Tigers grab control in second half

The Chilton County Tigers defeated three different county schools en route to a trio of championships in the final day of the 2017 Chilton County Basketball Tournament on Saturday.

CCHS defeated Jemison’s varsity boys, Isabella’s varsity girls’ squad and Maplesville in junior varsity portion of the event.

In the girls’ championship the Tigers used a huge second half offensively to propel them to a 59-44 victory over Isabella.

CCHS freshman Jasmine Martin drives to the hoop in the county championship on Jan. 7. She finished with 15 points in the game. (Photo by Brandon Sumrall/Special)

CCHS freshman Jasmine Martin drives to the hoop in the county championship on Jan. 7. She finished with 15 points in the game. (Photo by Brandon Sumrall/Special)

It was almost a tale of two halves, as the Mustangs came out with energy early on and opened up a 15-7 lead at the end of first quarter and Chilton County lost one of its starters, after Lexis Blackman received a double technical foul and abruptly left the game.

However, freshman Jasmine Martin filled the void and stepped in as an emotional leader and a catalyst for the Tigers, who stormed back and led 25-21 at halftime.

Four players scored in double figures for CCHS, including Martin with 15 points, as the Tigers were able to carry the momentum the rest of the game.

As the game wore on, the Tigers began to assert themselves more on the offensive boards and created multiple second chance opportunities in the second half as a result.

Synia Chattman and Kiara Ford each had a team-high 17 points on the night for Isabella.

Championship Saturday started with Chilton County’s junior varsity winning an overtime thriller 44-36 over Maplesville.

With the game tied at 36, the Tigers scored all eight of the points in overtime.

Despite the loss, Jackson Abbott scored 16 points to lead Maplesville, including four shots from beyond the arc.

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