CCHS honors seniors, beats rival

Published 4:04 pm Monday, February 5, 2018

By Brandon Sumrall | Special to the Advertiser
Senior night was made twice as nice, as the Chilton County varsity boys and girls each came away with wins over rival Jemison.

The CCHS boys picked up a 66-50 win, while the girls won 57-23.

Chilton County’s Lexis Blackman wasted little time putting the Tigers on the board with an opening three-pointer that sparked a 12-0 run by the home team.

A three from the Panthers put an end to the Chilton County run, but the Tigers closed out the first period with a 16-3 lead.

With the Tigers in the middle of an 8-1 run, the highlight of the night came from Chilton County junior point guard Adi Argent, who laid in a breakaway basket for 1,000 points in her varsity career.

“This game tonight was special for our seniors, as this was a night to honor them and all their talents and accomplishments,” Argent said. “Little did I know that it would be a memorable night for myself. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for myself and my team.”

Adi Argent of CCHS hit the 1,000-point mark in her career against Jemison on Feb. 2. (Photo by Brandon Sumrall/Special)

The basket by Argent extended the Tigers’ lead to 20 and aided in Chilton County taking a 35-13 lead to the halftime break.

Brooke Smith and Ashlee Hilyer picked things up for the Panthers to start the second half with a pair of baskets, but CCHS continued to grow the margin and took a 48-20 lead to the final period.

Blackman led the Tigers with 16 points, six rebounds and three steals, while Hilyer led the Panthers with 10 points and three rebounds.

In boys action both schools answered shots to start before a 9-2 Chilton County run gave the Tigers a 19-10 lead at the end of the first period.

The second period began with a three-point shooting clinic put on by Jemison’s Ty Leachman, who drained three consecutive three-pointers to make it a 21-all tie.

However, Jemison’s run ended on a basket by Reshaun Davis and started a CCHS run of its own.

A pair of late baskets by Mondez Jones and Davis helped the Tigers end the first half with a 32-23 lead.

Mondez Jones dunks a basketball during play against Jemison. (Photo by Brandon Sumrall/Special)

Leachman again stepped up for Jemison to start the second half and drained a pair of baskets to lead the Panthers to within five of the Tigers.

Chilton County answered with a three from D’Vontae Williams and a three-point play by Shi Keem Laister to open the lead back to double digits.

Baskets from senior Ryan Thompson cut the Tiger lead to single digits yet again with 3:39 to play, but that was the closest the Panthers got, as Chilton County pulled away down the stretch.

Patrick Rogers led the Tigers with 21 points, four rebounds and two steals.

Leachman led the Panthers with 20 points, eight rebounds and two steals.