Top-ranked Redskins solid again



When the Alabama Sports Writers Association (ASWA) released their initial poll of the season last week, there were some big surprises. Not the least of which was the team at the top of the ranking in 4A boys – Oneonta.

The Redskins, under first-year head coach Brandon Crews, have raced out to an 8-0 record going into last night’s Area 9 opener with visiting Childersburg.

The Redskins were a solid team last year, finishing 15-16 and losing on the road to Holt in the sub-region round of the playoffs.

This year, the Redskins have played with more energy on both ends of the floor and the one-two, inside-outside scoring punch of Brody Moore and Jaden Kent have proven to be very hard to handle.

Elsewhere around the county, there’s a showdown brewing. This Friday night, at Susan Moore, Locust Fork will visit in a match-up of not just the two best teams in 3A Area 11 but perhaps the best two teams in the county and teams that might have the talent to make a run to Birmingham.

Locust Fork won the 3A title last year and Barbara Roy’s squad is off to a 3-0 start (Locust Fork traveled to J.B. Pennington last night) this year.

Susan Moore, under the direction of Natasha Smallwood, has rolled to a 6-0 record with no team coming within eight points of the Lady Bulldogs.

Locust Fork was ranked No. 6 last week while Susan Moore came in at No. 10. The first of up to four meetings between the two will be this Friday night…get there early.

Tuesday, Nov. 28
at Susan Moore
Oneonta 56, Susan Moore 40

The Bulldogs played the Redskins as tough as anyone in the first half and trailed just 25-18 at the half. Oneonta came to life in the second half, outscoring the hosts 31- 22 to ease to the victory.

Susan Moore (1-4) got 14 points from Isaac Adams and 13 from Jacob Kelly.

Oneonta (6-0) was led by Jaden Kent, who finished with a double-double of 24 points and 10 rebounds. Brody Moore had 18 points. Kent also had six steals.

at Cleveland
Locust Fork 47, Cleveland 42

The Lady Panthers gave the visitors all they could handle and then some.

Cleveland led at the quarter breaks – 13- 10, 21-20 and 33-29 – before the Lady Hornets put together at furious fourth-quarter rally, outscoring the hosts 18-9 to get the win.

Locust Fork (2-0) got a double-double of 16 points and 13 rebounds from Rachael Baker. Jayleigh Tawbush added 11 points. Carissa Horton was held to just nine points but also pulled down nine rebounds and collected six steals.

Thursday, Nov. 30
at Corner
Oneonta 48, Corner 46 OT

The Redskins jumped out to a big early lead and took a 27-17 lead to the half.

Corner fought their way back into the game in the third quarter and eventually forced overtime where Oneonta outscored the host Yellow Jackets 6-4 to get the win.

Corner (5-2) got 17 points from Jason Manning.

Oneonta (7-0) was led by Eric Moore with 11 points and Brody Moore with 10 points. Kent was held to just three points but pulled down nine rebounds and blocked eight shots.

at Locust Fork
Locust Fork 67, Southeastern 25

The Lady Hornets didn’t want to get off to the same start as they did at Cleveland and they came out firing, outscoring the Lady Mustangs 24-5 in the first quarter on their way to the victory.

Southeastern (2-3) got six points each from Kassandra Soto and Andrew Zamora.

Locust Fork (3-0) was led by Carissa Horton, who just missed a quadruple-double with 18 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists and nine steals. Jayleigh Tawbush had 12 points, seven rebounds and five assists while Kelsi Goodwin chipped in 10 points and four steals. Rachael Baker had nine points and Shelly Bailey had eight points, four rebounds and four steals. Hannah Armstrong finished with six points, five rebounds and four steals.

Friday, Dec. 1
at Oneonta
Oneonta 60, Sardis 34

The Redskins were in control from the start against the visiting Lions as the Oneonta defense limited the visitors’ offense to just 13 points in the second half.

Oneonta led 42-21 at the half and was never seriously threatened in an easy 26-point victory.

Sardis (2-5) got seven points each from Logan Gaskin and Parker Bright.

Oneonta (8-0) got a balanced scoring effort, led by Brody Moore and Jaden Kent with 15 points each. Jacob Green added eight points.

Saturday, Dec. 2
at Springville
Locust Fork 59, Springville 29

The visiting Lady Hornets followed a familiar script – a strong start – in the 30-point blowout of the 5A Lady Tigers.

Locust Fork led 19-5 and 30-11 at the first two quarter breaks to improve to 4-0 on the year.

Rachael Baker led Locust Fork with 16 points while Carissa Horton filled the stat sheet with 15 points, six assists, six steals and five rebounds. Jayleigh Tawbush chipped in 11 points.