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CCHS boys basketball team wins against Pelham

By BRANDON SUMRALL/ Special to the Advertiser

An area rematch between the Chilton County Tigers and Pelham Panthers on Jan. 22 ended in a draw as the Lady Tigers would fall for the second time to the visiting Panthers 58-54 while the Tigers varsity boys would split the season’s meetings with Pelham after picking up a big 72-57 victory.

With first place in the area on the line, varsity girls action was a closely contested affair from the get go. A three from Laci Gogan along with a basket from Myriah Tate put Pelham up by five early on but a free throw from Tyonna Booker, a basket from Iasia Anderson along with a three from Tyeshia Williams propelled a 6-0 Chilton run that would put the Tigers up 6-5. The one-point Tiger lead would hold through the 1:14 mark of the period where a basket from Gabrielle Harris would make it a three-point game while a quick basket from Gogan made it a 14-13 Chilton lead after one period of play.

With the score tied at 17 early in the second, a three from Gogan would put the Panthers on top by three, but the Tigers would later answer as a three from Kelsey Cleckler swung the lead back in favor of Chilton by one. Katlyn Hollingsworth and Myriah Tate put Pelham up by five. Another three by Cleckler would make it a two point game but with a pair of free throws and another basket by Gogan, the Panthers would take a 32-25 lead to the halftime break.

Victoria West would make it a nine-point game to start the second half while a free throw from Savannah Scarbrough put Pelham out in front by 10. Iasia Anderson added a three for the Tigers to cut the lead to seven and with a three from Williams with 0:41 to play in the third, action would move to the final period of play with the Lady Tigers trailing 48-43.

Anderson started the fourth period by making it a three-point game but would quickly be answered by a basket from Myriah Tate that again put Pelham up five. The five-point Panther lead would remain intact through the 2:03 mark of the period where another three from Harris cut the lead to two. Chilton remained down two until 0:11 point of the period where a pair of free throws from Tate would make it a four-point game as the Panthers escaped with their second victory of the season over the Lady Tigers, 58-54.

Gogan put up 20 points for Pelham while Tate added 18. Anderson led the Tigers with 16 points with Harris adding 12.

Varsity boys action for the night mirrored the varsity girls action as a back and forth battle would ensue during the early moments. Neither team would muster more than a two-point lead until the 2:50 mark of the period where a three from Evan Pate would put Pelham up three. Chilton answered quickly however as a basket from Jakeveon Bolding and a three from Jakobe Worthy made it a two point, 16-14, Tigers lead after one period of play.

Kendall Maddox added an early basket for Pelham to start the second to make it a two point game, but a basket from Latavion Floyd kick started a 8-0 Tigers run that would finally end on a basket from Kamari Harris. With 0:30 remaining in the first half, a basket from Jamon DeJarnett sent the game to the halftime break with Chilton leading 30-20.

A three from BJ Davis early in the third extended the Tiger lead to 13, while another three from DeJarnett and a pair of free throws later by Davis made it a 16-point game. Maddox and Brayden Marlowe combined for Pelham to cut the lead to 10 midway through the period, while another pair of threes by Davis and DeJarnett again put the Tigers out in front by 16. With the addition of five more from Davis along with a three from Leighton Coppedge, the Tigers would take a commanding 56-35 lead to the final period of play.

Maddox and William Lankford combined to cut the Tiger lead to 16 to start the fourth, while a basket from Gabe Trentman put Chilton back out in front by 16. Lankford and Maddox would add baskets for Pelham to make it a 12-point game while Trentman and Bolding would combine to again make it a 16 point Chilton lead. With the addition of late baskets by DeJarnett and Jake McKinnon, the Tigers sealed a 72-57 victory over the Panthers.

Chilton finished  the night with four players posting double digit points as Davis would lead the Tigers with 20 with Bolding posting 15, while DeJarnett would add 12 and another 10 from Worthy.

Maddox would lead all scorers with 23 points and 10 rebounds.