Prep Basketball: Corner sweeps Curry

By JOHNATHAN BENTLEY, Eagle Sports Editor
Posted 1/10/20

CURRY — Corner held off a late Curry run with critical free throws down the stretch in a 56-52 road win in the girls game on Thursday night.

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Prep Basketball: Corner sweeps Curry

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CURRY — Corner held off a late Curry run with critical free throws down the stretch in a 56-52 road win in the girls game on Thursday night.
Corner had won just two of its previous 13 games before earning the upset win over a Curry team that had won 10 of its last 11.
Corner (4-13) seemed to be in command in the final quarter as the team held a 46-35 lead with 6:15 remaining, but Curry went on an 11-0 run to notch the score at 46-46. Emma Martin started the streak with a 3-point play with 5:56 remaining. Moon had the next six points and Martin drew the home-standing Yellow Jackets even with a pair of free throws with 3:46 left in the game.
Corner regained the lead for good after a pair of Jaden Goodwin free throws and a putback by Jessica Shubert put the visitors on top 50-46.
Curry’s Cam Wright knocked down a 3-pointer from the wing to cut the gap to one point at 50-49, but Corner took control from there at the free throw line. Goodwin, who was 6 of 6 at the line in the fourth quarter, made four in a row over the final 24 seconds.
Corner led 13-12 after the first quarter and the teams were tied at 26-26 at the half. Corner outscored Curry 16-7 in the third quarter to take a 42-33 lead into the fourth quarter.
Madelin Henson paced Corner with 20 points, Sloan Courington had 12 points, including a crucial 3-pointer in the final quarter, Lauren Higginbotham added 11 points and Goodwin finished with seven points.
For Curry (14-4), Abbey Moon had a game-high 22 points, Martin added 10, Grayson Evans had six points, Wright had five points and Anna Reese Woodley had four.
Corner plays again on Tuesday against Mortimer Jordan in an area game while Curry hosts Cordova on Monday in a 4A, Area 11 matchup.
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Varsity Boys
Corner 58, Curry 51
Corner’s Gage Bandy scored five straight points over a one-minute span in the fourth quarter to break a tie as the visiting Yellow Jackets took down Curry 58-51 on Thursday night.
With the teams locked in a 48-48 tie, Bandy stole a pass and went the distance for the layup, putting Corner ahead 50-48 with 2:50 remaining in the game. Bandy followed with a pair of free throws with 2:15 left and made another free throw with 1:50 remaining for a 53-48 lead.
Curry (7-10) got as close as 54-51 following a Luke Smith 3-pointer with 32 seconds left, but Corner iced the game with four free throws from Cameron McAllister.
The teams traded the lead throughout the first three quarters. Corner led 11-7 after the first quarter with Curry taking a 23-21 lead into the half. The home-standing Jackets also led 39-36 going into the fourth quarter.
For Corner (8-11), McAllister had 17 points, Braylun Smith put in 15 and Bandy added 14.
Weston Horton led Curry with 18 points, both Smith and Ethan Wideman had 11 and Brody Hallman added six.
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Varsity Boys
Oakman 75, Fultondale 57
Oakman’s Skylar Hice erupted for 30 points, including 20 in the second half, as Oakman bounced back from Tuesday’s area loss to Winfield with a 75-57 win at Fultondale on Thursday night.
Oakman took control over the second and third quarters, scoring 46 points.
Christian Hubbard added 16 points, AJ Odom had nine points and 15 rebounds, Dante Williams had five points and Ketch Jones had four points and eight rebounds.
Oakman (12-4) hosts Lamar County in a Class 3A, Area 10 matchup today.
Oakman dropped the girls game 65-32 to Fultondale. Alaisha Hubbard had 13 points for the Wildcats.
In the JV game, Oakman earned a 54-16 victory. Dray Willingham had 18 points and Trey Thomas put in 14 points.