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Demopolis girls hold Bibb to 9 first-half points

DEMOPOLIS–There are definitely worse ways to start a season.

The Demopolis Lady Tigers improved their record to 2-0 with a second straight easy victory, opening up a 16-3 lead at the end of the first quarter and coasting to a 52-22 win over the Bibb Co. Lady Choctaws Friday night.

Leading the way for the Lady Tigers was senior guard Shawnese Armstead, who scored 11. Freshman Loreal Moore added 10 while 10 different Lady Tigers made at least one field goal.

Coming off of a 74-41 win over Francis Marion Tuesday, the Lady Tigers once again took control early and were never seriously threatened. With 4:15 remaining in the first quarter Demopolis had already built a 9-0 lead behind a pair of baskets by both Katerria Johnson and Jasmine Simmons. Bibb’s Octavia Ledlow got the Lady Choctaws’ first bucket with 3:45 left in the quarter, a three-pointer by Armstead and a Kelli Johnson field goal in the last 1:05 of the period took the Demopolis lead to 16-3.

The suffocating Demopolis defense took care of things from there. The Lady Tigers pushed the lead to 28-9 at halftime and 39-15 at the end of three quarters after back-to-back baskets by Armstead. Moore’s seven points in the final period boosted DHS to the final margin of victory.

Joining Armstead and Moore in the scorebook for Demopolis were Simmons with 7 points, both Kelli and Katerria Johnson with 6, Jasmine Hardy with 4, and Alicia Arnold, Valissa Sams, Krystal Walker, and Kierra Plaskett with 2 each.

Demopolis Boys JV 37, Bibb Co. 28

The Demopolis boys’ junior varsity got a second straight big game from Shantrell Braxton to improve to 2-0 on the season with a nine-point win over Bibb Co.

Braxton had 18 to lead all scorers and provide nearly half of the Tigers’ output. Also connecting for Demopolis were Marlo Smith with 7, Rick Boone and Calvin Bryant with 4 each, and Justin Hardy and Antwain Nelson with 2 each.