Rough week for top girls teams

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL

–courtesy www.southernexposurephotos.com Susan Moore’s Hannah Holmes and Oneonta’s Laura Short eye the flight of the ball after Holmes had launched a 3- pointer.

–courtesy www.southernexposurephotos.com Susan Moore’s Hannah Holmes and Oneonta’s Laura Short eye the flight of the ball after Holmes had launched a 3- pointer.


The two best girls teams in the county suffered tough losses on the road last week.

Susan Moore, ranked No. 10 in Class 3A last week, lost 42-41 at Oneonta last Friday night. Susan Moore fell to 9-2 on the year with the loss.

Hayden, the No. 7 team in Class 5A, was dropped 59- 44 last week by Area 11 foe Erwin. The Lady Wildcats dropped to 10-1 overall and 0-1 in the area. Tuesday, Dec. 1 at Cullman Girls
Cleveland 60, St. Bernard 12

Oneonta’s Nolen Smith hits a free throw as teammates Ryne Wester (3) and Austin Owens (2) look on along with Susan Moore’s Hugo Hernandez.

Oneonta’s Nolen Smith hits a free throw as teammates Ryne Wester (3) and Austin Owens (2) look on along with Susan Moore’s Hugo Hernandez.


The 2A Lady Panthers streaked out to a 24-4 lead after the first quarter and never looked back in a decisive win over the Lady Saints. Cleveland head coach Glenn Puckett got production from everyone as every player on the roster scored.

St. Bernard (0-6) got six points from Amberly Robinson.

Cleveland (3-3) was led by Sissy Green’s 21 points (on 10 of 12 shooting). Stephanie Hart added eight points. Boys
Cleveland 67, St. Bernard 43

The Panthers jumped out to an 18-6 lead after one quarter but St. Bernard outscored the visitors 11-4 in the second quarter to trail jus 22-18 at the half.

Cleveland outscored the Saints 19-15 in the third quarter to lead 41-33 at the final break and then exploded for 26 points over the final eight minutes to get the easy victory.

St. Bernard (0-4) got a game-high 22 points from Jake Killebrew.

Cleveland (4-1) was led by Thomas Horton with 14 points, Caleb Woodall with 12, and Chas Cornelius with 10. Every player on the Cleveland roster scored. at Susan Moore Girls
Susan Moore 64, Sardis 57 OT

In the 3A Area 13 opener, the Lady Bulldogs led throughout but a 15-12 advantage over the final eight minutes for Sardis forced overtime.

In the extra frame, Sardis appeared to have the advantage after Hannah Holmes and Kaylie Bullard fouled out. However, big 3-pointers by Faith Newton and Kaitlyn Williams and excellent free-throw shooting by Williams led the Lady Bulldogs to the victory.

Sardis was led by Lauren Hall with 21 points and Whitley Towns with 18.

Susan Moore (8-1, 1-0; ranked No. 10 in 3A) got 17 points and four rebounds from Bullard to go with 16 points, five rebounds, and five steals from Williams. Holmes added 14 points, four assists, and four steals. at Locust Fork Girls
Locust Fork 45, Oneonta 33

In the 4A Area 10 opener for both teams, Locust Fork led from start to finish. The Lady Hornets enjoyed leads of 11-4, 25-14, and 31-20 at the quarter breaks.

Oneonta (2-5, 0-1) was led by Destiny Elliott with 14 points and Cassie Bowling with 10.

Locust Fork (5-2, 1-0) got 15 points from Brandee Busenlehner and 10 points and six steals from Hannah Kirkley. Alyson Burke had eight points while Emily Minck had seven points and seven rebounds. Boys Oneonta 78, Locust Fork 61

The Redskins raced out to a 21-9 lead after the first quarter and enjoyed a 44-22 lead at the halftime break.

Locust Fork (2-2, 0-1) got 20 points from Taylor Hughes and 10 each from Kyle Smith and Roman Owensby.

Oneonta (4-0, 1-0) Cory Glasscock and Trevor Sanders led the Redskins with 17 points apiece while Nolen Smith chipped in 16. Sanders added 14 rebounds and five steals while Smith had 11 rebounds. Glasscock had five steals. at Erwin Girls
Erwin 59, Hayden 44

The Hayden Lady Wildcats had blasted their way through the pre-area schedule. However, the 5A Area 11 opener was a different story.

Erwin, led by Alabama signee Khristian Lee, led throughout and pulled away late for a convincing victory.

Hayden (9-1, 0-1) got 19 points from Krista Stricklin and nine from Mallory Ray.

Lee and Briana Shepherd led Erwin (3-3, 1-0) with 18 points each. Boys Erwin 68, Hayden 34

The home-standing Eagles built a 21-2 lead after the first quarter and rolled to the easy victory.

Hayden (0-9, 0-1) got 10 points each from Skylar Powell and Troy Fines.

Erwin (4-2, 1-0) got a game-high 12 points from Cordarius Maxwell. Friday, Dec. 4 at Cleveland Girls
Cleveland 51, Falkville 38

Falkville came into the game 0-8 on the year but the Lady Blue Devils didn’t play the first quarter like a team still looking for its first win on the year.

Cleveland trailed 14-8 after one quarter but a 15-7 run in the second quarter put the home team up 23-21 at the half.

The Panthers then outscored the visitors 16-10 and 12-7 over the final 16 minutes for the win in the 2A Area 13 opener for Cleveland.

Falkville (0-9, 0-2) was led by Sydney Moore with 13 points.

Sissy Green led the Panthers (4-3, 1-0) with 16 points and seven rebounds while Jessi Holder had 13 points, five rebounds, and five steals. Rachel Taylor had a double double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Boys
Cleveland 71, Falkville 45

The host Panthers led 32-17 at the break and then buried the visiting Blue Devils 23-8 in the third quarter to coast to a win in the Area 13 opener.

Tyler Horton (12 points), Caleb Woodall (11), and Chas Cornelius (10) were the scoring leaders.

Cleveland (5-1, 1-0; ranked No. 7 in Class 2A) hit 17 of 19 free throws in the win. at Oneonta Girls
Oneonta 42, Susan Moore 41

Laura Short hit a six-foot shot from the right baseline just before the final buzzer to give the Lady Redskins the win in a game that went back-and-forth throughout the night.

Oneonta seized a 11-8 lead after the first quarter but Susan Moore led 21-19 at the half. Oneonta reclaimed a 34-29 lead after three quarters.

Hannah Holmes led Susan Moore (9-2) with 21 points and seven steals. Kaylie Bullard had seven points and Kaitlyn Williams chipped in six.

Destiny Elliott led Oneonta (3-5) with 19 points. Laura Short had nine points, Cassie Bowling had seven, and Dominique Sanders had six. Boys
Oneonta 57, Susan Moore 35

Oneonta raced out to a 26-11 halftime lead and never looked back in an easy 22-point win over the visiting Bulldogs.

Susan Moore (4-4) got nine points from John Evatt and eight points from Cody Alldredge.

Oneonta (5-0) got a tremendous effort from senior guard Trevor Sanders. He connected on 10 of 12 shots from the field and 7 of 9 from the free-throw line to finish with 27 points. He also collected 12 rebounds and seven steals. Cory Glasscock added nine points while Nolen Smith had eight points, five rebounds, five steals, and five blocked shots. at Springville Girls
Hayden 44, Springville 25

In a low-scoring contest, Hayden built leads of 10-7, 24-15, and 34-19 at the quarter breaks to pick up the area win.

Springville (2-3, 0-1) was led by Audrey House with 14 points.

Hayden (10-1, 1-1) got 18 points, four assists, and four steals from Krista Stricklin and 10 points, eight rebounds, and four assists from Mallory Ray. Tiffany Myrick had five points, six rebounds, and eight blocked shots. Boys
Springville 48, Hayden 15

Springville led 14-0 after the first quarter and 34-4 at the half.

Hayden got five points from Dalton Worley and three from Derek Brecht.

Springville (5-1, 1-0) got a gamehigh 13 points from Matt Margavio.

This week’s schedule: Thursday, Dec. 10 Cleveland at Oneonta (JG, JB) 5:30 p.m. Hayden at Locust Fork (JG, JB) 4 p.m. Appalachian at J.B. Pennington (JG, JB) 4 p.m. Susan Moore at Appalachian (BG, BB, VG, VB) 4 p.m. Hayden at Corner (BB) 4:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11 *Hayden at Mortimer Jordan (BG, BB, VG, VB) 4 p.m. *Addison at Cleveland (BB, VG, VB) 5 p.m. *Ashville at Locust Fork (BG, BB, VG, VB) 4 p.m. *Oneonta at St. Clair County (BB, VG, VB) 5 p.m. *Appalachian at Jefferson Christian (BG, BB, VG, VB) 4 p.m. *Good Hope at J.B. Pennington (BG, BB, VG, VB) 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12 Coaches vs Cancer Classic at Cleveland 11 a.m. – Alexandria vs Corner (VG) 12:30 p.m. – Alexandria vs Corner (VB) 2 p.m. – Locust Fork vs Cordova (VG) 3:30 p.m. – Locust Fork vs North Sand Mtn. (VB) 5 p.m. – Cold Springs vs North Sand Mtn. (VG) 6:30 p.m. – Cleveland vs Oneonta (VG) 8 p.m. – Cleveland vs Oneonta (VB) Monday, Dec. 14 Locust Fork at Cleveland (JB, JG) 4 p.m. Cleveland at Appalachian (BG, BB, VG, VB) 4 p.m. J.B. Pennington at Locust Fork (BG, BB, VG, VB) 4 p.m. Appalachian at Oneonta (JG, JB) 4 p.m. Susan Moore at J.B. Pennington (JG, JB) 4 p.m. Southeastern at Hayden (JG, JB) 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15 Corner at Hayden (JG, JB) 4:30 p.m. *Cold Springs at Cleveland (BG, BB, VG, VB) 4 p.m. Locust Fork at Susan Moore (JG, JB) 4 p.m. *Ashville at Oneonta (BG, BB, VG, VB) 4 p.m. Westminster at Appalachian (VB) 5 p.m. *Hanceville at J.B. Pennington (BG, BB, VG, VB) 4 p.m.