Cherokee County, Spring Garden girls earn season-opening basketball wins in Champions Classic

Staff Reports

ALEXANDRIA – The Cherokee County Lady Warriors and Spring Garden Lady Panthers both opened their basketball seasons Saturday in the Champions Thanksgiving Classic at Alexandria.

The Lady Warriors held on for a 44-42 victory Ohatchee in Richard Barton’s debut as head coach. The Lady Panthers crushed Ranburne 80-21.

In Cherokee County’s win over Ohatchee, Nevaeh Gaidurgis led the Lady Warriors with 13 points. Mary Hayes Johnson added 10 points. Raegan Garmany and Grayson Tucker both rang for eight points. Audrey Haygood finished with five points.

Jorda Crook led Ohatchee with 21 points. Whitney McFry managed eight points. Alyssa Davis delivered six points.

The Lady Warriors built a 16-9 first-quarter advantage and held a 25-21 lead at halftime. Cherokee County claimed a 36-25 edge after three quarters before Ohatchee rallied in the fourth to make things close.

Cherokee County will battle Southside in the tournament on Monday at 6 p.m.

In Spring Garden’s win over Ranburne, Kayley Kirk collected 24 points to lead the Lady Panthers (1-0). Ace Austin added 18 points. Chloe Rule rang for 10 points and Libby Brown finished with nine points.

Briley Merrill topped Ranburne with eight points. Autumn Phillips finished with six points.

Spring Garden jumped out to a 24-12 advantage at the end of the first quarter and built a 45-16 lead at halftime. The Lady Panthers outscored Ranburne 35-5 in the second half for the final.

Spring Garden takes on Hokes Bluff on Monday at 7:30 p.m.

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