Maplesville boys, CCHS girls earn first area wins of season

Published 12:10 pm Tuesday, January 17, 2023

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By Carey Reeder | Staff Writer

Inclement weather put a damper on the basketball action in Chilton County on Jan. 12, but there was plenty of other action going on around the county throughout the week. Area play has arrived, and some Chilton County high schools are hitting their strides at the right time while some are still looking for the right ingredients to make a late-season push.

Chilton County High School’s varsity girls team won both of its games during the week of Jan. 10-16 starting with a 39-21 win over Montgomery Academy on Jan. 10. Trinity Pulliam led the Tigers with 18 points, 19 rebounds and seven blocks and anchored a stifling CCHS defense.

The Tigers picked up where they left off against Montgomery Academy on Jan. 13 against Benjamin Russell sprinting to a 57-39 win in the Tigers first AHSAA Class 6A Area 5 matchup of the season. Iasia Anderson had 25 points, 13 rebounds, nine steals and eight assists in the win for CCHS. CCHS sits 1-0 in Area 5 play.

“We played really hard from the jump (against Benjamin Russell),” CCHS coach Rickey Pulliam said. “When it comes to these big teams, our goal is to wear them down, and I think the girls executed the game plan well.”

The CCHS varsity boy’s team did not fare as well in their two games last week. The Tigers fell to Montgomery Academy on Jan. 10 65-63 and Latavion Floyd had 20 points and 17 rebounds. The first Area 5 game of the season against Benjamin Russell saw CCHS fall 77-61. Jakobe Worthy led the way for the Tigers with 19 points and three assists. CCHS is 0-1 in Area 5 play.

Maplesville High School got its AHSAA Class 1A Area 7 schedule underway last week with two games between Jan. 10-16. The Red Devils lost its area opener to Notasulga High School 66-21 on Jan. 10. Johnathon Wilson had eight points and four rebounds to lead Maplesville.

On Jan. 13, Maplesville got its first area win of the season with a 53-37 win over Verbena High School in an in-county clash. Aidan Abbott had 17 points and Jakavion Jackson had 10 points to help Maplesville to its first area win of the season and a 1-0 record in area play.

The clash with Maplesville was Verbena’s only game last week after its Jan. 12 matchup with Billingsley High School was moved to Jan. 31. Verbena is still looking for its first win of the 2022-2023 season.

Maplesville’s varsity girl’s team got its first Area 7 win of the season taking down Verbena 29-26 on Jan. 13.

Billingsley’s basketball teams did not have any games between Jan. 10-16 after the Verbena game was moved and is in action next on Jan. 18 traveling to Loachapoka High School.

Isabella High School started its AHSAA Class 2A Area 7 schedule on Jan. 10 taking on Central of Coosa County High School. The varsity boys team fell 87-40 while the varsity girls team won 49-26.

The Mustangs faced B.B. Comer High School on Jan. 13 for their second Area 7 games of the season. The varsity boys team lost 72-30, and the varsity girls team lost 48-45 in a razor close game.

“We led the whole game until the last 13 seconds, but we made some mistakes in the last minute that cost us,” Isabella varsity girl’s coach Jared Day said. “They make those mistakes, but they do learn from them quickly and they bounce right back. We have a few more weeks to be playing our best.”

Isabella’s varsity boy’s team is 0-2 in Area 7 play and the varsity girls team is 1-1.

In northern Chilton County, Thorsby met the same outcome against B.B. Comer in its Area 7 opener on Jan. 10. The Rebels varsity boys team fell 78-55 while the varsity girls team lost 46-16. Thorsby’s bad luck last week continued on Jan. 13 traveling to Fayetteville High School where the varsity girls team lost 48-32. The varsity boys team fell 80-44 to drop both teams at Thorsby to 0-2 in Area 7 play.

Sticking in northern Chilton County, Jemison started its AHSAA Class 5A Area 8 swing at home against Shelby County on Jan. 13. The varsity girls team won 39-31 while the varsity boys team fell 51-25.

Jemison’s varsity boy’s team played an extra Area 8 game on Jan. 16 when they traveled to Sylacauga High School but lost 57-18.