Jemison and CCHS meet again

Published 4:00 pm Monday, December 12, 2016

By Brandon Sumrall | Special to the Advertiser

The Chilton County Tigers played host on Friday night to cross town rival Jemison and came away with a series split, as the CCHS girls team picked up a 39-23 win, while the varsity boys fell to the Panthers 55-47.
Cassani Steele put the Panthers on the board first, but was immediately answered by a basket from Kaley Lucas. Baskets from Adison Argent and a free throw from Malika Lykes would give the Tigers a one-point lead but baskets from Karmen Mims and Maria Flores ended the first with the game tied at seven.
A basket from Argent and Blackman along with a couple of Tiger free throws would be all the points scored in the second period as Chilton took a 13-7 lead to the halftime break.
Cassani Steel and Elizabeth Autrey would add a pair of quick baskets to start the third for Jemison that drew the Panthers to within two. A pair of Chilton free throws and three pointer from Argent pushed the Tigers back out in front by five and an old fashioned three-point play by Jasmine Martin made the Chilton lead 20-12 midway through the period. Catherine Staffney sank a three to make the Chilton lead ten, but a two point basket from Kiara Steele kicked off a 7-0 run by the Panthers that cut the Tiger lead to three.

Chilton County’s Jasmine Martin (No. 2) and Malika Lykes (No. 34) battle Jemison's Cassani Steele (No. 00) for a rebound. (Photos by Brandon Sumrall/Special)

Chilton County’s Jasmine Martin (No. 2) and Malika Lykes (No. 34) battle Jemison’s Cassani Steele (No. 00) for a rebound. (Photos by Brandon Sumrall/Special)

A pair of baskets from Martin and Lykes gave the Tigers a seven-point 26-19 lead as the game moved into the fourth period.
Three points by the Tigers was all the points scored through the first four minutes of the final period before a basket from Brittney Davis started a 6-0 Tiger run to give Chilton a 35-21 lead.

Cassani Steele sank a basket for the Panthers to put an end to the Tiger run, but baskets from Davis and Argent further sealed the game for Chilton County, as the Tigers won 39-23.
Argent led the Tigers with 13 points, four rebounds and six steals, while Martin added 10 points and 13 rebounds for Chilton County.
Cassani Steele led the Panthers with seven points and 14 rebounds.
The Panthers looked for revenge and were the first to get on the board in varsity boys action, as a basket from Will Johns was the first points of the game, but a three from Garrett Strength started a 7-0 Chilton County run to give the Tigers an early lead.

With the Panthers within three of the Tigers, another Strength three pointer extended the lead back to six and with a basket by Damian Wilson, Chilton County took an eight-point lead.

A three from Ty Leachman and baskets from Eric Evans and Ryan Thompson would cut the Chilton lead to one at the end of the first, 14-13.
The second period started the same way the game started, with a three by Strength. Leachman answered with a basket for the Panthers that would start a 6-0 run that would tie the game and

A pair of free throws from Leachman put the Panthers out in front but a quick basket from Mondez Jones would again tie the game at 21. With 38 seconds left in the first half, a basket from Thompson would give the Panthers a two point 23-21 lead and sent the game to the halftime break.

Jones knotted the game at 23 seconds into the second half, but Thompson would again give the Panthers a two-point lead. Another Strength 3-pointer put the Tigers out in front by one, while
a basket from Martin and a three from Davis made the Chilton County lead six, 31-25.

With the Panthers out scoring the Tigers 6-2 in the final seconds of the third period, CCHS maintained a slim 33-31 lead as action moved to the final period.

Jemison’s Ryan Thompson splits CCHS defenders on his way to the rim.

Jemison’s Ryan Thompson splits CCHS defenders on his way to the rim.

The Panthers turned to their perimeter game as the fourth period started and Wes McGehee did not disappoint as the Jemison Senior drilled three consecutive 3-pointers to propel the Panthers to
a seven-point lead.

The lead would not hold however as a Donte Davis basket would start a 7-0 run that would see Davis give the Tigers the lead once again with a 3-point basket.

A follow up basket and 3-pointer from Johns gave the Panthers the lead for good with just 1:11 to play. The Tigers pulled to within one with 31 seconds to go, but with the Panthers knocking down shots from the charity stripe, Jemison held on to pick up a 55-47 win.
Johns led the Panthers with 16 points, three rebounds and a steal.
Strength led the Tigers with 12 points, three rebounds and three steals.