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The North Jefferson News

The Tabernacle Lady Torches remained unbeaten on Tuesday night as they captured a huge road win by downing the defending Alabama Christian Education Association state champions from Glen Iris, 44-30.

Glen Iris suffered their first loss of the season, while Tabernacle continued unbeaten, improving to 5-0.

“This proved to be a strong defensive game for our girls,” Tabernacle head coach Phillip Coleman said. “Playing the defending state champs, our girls were determined to play hard and they gave an awesome effort tonight. This is a very big win for the Lady Torches.”

Senior center Meghan Hallice led the way with 28 points, seven rebounds, five steals and a blocked shot.

Junior Candace Coleman added eight points, six assists, six steals and a rebound.

The Lady Torches took control early as they lead after one quarter 12-6. After taking a six-point halftime lead, Tabernacle used a 12-6 in the third quarter to build a 33-21 lead to put the game out of reach.

Heather Zassoda added eight points for Tabernacle.

Fultondale boys 89,

Jefferson Christian boys 52

The Fultondale Wildcats made short work of the Eagles Tuesday night as they took a 22-7 lead after one quarter and a 53-19 lead at the half.

“We hit seven of our first eight shots and that really got us going,” Fultondale head coach Phillip Lawson said. ‘Then our man-to-man pressure defense we used just took them totally out of their game and we were basically running up and down the floor making shots and grabbing the rebounds on their missed shots.”

Fultondale’s Dre Talley had 10 of his career-high 21 rebounds in the first quarter to spark the Wildcats break, but they also dominated inside the paint as Lawson rotated four post players, who scored at will most of the night.

Talley led the offense with another career-high of 22 points, followed by Chris Brown, J.D. Hood and Sherrod Smith with 12 points each, Landon Robinson added seven, Chris Preston, R.J. Sanders and Christian McCollough had six points each. Josh Tarwater added five and Chris Barber had one point.

McCollough ended the first half on a thunderous dunk that brought the crowd to its feet.

Brown grabbed 16 rebounds and Smith passed off 10 assists as the Wildcats improved to 4-3.

“I just hope this shooting carries over to our next game,” Lawson added.

The Wildcats sank six 3-point shots, all in the first half, after only making seven treys in their first six games.

Hayden girls 48,

J.B. Pennington girls 40

The Lady Wildcats improved to 3-1 as they took a road win in Bloutsville.

Tiffany Myrick led a balanced attack with 14 points, followed by Krista Stricklin with 10, Mallory Ray with eight, Kris Quick with five, Terri Sharp and Haley Daniel had three each, Sam Niblett and Shauna Bryant had two each and Courtney Niceley scored one point.

Myrick had a game-high 10 rebounds, while Stricklin collected a game-high five steals as the Lady Wildcats continue on a fast start to their season.

Hayden boys 39,

J.B. Pennington boys 26

The Wildcats improved to 3-1 as they won a low-scoring game in the Tigers opening game of the season.

Ryan Davis led Hayden with 10 points, followed by Matt Stewart with eight, Owen Hargett with six, Cody Butler and Nick Burton had four each, Will Yates and Josh Piteo had two each and three Wildcats, Terrell Parker, Brian Jones and Blake Daniel scored one point each.

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