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JANUARY 17, 2015
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Joshua Langford scored 30 points and Class 3A No. 3 Madison Academy used a 29-3 run in the third quarter to overpower visiting Class 7A Bob Jones 90-58.


Bob Jones led 23-19 at the end of the first quarter, but in the next two periods the Mustangs ran away, outscoring the Patriots 63-28 to open an 82-51 lead. The fourth quarter was played with a running clock.




Will Acuff added 14 points, Myles Parker 13 and Austin Troxell 11 for Madison Academy (10-8).


Dalton Barkley and Devontae Mason scored 13 points apiece for Bob Jones (13-11).




JANUARY 17, 2015
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Bob Jones used a little late game thievery to escape Class 3A No. 2 Madison Academy with a 51-48 victory.


The Class 7A Patriots (12-12) made a free throw to snap a 48-48 tie and then stole the ball on the inbound play and converted it into a basket to clinch the victory.




The game was close throughout. The Mustangs led 24-22 at halftime and it was tied 36-36 at the end of the third quarter.


Tyler Fredericks led Bob Jones with 17 points and Jayla Crump added 12.


Libba Gilliam scored a game-high 20 points for Madison Academy (16-10) and Abby Brooks had 12.




JANUARY 16, 2015
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Danny Perez hit a career-best 25 points, including three 3-pointers, as Class 7A No. 6 Grissom knocked off Huntsville, 62-49, in an Area 7 game.


The senior guard was 4-for-4 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter. The win helps the Tigers clinch at least a tie for the area championship.


Grissom broke a 12-12 tie after one quarter with a 16-8 run in the second to take control of the game.




JJ Kaplan hit two 3-pointers and finished with 14 points for Grissom, while Luke Luna scored eight points and grabbed 10 rebounds.
Chance Fisher had 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Panthers.




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Class 7A No.1 ranked Huntsville improved to 22-2 overall and 4-1 in Area 7 with the 53-47 road win over Grissom.






JANUARY 13, 2015


JAMES CLEMENS 52, ATHENS 37: DANNY PETTY GET 700TH WIN WITH 52-37 VICTORY OVER ATHENS


Jason Landman scored a game-high 20 points, leading James Clemens to rally for a 52-37 win over visiting Athens giving Jets coach Danny Petty his 700th career win.




Athens led 31-29 after three quarters before the Jets (17-7) used a 23-6 fourth-quarter scoring advantage to nail down the win.


Kwasi Hanson and Jackson Pettus each scored 12 points for Athens.


Danny Petty reach a milestone with the 52-37 win over Athens, 700 career wins.


The 42-year coaching veteran, who is in his first season leading the James Clemens boys recorded win number 699 over Sparkman Friday Jan.9th.


Petty entered the season with 685 wins after leading Bob Jones' girls program for two seasons. He is the only coach to win AHSAA boys state titles at three schools (J.O. Johnson in 1987, Madison Academy in 2006 and Bob Jones in 2010).








JANUARY 13, 2015


JOHNSON MOVES TO 5-0 IN CLASS 5A AREA 15 WIN 60-49 ROAD WIN OVER COLUMBIA


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HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – Terrion Bone and John Petty took care of the offense, and second-ranked J.O. Johnson turned up the defense to defeat eighth-ranked Columbia 60-49 for a Class 5A, Area 15 win.


Bone scored 20 points for the Jaguars (20-3, 5-0) and Petty chipped in 18 as Johnson forced 21 turnovers that led to easy baskets.


The Jaguars’ defense forced the Eagles into 21 turnovers that led to many easy baskets.


“It was very physical out there, but we just listened to our coaches and settled down and ran our offense to get it done,” said Bone. “We have a lot of team chemistry that helps us work together in these kinds of games.”




The game was tied 10-10 after the first quarter and Johnson was able to hold a slight 23-21 lead at the half despite 19 points from Columbia’s Travion Hardin.
In the second half Jaguars guard Jarius Grayson took on the assignment of stopping Hardin and did a good job, holding him to only eight points and only three shots.
Johnson outscored Columbia 21-12 in the third quarter, increasing its lead to 44-33.
The lead held up as the Eagles (13-9, 4-2) never got closer than eight points.
Hardin finished with 27 points, leading all scorers.


Jaguars head coach Jack Doss was very pleased with his team’s defense and resilience to hold off a touch Columbia team.
“Our defense was solid forcing them into some tough shots and we did not give them many second chances in the second half,” said Doss. “They’ve got great athletes over there and you have to really play smart to beat them and I thought our kids played exceptionally well tonight.”


JANUARY 10, 2015
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Josh Langford scored 15 of his 27 points after the third quarter and also pulled down 20 rebounds as Class 3A No. 3 Madison Academy pulled out a 75-70 overtime win against visiting Sparkman.




Myles Parker scored 19 points and Will Acuff added 17 for the Mustangs (7-8).
Rashawn Green led all scorers with 28 points, while Brandon Miller added 14 for the Senators (11-10).


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Class 7A No. 6 Sparkman scored 16 points in every quarter of a 64-49 win at Class 3A No. 2 Madison Academy.




Kendrea Dawkins scored 15 points for the Senators (13-7), while Terri Smith and D'Andrea Smith had 13 points apiece. Sparkman held MA to 17 points in the second half after being tied at intermission.
Libba Gilliam scored 15 points for the Mustangs (15-9), while Jaden Langford produced all 13 of her points in the first half.


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LEE-HUNTSVILLE USED A BALANCED OFFENSE WITH 4 PLAYERS SCORING 11 POINTS EACH IN THE 70-47 WIN OVER FLORENCE.






GERRON SCISSUM,TERRAN HAYES, TRACY BURNETT AND KENDRICK ASHBY EACH SCORED 11 POINTS. THE GENERALS (17-6) LED 37-20 AT THE HALF.


MARSEILIS SMITH SCORED 22 POINTS FOR THE FALCONS, QUESSE CARROLL ADDED 9.


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Class 6A eighth-ranked Lee-Huntsville used a fourth-quarter rally to fend off visiting Florence for a 56-47 victory.


The Generals (15-8) led 35-33 after three quarters, but outscored the Falcons 21-14 in the fourth to pull out the win.




Salina Virola scored 16 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for Lee, and Jordan Watkins had 12 points.
Alexis Sherrod led Florence with 17 points.


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JANUARY 9, 2015


Coach Danny Petty recorded his 699th career victory on Friday when James Clemens got by Sparkman, 52-49, in a Class 7A, Area 8 contest.
Trai James had 14 points, four steals, three assists and two rebounds as the Jets beat the host Senators.




“It was just really by hanging in there,” Petty said. “I thought defense was key down the stretch. We handled the ball just when we had to. It came down to playing defense at the end. Sparkman’s very athletic, they’ve got good players. You’ve just got to do what you can. Play smart. (Assistant coach) Howard Pride did a good job calling some defensive plays.”


James Clemens (16-7, 3-1) led 30-29 at halftime. James made back-to-back 3-pointers to put the Jets up 40-34 with two minutes left in the third quarter. They led 41-34 entering the fourth.


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Tansley LaCount’s short jumper with 10 seconds remaining in double overtime proved to be the winning basket as Class 7A No. 4 Gadsden City snapped No. 1 Huntsville’s 16-game winning streak with a rugged, physical 60-57 win in Area 7 play.




Rarely do top-5 match ups live up to their hype, but this one did with 15 ties, 10 lead changes and five ties at the quarter break.


UT Martin signee Ta’Naisha Hill led the Panthers in scoring with 18 points, followed by Alabama signee Shaquera Wade with 17 points and 10 rebounds. In a valiant effort, NaKeia Burks, a UT Chattanooga signee, returned to the lineup after a nine-month absence from a knee injury last season and added 15 points.


JANUARY 6, 2015


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After squandering a four-point halftime advantage, Randolph seized the lead for good in the fourth quarter and outlasted J.O. Johnson for a 31-30 road victory. Libby Gold scored 12 points to lead the Raiders (9-9, 2-2 Class 5A, Area 15). Abby Knowling added eight points and eight rebounds, including late free throws for what proved to be the winning margin.




Diamond Crutcher hit a 3-pointer with four seconds remaining for the Jaguars (8-11, 1-2), but they could draw no closer. She finished with 15 points.


JANUARY 5, 2015


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The Class 5A, No. 5-ranked Eagles rallied to force overtime and edged the 6A, No. 10-ranked Golden Eagles 63-61. Columbia surged late when the teams met Nov. 18, cutting a 20-point deficit to eight with three minutes remaining, but Athens prevailed 83-75.


Columbia (11-7) used a 9-3 run in the final four minutes to overcome a 50-44 deficit. Brandon Stewart, who scored a game-high 19 points, hit one of two free throws with 30 seconds remaining to tie the score at 53. Athens (11-6) had a chance for a game-winner, but the shot was off target just before the buzzer.




Stewart and Travion Hardin hit back-to-back buckets in overtime to give Columbia the lead for good at 59-55. Athens pulled to within one twice (60-59, 62-61), but the Golden Eagles committed a turnover in the closing seconds.


Damion Evans added 18 points, including four free throws in overtime, for Columbia. Hardin, who had 29 points in the first meeting with Athens, tossed in 10 points.
Trey Potts scored 17 points to lead Athens, which led by 11 in the first 30 seconds of the third quarter. Jackson Pettus and Kwasi Hanson added 15 apiece for the Golden Eagles.





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