By Charles Prince
The North Jefferson News
The Gardendale Rocket fell into the consolation bracket of the county tournament on Tuesday as they fell to the Pinson Valley Indians in second round play, 49-46.
Gardendale had lead by 10 points at the half, 24-14, but then the Indians got hot and outscored the Rockets by 13 points after the half.
Gardendale aided the Indians cause by connecting on only 15-of-23 free throw attempts.
Drew Faile led Gardendale with 12 points, six rebounds and five blocked shots.
Nigel Ramsey, who took only five shots from the field, scored eight points, passed off six assists, grabbed six rebounds, blocked five shots and collected four steals.
Hunter Graveman had eight points, four assists, three rebounds and three steals.
Alan Jackson scored eight, Trey Hilliard had five, Zac Davis scored three and Clint Guin had two points.
Gardendale slipped to 16-5 overall and will meet Hueytown today at 5 p.m. Should the Rockets win, they’ll play again Thursday at 3:30 p.m.
Pleasant Grove 50, Mortimer Jordan 36
On Monday, the Blue Devils slipped to 9-9 as they couldn’t keep up with the Spartans.
Pleasant Grove started quick and raced to a 28-13 half time advantage. The Spartans Cory Smith had 23 first half points.
In the second half, the Blue Devils cut into the lead as they held Smith to only three more points for the rest of the game, but they couldn’t complete a comeback.
Nathan McIntosh led Jordan with 13 points, followed by Ceasar Bell with 10, Joey Payton with five, John “Jabo” Burrow with three, Patrick Mitchell and Clint Brown scored two points each and senior point guard Brent Nation scored one point.
On Monday, the Yellow Jackets slipped to 13-8 as they couldn’t hold an early lead.
Adam Norris had 19 points to lead the Jackets, followed by Kyle Belcher with 13 more.
Mortimer Jordan 48,
Pleasant Grove 34
The Lady Blue Devils raced to a 21-4 lead and went on to pick up win No. 16 this season.
Pleasant Grove went on a 14-7 run to trim the advantage to 28-18, but Jordan responded with a 12-7 run of their own to put the game on ice.
Peyton Davis had 15 points, 17 rebounds and seven blocked shots to lead the way.
Consuela Austin had 10 points, Brianna Nation scored seven, Ashley Merritt had six, Shea Bowman had four, Elisabeth Naramore had three, Ashlee Porter had two points, but helped the team in other areas with seven assists and five steals.
Jordan improved to 16-3.
Kristian Moody led the Lady Rockets (15-4) into the semi-finals with 25, followed by Kenosha Carter with 12, Taylor Powell with eight, Kaitlyn Plan with seven, Alison McCaleb and Elizabeth Schultz had six each and Bekah Myers had four.
Mortimer Jordan 27
On Tuesday night, the Lady Devils lost for the fourth time.
Trailing 22-21 at the half, Jordan didn’t score in the third quarter as Minor pulled away with a 15-0 run.
Porter had 10 points, Nation had six points and six assists. Bowman had four points, Davis had four points and 14 rebounds, Austin had two points and Merritt scored one point.Jordan is now 16-4 and will face Erwin tonight at 7 p.m. at Shades Valley in the county tournament.
Susan Moore girls 44,
Hayden girls 43
On Monday night, an undermanned team of Lady Wildcats fell to a club they had beaten earlier in the season.
Two Hayden starters, senior Terri Sharp and sophomore Tiffany Myrick did not due to injuries and the Lady Bulldogs took advantage of their absence to score the narrow victory. Susan Moore trailed by eight, but then used a 30-22 run the rest of the way to complete the comeback.
Krista Stricklin led Hayden (9-9) with 19 points and four steals, followed by Mallory Ray with nine points, six rebounds and three steals, Kris Quick with five points, Melissa Stricklin with four points, six rebounds and three assists, Sam Niblett with four points and Haley Daniel scored two points and grabbed seven steals.
Susan Moore boys 68,
Hayden boys 32
Hayden led early 10-5, but then the Bulldogs got their offense going and went on a 24-8 run to take the lead for good.
Josh Piteo led the Wildcats with 13 points, followed by Owen Hargett with nine points and 10 rebounds, Matt Stewart with eight points, Will Yates with six points, Ben Curry with five, Nick Burton with four points and three assists and Terrell Parker, Cody Butler and Brian Jones scored two points each. Hayden slipped to 5-12 overall.
Hayden girls 45,
Curry girls 39
Krista Stricklin led Hayden (10-9, 2-4 area) with 20 points and five steals. Niblett had 10 points and six rebounds, Ray had eight points and seven rebounds, Melissa Stricklin had six points, seven rebounds, six steals and three assists and Daniel scored one point.
By Charles Prince