Prattville Christian might have been experiencing a little Thanksgiving hangover, while St. James made a good first impression in its season opener on Monday.

The Trojans built an early lead and maintained it for much of the first half, extending the lead to 11 points in the third quarter before pulling away for a 72-58 win over the Panthers in the St. James gym.

After the game, Trojan coach Nigel Card liked the hustle of his squad.

“I’ve never had a team to work as hard in practice as this team,” he said. “We’re lacking some skill stuff, but our effort is going to be pretty consistent. And that’s encouraging. They’re going to continue to get a little bit better. To be honest with you, I wasn’t sure what we had, but now that they’ve played their first game, I’m starting to get a little idea of what this team can be, but we’ve still got a long way to go.”

Andrew Sadie hit three 3-pointers in the first quarter and finished with a game-high 30 points. Bradley Thomas, who added eight points in the first quarter, had 19 points followed by Alex Rountree with 11 points.

Jacob Comer led PCA (3-5) with 28 points, six steals and five assists, followed by Tillman Makupson with 13 points and eight rebounds. The Panthers played in seven games, including a holiday tournament in Sylacauga, leading up to Monday’s game but didn’t play with the same intensity as the Trojans.

“I think we had the three biggest guys in the game and they easily outplayed us in the post,” PCA coach Jason Roberson said.

Card got five points each from post players Barr Armistead and Rountree in the third quarter to help the Trojans turn a close game into a comfortable lead as St. James controlled the paint for most of the final three quarters.

“With the addition of Armistead, along with Rountree, (Dalton) Washington and (Melik) Melton, all of those kids are capable of going in and giving you quality minutes,” Card said of his post players. “It depends on what the matchups are. Can they guard the perimeter? It’s going to be a challenge to see how we match up.”

The Panthers travel to Trinity on Tuesday, while the Trojans remain home against LAMP.

Prattville Christian girls 44, St. James 27

Ella Jane Connell and CoCo Thomas combined for nine first-quarter points as the Lady Panthers jumped out to an early lead and pulled away late in a defensive struggle on Monday night.

“We’ve got to bring high energy on defense and get after it and, for whatever reason, we didn’t have that energy and excitement defensively today,” PCA coach Jason Roberson said.

St. James (2-2) managed just three field goals in the first half, all by Seanna Brooks, who finished with 15 points.

Thomas led PCA (7-1) with 16 points and 12 rebounds, followed by Connell with 12 points and five steals. Connell had five points in both the first and third quarters and Thomas had four points in both the first and third quarters as PCA pulled away to a comfortable 31-16 lead in the third quarter and coasted the rest of the way.

Avery Rogers scored seven points for PCA, followed by Jacey Haynes with six points, six rebounds and four blocks. Tori DeMaio had 16 rebounds and four steals. Chelsea Mulliner grabbed six rebounds

The Panthers travel to Trinity on Tuesday, while the Trojans remain home against LAMP.

Macon East Academy 58, Wiregrass Academy 41

CECIL -- Jeremiah Carnegie had 20 points, three rebounds and two steals to lead the Knights past Wiregrass Academy on Monday night.

Senior point guard Jayman Pettway added 13 points, along with eight assists and four steals. Junior shooting guard Kirkland Pugh came off the bench and hit 3 of 5 3-pointers to finish with nine points while providing defensive intensity the entire game.

Macon East (4-2) travels to Lanett to play Springwood School on Tuesday.

Marbury 65, Montgomery Academy 54

MARBURY -- Britton Kohn led the Eagles with 12 points, six assists and six rebounds against the Bulldogs on Monday night.

William Robertson chipped in nine points and eight rebounds, while William Norrell added eight points. MA (1-3) returns home to face Alabama Christian Academy on Tuesday.

Catholic girls 24, Elmore County 18

ECLECTIC – Nona Johnson had six points and 11 rebounds and Donisha Boyd added six points as the Knights won a defensive struggle on the road. Catholic (4-0) returns home to play BTW Magnet on Tuesday.

Montgomery Academy girls 61, Marbury 28

MARBURY – Leighton Robertson, in her first game of the season, had 15 points and six steals as the Eagles ran away with a 61-28 win over the Bulldogs on Monday.

Robertson and three other players missed the first three games on a school-sponsored trip, so Monday was the first time the Eagles had their full roster on hand. Madi Caddell added 14 points and Gabby Ramirez had 11 for Montgomery Academy (3-1), which returns home to play Alabama Christian on Tuesday.

Catholic 75, Elmore County 34

ECLECTIC -- Justin Bufford had 17 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Knights to an easy road victory on Monday night.

Johntarius Green added 15 points and Matthew Reardon had 10 for Catholic (4-2), which plays its first game in its new gym on Tuesday against BTW Magnet.