Prep basketball: Jacksonville gets swept by Class 6A Albertville
by Jordan Smith
Special to The Star
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JACKSONVILLE -- Class 6A basketball is never easy, especially for a 4A team.

Jacksonville learned that the hard way after being swept by Albertville in Pete Mathews Coliseum at Jacksonville State.

Despite the classification differences, the both Golden Eagles teams held their own against the Aggies. The boys lost 66-60.

“It’s something that helps us improve in the long run,” Jacksonville head coach Ryan Chambless. “When you play a 6A and you play up against someone like that, you’re going to gain something from it.”

The Golden Eagles’ biggest challenge was trying to contain Albertville’s senior center Riley Norris, an Alabama signee.

“He’s a hard matchup,” Chambless said. You can’t really put a guard on him because he’ll take you inside. If you put a post on him, he plays guard. He’s a matchup problem.”

Containing Norris was a goal too lofty for the Golden Eagles. He led the Aggies in scoring with 27 points.

However, Jacksonville sophomore guard Cam Horton put up 27 points of his own to match that. He sank six 3-pointers.

“Cam is a guy we try to get the ball to,” Chambless said. “Cam is just a basketball player. He gets the ball off the rebound and is going to attack. That’s something you can’t always teach. You can’t say enough about his effort.”

Jacksonville (6-13) had a chance to draw within three in the final seconds but could not sink a basket.

“The kids’ effort,” Chambless said, “the boys’ and girls, effort is really good. I think the defensive effort is really good. Where we have a little bit of struggle, there’s a two or three minute period in every game where we don’t score too well.”

Jacksonville returns to action Monday at Jacksonville State as part of the Calhoun County Tournament against Faith Christian.

Albertville girls 59, Jacksonville 48: The Lady Eagles were plagued by failed second chances in their game against Albertville.

Despite several comeback attempts, Jacksonville fell by 11.

“We missed some shots that I think we normally make,” Chambless said. “We got some turnovers there and we just didn’t score on them.”

The Lady Eagles trailed 27-19 after the first half. They went on an 11-5 run to start the second half and trailed only 34-30 midway through the third quarter.

The Lady Eagles’ offense went cold as Albertville stretched its lead to 48-36 at the end of the third quarter.

Back-to-back 3-pointers to start the fourth quarter by Virginia Poe and Destiny Easley cut the Aggies' lead to 48-42.

But, Albertville’s Jordan Norris then scored seven of her 11 points to keep a win out of Jacksonville’s reach.

“I still think we’re missing some easy ones,” Chambless said. “Once we start making them, we’re going to be fine. We’re going to be able to beat somebody like that.”

Junior guard Angel Kidd led Jacksonville in scoring with 22 points.

Jacksonville (13-6) returns to action Monday at JSU as a part of the Calhoun County Tournament against Wellborn.
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