CCHS alumni basketball game tips things off

Published 10:22 am Tuesday, November 14, 2017

By Brandon Sumrall | Special to the Advertiser
The 2017-2018 basketball season tips off Tuesday against Shelby County, Chilton County faces four road games to start the season.

CCHS showcased this year’s talent in the first annual Chilton County Tiger Basketball Tip-off Showcase.

The varsity girls got the night started with a blue versus orange game as starters from last year’s team squared off against one another.

Despite a 10-point win for the blue led by Lexis Blackman and Adi Argent, it was all about building confidence and experience for first year head coach Clint Pitchford.

“We have had four practices, and anytime you practice real short handed, you’re kind of limited on what you can do,” Pitchford said.” We haven’t put in a whole lot offensively, but our motto is to get better every game. I told the girls no matter how we play we know that the next week coming we are going to play better. I have a lot of girls with a lot of talent, but I also have a division between experience and youth. So getting the older girls to help out with the younger girls and getting the younger girls to learn the system and everything that we want to do is what is most important.”

With the girls’ scrimmage finished, graduates from CCHS took to the court in an alumni game with graduates from the school as far back as 1990.

With multiple past Tiger stars suiting up and proved to still have what it takes on the hardwood.

A close battle between the two teams fell the way of the blue squad led by 2014 graduate Braylen Parker.

Shortly after, the varsity boys split up with starters from last year’s team going head to head against one another.

Few breakaway points by either squad forced both teams into taking jump shots that found the mark time and time again on both ends of the court.

It was the consistent shooting by both teams that was the highlight for head coach Deon Timmons.

“I think the consistency of play at the guard position and with our big guys and our senior leadership coming along well. Mondez Jones, ReShaun Davis, Kory Albert and Tyler Williams will be the guys to give us that leadership that we need,” said Timmons. “I think those guys understand the style of play that we want to do and we will stay close in some ball games.”

The Tigers open the season against Shelby County on Tuesday and things will not get any easier for CCHS, as a road game awaits on Nov. 16 against cross-county foe Jemison.

“We are excited, Shelby County and I, we are kind of similar in that we are always trading back and forth in who wins and who loses,” said Timmons. “Then we go up the road to our cross-town rival that we love playing because its sort of brother against brother and sister against sister.”