Panthers teams defend home court against Thorsby

Published 2:03 pm Thursday, January 30, 2014

Jemison's Laura Vinzant and Thorsby's Marissa Jones battle for a loose ball during Monday's game.

Jemison’s Laura Vinzant and Thorsby’s Marissa Jones battle for a loose ball during Monday’s game.

By Brandon Sumrall | Special to the Advertiser

The Jemison Panthers were able to successfully defend their home court on Monday night with the varsity boys and girls both picking up wins against cross-town rival Thorsby.

Stifling defense and hot shooting allowed Jemison’s girls to pick up the win over the Rebels, 55-30.

A Panthers full-court press caused headaches for the Rebels in the first period, resulting in 12 turnovers.

Thorsby's Brock Higgins tries to get a shot over Jemison's Tremon Bryant.

Thorsby’s Brock Higgins tries to get a shot over Jemison’s Tremon Bryant.

With 14 points off those Rebel turnovers, the Panthers took an early 17-4 lead.

The tempo changed during the second period with defense becoming the new theme. India Satterfield and Laura Vinzant combined for nine points during the period, and the Panthers took a 26-12 lead to the halftime break.

The Rebels’ turnover woes returned in the third period, thanks in large part to the Panthers’ press defense.

Six from Satterfield and eight from Vinzant sparked the Panthers to a 49-25 lead heading to the final period of play.

The Rebels’ defense finally found a way to slow down the Panthers during the fourth period, but it was too little too late as the Panthers cruised to the win.

Vinzant led all scorers with 20 points to go along with three rebounds, eight steals and two blocks.

Satterfield added 16 points, 11 rebounds and seven steals.

Lillyanna Barnett led the Rebels with nine points, nine rebounds and one steal.

After a very competitive first period, a tough second period cost the Rebels boys team as the Panthers picked up a 62-45 win.

With a fast-paced tempo and hot shooting, both teams got off to a quick start in the first period.

Ten first-period points by the Rebels’ Darius Davis out-did six from John Underwood for the Panthers, but it would be Jemison that led after one, 20-16.

After a hot first period, the Rebels struggled in the second period with turnovers and shooting, going just 2-of-13 from the field.

With Randy Satterfield accounting for eight points, the Panthers started to pull away, outscoring the Rebels 18-4 in the period.

At the half, the Panthers led 38-20.

The Rebels rebounded in the second half and shot an improved 28 percent from the field, but with the Panthers shooting 38 percent in the third period, the Rebels were unable to chip into the Jemison lead.

Heading to the fourth period, the Panthers led 52-33.

A 50-percent shooting effort by the Rebels in the fourth period wasn’t enough for Thorsby to claw its way back in as the Panthers picked up the win.

ShunDerrius Strong led the way for the Panthers with 17 points, eight rebounds, two steals and a block.

Satterfield added 16 points, four rebounds, five steals and two blocks.

Davis led the Rebels with 19 points, four rebounds, seven steals and a block.