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Mountain Brook’s Trendon Watford Becomes AHSAA Career Rebound Leader in Hewitt Win

MONTGOMERY -- Mountain Brook High School 6-foot-9 senior Trendon Watford had 27 points and 12 rebounds as the defending Class 7A state champion Spartans (24-3) beat Hewitt-Trussville 63-39. In the process, his last rebound of the night made him the AHSAA’s all-time leading rebounder – and the outstanding forward grabbed this week’s AHSAA Basketball Spotlight.
   Watford had 1,821 rebounds following that win, which moved him past the state’s all-time career leader Richard Hendrix of Athens, who finished his career with 1,820 rebounds from 2001-05 for the Golden Eagles.  Watford added 12 in a 51-47 win over Memphis East on Saturday night to give him 1,833 on the season. He also has more than 3,400 points in a career that spanned one season (2014-15) at Shades Valley High School and four seasons at Mountain Brook (2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18 and this season). Coach Bucky McMillan’s Spartans, ranked 8th nationally by U.S. Today, have won back-to-back Class 7A boys’ state basketball titles with Watford in the line-up.  He also was one of two AHSAA seniors named to rosters for the McDonald’s All-America All-Star Game last week. Pleasant Home senior center River Baldwin was selected for the McDonald‘s girls’ contest.
    Josh Langford of Madison Academy (2016) and Shakayla Thomas of Sylacauga (2014) are the most recent AHSAA players to play in the annual all-star game. Jack Doss served as a head coach and his J.O. Johnson assistants Troy Ragland and Preston Barber also coached in the game in 2016.
    The win over Memphis East extended Mountain Brook’s current winning streak to 10 games.
    Watford’s rebounding record edged out another outstanding rebounding performance by Coosa Christian’s India Brown for this week’s AHSAA Spotlight. She had 25 points and 28 rebounds in a 67-58 win over Jacksonville Christian. Brown had 11 offensive rebounds and 17 defensive boards to turn in the 13th best single-game rebounding effort in AHSAA girls’ basketball history.  Maida Harris of B.B. Comer had 38 in a game for Childersburg against B.B. Comer in 2000 to set the record. Brown had 31 in a win over Cleveland last season, which ties for third most overall. Her 28 versus Jacksonville Christian is the most reported since then and gives her the two highest rebounding totals reported in AHSAA girls’ play since 2014.
   In other top efforts reported this week:

Nailed the game-winning shot in the closing seconds of Tanner’s 38-36 win over West Limestone on Thursday in the Limestone County Tournament. Benford finished the game with 11 points. Caroline Bachus had 20 points for West Limestone.
MAXWELL RONE, COLUMBIA: Had 15 points, including two clutch baskets in overtime, as the Eagles downed Muscle Shoals 51-49 to claim the Class 6A, Area 15 top seed. Teammate Gervaughn Abram also sank three important free throws in the OT period to help seal the win. He finished with 11 points.
JAKE KOKOSZKA, ST. MICHAEL CATHOLIC: Scored the game-winning shot with 1.5 seconds left to give the Cardinals a 36-35 win over Bayside Academy. It was the first area win in the school’s AHSAA history.
CHANCE SPEARS, MOBILE CHRISTIAN: Had 16 points to lead the Leopards from a 15-point deficit in the 70-68 overtime win over Flomaton.

Scored 30 points in the Eagles’ 74-48 win over Pike Road. The win was the 20th for Montgomery Academy this season – the Eagles’ sixth straight year with 20 or more wins and 11th in the last 14 seasons.
RIVER BALDWIN, PLEASANT HOME: The senior center, who was recently named to participate in the 2019 McDonald’s All-American Game, had 23 points, 15 rebounds and seven blocked shots in a 157-20 win over McKenzie. One night earlier, she had 24 points, 15 rebounds and 10 blocked shots in the Eagles’ 54-25 win over Georgiana.
KEANDRIA CHILDRESS, WENONAH: Had 29 points and 10 steals in a 76-43 win over Fairfield.
SARAH ASHLEE BARKER, SPAIN PARK: Tallied 27 points as the Jaguars beat Hewitt-Trussville 75-65, had 20 in a 67-50 win over Vestavia Hills and 15 in a hard-fought 48-45 loss to Hazel Green.
KAROLINE STRIPLIN, GENEVA COUNTY: Had 19 points, 17 rebounds and 11 blocked shots in a 43-28 win over Geneva County rival Samson.
RANDREA WRIGHT, CARVER-BIRMINGHHAM: Scored 28 points as the Rams (20-8) captured the Class 6A, Area 11 regular-season title. She also had 19 points and six re bounds in a 44-27 win over Gardendale.
KATIE JONES, DECATUR HERITAGE: Scored 29 points in Decatur Heritage’s 56-48 win over Westminster Christian.
ALLISON EVANS, STANHOPE ELMORE: Led the Mustangs to a 55-29 win over Prattville with 20 points and 17 rebounds.
30 points in roughly two quarters as Priceville defeated Falkville 62-35 in the semifinals of the Morgan County Tournament on Friday. She scored 25 points in the first half.
ELSIE HARRIS, B.C. RAIN: Had 23 points in a 38-34 win over Baldwin County.
TIARRA BOGGS, WILLIAMSON: Scored 20 points and had five steals in a 52-47 win over W.S. Neal.

Scored 55 points in an 85-72 loss to Sheffield.
J.D. DAVIDSON, CALHOUN: Scored 32 points, handed out seven assists and cleared seven rebounds as the Tigers beat arch-rival Central-Hayneville 100-73.
CAMERON TUCKER, WENONAH: Had 21 points, seven rebounds and four assists in a 66-57 win over Pinson Valley, 14 points and five assists in a 57-48 win over Fairfield and added 18 points as the Dragons beat Lausanne Collegiate (TN) 55-52 in the Hotbed Classic at New Albany (MS).
DE’MARQUIESE MILES, LEE-MONTGOMERY: Had 16 points and eight assists in a 66-34 win over Ellwood Christian and had 14 points in a 57-50 win over Carver-Montgomery at the Wolverines’ gym – just the sixth loss in the arena’s nine-year history. Carver is 105-6 overall at home during that span with three losses coming at the hands of their arch-rival Generals.
KENDRICK CALHOUN, B.T. WASHINGTON: Had 14 rebounds and nine blocked shots as the Golden Eagles beat Holtville. His teammate Joseph Graham led the scoring with 16 points and also cleared 10 rebounds.
MARKEL BEE, SPANISH FORT: sank six 3-pointers en route to 22 points as the Toros downed Daphne 69-40 in a standing-room-only packed gym as the two rivals played in the Shooting 3 Change Classic to raise awareness for autism research. Daphne won the first meeting 67-64.
DREW DUNN, OAK MOUNTAIN: Had 21 points, including 6-of-8 at the foul line, as the Eagles downed Thompson 59-47 to clinch second seed in Class 7A, Area 5.
MICAH BOONE, LAMP: Totaled 19 points in the Golden Tigers’ 57-48 win over Montgomery Catholic to help expend LAMP’s current win streak to 13 games.
MARTAVIUS PAYTON, GEORGIANA: Had 25 points and 11 rebounds as the Panthers (22-4) won their 11th game in a row beating Pleasant Home 72-32. He also had 14 points and 10 rebounds in a 63-53 loss to Greenville the next night as the win streak came to an end versus the 5A Tigers.
NOAH BOLER, DECATUR HERITAGE: Had a pair of double-doubles with 21 points and 14 rebounds in a 59-53 win over Westminster Christian and 13 points and 13 re bounds in a 69-57 loss to Huntsville.

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