Red Devils battle on hardwood

Published 4:54 pm Wednesday, January 25, 2017

By Brandon Sumrall | Special to the Advertiser


A battle of the Red Devils saw both schools come away with a win on Monday night, as the Lady Red Devils of Verbena picked up a 41-27 win, while it was the Red Devils of Maplesville that won in varsity boys action, 64-46.

Both teams found a slow go of it in the first half, as a free throw from Sha’Kea Mitchell was the game’s first points.

Candice Williams swung the lead in favor of Verbena by one, but two more free throws from Tydasia Davis gave Maplesville a 3-2 lead.

Janiya White sank a pair of baskets for Verbena to give the home-standing Verbena Red Devils a 7-3 lead after one.

Davis cut the Verbena lead to two as the second period got underway, but a basket from Makaylie Kelley again made the Verbena lead four.

Both teams picked up just one more basket during the first half, as Verbena took a 11-7 lead to the halftime break.

A couple of early baskets by both teams to start the third helped give way to a five-point swing in favor of Verbena on a basket from White and a three from Makayla Mims.

With the Verbena lead standing at seven, a basket from Megan Weaver and Mitchell cut the lead to three, but a basket from Williams sent Verbena to the fourth with a five-point, 22-17 lead.
Sporting a 25-19 lead early in the final period, a basket from White started a 9-0 Verbena run that finally ended on a basket from Weaver.

Jamia Moore sank a three for Maplesville to cut the lead to 12, but that was as close as the visiting Red Devils would get, as Verbena escaped with the win.
White led Verbena with 23 points, 12 rebounds and three steals.
Weaver led Maplesville with 10 points, 17 rebounds and two steals.
In boys action, Anthony Miller and Jeremy Williams started both teams out by knocking down threes in the early minutes of the game, as an eight-all tie was the results through the mid point of the first period.

A basket by Grayson Bice and Nathanial Watson gave Maplesville a four-point lead, but baskets from Tristan Short and Juwan Tyus saw Verbena end the first with a 19-15 lead.
A three from Williams pulled Maplesville to within one, but back-to-back baskets from Tyus pushed Verbena back out in front by five.

A pair of baskets from Nathaniel Watson made it a one-point game and with a basket from Latravious Mixon, Maplesville took a 31-30 lead to the half.
Just 14 seconds in to the third period, a basket from Bice kick started a 6-0 Maplesville run to make the score 37-30.

Baskets from Dawson Rohrbough and Miller cut the Maplesville lead to three at the end of three periods of play. Visiting Verbena held a slim 43-40 lead.

Tyus started the final period off with a free throw to cut the lead to two, but a basket from Terence Dunlap started a 9-0 Maplesville run to make the score 52-41.

Tyus was able to break the Maplesville run with a two-point basket, but a basket from Watson started another 15-2 run that brought the game to its closure.
Watson led Maplesville with 25 points, 13 rebounds and three steals, while Tyus led Verbena with 19 points and 10 rebounds.