Maplesville varsity boys pick up win against Billingsley
Published 6:14 pm Saturday, January 22, 2022
By Brandon Sumrall / Special to the Advertiser
A Jan. 21 hardwoods matchup between area teams resulted in a draw as the Maplesville Red Devils took to the road to take on the Billingsley Bears with the Lady Red Devils falling to the Bears 38-32 while the Maplesville varsity boys picked up a 49-46.
A three from Breanna Culter along with a basket from Lisa Smedley gave the Bears an early lead to start varsity girls action, but a pair of baskets from Jaden McGee and Takeira Bailey quickly cut the Billingsley lead to one. Kamylia Talley gave Maplesville their first lead of the game while a basket from Jeniah Stabler made it a 8-5 Red Devil lead after one.
Bailey and Avery Jones extended the lead to seven early in the second.
But with a three from Caydin Green along with a basket from Tamoria Jackson for Billingsley, the Bears had cut the lead to two at the half for 14-12.
Another three from Jones early in the third pushed the Red Devils out by five with another basket from Stabler would make it a seven-point lead. A three from Cutler cut the lead to four while another from Smedley made it a two-point game. With just seconds remaining in the third, a three from Smedley would make it a 24-all game as action moved to the fourth and final period.
A basket from Amber Johnson early in the fourth gave the Bears their first lead since early in the game while a pair of free throws from Tamoria Jackson pushed Billingsley out in front by three. Baskets from Jaden McGee and Bailey turned the lead in favor of the Red Devils while a pair of free throws from Smedley made it a 30-all game. The game progressed to a 32- all tie before a 6-0 run by the Bears sealed a 38-32 victory by Billingsley.
Cutler led the Bears with 14 points, five rebounds and nine steals while Bailey led the Red Devils with 11 points, 13 rebounds, two steals and two blocks.
Varsity boys action got underway with a pair of baskets from Jakavion Jackson and Adolphus Harris Jr. to give Maplesville a four-point lead. A pair of baskets from Matthew Shanholtzer for Billingsley would tie the game at four but it would be a late basket from Colby Green that would give the Bears a 9-6 lead after one period of play.
A Demetrius Sneed basket to start the third gave the Bears a four-point lead while a basket from Eli Manning would make it a six-point game. A basket from Jackson cut the lead to four while also starting a 9-0 Maplesville run that put the Red Devils out in front by three. A basket from Shanholtzer cut the lead to one while kick-starting a Billingsley run of seven to give the Bears a four-point lead. With the addition of a late basket from Jackson, the Bears went to the locker room with a 21-19 lead.
A three from Manning to start the second made it a five-point Billingsley lead while a basket later from Adolphus Harris started a 9-0 Maplesville run that put the Red Devils out in front by six. Back-to-back threes from Johnathon Wilson and Colby Green cut the Maplesville lead to one late in the third as the Red Devils took a 37-36 lead to the final period of play.
A three from Green to start the fourth gave Billingsley a one-point lead and would begin a one-point, back-and-forth battle late into the final period of play. A pair of baskets from Blackmon put Maplesville up five with 2:37 to play, while Manning would cut the lead to three. Another basket from Manning with 1:08 to play cut the lead to one but a pair of free throws by Wilson with just 13 seconds remaining brought the game to its final score of 49-46.
Blackmon led the Red Devils with 15 points, 8 rebounds, three steals, while Green led the Bears with 14 points and five rebounds.