A free throw in the fourth quarter by Shieme Ricks put the Vols over the top in a hard fought battle with the Central High Eagles. The Vols fought hard to secure their victory of 43-39, The Lady Vols dominated the Lady Eagles, walking off the court with a 55-32 victory.
The AJ boys fell behind early in the first quarter with a score of 7 -10. At the half, the Vols were down by 7 points, 15-22. For both teams, fouls was a factor. AJ had 22 team fouls, and Central had 23 team fouls. AJ had 9 turnovers and Central had 6.
The Eagles peaked in scoring during the first half, and were outscored by the Vols in the third and fourth quarters. The third quarter ended with the Vols gaining back three points to put them down by 4, 27-31,
The final quarter saw the Vols score enough to tie the game at 39 all with under three minutes to play. Shieme Ricks was fouled with 3 seconds left in the game. His free throws put the Vols ahead, and they did not look back. Adding four points at the end of the game to secure the win.
Jamie Hinson and Shieme Ricks both scored 12 points each. Jamie had one trey, and Shieme had two. Joey Walters joined in with 10 points, with one trey. Cam Vincent had two treys to bring in 6 points. OJ White, Daymond Cunningham, and Griffin Gardner each made a free throw for one point each.
“I told the guys, just believe.” Said AJ coach Danny Wright. “We could not get any shots going. They played smart, and played to the end. I am proud of my guys. We were able to come back and get a win.”
Brandon Edward was high scorer for the Eagles with 10 points.
For the Lady Vols, the game was in their control the entire time. They took a 16 to 0 lead in the first quarter. By half time the score was 29 to 11. The third quarter saw the Lady Vols dominate the boards, raising the score to 50 to 21. They outscored the Lady Eagles in the third by 11 points. The final score was 55 to 32. The Lady Vols turned it over more with 19 turnovers to the lady Eagles 12. The Lady Vols also lead team fouls with 17 to the Lady Eagles’ 12. Shiyana Threatt brought the bulk of the Lady Eagles’ points with a total of 20 in her column
For the Lady Vols, Makaylan Crosby was top scorer with 14 points from 7 baskets. Raegan Brewer came in second with 13 points from 3 baskets, 2 treys and a free throw. Danielle Ussery sank 5 baskets for her 10 points. Caroline Wrenn had 4 baskets for 8 points. Iesha Williams had three baskets and a free throw for her 7 points. Mackenzie Marshall had a basket and free throw to add 3 points to team totals.
“We played strong first quarter, it was kind of a roller coaster game.” Said AJ coach ShaRon Robertson, “Overall great production, great offense and great defense” were the keys to the win according to Robertson.