Lady Jackets Advance to Championship Game Against Pickens County

Pickens County’s Skylin Joe (11) looks for an open teammate in the Lady Tornadoes’ semifinal loss to Aliceville.

By Brian HamiltonSports Correspondent

Aliceville got off to a slow start against Pickens County in the Pickens County Championship semifinal game, as the Lady Jackets held onto a narrow 7-6 lead after one quarter. Aliceville outscored the Lady Tornadoes 14-6 during the second quarter to take a 21-12 lead, en route to a 42-27 win to advance and face Gordo in the championship game.

“We started in a soft zone and it really took us out of our pace,” Aliceville head coach Sebastian Shamery said. “We tried to speed up the game a little bit so we put some energy players in and went to a man-to-man to loosen us up.”

Valerie Wilkins helped the Lady Jackets jump out to a nine-point halftime lead by scoring eight first-half points to lead both teams. Jayla Bennamon made a basket with 4:53 remaining in the third quarter to increase the Aliceville lead to 25-13.

Aliceville capped an 8-1 run with a steal and layup to go ahead 29-13 late in the third. The Lady Jackets took a 29-15 lead into the final stanza.

After going ahead 31-15, Pickens County’s Skylin Joe converted a three-point play to cut the Aliceville lead to 31-18 early in the fourth quarter. The Lady Jackets would build a 17-point lead with just over a minute to go in the game, as Wilkins hit a jump shot for a 40-23 lead.

Aliceville led 42-24, their largest lead of the game, when Joe drained a half-court buzzer beater to make the final score 42-27 in favor of the Lady Jackets.

See complete story in the Pickens County Herald.
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