Trojans, Lady Trojans down Andy

Published 12:00 am Saturday, January 1, 2000

Sports Writer

After claiming its first area victory on the road Friday night against Eufaula, the Charles Henderson High School Trojans completed an impressive weekend sweep by defeating the Andalusia Bulldogs 59-43 in local basketball action at the CHHS Gym Saturday night.

With the win, CHHS claimed its seventh victory out of the last eight outings as they improved to 8-6 on the 2001 campaign following a rough 1-5 start. On the other hand,

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unranked Andalusia dropped to 11-6 overall.

The biggest story of the game was the Trojan defense as they held Andalusia to just 19

points in the

final half of play. The Bulldogs scored just four points throughout the final 12 minutes and didn’t hit their first field goal on the final stanza until the two minute mark when the game was well out of reach.

In the first quarter, it was evident there wasn’t going to be a ton of scoring as both teams started out in a zone trying to shut down each other’s inside game. The Trojans jumped out to a 7-2 lead until the Bulldogs went on a 9-2 run to take an 11-9 lead thanks to the play of junior center Andrea Leslie, who scored nine points in the spurt. Both teams swapped field goals in the final 2 1/2 minutes as Andalusia settled for a 13-11 lead going into the second quarter.

The Trojans started the second quarter strong going on a 6-0 run as they grabbed a 17-13 lead before Andalusia held CHHS in the deep freeze once again cutting the deficit to 19-18 with 2:45 remaining in the first half. However, the Trojans used a pair of three pointers by Jermaine Jackson and Trevon Hemphill to give themselves a little breathing room as they held a 29-24 lead at the intermission.

After Andalusia cut the lead to one point at the start of third quarter, the Trojans started to open up some more space as they increased their lead to seven points midway through the third quarter. With Andalusia’s traditional slow down inside

attack that does not feature the three point shot, the lead was bigger than it appeared as the Bulldogs could only cut the deficit to five points on numerous occasions. Clinging to a seven point lead in the closing

seconds of the period, the Trojans gave the Bulldogs a blow to the heart by perfectly executing a weave play as Trevon Hemphill’s layup at the buzzer increased the CHHS to 48-39 heading into the final stanza.

In the fourth quarter, the Trojans once again proved they were equally as good of a halfcourt team as Andalusia with flawless execution in the four corner set. Jackson hit a short jumper to increase the lead to 52-39 as CHHS all but iced the game. The 16 point deficit at the end was the largest margin the Trojans held the entire game.

Jackson led all scorers with 26 points, while Hemphill contributed 17 points in the winning effort. Hemphill also led the Trojans with five rebounds. Lawrence Mosley added seven points and grabbed four rebounds, while LaKory Daniels scored five points and dished out five assists.

Leslie, who was held to just five points in the second half, finished with a team high 24 points while Brian Weeden added eight points. Weeden and Leslie each led the Bulldogs with five rebounds in a losing cause.

CHHS (girls) 60 Andalusia 44

Senior guard Kelly Miller scored 25 points including five-for-five from three point range

as the Charles Henderson High School Lady Trojans upset the Andalusia Lady Bulldogs 60-44 at the CHHS Gym Saturday night.

The Lady Trojans (6-6) overcame a disheartening Friday night area loss to Eufaula (55-51) by coming up with their biggest win of the season against the senior laded Lady Bulldogs (11-2) who started five seniors.

Trailing 6-3 in the opening moments of the game, the Lady Trojans finally got going when Clarissa Parker nailed a three pointer to tie the game at 6-6 with 3:45 remaining in the first quarter. Moments later in the game, Miller hit the first of her long range treys as the Trojans led 11-10 after one quarter of play.

In the second quarter, things continued to stay tight as neither team was able to pull away with a sizable advantage. Four ties and 11 lead changes took place in the first half game as Andalusia

held a two point lead at 24-22 with two minutes remaining in the opening half.

However, the Lady Trojans ended the first half strong as they finished on a 6-0 run to take a 28-24 lead into the halftime locker room.

It was a lead the Lady Trojans would never relinquish for the rest of the game.

The Lady Trojans carried their newfound momentum into the third quarter as Miller started the quarter by connecting on a pair of three-pointers extending the CHHS lead to 10 points at 34-24 with four minutes remaining. After the Lady Bulldogs cut the deficit to eight points, Miller stroked another shot from 20 feet away to give CHHS a 16 point lead at 42-26. However, Andalusia stayed in the game by going on a 8-0 run to cut the deficit in half to 42-34 heading into the final eight minutes.

In the fourth quarter, the Lady Bulldogs cut the deficit to six points when tempers started to flare on both sides. As a result, each team was accessed with technical fouls as both teams hit two free throws apiece keeping the deficit at six points (46-40).

However, the Lady Trojans responded positively as they went on a 14-4 run to close out the game. CHHS hit numerous key free throws down the stretch to earn the victory.

Other individual scorers included Jeanean Deveridge scoring 15 points while pulling down

five rebounds. Clarissa Parker contributed 12 points and a team high seven rebounds as the Lady Trojans managed to stay even on the boards at 21-21 after getting outboarded against the Lady Tigers.

Miller, Deveridge and Parker – who are the three senior starters for the Lady Trojans-combined to score 52 of Charles Henderson’s 60 points in the game.

Sophia Thomas led the Lady Bulldogs with 14 points in a losing cause. Andalusia’s lone other loss was a three point

setback to Pleasant Home.

The lone setback of the night for the Trojans was in the B-Team game as CHHS fell to Andalusia 43-40.

The Trojans resumed action Monday night facing Carroll High School in an important area game for both teams at Ozark. CHHS will be off until next Tuesday when they travel to Clayton to face No. 7 ranked 2A Barbour County. Tipoff is set for 4:30 p.m.