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Eagles’ fast start sinks JHS girls

Published 9:14am Thursday, January 23, 2014

By Trey Hickman | For the Shelby County Reporter

The Calera varsity girls basketball team blazed to a big lead in the opening period and went on to blast Jemison 56-30 on Jan. 21 to stay undefeated in Class 4A Area 7.

Kalen Starks and Breonna Caldwell combined for all but one of the Eagles’ 20 first-quarter points.

Starks pumped in 10 of her game-high 15 while Caldwell contributed eight as Calera built a 15-point advantage heading into the second period.

 

Top scorer: Jemison’s Laura Vinzant scored a team-high 14 points in a 56-30 loss.
Top scorer: Jemison’s Laura Vinzant scored a team-high 14 points in a 56-30 loss.

The Eagles continued to have their way with visiting Jemison despite the effort of Laura Vinzant, who powered the Panthers’ offense with 14 points.

Calera was once again without forward A’kia Harris, who was sidelined for the 10th straight game with a strained left MCL. However, the Eagles have reeled off a 9-1 record in her absence, with their lone loss coming at the hands of No. 1-ranked and defending Class 4A state champion Oneonta.

Against Jemison, Starks paired six rebounds and three steals with her 15 points, while Caldwell recorded 12 points. Keyanna Gayden had six points and six rebounds as Tae’ McCowan contributed six points of her own in the win.

For the Panthers (9-10, 1-4), Vinzant registered her 14 points as Jessica Paschal had six.

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