Tigers devour area foe Stanhope Elmore

Published 3:53 pm Monday, January 29, 2018

By Brandon Sumrall | Special to the Advertiser
The Chilton County Tigers picked up a pair of big area wins on Jan. 25, as the girls came away with a 63-40 win over the Stanhope Elmore Mustangs and the varsity boys won 61-48.
In varsity girls action it was a three from Adi Argent that put the Tigers on the board, and a basket from Kiara Steele later tied the game at five.

The Tigers trailed 14-13 at the end of the first quarter.
Lexis Blackman sank a pair of free throws that put the Tigers up by one to start the second.

Argent single handedly led a 6-1 Tigers run that ended the first half with Chilton County leading 28-20.
Steele continued to pace the Tigers in the second half with a pair of early baskets that extended the Chilton County lead to 12, while a three by Holly McKinnon made it a 15-point game.

The Tigers took a 46-29 lead to the final period of play.
Argent led the Tigers with 20 points, 17 rebounds, six steals and a pair of blocks, while Steele added 18 points and 14 rebounds.

Chilton County’s Jasmine Martin battles for a rebound against Stanhope Elmore on Jan. 25. (Photo by Brandon Sumrall/Special)

“This was a very important game for us and it means a lot for us,” Argent said. “It is important to be able to play for four periods. We were able to feed off all the positive energy coming from players on the court along with the encouragement from the bench. When we play as a whole, we are a threat to teams.”
The Tiger girls ended area play in a tie with Selma High School for the top spot in the standings. The team that hosts the area tournament will come down to a coin flip that will be decided next week.
“I am proud of the way our team fought tonight,” said head varsity girls coach Clint Pitchford. “We had to play through a few injuries tonight but overall we are starting to click as a team on the court at the right time of the year. We have put ourselves in a good position and all of the goals we want to accomplish this season are in front of us.”

The boys picked up right where the girls left off, as the action would be hot and heavy right from the opening tip.

Both teams traded buckets in the first half and CCHS trailed 24-23 at halftime.
It was the third period of the matchup proved to be the difference in the game, as a three from Patrick Rogers along with a basket from D’Vontae Williams gave Chilton a four-point lead while starting a 16-0 run for the Tigers.

D’Vontae Williams of CCHS drives to the basket. (Photo by Brandon Sumrall/Special)

With Chilton County outscoring Stanhope 16-4 during the period, the Tigers took a 39-28 lead into the final period.
The Tigers lead grew to 15 during the closing minutes, as CCHS locked down the victory.
Rogers led the Tigers with 23 points, seven rebounds, two steals and three blocks.

Mondez Jones added 14 points and 16 rebounds for Chilton County.