Panthers bounce Woodland
by Rip Donovan
Special to The Star
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Sand Rock’s No. 2 seeded Wildcats defeated No. 3 Spring Garden 67-43 in Friday’s semifinal round of the Cherokee County boys basketball tournament at Centre’ Gadsden State-Cherokee arena but the Panthers bounced back quickly with a 47-41 win at Woodland Monday.

Spring Garden coach Ricky Austin described the Woodland game as “back-and-forth, back-and-forth the whole game.”

Jay Prater had five 3-point baskets in the first half and ended with 17 points. Will Westbrook scored nine points. Off the bench, Riley Austin had two 3-pointers in the second quarter and a pair of free throws in the fourth for eight points. Jacob Black finished six points, all in the second half. Joe Rogers scored three points. Tanner Parker and Will Ivey each scored two points.

Austin said one key to the win was Ivey’s work on defense against Woodland’s John Wes Adcock. Adcock had scored 19 points, 16 in the second half, when Woodland and Spring Garden played at Spring Garden on January 14, and Woodland won 66-56. Austin said Ivey limited Adcock to six points Monday.

“Will really, really played good defense on him,” Austin said.

Against Sand Rock, neither the Wildcats nor the Panthers started well and the Wildcats led 8-7 after one quarter. By halftime, that lead had grown to 32-15.

“They outscored us 24-8 in the second quarter,” Austin said. “All the damage was done in the second quarter.”

Westbrook finished with 17 points. Black scored 10 points. Ivey had eight points, Prater six points and Parker two points.

Spring Garden began a run of three consecutive Class 1A, Area 10 road games Tuesday in Gadsden against Coosa Christian. The Panthers play at Gaylesville Thursday and complete Area 10 play at Cedar Bluff Friday. Ranburne comes to Spring Garden on Tuesday of next week.
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