Area Hoops Roundup
BEULAH — The Beulah High School boys basketball team (5-6) extended its win streak to two games when it downed Reeltown on Friday, 62-51. Lonzie Portis scored 22 points and Tez Turner added 16 in the Bobcats’ victory.
The Beulah girls (3-8) dropped their game to Reeltown, 37-24. Kensley Taylor recorded a team-high eight points.
The Bobcats boys and girls will return to action on Tuesday at Class 3A, Area 6 opponent Randolph County.
LaFAYETTE — The Chambers Academy girls basketball team (7-10) fell to Evangel on Friday, 39-32. Freshman Britten Stephens scored nine points in the defeat. Lizzie Keebler (seven), Tori Harmon (six) and Tate Reese (six) also made an impact.
The Chambers Academy boys (3-11) met a similar fate and lost to Evangel, 55-28. Freshman Payton Allen tallied a team-high eight points.
The Rebels and Lady Rebels will return to action on Tuesday at East Memorial Christian Academy in Prattville.
LANETT — The Lanett High School boys basketball team (9-5) knocked off Handley on Saturday, 70-48. Jayshon Burton posted a team-high 15 points. Tifton Dobbs and Anquaevious Pollard had 12 apiece.
The Lanett girls (6-4) fell to Handley in a tight game, 61-57. Makyia Broughton led the Lady Panthers with 18 points, 10 assists and four steals. Ambria Jackson added 16 points, six assists and 10 steals, while Jaci Howell had 11 points, six rebounds and eight steals.
The Panthers and Lady Panthers will return to home action today against Valley. The JV boys game will tip off at 2 p.m. and will be followed by both varsity matchups.
SELMA — The Chambers Academy girls clinched a runner-up finish at Saturday’s AISA Class 1A JV State Basketball Tournament for a second consecutive year. The Lady Rebels, who were seeded fourth, beat fifth-seeded Abbeville and top-seeded Sparta Academy en route to the final.
That’s where they fell to defending JV state champ Southern Academy, 40-36.
Freshman Britten Stephens, who poured in 28 points in the victory over Abbeville, and eighth-grader Lindsey Fuller were named to the all-tournament team. Brandalon Rombokas, AJ Sorrells and Mattie Reese also contributed strong performances.
The Chambers Academy JV boys reached the state semifinal. The Rebels beat Patrician Academy in the quarterfinal, 42-38, behind freshman Payton Allen’s 27 points. The team lost to Evangel Christian Academy in the next round.
The Springwood School girls competed in the 3A edition of the JV State Basketball Tournament. The seventh-seeded Lady Wildcats, who advanced to state for a second-consecutive year, fell in their opening game to second-seeded Fort Dale Academy, 20-13. Fort Dale finished as the state runner-up.
“Our girls were the most inexperienced team at the tournament, which showed at times, but the effort they played with was noteworthy,” Springwood head coach Rick Johnson said. “Similar to the varsity team, our JV team has definitely exceeded expectations for this year.”