69-59), and Hayden (67-62).
Monday night, Cleveland traveled to Locust Fork and ran into a hungry Hornet team that blasted the visiting Panthers, 80- 38.
The Panthers trailed just 15-10 after one quarter but the margin grew to 34-22 at the half.
Needing a big third quarter to get back in the game, the Panthers simply couldn’t handle the Hornet pressure as Locust Fork outscored the visitors 35-9 in the quarter to build a 69-31 lead.
Cleveland (2-1) got 17 points from Khalil Johnson and nine from Desi Cozad but the Panthers turned the ball over 27 times.
Locust Fork (1-3) got a huge night from junior forward Jacob Hancock. He hit 9 of 10 from the field, including three-of-three from behind the arc, and 9 of 10 free throws for a game-high 30 points. Todd Goodwin had 18 points, four rebounds, and four steals. Bay Etheridge, Nick Long, and Chase Biles each added eight points. Girls Locust Fork 71, Cleveland 28
The Lady Hornets controlled things from the start, leading 18-9, 35-16, and 63-21 at the quarter breaks.
Cleveland (1-2) got 14 points from Christian Fallin.
Locust Fork (6-0) put four players in double figures, led by Kimberly Horton with 18 points. Jaime Gail Hudson had 14 points and 13 rebounds, Ashlyn Adkins had 15 points and five assists, and Rachael Baker added 10 points. Sophomore guard Madison Cater filled almost every stat category with five points, six rebounds, seven assists, and five steals.
Tuesday, Nov. 18
Cleveland 64, J.B. Pennington 55
It wasn’t pretty, but the Panthers overcame a sluggish start and came back to knock off J.B. Pennington 64-55 at Blountsville last Tuesday.
Cleveland led 18-12 after one quarter but the Tigers led 30-29 at the half.
The Panthers got off to a strong start in the third quarter to reclaim the lead and never looked back.
J.B. Pennington got a game-high 18 points from Christian Baker.
Cleveland got a big night from 6’8 sophomore Khalil Johnson, who finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Desi Cozad added 15 points and Caleb Corder chipped in 12. at Douglas Boys Douglas 59, Oneonta 50
Like Cleveland, the Oneonta Redskins opened the season just four days after losing in the second round of the football playoffs. Unlike Cleveland, the football players didn’t dress out and the outmanned Redskins couldn’t get over the hump against the Eagles.
Douglas led 31-23 at the half and maintained the advantage in the second half despite a couple of Redskins runs.
The Redskins played hard and finished with 11 offensive rebounds and 14 steals. However, Oneonta also turned the ball over 26 times and shot just eight free throws while the Eagles shot 19.
Oneonta (0-1) was led by Jacob Adams’s 15 points. Carter Sims and Will Standridge chipped in nine points each with Sims also collecting eight rebounds and blocking four shots. Clark Tibbs had five points, seven rebounds, and four steals.
Douglas (2-1) put four players in double figures, led by Tyler Garrett’s 19 points. Wesley Garrett and Andrew Harris each had 12 while Gary Johnson had 10.
Thursday, Nov. 20
Cleveland 74, Susan Moore 45
The Panthers and Bulldogs were tied 13- 13 after one quarter before the Panthers went on a 46-20 run over the next two quarters to build a 59-33 lead.
Susan Moore (1-2) got nine points from A.J. Bernal.
Cleveland (2-0) put four players in double figures, led by Caleb Corder with 22 points and Khalil Johnson with 15 points and nine rebounds. Desi Cozad and Bryan Cornelius each had 10 points.
Tarrant 60, Oneonta 46
The good news: the Redskins hammered the Wildcats on the boards and came up with 11 steals. The bad news: Oneonta hit just 5 of 21 free throws and committed 32 turnovers.
Tarrant (1-1) got 19 points from Michael Sadler and 17 from Cameron McFarland. Oneonta (0-2) was led by Will Standridge’s 15 points and nine rebounds. Jacob Adams had nine points and three steals.
Saturday, Nov. 22
Springville 45, Oneonta 30
The Redskins trailed by just two (21-19) at the half but managed just 11 points in the second half against the 5A Tigers.
Oneonta was just one of six from the free-throw line while
Springville went to the stripe 35 times (and made 20).
Carter Sims led the Redskins (0-3) with seven points while Riley Cole and Will Standridge had five each.
Springville (3-0) got 13 points from Isaiah Benson. Thanksgiving tournaments
Several teams in the county will participate in holiday tournaments this week, including the Cleveland boys who faced Cold Springs in the Hanceville Thanksgiving Tournament last night.
Other teams playing at Hanceville include Dora, Good Hope, Corner, and Mortimer Jordan.
Oneonta and Southeastern are playing in the West End Thanksgiving Tournament and the Redskins and Rebels met yesterday afternoon.
Woodville and West End are the other teams in the tournament – the losers play today at 4 p.m. with the winners meeting at 7 p.m. There is a girls tournament featuring Fyffe vs. Southeastern and Woodville vs. West End. The losers meet today 2:30 and the winners play tonight at 5:30.
Holly Pond is hosting the 58th version of its own Thanksgiving tournament and the eight-team field features two Blount County schools.
The tournament gets underway today with four games each day. Today’s schedule has Fairview vs. Hartselle at 4 p.m.; Vinemont vs. Locust Fork at 5:30 p.m.; West Point vs. J.B. Pennington at 7 p.m.; and Holly Pond vs. Arab at 8:30 p.m.
The tournament continues Thursday and Friday with Friday’s games going at 5 p.m. (fifth place); 6:30 p.m. (consolation); and 8 p.m. (championship).
The Locust Fork and Cleveland girls are in the Power 107.5 Thanksgiving Tournament at Snead State in Boaz.
Games will be played today and Friday. In today’s first round, DAR meets Minor at 3:30 p.m. followed by Cleveland vs. Gadsden City at 5 p.m.; Albertville vs. Locust Fork at 6:30 p.m.; and Douglas vs. Madison County at 8 p.m.
Finally, the Oneonta girls will be in the Lady Hawks Thanksgiving Classic which is being played at Danville and Falkville.
The bracket is a little complicated – there are 16 teams playing at the two sites – but Oneonta will play Lawrence County this morning at 11:20 at Danville. With a win, Oneonta would face the Cold Springs/Hartselle winner at 4:50 this evening.
The tournament continues Friday with semifinals at 12:40 p.m. and the consolation game at 6:10 p.m. followed by the championship game at 7:30 p.m.
Other teams at Danville are Sardis, Danville, West Point, and Decatur while Brewer, Fairview, Falkville, Brindlee Mtn., Rogers, Athens, Holly Pond, and Walker are in the Falkville bracket.