DOUBLE SPRINGS — Curry’s Abbey Moon was unstoppable against Hamilton on Thursday.
The Yellow Jackets’ senior post player had 28 points and 17 rebounds to lead Curry to a 55-51 victory over the Aggies in the Winston County Girls Christmas Tournament.
The game was close throughout with the teams tied at 13-13 at the end of the first quarter and 27-27 at the half. Curry took a slim 36-33 lead into the final quarter, then turned to Moon to put the game away. Moon had 11 points in fourth as Curry moved on in the winner’s bracket.
Emma Martin had 10 points for Curry (11-3), Cam Wright had seven points and Allie Downs added six. For Hamilton (8-6), Mia Hollingsworth had 16 points.
Next up for the Jackets is a game against East Lawrence at 4:30 p.m. today. The winner advances to Saturday’s championship game set for 2:30 p.m. East Lawrence (3-11) defeated Winston County 54-42 in its opener on Thursday.
In Thursday’s other first-round games, Haleyville knocked off Belgreen 58-52 and Clements topped Carbon Hill 49-41.
Today’s opener at noon matches Carbon Hill (9-6) and Belgreen (12-4) in a loser’s bracket game. At 1:30 p.m., Hamilton plays Winston County (7-5) in the second loser’s bracket game. In the winner’s bracket, Haleyville (4-6) plays Clements (8-9) at 3 p.m., followed by the Curry-East Lawrence game.
Clements 49, Carbon Hill 41
Clements jumped out to a big lead early and held off Carbon Hill 49-41 in their first-round matchup on Thursday.
Four Clements players combined to make five 3-pointers in the first quarter as the team took a 22-10 lead into the second quarter. Carbon Hill used a second-quarter push to get the lead down to two points at 26-24 at the half.
Clements got points from six different players in the third quarter, including a pair of 3-pointers, to regain command at 42-30 going into the final quarter.
Carbon Hill (9-6) got no closer than six points down the stretch.
For the Bulldogs, Alayna Ivie had eight of her 12 points in the first quarter, along with five steals, Bailey Kelley had 11 points and 12 rebounds, Ally Martin had nine points, seven rebounds, six assists and six steals, Kensley Barron added four points and both Katie Halbrook and Libby Tucker put in two.
For Clements, Anslee Gordon had 14 points and Jenny Trent added 11.
East Lawrence 54, Winston County 42
East Lawrence battled back from a halftime deficit to beat Winston County 54-42 in their tournament opener on Thursday.
For the Yellow Jackets, Mackenzie Blackwood had 16 points, Bailey Kelley had eight points and 13 rebounds and Olivia Wright had six points and eight rebounds.
Winfield Holiday Classic
At the Winfield Holiday Classic, Jasper’s boys (6-6) dropped their opener to Sipsey Valley, 61-56 on Thursday.
The Vikings play a pair of games today in the tournament.
Jasper faces Prattville Christian (5-11) at 3:20 p.m. and Winfield (10-2) at 7:20 p.m.
Addison also lost its tournament opener. The Bulldogs fell to Winfield 62-35. Addison plays Hatton at 11:20 a.m. today and Phil Campbell at 7:20 p.m.
Carbon Hill (8-7), which lost to Sulligent on Thursday, plays Prattville Christian at 12:15 p.m. today and Hatton at 6 p.m.