Prep roundup: Taylor, Alexandria cruise by White Plains 53-39
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White Plains — Alexandria pulled away from a four-point halftime lead to beat White Plains 53-39 Tuesday night.

The Valley Cubs outscored White Plains 20-11 in the third quarter after leading 24-20 at the half.

Alexandria coach Phillip Hartsfield said he just told his team to keep playing hard and not have a down quarter.

Devonna Taylor certainly didn’t have a down quarter as she scored 11 points in the third to help Alexandria (5-11) extend its lead.

Taylor recorded a double-double with 29 points, 18 rebounds and five blocked shots.

Nicole Burgess was also a constant threat to score for the Valley Cubs as she posted 14 points and six assists on the night.

Alexandria hosts Cleburne County on Friday.

Pleasant Valley 42, Ohatchee 27 — The Raiders beat Ohatchee Tuesday night behind the efforts of Ashley Bryant who had 17 points, seven rebounds and three assists. Taylor Porter added seven points, 10 rebounds and four assists for Pleasant Valley (7-7, 2-2).

The Raiders travel to Westbrook on Friday.

Wellborn 60, Weaver 23 — The Panthers beat Weaver on Tuesday behind the efforts of Keshanna Moore who had 16 points, five steals and three assists.

Quanetria Bolton posted a double-double for Wellborn (6-4, 4-1) with 14 points, 10 rebounds, four steals and six blocks and Natalie Johnson added 14 points, two rebounds and two steals.

Wellborn hosts White Plains on Friday.

Ragland 50, Sacred Heart 23 — At Ragland, the Purple Devils built a 16-point lead at the half on their way to the victory.

Emily Church led three Ragland players in double-figures with 14 points followed by Kailey Echols’ 12 and J.J. Looney’s 10.

Ariel Tolson paced Sacred Heart with 11 points.

The Purple Devils improved their record to 11-3 and will travel to Gaston on Thursday.

Jacksonville Christian 59, Donoho 30 — JCA’s Katy Miller scored 24 points to lead all scorers as the Thunder downed Donoho in blowout fashion on the road.

Miller also recorded 11 steals. Abby Jaskowski put up 11 points.

Anna Brooke Payne led Donoho with nine points and Amanda Sherer added six.

The Falcons dropped to 3-8 after the loss and host Faith Christian on Friday.

JCA (14-1) hosts Sacred Heart on Thursday.

Woodland 80, Lineville 21 — At Woodland, Leah Strain put up 19 points to lead the Bobcats.

Katlin Edmondson added 10 points.

For Lineville, Raven Hann scored eight points.

Woodland (12-4) host Randolph County on Friday.

Saks 38, Piedmont 37 — At Saks, Addesha Collins and Destinee Briskey were the only Wildcats to score but the duo provided just enough offense as Saks rallied in the second half.

Collins was 10-for 14 at the free throw line and tallied 23 points. Briskey had 15 points, including three 3-point baskets.

Sarah Garner was the only Bulldog in double figures with 17 points. Her 3-pointer with 7:04 to play gave Piedmont its last lead at 31-30. Brea Dixon scored eight points and had 15 rebounds for Piedmont.

BOYS

Tabernacle 43, Trinity 39 — The Tigers played hard in a close game against Tabernacle but were unable to come away with a win. Jordan Haynes led Trinity (5-6,3-1) with 17 points and seven rebounds. Michael Ruberg added 11 points for the Tigers.

Trinity hosts Cornerstone on Friday.

Weaver 60, Wellborn 57 — At Alexandria, the Bearcats came back from trailing 27-25 to beat Wellborn on Tuesday.

Weaver’s Chris English led all scorers with 20 points. Torrance Williams had 12 points and seven rebounds for the Bearcats, P.J. Montgomery added 11 points, eight rebounds and two assists and Justin Roden had seven points and nine rebounds.

Taylor Vera led Wellborn with 14 points and Dalton Screws had 11.

Weaver plays Saks at Alexandria’s old gym on Friday.

Alexandria 51, White Plains 49 — At White Plains, Landon Straub had 15 points and 10 rebounds as he led the Valley Cubs to victory. Dylan Randall had 19 points for White Plains. Alexandria (6-5) will host Heflin on Friday.

Donoho 50, Jacksonville Christian 36 — Sharp shooting senior Tyler Sherer led the Falcons with a team-high 18 points to propel his team to a double-digit win in a key area game at home.

Brian Westbrook added a double-double with 10 points and 14 rebounds and Marshall Ghee contributed with seven points and nine boards as Donoho upped its winning percentage to .500 on the season at 7-7.

Jacksonville Christian’s Caleb Prickett led all scorers with 20 points.

Lineville 79, Woodland 61— At Woodland, Lineville extended a six point lead to double-digits late in the fourth-quarter as it continually broke the Bobcats’ press, leading to a stream of easy baskets.

Telvin McClain had 18 points. Jonathan Glenn had 17 and Demetrius Lindsey had 16 as the Aggies improved to 5-3 (3-0 in Class 2A, Area 9). Woodland’s Trey Fetner scored a game-high 23 points and Stephen Strain put up 20 in the loss.

Lineville travels to Randolph County Thursday night.

Sacred Heart 61, Ragland 58 — At Ragland, Corey Dudley hit two free throws with seven seconds remaining to put Sacred Heart up by three and the game out of reach for Ragland.

Dudley finished with 23 points and 19 rebounds. Chase LeCroy also scored 23 for the Cardinals. Cory Powell chipped in 12 points.

For Ragland, Jimmy Brock scored 16 points and Colton Echols had 10.

Sacred Heart (9-6) plays Thursday at Jacksonville Christian.

Ramsay 55, Jacksonville 51 — At Jacksonville, Warren Stephens scored nine points in the Golden Eagles’ loss.

Terencio Delks chipped in eight points and eight rebounds.

Justin Ethridge led Ramsay with 17 points and Jamel Waters had 11.

Jacksonville (6-11) hosts Cherokee County on Friday.

Talladega County Central 73, Faith Christian 70 — At Anniston, the Tigers got a last minute rebound to hold off the Lions.

Kendarious Swain led TCC with 15 points and Tevin Garrett had 13.

For Faith, Zach Owens scored 17 points. Cole Parks had 13 points — all in the second half — and was 4 of 6 from the 3-point line. Drake Chappell added 13 points and Alex Sills put up 10.

Faith (8-8) travels to Donoho on Friday.

Saks 63, Piedmont 58 — At Saks, Caleb Duke hit five free throws in the final 41 seconds as the Wildcats withstood a late rally by the Bulldogs.

Duke finished with 29 points, including five 3-point baskets and an 8-for-10 effort from the free throw line, and had 10 rebounds.

Saks led 28-12 midway through the second quarter but Piedmont closed the half on a 15-5 run. Jamaal Johnson had 10 of his 20 points during spurt.

The Bulldogs got as close as one point twice in the third quarter, the second time at 35-34 but never took the lead.

Saks extended its lead to 14 points in the fourth before Piedmont rallied again. Back-to-back 3-pointers from Sloan Garner and Noah Willis cuts Saks’ lead to 58-56 with 1:19 to play, setting the stage for Duke’s late free throws.

Cordarius Cooper finished with 12 points and five steals for the Wildcats. Willis had 15 points and Garner 11 points for Piedmont. Johnson added 10 rebounds and five assists.

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