DHS, MA girls off to good start

Published 10:13 am Friday, December 14, 2012

In this week’s Alabama Sports Writers’ Association basketball poll, the Demopolis girls are still just outside the top 10, while the Marengo Academy girls are in the No. 5 position in the AISA top 10.

The Demopolis girls are 4-1 on the young season, with their only loss coming on Tuesday at Clarke County.

The Marengo Academy girls (9-0) are one of only two undefeated teams in the AISA top 10.

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The Demopolis High School basketball teams took to the road Tuesday night to Grove Hill to face the Clarke County Bulldogs.

The Lady Tigers dropped their first game of the season to the Bulldogs by a score of 50-37. This moves the Lady Tigers to 4-1 on the young season.

The varsity boys basketball team also fell to the Bulldogs on Tuesday night by a score of 65-49. The loss moves the Tigers to 2-3 on the year.

The Demopolis basketball teams will welcome Linden to town Friday night. The first game will begin at 5 p.m.

They will also travel to R.C. Hatch on Saturday to take on the Bobcats for the second time this season.

Last Friday, the Demopolis Tigers faced off against the R.C. Hatch Bobcats in front of a packed house.

The Lady Tigers started the night against the Class 2A No. 8 team in the state. They led throughout the game and held off all comeback attempts by the Bobcats in the fourth quarter. Demopolis won the game by a score of 48-38.

Jonniece Collins led the Tigers with 18 points. She was the only player for DHS to go into double figures.

In the boys game, Demopolis did all they could to hang around, but R.C. Hatch shot the lights out early in the game and built a lead too large for the Tigers to overcome.

The Bobcats used the three pointer to jump out to a 24-12 lead at the end of the first quarter.

The highlight play of the night came on an alley-oop by the Bobcats early in the second quarter, which got the crowd buzzing.

Another big quarter by the Bobcats put them ahead 44-26 at the half.

Demopolis fought back in the second half, but was unable to ever pull within single digits.

Sophomore Rashad Lynch led the Tigers with 18 points. Roderick Davis finished with 14 points and Kevin Isaac finished with 11.

Head coach Rodney Jackson said he felt better about his team’s execution in this game.

“We executed better tonight, and we played hard,” he said. “We just weren’t able to make shots. Every time we would start going on a run, we’d make a turnover or a bad shot to slow us down. We, as coaches, have to keep working and I know this group of guys will keep working, too.”