High School Hoops Round-up

by dentonramsey

High School Hoops Round-up


DEMOPOLIS – The Demopolis High School Tigers varsity boys’ basketball team improved their season record to 8-8 last night with a 41-36 victory over the visiting Greensboro Raiders.

According to head coach Todd Cassity, the key to the Tigers victory was a 10-2 run with about two minutes remaining in the game.

“This is another win where the kids really deserved,” Cassity said. “They have been playing very well over the past four games and I hope we can continue to play that way.”

With approximately 2:30 remaining in the game, coach Cassity called a timeout to have a talk with his boys.

And whatever he said during the timeout seemed to spark the team.

“They [Greensboro] challenged us and we came out and responded,” Cassity said. “That 10-2 run in the final minutes of the game was the main reason we walked away with the victory.”


Leading the way for DHS was Jack Rainey with 13 points and Jeremy Harris with 11 points. Dee Hill chipped in with 10 points.

The JV boys’ team returns to the court tonight at 5:00 p.m. to host the Sumter County Wildcats.

MMI Varsity Boys’ 59

Warrior Varsity Boys’ 32

The Marion Military Institute Tigers moved to 19-1 with a 27-point victory over the Warrior Academy Braves on Monday night on the road.

Leading the way for MMI was Jovaris Smith with a game-high 32 points. Smith also helped out on the boards, pulling down 10 rebounds on his way to a double-double.

Also helping out for the Tigers was Clarence Allgood with 13 points and Wendel Crews with 11 points.

Clay Clark led Warrior Academy with 12 points.

MMI hosts tomorrow’s Southern Academy-Sumter Academy winner on Friday in the AISA 1A West Area Tournament.

MMI Varsity Girls’ 43

Warrior Varsity Girls’ 24

The Marion Military Institute Lady Tigers moved to 16-4 on the season after beating the Warrior Academy Braves, 43-24, on Monday night in Eutaw.

Leading the way for the Lady Tigers was Felecia Sprott with 15 points. Yolanda Kelly and Emily Easley chipped in with 13 points each.

For Warrior Academy, Keshara Moore led the team with 12 points.

MMI hosts tomorrow’s West Alabama Prep-Open Door winner on Friday night in the AISA 1A West Area Tournament.

R.C. Hatch Boys, Girls sitting at No. 1

The R.C. Hatch basketball program has much to be proud of, with both their boys’ and girls’ basketball teams currently sitting at No. 1 in the AHSAA 2A polls.

The boys’ record, as of January 27, was 18-2, with the girls’ record at 19-1.

Both the R.C. Hatch basketball teams were in action last night against John Essex, and scores from that game can be found in tomorrow’s edition of The Times.

Last night marked the final game of the season for both R.C. Hatch teams.

The girls’ area tournament takes place on February 10 and 12, with the boys’ area tournament being held February 11 and 14.

10 ranked area teams in area

With the basketball season quickly coming to a close, the Blackbelt area has much to be proud of, with 10 area teams currently ranked in the top 10 for their division.

On the boys’ side at class 4A, Greene County is currently ranked No. 4 while Livingston is sitting at No. 10.

At 3A level for the boys, Sumter County is ranked No. 4 and in class 2A, R.C. Hatch is ranked No. 1.

At the AISA level for the boys’ teams, MMI is ranked No. 5 in the area.

For the girls’ side at class 4A, the hometown Demopolis Tigers are sitting at No. 2 in the polls.

At the 3A level for the girls, Clarke County is currently ranked No. 5 and Francis Marion is ranked No. 10.

At the 2A level, as stated earlier, R.C. Hatch is sitting atop the board with the No. 1 ranking.

For the AISA level, MMI is ranked No. 6 in the area.

A majority of teams will be closing out their regular season this week and many of the AISA schools begin their area tournaments later this week.

For the latest information on area tournaments and final season summaries, see tomorrow’s edition of The Times.