Panthers come up short on the road at Calera

Published 9:18 am Thursday, January 23, 2014

In the pantheon of fast-paced, high-energy, back-and-forth battles between intra-area adversaries, the Jan. 21 matchup of Jemison and Calera delivered an Academy Award-caliber performance.

A turning point came in the fourth quarter on a play served with gusto courtesy of Calera’s Tyler Harrell.

Randy Satterfield (left) led Jemison with 18 points at Calera on Tuesday.

Randy Satterfield (left) led Jemison with 18 points at Calera on Tuesday.

Harrell snagged a steal near half court, took the ball the remainder of the way and hammered home a dunk that put the Eagles up 51-50.

The home team never relinquished the lead on its way to a 62-58 win against its Class 4A, Area 7 foe in varsity boys basketball.

From the opening tipoff to the final buzzer, both teams played with fierce determination, and that dual aggression helped translate to a more-than-moderate amount of lead changes and an overall fair share of flair.

After four lead changes and with the game tied 12-all, Keddrick Thomas sank a basket at the buzzer to put Calera on top heading into the second quarter.

Jemison then replicated that when the Panthers scored as time expired in the half to take a 29-27 advantage into intermission.

Randy Satterfield paced Jemision with 19 points, Cody Thompson tallied 14, followed by B.J. Kornegay with eight.