Thursday, December 05, 2019






AHSAA Basketball Spotlight Shooting Wizards Daveon Taylor, LaTascya Duff Put on Dazzling Display in Wins

MONTGOMERY – Headland High School senior guard Daveon Taylor stands just 5-foot-4. However, in last Friday’s 91-77 victory over Rehobeth, Taylor stood taller than all the rest with 37 points, including 11 3-point goals, for the Rams.
    Meanwhile, just west of Headland in near-by Samson, senior LaTascya Duff was busy scoring 50 points as the Tigers downed defending Class 2A state girls’ champion Geneva County 81-37. The victory was the 400th career win for Duff’s coach Chad McKnight. Both performances captured this week’s AHSAA Basketball Spotlight.
     “Dameon was on fire,” said Headland Coach Mike Henry of his floor leader. “It was just a gigantic effort from a great kid.”
     Taylor finished 11-of-26 from the 3-point arc (42.3%) and the Rams (13-9) finished the game 14 of 44 with teammate Jailan Simpson sinking the other three. Rehobeth (12-10) also made 10 of 36 with both teams combining to attempt 80 3-pointers to tie the AHSAA single-game state record set earlier this month by Plainview and North Sand Mountain.
     The 11 treys by Taylor were the most in a game in the AHSAA since Plainview’s Koby Tinker sank 11-of-20 attempted in a 93-42 win over DAR last season. He was 17-of-22 in that effort. James Raines of Berry and Chance McCarver of Section also sank 11 treys in a game in 2016 and 2010, respectively, which ranks sixth best in the AHSAA. The record (17), was set by Fred Turner of Wilcox Central in a 96-54 win over Francis Marion in 2011.
     Huff scored 42 of her 50 points in the first half as Samson (21-2) beat the Lady Bulldogs (13-9) to improve to 19-0 this season against in-state opponents. The Tigers are 2-2 versus out-of-state competition. Duff, who is averaging over 30 points per game this season, finished with six 3-pointers and was 8-of-8 at the foul line. The 50-point effort was the first in the AHSAA since Brewbaker Tech’s Biancha Jackson scored 58 last season in a win over Greenville. Jackson is now a freshman at NCAA Division I defending national champion South Carolina.
    The AHSAA girls’ single-game record (63) was set in 1991 by Houston Academy’s Carlee Bevis in a win over Bayside Academy. Sunshine’s Raven Mitchell had 61 in a win over Akron in 1997 and Taurus Pyles of Birmingham-Phillips scored 61 that same season.
    Other top performances reported include:

The Lady Bulldogs won the Calhoun County Tournament for the 18th time with a 59-55 win over Oxford at Jacksonville State’s Pete Mathews Coliseum. The win in the finals was Anniston’s fourth in the last five years for Coach Eddie Bullock. Center Toniah Foster earned MVP honors with 20 points and five rebounds in the finals. Allasha Dudley was named best offensive player in the tournament. She finished with 10 points in the championship game.
DIANTE WOOD LEADS SACRED HEART TO TITLE: Scored 22 points to lead the Cardinals past Oxford 66-61 in the finals of the Calhoun County tournament at Jacksonville State. He and became just the second player in the tourney’s long history to earn Best Defensive Player, Best Offensive Player and MVP. Len Stafford was the first, winning all three individual awards for Oxford at the 1983 tournament.
STRAUGHN POST KINSAUL’S 400TH WIN: Teammates Allie Kelley and Colby Adams had 18 and 10 points, respectively as the Bulldogs beat Slocomb 47-41 – giving head coach Scott Kinsaul a milestone victory, No. 400 of his prep coaching career.

Nailed two free throws with six seconds remaining to lead the defending Class 7A state champs to a 58-56 win over Huffman (21-3). Trendon Watford, Mountain Brook’s 6-foot-8 junior, had 24 points and 12 rebounds, including eight points in the fourth period. His bucket with 1:14 to play tied the game at 56-56. Jeremiah Williams had 22 for the Vikings. The Spartans (22-5) and Huffman are now tied at 3-1 in 7A, Area 6.
CURTIS SOWELS, BLOUNT: Sank two free throws with 5.8 seconds remaining to lift the Leopards past LeFlore 49-47. He scored 10 of his 12 points in the fourth period.

Had 28 points, five steals and eight assists as the Tigers (18-4) beat Carroll 87-46.
KARLEIGH SLEDGE, DESHLER: The senior had 28 points, 12 rebounds and seven blocks Class 4A Deshler’s 80-57 win over Class 6A Opelika.
AALIYAH AUSTIN, FAITH ACADEMY: Turned in a double-double with 13 points, 13 rebounds and added five blocked shots as the Lady Rams (14-7) beat Daphne 55-22
SHYAN FLACK, BREWER: Scored 23 points and had 11 rebounds in Brewer’s 57-53 win over Priceville in the semifinals of the Morgan County Tournament.
ALEXIS LEGGETT, ARITON: Led Ariton to a 52-37 win over G.W. Long with 21 points, 12 rebounds and six blocked shots.
KENZI DUNCAN, SOUTHSIDE-GADSDEN: Scored 22 points and earned MVP honors leading the Panthers to a 56-45 win over Glencoe in the Etowah County Tournament finals. It was Southside’s first Etowah County tourney title in school history.

Had 23 points in a jam-packed gym to pace the Toros (13-9) to a 66-61 win over Baldwin County rival Daphne (16-6). The game was part of statewide initiative Shooting to Change, started by Toros’ head coach Dru Powell and his wife four years ago to raise awareness for autism. A total of 55 fouls were called in the game with Daphne committing 33 and Spanish Fort 22.
ROBERT GAINES, WEAVER: Was 4-for-4 from the 3-point arc and finished with 26 points to lead the Bearcats past Jacksonville 76-49.
TYLER PECK, BREWER, Totaled 19 points, including five 3-point baskets, to lead Brewer to a win over Danville in the semifinals of the Morgan County Tournament.
TY RAPER, HACKLEBURG: Scored 28 points in a 72-54 win over Brilliant in the Marion County tournament.
KOBE BROWN, LEE-HUNTSVILLE: Had 26 points and 12 rebounds to lead Lee (9-11) past Bob Jones 63-49. He also had 27 in a win over Mae Jemison.
GARRETT HICKS, JAMES CLEMENS: Had 33 points in as the Jets (14-8) knocked off Buckhorn (20-4) 76-68. Hicks, who also had 33 points hitting 19-of-19 free throws in an earlier win over Huffman, continued his dead-eye aim going 43-of-45 (95.6%) over Jets’ last three games.
LOGAN PADGETT, HOMEWOOD: Had 21 points and 16 rebounds as the Patriots (12-12) beat Ramsay 54-52.
LANDON JOHNSON, HOKES BLUFF: Was named Etowah County Tournament MVP scoring 18 points for the Eagles (17-4) in a 52-45 win over Southside-Gadsden in the finals.
COLBY SULLINS, WEST POINT: Scored 30 points, 27 coming on a 9-of-14 3-point shooting flurry, in West Point’s 71-60 loss to Hayden.
JAYCE WILLINGHAM, CORDOVA: Had 24 points and seven rebounds a 63-40 win over Carbon Hill in the Walker County tournament finals. Teammate Isaac Chatman captured MVP honors with 12 points, 10 rebounds and two blocked shots in the win.

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