Sarah Kanaday

Mortimer Jordan guard Sarah Kanaday (3) swipes at the ball during a home game with Cullman on Jan. 21, 2020. 

Class 6A No. 1 Pinson Valley (23-3, 4-0) hosted Class 7A No. 2 Lee-Montgomery on Saturday, and stormed back from 23 down to upend the Generals 83-82 in front of a packed house in Mike Dutton Gymnasium. Woods posted a career-high 52 points that included the go-ahead free throw in the final seconds. 

The loss represents Lee’s first of the season after starting with 24 straight wins.

The Tabernacle Christian boys (21-4, 7-0) returned home from a tournament in South Carolina on Monday with a dominant 66-28 win over Valley Fellowship Christian. Tyler Andrews and Drew Peters set the offensive pace again with 19 and 16 points, respectively.

Offense was much harder to come by on Tuesday, as the Torches fell 65-33 to Marshall Christian. Five Tabernacle players recorded points on Tuesday, led by Andrews with nine. 

The Tabernacle Christian girls (13-9) finished in fourth place at the BJU Invitational Tournament last week. 

In their return back to Gardendale the Torches notched their 12th win with a 59-39 victory over Valley Fellowship Christian on Monday. Gracie Howard and Ashlyn Howard went for 14 points apiece in the win.

The girls were back in action on Tuesday when they got off to a fast start and ultimately outlasted Marshall Christian, 48-40. Gracie Howard posted another 14 points on Tuesday. 

Head coach Josh Golden honored his six Mortimer Jordan seniors on Monday night in Kimberly with a 55-47 win over Leeds. The Blue Devils (13-15, 6-2) were led by four double-digit scorers, including DJ Parks (12), Christen Nelms (11), Caleb Speights (10) and Branson Swindle (10). 

They were back on the road Tuesday night with a tough 59-18 loss to Class 6A Clay-Chalkville. 

The Mortimer Jordan girls also celebrated both of their seniors (MacKynzie Watson and Azia Tanks) with a 53-30 victory over Leeds on Monday night. The Blue Devils (20-9, 8-0) were led in scoring by Sarah Kanaday with 12, Jaylen Pleasant with 11 and Watson with 10. 

On Tuesday, Mortimer Jordan got another seven 3-point makes from freshman Sarah Kanaday as the Blue Devils downed Class 6A Clay-Chalkville 58-51. For Kanaday, that 21 points matched her output last Friday night in a road win over Gardendale. 

The Fultondale boys came up a little short on Monday night. The Wildcats, despite two 24-point outings by Willie Smith and Josh Maston, lost by a score of 75-73 at Oakman.

The Gardendale boys (17-10, 5-1) snapped a four-game winning streak on Tuesday night at Class 7A No. 1 Mountain Brook.  The Spartans came away on top 65-50. 

More results will be added as information becomes available. 

Erik Harris is the sports editor for The North Jefferson News. He can be reached at

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