Tigers push past Prattville in 4th

Published 10:31 pm Monday, December 22, 2008

Usually relying on its full-court pressure defense to create turnovers and easy baskets, it was instead Chilton County High’s half-court defense that Prattville couldn’t solve on Monday, and the Tigers (6-2) won, 73-59.

The visiting Lions (4-5) routinely broke CCHS’s press in the first half and trailed 33-30 at intermission, but the change in defensive approach in the second half allowed the hosts to extend their lead to as many as 11 points.

But Prattville cut the deficit to three on several occassions, and Chilton didn’t make the result obvious until Nelson Williams broke Prattville’s press and found Taylor Hughes on a nifty no-look pass for a score and a 53-66 lead with just more than two minutes remaining in the game.

Steven Jones set the play up when he blocked Prattville’s Justin Thomas from behind on the previous possession, recovered the ball in the corner and called a timeout before being forced into a turnover.

Hughes, Kaland Farrow and Kenyon Floyd paced the CCHS attack with 18, 14 and 13 points, respectively.

Prattville girls 66, Chilton Co. 23

Prattville opened the game on an 11-2 run and never looked back to improve to 11-2 on the year.

The Tigers (2-6) hung around through one quarter as Bevin Hawkins drove to her right and sank a 10-foot jump shot to make it 13-6 at the end of the frame.

Vernice Trimble led the hosts with six points, while Prattville’s Tiffany Wright scored a game-high 16 points.

– Stephen Dawkins can be reached at stephen.dawkins@clantonadvertiser.com