CA boys win three last week to move to 16-1

The No. 5 Chambers Rebels continued their dominant run last week, winning three games and improving to 16-1 on the year. The wins over Coosa Valley, Edgewood and Ashford upped the Rebels’ win streak to six games and they remained undefeated in area play.

Chambers started the week with a convincing win over Coosa Valley on Monday, 67-45. The game stayed tight through the first quarter, but CA outscored CVA 18-6 in the second quarter to take a 15-point halftime advantage. Coosa Valley never got closer than that in the second half, as the Rebels eased to the win.

Chambers’ offensive attack was well balanced, with four players scoring in double digits. Demetrius Lemon led the way with 18 points, while Quadarius Tinsley had 13 and four steals. Tay Henry scored 12 and had eight rebounds and four steals, and Cord Dodgen finished with 11 points.

The Rebels’ toughest contest of the week came against Edgewood on Tuesday. Chambers battled back from an early deficit to get a 47-45 win.

It was the lowest scoring output of the year for CA, as they struggled in the first half, falling behind 24-15 at halftime. They surged to the lead in the third, however, on the heels of a 20-8 run, but the Wildcats wouldn’t quit. Chambers had a comfortable lead in the closing minute of the game, but missed critical free throws as the game neared the end. Edgewood had one final chance, as they were down by three and went to the line after a foul to shoot three as time expired. The first was good, but the second came up short giving CA the win.

Henry led the way on this night with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Dodgen scored 10 and Lemon had seven.

Chambers made a statement on Friday, as they returned to their high scoring ways to topple the defending 1A state champs Ashford, 73-46.

The Rebels were aggressive right from the start, scoring 25 in the first quarter and leading 44-22 at the half. They didn’t slow down in the third quarter and built a 30-point lead, allowing a continuous clock in the fourth quarter.

Lemon was dominant with 21 points and 13 rebounds. Q. Tinsley had 14 and Dodgen scored 12.

*For full story see this week’s edition of The Sun.

January 22, 2014 | Posted in: Prep, Sports | Comments Closed

Bulldogs win streak at five after wins over Notasulga, Dadeville

The LaFayette boys have now won five straight after picking up wins over Notasulga and Dadeville last week. The Bulldogs improved to 12-5 on the season and have a very important week ahead of them, with two critical area match-ups later this week.

LHS earned two out of area wins last week, the first over 1A Notasulga 63-33 on Tuesday on the road. The Bulldogs used a balanced scoring attack and a dominant second half beat the Blue Devils. They led by just 11 at halftime, but put the game out of reach with a 16-8 run in the third quarter. LHS then held Notasulga to just seven points over the final eight minutes to secure the win.

Twelve Bulldogs contributed in the win, led by Tequarri Whitlow’s 10 points. Kaminski Bledsoe scored nine and Cordeski Floyd had eight.

The game against 4A Dadeville on Saturday was a lot closer than it should have been as LaFayette had an abysmal night from the free throw line and almost allowed the Tigers to come back for the win.

LaFayette led the entire game, including a 48-35 lead to start the fourth quarter. With time winding down and the Bulldogs up by 11, Dadeville started fouling and LaFayette just couldn’t convert. They missed 12 free throws in the fourth quarter alone, and the Tigers started closing in with three straight three-pointers. But time would be on LaFayette’s side as they held on for a 58-57 win.

For the game, the Bulldogs were 13-for-30 from the charity stripe, and Coach Obadiah Threadgill was less than pleased with his team’s play.

Trevond Barnes led the Bulldogs with 14 points and Floyd scored 12, all of which came in the second half.

*For full story see this week’s edition of The Sun.

LaFayette boys get three big wins last week

LaFayette’s boys put an end to a two game slide by picking up three solid wins last week, including one area game. Along with a big win over Horseshoe Bend, the Dogs defeated a pair of 4A teams in Beauregard and Handley to improve to 10-5 on the season. LaFayette was coming off back-to-back losses to county rivals Lanett and Valley, so the wins were a big confidence boost for Coach Obadiah Threadgill’s team.

“It was a good week,” Threadgill said. “To get a win against Beauregard and a road win at Handley is a big deal. We’ve definitely got to get better in a lot of areas, especially being physical in the paint. We’re not where we want to be in February yet, but we are definitely getting there.”

Their first win last week came over Beauregard at home on Tuesday. Despite the cold weather outside, the Bulldogs were hot in the Dog Palace, earning a 63-51 win.

Though they finished strong, it took a little bit of time for LHS to pull away. They led by just one after the first quarter, 18-17. Their scoring slowed some in the second but they held the Hornets to just seven points and pulled ahead by six heading to the half.

The Dogs came out of the half red-hot, putting up 19 points to take an 11 point lead into the fourth.

Beauregard never really challenged LHS and they earned their eighth win of the year.

Cordeski Floyd had a big week for the Dogs and it started against the Hornets. He led all scorers with 18 points, while Tyric Davis chipped in 17 in the win. Tequarri Whitlow continued his strong post play and had 10 points.

LaFayette hammered an overmatched Horseshoe Bend team on Thursday, improving to 2-2 in Area 9 play with a 64-28 win. The score was actually closer that it should have been, as Threadgill pulled all his main contributors before the half.

The Generals were held scoreless in the second quarter and LHS had a 37-4 halftime lead.

LaFayette had 13 players score in the win, led by Kentrel Holloway with nine. Barnes, Floyd and J. Whitlow each had seven.

The Bulldogs had to adjust from being ahead all night to being behind when they traveled to Roanoke to face Handley on Saturday. It took a fourth quarter comeback for the Dogs to earn their tenth win, 52-50.

Handley grabbed a lead early in the first, and though they couldn’t extend it, they never let it go in the first half. The Tigers would build a five-point lead by the time halftime arrived.

LaFayette had a little more success in the third, cutting the deficit to three heading to the fourth quarter. At the start of the fourth, LaFayette tied the game then slowly began to build a lead. With 12 seconds left, the Dogs were up five points.

Handley would make a last second three pointer but there wasn’t enough time to make anything else happen.

Davis played a big role in the win, scoring five of his nine points in the fourth quarter. Floyd had another spectacular performance, finishing with a team-high 19 points. T. Whitlow was strong with eight points and Barnes, who fouled out in the fourth, had five.

*For full story see this week’s edition of The Sun.

 

January 15, 2014 | Posted in: Prep, Sports | Comments Closed

CA boys dominate Springwood

Demetrius Lemon dunks in the Rebels' big win over Springwood. (photo: Jody Stewart)

Demetrius Lemon dunks in the Rebels’ big win over Springwood. (photo: Jody Stewart)

Chambers Academy’s boys climbed in the AISA rankings this past week and proved it was deserved with two solid wins last week; one over area rival Cornerstone on Thursday and the other against county rival Springwood on Saturday. The No. 5 Rebels improved their record to 13-1 on the season with the two wins.

Chambers struggled somewhat in the Cornerstone win, turning it on late for a 61-55 win, but looked unbeatable in a punishing 69-34 win over the Wildcats.

Against Cornerstone, the Rebels were clearly the better team but could never pull away. They never trailed in the contest, but a tough second half stretch on offense allowed the Chargers to get close as the game neared its end.

“We were up by 15 at one points, but we allowed them to get back in it,” CA coach Jason Allen said. “They put us in a situation we really hadn’t been in all year at the end of the game, but we had some seniors step up and we found a way to get the win.”

Chambers led by four after one, and really pulled ahead in the second quarter before the Chargers cut their deficit to 11 at halftime. Cornerstone cut the deficit to single digits in the third before putting the pressure on the Rebels in the fourth. In the end, though, CA was too much and held on for the six point win.

“Anytime you can win a game like that and learn from it, it’s a good thing,” Allen added.

Senior Quadarius Tinsley had a big game with 20 points, 10 rebounds and five steals. Demetrius Lemon had 15 points, while Earnest Swanson scored 10.

On Saturday, CA and their biggest rival faced off for the first time this season, and the Rebels clearly felt to need to assert their dominance on the home court of the Wildcats. It was a game that got away from Springwood almost immediately, as CA opened the contest on a 22-4 run. And when halftime finally arrived, Chambers had an insurmountable 43-16 lead.

Allen’s starters pretty much stayed on the bench for the rest of the night as Chambers cruised to a 35-point win.

“The kids played hard and physical, going after loose balls and playing defense.” Allen said. “We were shooting better and taking smart shots.”

The Rebels got a contribution from nearly everyone on the team. They were led by Dodgen, who had an outstanding night with a game-high 19 points. Lemon scored 15 and Jeremy Holliday had eight. Q.

*For full story see this week’s edition of The Sun.

Lady Rebels pick up key area win

Chambers Academy’s varsity girls picked up a very important area win last week over Cornerstone, but dropped a tough contest to rival Springwood on Saturday. The Lady Rebels moved to 5-8 on the season.

In the Cornerstone game on Thursday, what started out as a tight battle between two struggling offenses, turned into a runaway by the Lady Rebels. After scoring a combined nine points in the first quarter, the Rebels and Chargers found themselves tied at 11 at halftime.

But while Cornerstone continued to struggle getting points in the second half, the Rebels found a little spark. They opened the third quarter on a 16-0 run, more than doubling their points total. CA slowed down some over the final eight minutes, but by that time their lead was too much for Cornerstone to recover. Chambers would go on to win 33-17.

Baleigh Morgan and Deven Still were dominant under the basket for the Lady Rebels. Still finished with a double-double with 11 points and 19 rebounds. Morgan also had 11 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Heather Blackburn had nine points, five rebounds and four steals and Jessica Harmon scored four.

Against Springwood on the road Saturday, the Lady Rebels faced a deficit the entire game, and nearly pulled off a thrilling comeback. In the end, though, the Wildcats had an answer for everything CA threw their way and earned a 45-38 win.

Once again, Chambers started slowly and Springwood would capitalize, pulling out to a 22-13 halftime advantage. They were able to match every CA charge in the third quarter, leading by 10 heading to the fourth. Thanks to a solid night at the foul line, the Lady Rebels began chipping away at their deficit, but Springwood never let them get too close to challenge for the win.

In the physical game, Blackburn had a productive night, leading CA with 18 points. She got the majority of those at the foul line, finishing 10-of-11. Still scored 10 points and Morgan had six with nine rebounds. Harmon also chipped in four points in the loss.

*For full story see this week’s edition of The Sun.

Chambers boys rebound to knock off Lakeside

Nearly one week after suffering their first loss of the season, No. 7 Chambers Academy bounced back with a convincing win over Lakeside, the team that handed them that loss. The motivated Rebels led from start to finish in the game and defeated the Chiefs for the second time this year. CA improved to 11-1 on the season and are feeling confident heading into area play, which begins this week.

At Lakeside on Friday, the Rebels were out to prove a point, and they did just that, never trailing on their way to a 62-55 win.

“We had a really good week of practice after the loss,” CA coach Jason Allen said. “The guys were upset about getting beat. We felt like we were pushed around underneath in the last game, and our goal was to get better in that area, and I think we did a much better job.”

The Chiefs stayed close in the first quarter, and trailed by just one heading to the second. But CA exploded offensively, outscoring Lakeside 21-10 in the second quarter to take a 12-point halftime lead.

Lakeside battled back in the third and cut the deficit to eight heading to the fourth. Chambers, however, was able to maintain a comfortable lead throughout the final eight minutes, and their seven-point margin of victory was the closest Lakeside would get.

“We stayed in control the whole game,” Allen said. “And each time they made a run, we responded, so I was really proud of the guys for that.”

Quadarius Tinsley led the Rebels with 17 points and had a game-high five steals. Jay Tinsley scored 10 points and Demetrius Lemon scored nine and had a team-high 10 rebounds.

*For full story see this week’s edition of The Sun.

January 8, 2014 | Posted in: Prep, Sports | Comments Closed

LaFayette boys win Dadeville Tournament

The LaFayette High boys got a big confidence boost over the Christmas break as they won the Dadeville Christmas Tournament for the second consecutive season. With two wins in the tournament, the Dogs have now won three straight and are 7-3 on the season. They also earned some momentum heading into their critical showdown with No. 4 Lanett this Friday.

In the first round of the Dadeville tournament on Friday, the Bulldogs opened with a convincing win over Coosa-Central, 54-35. LaFayette led almost the entire contest, but really pulled away in the second half.

LHS opened up a nine-point advantage in the first quarter, but Coosa battled back to within three at the break. But in the third, the Bulldogs held the Cougars scoreless and opened up a 44-24 lead that Coosa couldn’t recover from.

The Dogs spread their scoring around on offense with Kaminski Bledsoe leading the way with 12 points. Trevond Barnes connected on five-of-six free throws and finished with nine points. Cordeski Floyd had seven and Tequarri Whitlow and Kentrel Holloway both scored six. Tyric Davis, Maurice Foster, Quentavious Whitlow, Jeremy Vines and Jamal Sims all scored in the win as well.

In the title game against host Dadeville on Saturday, the Bulldogs overcame a deficit to pick up the 48-41 win. Bledsoe had another strong night, scoring seven of his team-high 16 points in the Dogs fourth quarter comeback.

After falling down early, LHS tied the game at 24 by halftime. They stumbled though in the third scoring just seven points to fall down 36-33 heading to the fourth. But the offense finally started clicking in the fourth, while the defense continued to hold off any Tigers’ charge.

Along with Bledsoe, Floyd played a big role, finishing with 12 points. Barnes had eight and Tequarri Whitlow scored six. Jatarvious Whitlow and Davis also scored for LaFayette.
Bledsoe, Floyd and Barnes were named to the all-tournament team for LHS.

The Bulldogs pick up the second half of the season with two rivalry games this week. The No. 4 Panther will visit the Dog Palace on Friday for a big Area 9 game. LaFayette will then travel to Valley High on Saturday to face the Rams. Tip for the Lanett game is set for 7 pm CST on Friday and is at 4:30 pm against the Rams.

The Bulldogs will host Beauregard next Tuesday at 7 pm.

December 31, 2013 | Posted in: Prep, Sports | Comments Closed

LaFayette runs past Handley

LaFayette's Maurice Foster goes up for a shot against Smiths Station last week.

LaFayette’s Maurice Foster goes up for a shot against Smiths Station last week.

The LaFayette Bulldogs dropped a heartbreaker to Smiths Station early last week but rebounded to pick up their fifth win of the season over Handley on Friday. The Bulldog head to the Christmas break with a 5-3 record and are in looking forward to some much needed rest for a team that has been banged up for a few weeks.

Against Smiths Station, the Bulldogs held an advantage for nearly the entire game, but an unfortunate chain of events at the end resulted in a heartbreaking 43-37 defeat.

Despite gaining the advantage early, the Bulldogs could never really pull away from the Panthers in what would be a defensive battle between the teams. They led by just one after the first quarter. By halftime, LaFayette had their largest lead of the game at 22-18.

LaFayette opened the second half with a wave of momentum and built a 10 point lead with a minute to play in the third. But in the fourth, Smiths Station started chipping away. They cut the deficit to six with 5:50 to play, and got it down to two just a minute later. On the heels of an 11-0 run, the Panthers got their first lead since the first quarter with four minutes left in the game.

Finally, with three minutes to play, the Bulldogs scored their first points of the fourth quarter and regained a 32-31 lead. The Panthers quickly answered and jumped back on top by one with 2:06 to play.
The teams traded trips to the foul line on the next two possessions and with 50 seconds to play, the Panthers got the ball with a 35-34 lead. That’s when things got complicated.

LHS coach Obadiah Threadgill called for his team to foul, which they promptly did. But inexplicably, the referee made a baffling intentional foul call. Smiths Station would then sink two free throws and regain possession with a three point lead.

From that point, the Panthers would go on to connect on six more free throws sealing the win.

The Bulldogs responded nicely after Tuesday’s loss and took it to Handley on Friday in the Dog Palace for an easy 50-29 win.

That margin could have been much larger, but Threadgill called off the Dogs early.

It took a little while for LaFayette to get rolling in the game, but once they did, the Tigers didn’t stand a chance. LHS held them to just eight points in the first half, and earned a 19-point halftime lead.

The Dogs maintained their lead in the third and cruised to the win.

LaFayette will participate in the Dadeville Christmas Tournament over the upcoming holiday break. The Bulldogs, who are the defending tournament champions, will be competing for the title against Dadeville, Notasulga and Coosa-Central. The first round will be on Dec. 27 and the championship and consolation games will be on Dec. 28. LaFayette opens against Coosa-Central on the 27th at 5:30 pm CST.

The Dogs will get back to regular season play with a hugely important game on Jan. 3 against county and Area 9 rival Lanett in the Dog Palace. The game is critical if the Bulldogs hope to steal home court advantage from the No. 4 ranked Panthers in the area tournament later in the season.

LaFayette has another tough game the following day on Jan. 4 when they take on the rival Valley Rams in Valley. Tip for the Lanett game is set for 7 pm CST and at 4:30 pm against the Rams.

*For full story see this week’s edition of The Sun.

December 23, 2013 | Posted in: Prep, Sports | Comments Closed

J.P Powell girls basketball having turnaround season

The J.P. Powell junior varsity girls basketball team is have a breakout season. The young Lady Bulldogs have already won more games this year than they have the previous seven combined. At 3-5, Powell has two wins over Dadeville and one against Sanford Middle School.

“They are truly a remarkable group of young, ambitions ladies,” first year head coach Kimberly Maddox said. “They work hard and give their all during practice and during the game. I am proud of the progress they have made and if this group continues, they will change the girls basketball program at LaFayette High School.”

The Lady Bulldogs picked up their first win on Dec. 4 against Dadeville 24-21. Jasmine Pitts led Powell with 13 points in the win. B’yonna Toles chipped in five points as well.

The girls completed a season sweep of Dadeville on Dec. 9, when they defeated the Tigers 25-18. Pitts again led the way with a game-high 17 points. Kayla Foster had five points in the win.

Powell picked up their most recent win this past Thursday against Sanford Middle School in a blowout, 35-4. Shantavia Foster and Pitts both starred for the Bulldogs, each scoring 10 points in the win. Daijahnna Walton scored six points as well for Powell.

The Lady Bulldogs have just two games left in the season and both are at home at the J.P. Powell Middle School gym. They will host Handley on Jan. 7 and Lanett on Jan. 9. Tip for both those games is 4:30 pm CST.

Chambers boys extend win streak to nine games

The red hot Chambers Rebels continued their early season tear, improving to 9-0 after two big wins over Lyman Ward and South Montgomery County Academy late last week. CA is averaging 74 points per game during their win streak and their closest win was by 12 points. Their average margin of victory through nine games is 27.5 points.

“We’re constantly improving,” CA coach Jason Allen said about his team’s impressive start.

The Rebels dispatched Lyman Ward at home on Monday of last week then did it again on the road Thursday in a 67-41 win. The tone was set right from the start when Chambers reeled off an 18-4 run to open the game.

They let off the gas a bit in the second quarter and only led by 11 at the half. But in the third they turned back up the pressure taking a 43-24 advantage into the fourth quarter. Demetrius Lemon had a monster game, with 24 points, including 13 in the second half. He also grabbed nine rebounds. Quadarius Tinsley finished with 12 points, including three three-pointers in the first quarter.

Chambers’ win over SMCA on Friday was simply dominating as the Rebels nearly broke the century mark in a 92-51 blowout.

Allen praised the play of Lemon, who finished with a double-double with 28 points and 14 rebounds.

Lemon scored 16 of those points in the first half and helped CA set the pace for the night. After a somewhat modest first quarter in which they only scored 18 points, the Rebels caught fire and scored 32 in the second to get a 25-point halftime lead.
The game was never close in the second half.

Aside from Lemon, Earnest Swanson had a solid performance in just his third game back from injury. He had 15 points and six rebounds. Austin Harmon pulled down eight rebounds and scored eight points and Ben Wilkerson finished with nine points.

The Rebels have a long layoff before their next contest, which will come after Christmas. They will participate in Lakeside’s Shoemaker/Ward Holiday Invitational Dec. 27-28 in Eufaula. CA will open the tournament on the 27th at 4 pm against the winner of Ashford and Terrell Academy. They will return to regular season action on Jan. 3 when they head back to Eufaula to face Lakeside.

*For full story see this week’s edition of The Sun.

December 17, 2013 | Posted in: Prep, Sports | Comments Closed

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