Maplesville wins multiple games, four other schools pick up wins

Published 11:54 am Friday, December 15, 2023

By Carey Reeder | Managing Editor

The final week before Chilton County Schools release for winter break was full of varsity boy’s basketball action from Dec. 8-14.

Maplesville High School were among the schools who picked up wins during the week, starting on Dec. 11 taking down Loachapoka High School 43-38 behind 19 points, six rebounds and four steals from Nehemiah McCary. Pearce Yeargan added eight points, and Dee Elliot had six points and three rebounds. The Red Devils were tripped up the following day by Dallas County High School 66-63, but McCary again led all Maplesville scorers with 23 points and added six rebounds. Jakobe Nix had 14 points and knocked down three 3-pointers, and Aidan Abbott had nine points all coming from 3-point field goals.

Maplesville’s week concluded on Dec. 14 narrowly beating Billingsley High School 49-48 behind 21 points from McCary, nine points from Yeargan, nine assists from Nix and Johnathon Wilson added eight points.

Billingsley’s week prior to the Maplesville game saw the Bears pick up a 68-39 win over Isabella High School on Dec. 11. Landon Jones was 7-for-12 from 3-point range tallying 24 points, and Kyle Boice had 17 points, six rebounds and five steals. Jake Rawlinson grabbed nine rebounds.

The Bears dropped a Dec. 12 game to Holtville High School 58-48, and Boice led all scorers with 14 points and seven rebounds. Hudson Manning had nine points, and Eli Manning and Mason Truesdale each added eight points.

Fellow Class 1A school Verbena High School won its only game of the week over Isabella 70-20 on Dec. 12. The Red Devils jumped out to a huge 26-2 lead after the first quarter and never looked back to take both regular season matchups over the Mustangs this season.

Jemison High School went 1-2 during the week, starting with a 45-30 loss to Central of Clay County High School on Dec. 8. The Panthers bounced back on Dec. 12 with a 51-35 win over Shelby County High School, but lost its final game of the week 59-36 to Sylacauga High School on Dec. 14.

Thorsby High School also went 1-2 during its week of play, starting with a narrow 48-45 defeat to Elmore County High School on Dec. 8. The Rebels bounced back on Dec. 11 with a 46-41 win over Class 5A Holtville 46-41 after trailing 16-15 at halftime. Thorsby outscored Holtville by five points in the third quarter to hold on to the slim win late.

Thorsby’s week ended on Dec. 14 with a 10-point loss to Alabama Christian Academy, 51-41.

Chilton County High School found tough sledding in its three games, starting with a 74-27 loss to Opelika High School on Dec. 8. D.J. Caffey led the Tigers in scoring with eight points, followed by Justin Godwin with seven points and seven rebounds and Bradin Yates with six points.

Wetumpka High School got the best of CCHS on Dec. 12 winning 63-42. CCHS began the game in a 23-9 hole after the first quarter and could not claw back into it. Marco Simon had 11 points on 5-for-6 shooting and five rebounds to lead the Tigers, and Damarien Floyd had eight points and three rebounds. Cayden Meank added seven points and four assists, Logan Coppedge had six points and two assists and Eli Dale added five assists.

The Tigers’ week ended with a 54-45 loss to Pike Road High School after trailing by one point entering the fourth quarter. Pike Road outscored the Tigers by eight points in the final quarter to win.