Panthers varsity, JV boys win over Montevallo

Published 10:26 pm Friday, December 14, 2012

By Brandon Sumrall | Special to the Advertiser

The Jemison Panthers ended a three-game home stand Thursday night against the visiting Montevallo Bulldogs.

An undefeated Jemison junior varsity boys basketball team tipped off the night’s action with a 43-35 win over the Bulldogs while moving to a perfect 7-0 on the season thus far.

Block party: Jemison’s Cade Hatch (15) blocks a Montevallo shot attempt during Thursday’s game at Alton Cobb Gymnasium.

The Panthers’ varsity girls team (4-5) took to the court next looking to rebound from a tough loss on Tuesday night against Calera.

The smothering defense of Montevallo forced turnovers by the Panthers, and in the end it was too much for the Panthers to overcome in a 50-26 loss.

Both teams started out slow in the first period, managing only 10 combined points, but the Bulldogs (5-3) took an early 7-4 lead.

The Bulldogs turned up the heat on the Panthers in the second period and doubled up on the Panthers 26-13 at the half.

A strong full-court press by the Bulldogs continued to force turnovers by the Panthers in the second half, and the Bulldogs would cruise to the victory.

Kiah Smith led all scorers with 14 points and Mayh Farrington added 12 for the Bulldogs. The Panthers were led by Laura Vinzant with 12 points and

India Satterfield with six.

To round out the evening, the Jemison varsity boys (7-3) put their three-game winning streak on the line and won, 55-47.

Morgan Lucas makes a pass during the girls game.

Jemison looked to play a slow-tempo, ball control type game in the first period and came away with an 8-5 first-period lead.

Tough defense and solid shooting in the second period by Montevallo (3-5) allowed them to draw even with the Panthers and eventually would give the

Bulldogs a halftime lead, 17-16.

The Panthers came out in the third period shooting well and playing stingy defense and began to pull away from the Bulldogs, taking a 38-29 lead at the end of the third.

Solid three-point shooting kept the Panthers out in front of the Bulldogs as the fourth quarter wound down and the Panthers picked up their fourth win in a row.

B.J. Anderson of Montevallo led all scorers with 17 points, while the Panthers had three players in double digits: B.J. Kornegay with 12 points, Cade Hatch with 11 and Jacob Hatch with 10.

Cade Hatch led JHS with seven rebounds and three blocks, Jacob Hatch had four rebounds and Kortlin Zeigler added six rebounds.