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MHS girls, CCHS boys advance to basketball tourney finals

Published 11:44pm Friday, January 18, 2013

Friday night’s boys varsity match-up pitted two teams that have struggled over the past month, the Chilton County Tigers and Thorsby Rebels, who have a combined 3-13 record over the past month.

The Rebels started their tournament run by knocking off Verbena in Round 1; meanwhile, the Tigers open their tournament run in hopes of putting an end to an eight-game losing streak.

The Tigers jumped out early on the Rebels and would never look back, going on to win 56-32.

A 22-6 end of the first-period score was not what the Rebels (8-9, 1-4) had in mind to start the game, but a Tigers (5-10, 0-5) defensive full-court press was more than the Rebels could handle resulting in multiple turnovers and easy points for the Tigers.

The second period ushered in more of the same for both teams as Braylen Parker and Racqueaz Cora led a hot offense for the Tigers, while the Tiger defense continued to make things difficult for Thorsby’s duo of Parker Bryan and Houston Daniel.

With a 34-11 lead to start the third period and Thorsby continuing to struggle from three-point range, the Tigers would play their starters sparingly and would cruise in the second half, wrapping up a 56-32 win that would end their losing streak and advance them to the finals.

Richard Price led all scorers for Chilton County with 16 points, three rebounds and two steals.

Cora added 14 points, five rebounds and three steals for the Tigers.

Bryan led the way for the Rebels with 10 points, five rebounds, a steal and a block. Daniel added 8 points for the Rebels.

The finals of the Chilton County Basketball Tournament will tip off Saturday with Jemison and Verbena in B-Team action at 4:30 p.m., to be directly followed by Chilton County and Maplesville in varsity girls action at 5:30 p.m.

Chilton County and Jemison will end the tournament with varsity boys action at 7 p.m.

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