February 5, 2023

Monday Summary: Freshman gets promoted from JV and answers call, scores 15 points to lead Donoho via ASD in area game, Weaver falls to Westbrook, Cleburne County plays school game

By Al Muskewitz
East Alabama sports today

Korielle Beavers was just a little worried when he took his Donoho basketball team into a territory game they couldn’t afford to lose without two of his best players.

Isaiah Smith pulls up at the 3-point line in Thecae of ASD’s Taylor Dubose’s defense. Smith drew a start and scored eight points. On the cover, Donoho newcomer Bruce Downey (21) drives to the basket against Joshua Kelley. (Photos by BJ Franklin)

He trusted in the abilities of those who stayed and knew someone would step up to fill the void. He just didn’t know who it would be.

Enter Bruce Downey. Raised out of junior varsity, the freshman had the game of his life, scoring 15 points and grabbing 10 rebounds to lead the Falcons over the Alabama School for the Deaf 74-45.

“I always knew he had it, especially lately,” Beavers said. “He asked a lot of questions about what he can do to get better, learn offense, learn defense.

“He only has one will, man. He just has a passion for it and a drive. We need that in the team. Now he gives me a whole lot to think about.”

Beavers was looking for a few good men because top scorer Drew Williamson and Richard Goad were both ill. He is unsure when both will return. In their place, Jack Wallace and Isaiah Smith started. Wallace had 14 points and five assists, Smith had eight points.

Downey has had a couple of varsity call-ups this season, but his biggest action came against the Silent Warriors. He was 7-of-13 from the field and also had seven steals in his 18.5 minutes of glory.

“I’ve been called up before so I was used to it, but this is the first time I’ve actually played a lot at varsity; I think I did pretty well,” he said. “I wasn’t really nervous when I came to this game. I just came in to play. i was ready to play

“We’re all good players, we all have our good days and bad days. I just came in and played well. I started scoring, passing the ball and putting it on the court. I did that for JV so I just transferred it to varsity.”

ASD – Stacey Phillips 8-1-17, Joshua Kelley 1-2-4, Taylor Dubose 0-0-0, Lakedrick Agee 6-0-12, Trillien Washington 3-0-6, PJ Brownlee 2-0-4, Kris Williams 1-0-2. Overall 21-3-45.
DONOHO – Jordan Cameron 3-3-9, Jack Wallace 6-0-14, Isiah Smith 2-4-8, Cash Worley 1-0-2, Sam Johnson 4-4-12, Hayes Farrell 4-0-8, Bruce Downey 7-0-15, Sean Keel 3-0-6. Total 30-11-74.
ASD 12 8 15 9 – 45
Donoho 18 14 20 12 – 74
3-point goals: Donoho 3 (Wallace 2, Downey). Total fouls: ASD 9, Donoho 13. Officials: Doss, Fletcher, Caldwell.

CLAY CENTRAL 49, CLEBURN COUNTY 35: Josh Giddens is really starting to like games at school. His Volunteers are now 3-0 in matinees this season after retiring from a close game late in the second quarter.

The Vols took a 9-2 lead, but the Tigers rallied to take a 10-9 lead. The Vols retired again for a 13-10 lead and the Tigers rallied again, connecting the game with Dawson Haynes’ 3-pointer coming from a time-out. This time the Vols went as part of a bigger 16-3 to take control of the game with a 9-0 tear at halftime.

Troy Buchanan hit two 3-pointers in the second quarter of the run and Luke Shaddix hit one at the end. Buchanan led the Vols by 16 points.

Jacob Cavender hit consecutive 3s in the last minute of the third quarter, including one that hit the buzzer to put the Tigers 32-24, then the Vols opened the fourth quarter with an 11-2 run, to put it outside the range.

“Games at school are really fun,” Giddens said. “No. 1 I get to be with the kids I love and it’s really good for those kids (students) who might not get the opportunity to come to a game. This might be the only game that they can see all season long.

“We played well at school. Sometimes when we play during school distractions come in and I think we’ve done a good job of managing those distractions and playing well, especially defensively. What we’ve hung our hat on this year is play really, really good defence, press the ball and lose possession and that’s what we did today.

TONE CENTRAL – Keisen Lindsey 2 1-2 5, Terry Heflin 2 0-0 4, Damion Boyd 1 0-0 3, Luke Shaddix 3 0-0 7, JT Wilkerson 0 0-0 0, Troy Buchanan 6 2-2 16, JJ Cosby 1 0-0 2, Deshaun Gibbons 0 0-0 0, Kevin Cherry 2 0-1 4, Denzel McNeil 3 0-1 8. Overall 20 3-6 49.
CLEBURN COUNTY – Jacob Cavender 3 2-2 11 Dawson Haynes 2 0-0 6 Hunter Gore 0 2-2 2 Jackson Miller 1 1-1 3 Rico Huguley 0 2-2 2 James Cotton 0 0-0 0 Nate Adams 0 1-2 1, Jake Littleton 1 0-0 2, Gray Freeman 3 2-4 8. Overall 10 10-13 35.
Clay Central 9 13 10 17 – 49
Cleburne County 5 8 11 11 – 35
3-point goals: Clay Central 6 (Boyd, Shaddix, Buchanan 2, McNeil 2); Cleburne County 5 (3 Cavender, 2 Haynes). Total fouls: Clay Central 10, Cleburne County 13. Officials: Miller, Burroughs, Howell.

WESTBROOK 51, WEAVER 34: Eli Edge scored 12 of his 14 points, including a pair of 3-pointers, in the third quarter as the Warriors pulled away from the undermanned Bearcats. Dawson Brooks scored 11 of his 13 goals in the second quarter to keep Weaver 21-18 at halftime.

WEST BROOK CHRISTIAN – Cameron White 2 0-0 5 Steven Barnes 1 1-2 3 John Gilchrist 2 3-4 7 Keaton Bean 0 0-0 0 Eli Edge 5 2-2 14 Joshua Terrell 4 0-0 9 Brady Carden 2 2-4 6, Cameron Carden 3 0-1 7, Isaac Armstrong 0 0-0 0, Cole Potter 0 0-0 0. Overall 19 8-13 51.
WEAVER – Tristan Brown 6 1-2 13, Elijah Smith 1 0-0 2, Dawson Brooks 6 0-4 13, Jackson Williams 0 0-3 0, Zach Garner 3 0-0 6, Austin Snider 0 0-0 0. Overall 16 1-9 34
Westbrook 8 13 15 15 – 51
Weber 5 13 8 8 – 34
3-point goals: Westbrook 5 (White, Edge 2, Terrell, C. Carden); Weber 1 (streams). Total fouls: Westbrook 10, Weaver 13. Officials: Jarrett, Kelley, Hollingsworth.

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CLAY CENTRAL 50, CLEBURN COUNTY 31: The Lady Vols came out of half-time ready in the third quarter and beat their hosts 17-7 to break away from a tight game.

The Lady Tigers recovered from an early 8-2 deficit to take their first lead since Makinzie Frames’ 3-pointer 2-0 at 1:55 at halftime. Mariah Lindsey scored five points in the last 35 seconds of the half to send the Lady Vols into the dressing room with a 17-14 lead.

The Lady Vols scored a six-man goal in the third quarter as they quickly withdrew.

“Too many turnovers and the effort wasn’t there,” said Cleburne County coach Todd Gable. “We had chances in the second quarter, but we just lost the ball too much and the focus wasn’t there. I don’t know if it’s the school game to play early, I’m not sure.”

Clay Central manager Tyrell Bishop would have liked to have said something at half-time to get his players going in the second half, but it was just a natural occurrence.

“I don’t think we did anything differently,” he said. “I feel like there was a little bit more energy. We got some bargains. We struggled to score points once we got steals and we actually started making them. Sometimes we’re better (in the second half) but they had a little run.”

Clay Central placed three scorers in double figures, with Mia and Maleah Lindsey each scoring 12. Faith Brown led Cleburne County by 16 points. It was her first game back since she was in a car accident last Wednesday. She had five rebounds, four steals and two blocked shots in the first half.

TONE CENTRAL – India Glenn 1 1-2 3, Mia Lindsey 5 2-6 12, Maleah Lindsey 4 3-4 12, Nygeria Carr 1 0-0 3, Ashanti Smith 2 0-1 4, Dymond Heflin 1 0-0 2, Ramyah Billingsley 0 0-0 0, Nariah Brock 4 2-6 10, Zykeria Heflin 2 0-3 4. Overall 20 8-22 50.
CLEBURN COUNTY – Faith Brown 7 2-5 16, Makinzie Frames 2 0-0 6, Hannah Turley 1 0-0 2, Cori Austin 0 0-0 0, Alivia Boyd 0 1-2 1, Kadence Brown 1 0-0 2, Macey East 2 0-0 4, Kiera Henderson 0 0-0 0, Lilian Whatley 0 0-0 0. Overall 13 3-7 31.
Tone Mid 10 7 17 16 – 50
Cleburne County 4 10 7 10 – 31
3-point goals: Clay Central 2 (Ma. Lindsey, Carr); Cleburne County 2 (Pictures 2). Fouled out: frames. Total fouls: Clay Central 9, Cleburne County 14. Officials: Burroughs, Howell, Wood.


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