Slow start, fast finish for Jemison girls

Published 1:30 pm Wednesday, January 3, 2018

The Jemison Panthers received a clutch shooting performance from senior Karmen Mims, as they defeated Maplesville 32-25 in the first round of the 2018 Chilton County Basketball Tournament on Jan. 2.

Mims was the only player on either team to reach double figures scoring with a game-high 11 points, 10 of which came in the first half.

Although the majority of Mims’ scoring came in the first half, it helped the Panthers jump out to a 21-16 lead at halftime.

Mims took over the game in the second quarter, as she hit three-pointers on back-to-back trips down the court, including the first of which, where she was fouled and made the free throw to complete a rare four-point play.

Maplesville jumped on top 6-0 to start the game after Shaveon Dunlap stole the ball and hit a pull-up three-pointer from the right wing.

Jemison senior Karmen Mims releases a shot over Maplesville’s Sha’kea Mitchell. Mims finished with a game-high 11 points. (Photo by Brandon Sumrall/Special)

However, the game’s momentum began to shift to Jemison following a late surge that gave them a 7-6 lead after trailing much of the first quarter.

The Panthers went on quite the scoring run, as they scored the last seven points of the first quarter and the first seven to open the second quarter.

Suddenly Maplesville was on its heels and it was Jemison that had a firm control of the game.

Jemison was able to maintain its lead throughout the second half with the Red Devils cutting the deficit to three on a couple of occasions.

Helping preserve the victory for Jemison was Marlie Wood with eight points and Ashlee Hilyer with seven. Together the two combined for eight second half points.

Hilyer found success penetrating the lane, while Wood was a force to be reckoned with down low.

Tydasia Davis led Maplesville with eight points.

Jemison will square off against No. 1 seed Isabella in the semifinals on Jan. 4 at 6 p.m.