Above the crowd: Jemison’s John Underwood rises above the Maplesville defense to get off a shot during Thursday’s Chilton County Basketball Tournament semifinal game. The Panthers won, as did their junior varsity counterparts. Chilton County High School’s girls team, however, spoiled Jemison’s hope to have all three of its team claim county championships.
Above the crowd: Jemison’s John Underwood rises above the Maplesville defense to get off a shot during Thursday’s Chilton County Basketball Tournament semifinal game. The Panthers won, as did their junior varsity counterparts. Chilton County High School’s girls team, however, spoiled Jemison’s hope to have all three of its teams claim county championships.

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Jemison’s plan for trifecta ruined by Chilton County’s girls

Published 4:58pm Friday, January 10, 2014

All three of Jemison’s teams entered this year’s Chilton County Basketball Tournament as No. 1 seeds.

And with the tournament being played at Jemison’s Alton Cobb Gymnasium, there figured to be a good chance of all three groups of Panthers earning their respective county championships.

That goal is still attainable for two of three teams, as Jemison’s junior varsity boys and varsity boys won on Thursday, but the JHS girls fell to Chilton County High School.

The CCHS girls won, 44-40, even after trailing at halftime, 24-16.

Chilton’s Keona DeJarnett gave the Tigers an early spark as took the inbounds pass with 5 seconds remaining in the first period, drove down the floor, stopped at the top of the key and nailed a 3-point shot to pull her team to within one point of the lead at 10-9.

Jemison’s Jessica Paschal extended the lead to 15-11 with a 3-pointer minutes into the second period.

DeJarnett scored 10 of her 16 points in the fourth period, and Gabriel Kelley chipped in six points in the final period as CCHS completed the comeback win.

Kelley finished with 16 points.

Jemison’s Cassani Steele posted a game-high 20 points, and teammate Laura Vinzant had 11 points.

Chilton County (No. 4 seed) advances to the tournament finals against the winner of Friday’s game between Thorsby (2) and Isabella (3).

Check ClantonAdvertiser.com for results of Friday’s game, and see Tuesday’s newspaper for complete coverage from the tournament’s final two rounds.

Jemison’s Cassani Steele (right) scored a game-high 20 points in the girls contest despite the defense of Chilton County’s Keona DeJarnett.
Jemison’s Cassani Steele (right) scored a game-high 20 points in the girls contest despite the defense of Chilton County’s Keona DeJarnett.

Jemison’s boys team defeated Maplesville (5) in the final game Thursday night, 66-50.

The Panthers outscored the Red Devils 22-11 in the first period and never looked back.

Randy Satterfield paced JHS with a team-high 16 points, including 13 points in the second and third periods combined as the Panthers iced away the win.

Julian Lucas, Kortlin Zeigler and Cody Thompson each scored 10 points for Jemison.

The Panthers will play the winner of Friday’s game between Chilton County (2) and Thorsby (3) in the championship game at 6 p.m. Saturday.

Maplesville’s Terance Dunlap scored a game-high 18 points, and Anthony Moore wasn’t far behind with 17 points.

Verbena’s Triston Short (left) gets off a shot against Jemison in Thursday’s junior varsity game.
Verbena’s Triston Short (left) gets off a shot against Jemison in Thursday’s junior varsity game.

In the junior varsity game, Jemison held Verbena to only two points in the third period to take a 35-21 lead.

The Panthers pulled away for a 39-31 win behind Kevin Nunn’s 10 points.

Malachi Washington had 10 points for Verbena.

Jemison’s JV team will play the winner of Friday’s game between Thorsby (2) and Chilton County (3) at 3 p.m. Saturday for the county championship.

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