Prep Basketball: Jasper beats Mortimer Jordan for area tournament championship

Vikings win area for second straight season

KIMBERLY — Jasper feels right at home playing at Mortimer Jordan.
For the second straight season, the Vikings won the Class 5A, Area 11 Tournament at Mortimer Jordan High School, earning a home playoff game in the process.
The Vikings held off a late charge from the Blue Devils for a 57-49 victory on Thursday night. 
Mortimer Jordan got within two points of Jasper in the closing minutes, but the Vikings put the game away at the free-throw line, going 5 of 6 from the stripe in the fourth quarter.
Next up for Jasper is a game at Carl Cannon Coliseum on Tuesday against the Class 5A, Area 9 runner up — either No. 1 Fairfield or No. 4 Wenonah.
Against Mortimer Jordan, Jasper led 40-34 going into the final quarter, but the Blue Devils cut the gap to two points with 1:06 remaining. Both Trinity Epps and Antione Harris made a pair of free throws as the Vikings finally put Mortimer Jordan away.
The Blue Devils (14-17) led 15-10 after the opening quarter. Jasper’s Garrett Pschirer knocked down three 3-pointers in the second quarter as the Vikings grabbed a 28-26 lead at the half.
Both Epps and John David Harrell had six points in the third quarter as Jasper pushed its lead to six points.
Seven different players scored points for the Vikings in the final quarter. 
Harrell led Jasper (18-12) with 14 points, Epps added 12, Pschirer had nine, Anthony Harris and Antione Harris each had six points, Brent Geeter had five, Harrison Saunders had three and Averiun Berry added two.
For Mortimer Jordan, Christian Nelms and Franklin Varnon each had 10 points.
Varsity Girls
Mortimer Jordan 45,  Jasper 36
Mortimer Jordan got past Jasper 45-36 in their Class 5A, Area 11 Tournament championship game on Thursday.
Jasper stayed within striking distance into the fourth quarter before Mortimer Jordan put the game away.
The Vikings will play a sub-region playoff game at No. 4 Pleasant Grove on Monday. The Spartans won the Class 5A, Area 9 Tournament on Thursday, beating Fairfield 76-39.
On Thursday, the Blue Devils (23-9) led 11-9 after the opening quarter and 24-17 at the half. Jasper got within six points at 36-30 after three quarters.
For Jasper (19-12), Idaysia Mercer had 14 points, Alex Oliver had eight points, Hallie Harrell added seven, Cagejia Hosey put in four, Jordan Gilbert had two and Kelsey Shelton scored a point.
Varsity Girls
Addison 48, Red Bay 38
Addison found its offense in the fourth quarter, rallying past Red Bay 48-38 to win the Class 2A, Area 13 Tournament at Addison High School on Thursday.
Red Bay held a slim 29-28 lead going into the fourth, but the Bulldogs put 20 points on the scoreboard in the final quarter to pull away from the Tigers.
Addison (21-2) was 13 of 16 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter. 
Kaylee Brummett had seven points in the quarter while Macy Butler added six. Bracie Rodgers was a perfect 4 of 4 at the stripe in the final period. 
With the win, Addison earns a home playoff game. The Bulldogs play the Class 2A, Area 16 runner up on Monday. 
Against Red Bay, Savannah Manley and Brummett each had 10 points, Rodgers had nine, Butler had eight, Callie Crider put in seven and Anna Grace Luker added four.
Varsity Girls
Altamont 68, Sumiton Christian 55
Altamont fought off a strong effort from Sumiton Christian to earn a 68-55 home win in the Class 2A, Area 10 Tournament championship game on Thursday.
The Eagles led 18-11 after the first quarter. Altamont battled back for a 34-25 halftime lead.
The Knights led 50-39 after three quarters. 
Emma Potts led Sumiton Christian with 23 points while Sarah Hadder added 16. Both girls made the All-Tournament Team. 
The Eagles (11-16) play at No. 2 Cold Springs (27-4) on Monday. 
Varsity Boys
No. 6 Winfield 58, No. 7 Oakman 56
Oakman stormed back from a double-digit deficit before falling to Winfield 58-56 in the Class 3A, Area 10 Tournament championship game on Thursday at Winfield.
Oakman’s potential game-winning 3-pointer was blocked at the buzzer. 
The Wildcats (22-6) will travel to either New Hope or Vinemont for a sub-region playoff game Tuesday.