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Calhoun County Hoops Heat Up: Jacksonville Boys Shine Beyond the Arc, Oxford Triumphs in Fairfield Tourney

Southside girls, winners of the Champions’ Thanksgiving Classic. (Submitted photo)
Southside girls, winners of the Champions’ Thanksgiving Classic. (Submitted photo)

Calhoun County, AL – Barksdale, Weaver help Jacksonville boys outshoot Plainview from behind the 3-point arc. Oxford wins in Fairfield tourney. Allen, Harris star in Weaver-Faith shootout. Southside girls win Champions tourney. Cleburne County boys, girls victorious. Piedmont, White Plains girls win.

 

Red Bird Camp

Plainview became synonymous with 3-point shooting in Robi Coker’s run as the Bears’ head coach, but Jacksonville’s boys rule the arc Tuesday.

The Golden Eagles made 14 of 23 threes and held Plainview to 5-for-19 in a 67-63 victory at home.

The two-time defending Class 4A champions, still playing without football players who will play in Friday’s quarterfinal game against Catholic Montgomery, overcame a huge disparity in free throws. Plainview hit 18 of 22, and Jacksonville was 7-for-10.

“Definitely shot the ball well tonight, especially in the second quarter,” second-year Jacksonville coach Tres Buzan said. “Really big game from Devin Barksdale. Great job scoring and with assisting tonight.

“We also had some really good guard play, and enough defense at the end to finish it off. We don’t have our full team yet, but it’s really good to see our group competing and playing well. Hopefully, we can continue to trend in the right direction and continue to grow and get better moving forward.”

Top performers for Jacksonville (2-1):

—Devin Barksdale: 26 points (6-for-9 on 3-pointers), seven assists.
—Quin Weaver: 21 points (6-for-9 on 3-pointers).

OXFORD 62, FAIRFIELD 58: Playing in the Heritage Thanksgiving Classic, Oxford’s boys followed up Monday’s 60-56 loss to Paul Bryant with a victory. Oxford’s top performers against Fairfield:

—Jaylen Alexander: 18 points (two 3-pointers)
—Marcus Perry: 14 points (four 3-pointers)
—T.J. Allen: 13 points (three 3-pointers).

Oxford (4-2) will play Carver-Birmingham on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m.

WEAVER 79, FAITH CHRISTIAN 69: KeShawn Allen scored a game-high 28 points to key Weaver’s victory. Other top performers for the Bearcats:

—D.J. Marbury: 17 points.
—Gabe King: 14 points (two 3-pointers).
—Kaden Gooden: nine points.
—Harper Williams: nine points.

Faith’s top performers:

—Carson Harris: 27 points (four 3-pointers).
—Parker Robertson: 11 points (one 3-pointer).
—Will Smith: eight points (two 3-pointers).
—Conner Richerzhagen: seven points.

CLEBURNE COUNTY 42, GREENE COUNTY 36: Top performers for Cleburne County:

—Cade Shubert: 17 points.
—Nate Adams: eight points.
—Lyric Ware: six points.
—Grey Freeman: six points.

GASTON 75, JAX CHRISTIAN 50: Top performers for JCA (2-2):

—Jesse Gannaway: 21 points, five rebounds, four steals.
—Noah Lee: 18 points, 15 rebounds, four assists, two steals.

Southside girls, winners of the Champions’ Thanksgiving Classic. (Submitted photo)
Southside girls, winners of the Champions’ Thanksgiving Classic. (Submitted photo)

Girls

SOUTHSIDE 53, GLENCOE 26: Southside dominated in Tuesday’s finals of the Champions’ Champions Thanksgiving championship game.

Grace Anne Rose won tournament most valuable player, scoring 15 points. Other top performers for Southside (3-1):

—Sarakate Yancey: Champ Chain winner.
—Hannah Westcott: nine points.
—Madison Shaw: seven points.

“Right now, collectively, we are just really rusty,” Southside coach Justin Bowen said. “We haven’t played super clean up to this point on either end of the floor, but we are slowly putting it together. The great thing about our season is, we really don’t have to, or even want to, be playing or best basketball anytime soon. We want to time it up where we are hitting our stride near the time the area tournament rolls around.

“I think coming into the season everyone was talking about our seniors, who are the backbone of our team, but I’ve also been super impressed by our underclassmen. They have been competing and performing in the games and allowing us to build some pretty serious depth.”

PIEDMONT 35, BENJAMIN RUSSELL 31: Top performers for Piedmont (1-1):

—Ava Pope: 22 points (four 3 pointers), five rebounds.
—Josie Young: seven points.

WHITE PLAINS 62, ST. CLAIR COUNTY 38: Top performers for White Plains:

—Cooper Martin: 16 points (three 3-pointers).
—Cassidy Arnold: 14 points (two 3-pointers).
—Addi Bradley: 14 points.

GASTON 50, JAX CHRISTIAN 35: Top performers for JCA (3-1):

—Addy Lee: 23 points, three rebounds, three assists, three steals.
—Katie Beth Hudson: 12 points, 10 rebounds.
—Sophie Williams: seven rebounds.

CLEBURNE COUNTY 62, RANDOLPH COUNTY 54: Top performers for Cleburne County:

—Faith Brown: 36 points.
—Hannah Turley: eight points.
—Kiera Henderson: six points.

CLEBURNE COUNTY 52, WEAVER 48: Top performers for Cleburne County (Monday):

—Faith Brown: 25 points.
—Hannah Turley: 21 points.

PLAINVIEW 65, JACKSONVILLE 39: Top performers for Jacksonville:

—Halaina Lozano: 10 points (three 3-pointers)
—Ashley Grant: nine points (one 3-pointer)
—Alexis Phillips: eight points, six rebounds.

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