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CCHS wins third over Devils

Chilton County’s boys team on Thursday earned its third hard-fought win of the season over county basketball rival Maplesville.

CCHS won, 71-64, less than two weeks after defeating the Red Devils, 57-45, in the championship game of the Chilton County tournament.

Stretched out: Chilton County’s Grantland Karn, left, tries to shoot over Maplesville’s Matt Hamner during Thursday’s boys basketball game. Karn was fouled on the play, and Chilton County won, 71-64.

Chilton also defeated MHS, 63-36, on Jan. 6, but even that game was close as late as the third period.

The Tigers scored on their first seven possessions and took an early 18-6 lead on Thursday, but visiting Maplesville (9-11) hung around until a steal and layup by Cameron Morrow with 3:53 remaining in the second period gave the Devils their first lead, 28-27.

CCHS regained the lead, 35-34, by halftime but could only grow it by point by the end of the third period, leading 51-49.

The Tigers (10-11) led by as many as seven points late in the fourth thanks to an effective half-court trap defense spearheaded by guards Joe Looney and Nelson Williams.

Maplesville’s Anthony Johnson led all scorers with 23 points, and teammate Matt Hamner had 20 points.

The hosts also depended on a two-headed scoring output: Williams had a team-high 22 points, and Grantland Karn scored 21 points.