Catholic 72, LAMP 65 (OT)
LAMP managed to force Catholic into overtime in the 4A Area 4 matchup, but never had an answer for Justin Bufford, who recorded a triple-double in the Knights’ 72-65 win on Tuesday night in the LAMP gym.
Bufford had 37 points, 20 rebounds, 10 steals and three assists in the victory, playing all 36 minutes of the contest.
Myles Butler added 15 points, nine rebounds, three steals and three assists to help the Knights improve to 4-0 in area play with games remaining against Trinity and ACA. T.J. Dudley had 15 rebounds along with six points and Johntavius Green had eight assists along with five points.
Micah Boone had 31 points, nine rebounds, four assists and three steals for LAMP, which dropped to 1-3 in area play with games remaining against ACA and Trinity. Tyler Hoffman added 13 points and four blocked shots.
Catholic (18-3) travels to Trinity on Friday while LAMP (8-14) will travel to ACA.
Evangel Christian 47, Macon East Academy 36
CECIL -- David Werking scored 11 points, four rebounds and two assists to push Evangel to a road win over Macon East. Tyree Curry added 10 points, three rebounds, five assists and three steals while Marcus Townsend added seven points and six rebounds.
Javen Augustus had 12 points and six rebounds for Macon East, which struggled from the free-throw line, shooting 10 of 22, and from beyond the 3-point arc, where they were 2 of 9. Jayman Pettway followed Augustus in scoring with seven points and two assists.
“Evangel came out on fire and clicking on all cylinders,” Macon East coach Lincoln Glass said. “They just outplayed us and outcoached us. They have three of the best guards in the league and they showed it tonight.”
Macon East (13-10) travels to Dothan to play Northside Methodist on Tuesday.
The top-ranked Lions (18-1) will play host to seventh-ranked Tuscaloosa on Thursday.
Trinity 60, Alabama Christian 36
Parker Hughes scored 11 points to lead a balanced attack, but the real story for Trinity was the Wildcats’ defense, which held Alabama Christian to 21 points through the first three quarters of Tuesday’s 4A Area 4 game in the Trinity gym.
Eleven different players scored for Trinity, with Jon Cole Portis scoring 10 to follow Hughes in scoring. James Davis, Jim Portis and Andrew McNees all added six points each for the Wildcats, which improved to 2-1 in area play with games remaining against Catholic and LAMP.
Trinity plays host to Catholic on Friday.
Autaugaville 55, Prattville Christian 41
AUTAUGAVILLE -- Jacob Comer had 12 points to lead the Panthers in their matchup with Autaugaville on Monday night. Coleman Hunter added nine points and 10 rebounds, Tillman Makupson had six points and 10 rebounds and Carson Roberson and Stillman Davis each scored five points for PCA 7-15).
In the junior varsity game, Cole Houston had nine points for winless PCA as the Panthers dropped a hard-fought defensive struggle 27-24. Cohen Palmore added seven points and six rebounds and Tanner Byrd had four points and 10 rebounds for PCA (0-10).
St. James 38, Bullock County 28
UNION SPRINGS – Maddox Trumbly hit a pair of 3-pointers and Hannah Grace Griggs added another as the Trojans picked up their first area victory with a 10-point win on the road over Bullock County.
Danielle Greene led St. James with 13 points, followed by Griggs with seven and India Bond and Trumbly with six points each.
“Tonight we had several young players step up and fill some much needed roles with a good area win on the road,” St. James coach Katie Barton said.
St. James (11-6) improved to 1-2 in 3A Area 5 play and will visit Montgomery Academy for an Area 5 game on Friday at 6 p.m.
Trinity 69, Alabama Christian 46
Emma Kate Smith had 26 points, six assists and four steals to lead the Wildcats to an easy 4A Area 4 win over Alabama Christian in the Trinity gym on Tuesday night.
Mary Alice Sasser added 13 points for Trinity, followed by Brooke Avant with nine. The Wildcats, 3-0 in area play, can secure the regular-season area title with a win at home against Catholic (4-1) on Friday.
Catholic 52, LAMP 35
The Knights broke open a tight game in the third quarter with 18 points to improve to 3-1 in 4A Area play with a win over the Tigers in the LAMP gym on Tuesday night.
Catholic led just 21-20 at the half, but outscored the Tigers 18-8 in the third quarter while holding the Tigers’ top scorer, Caitlin Russell, to just two points in the contest.
Lorren Pharrams had 20 points, 13 rebounds and four steals in the win, followed by Nona Johnson with 15 points and 14 rebounds, Jaye Bailey with nine points, five rebounds, three steals and three assists and Chloe Walden with four points, seven assists, four steals and two rebounds.
Arianna Cannida had 11 points to lead LAMP, which fell to 0-4 in area play.
Catholic (11-3) travels to Trinity on Friday, while LAMP (2-16) travels to ACA.
Macon East Academy 43, Evangel Christian Academy 37
CECIL – Macon East broke out of its poor shooting drought long enough to go on a 15-5 run in the third quarter and hold off Evangel Christian 43-37 in the Macon East gym on Tuesday night.
The Knights shot just 24 percent (12 of 49) from the field, but scored 15 points in the third quarter to extend a 13-12 halftime lead. Georgia Blaze had 12 points, seven rebounds and three steals, Emi Lott added 10 points and Kerry Straw had 12 rebounds to help the Knights hold off the Lions down the stretch.
Zaria Johnson had 17 points and 17 rebounds for Evangel Christian (9-10), followed by Karley Blankenship with 15 points.
Evangel Christian plays host to Tuscaloosa on Thursday, while Macon East travels to Northside on Tuesday.
Prattville Christian 50, Autaugaville 15
AUTAUGAVILLE -- Ella Jane Connell led the Lady Panthers with 18 points, five steals and four assists as PCA improved to 21-1 with a rout of 1A Autaugaville on Monday.
CoCo Thomas added 10 points and five rebounds, Jacey Haynes had six points and five rebounds, Chelsea Mulliner had six points and four rebounds and Leighton Johnson added five points and four rebounds. Avery Rogers scored three points and Tori DeMaio had five steals for PCA.