Tigers build big lead, hang on

Published 10:52 pm Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Jemison on Tuesday cut rival Chilton County’s lead from 24 to seven points in the fourth quarter, but the Panthers never seriously threatened in a 73-67 loss.

The CCHS boys basketball team attacked the offensive glass and used half-court pressure, in the first quarter, and full-court pressure, in the second, to build a 41-30 halftime advantage.

The lead grew to 19, at 59-38, when senior guard Taylor Hughes drained a wide open 3-pointer with 2:19 remaining in the third quarter.

The Tigers (3-2) led by as much as 24 points in the fourth quarter before Jemison (1-3) used its own full-court press to speed up the tempo and cut the lead.

Jemison’s Javae Swindle scored seven of his 12 points in the final period in an effort to close the gap, and Cornelius Strong scored eight of his 12 in the frame.

Jemison’s Scottie Hall led all scorers with 20 points. He also pulled down 17 rebounds, 10 of which were the offensive variety.

CCHS’s Grantland Karn had a team-high 17 points.

Josh Williams scored 13 points, and Darnell Spear had 11 points, seven assists and three steals.