AHSAA 5A, Area 14 Basketball
At Jim Boyd Gymnasium - West Point:
Russellville 22 14 30 31 - 87
West Point 21 19 16 29 - 85
RUSSELLVILLE: Lucas McNutt 26, Devin Buckhalter 23, William Bonner 15, Caden Parker 10
WEST POINT: Kolton Sapp 22, Kobe Bowers 18, Tyler Thompson 16, Tyler White 15, Whitt Laney 3, Rylan Jones 2, Will Cochran 4, Aubry Cleghorn 5.
Russellville 13 7 12 2 - 34 (5-15, 2-4)
West Point 25 23 14 10 - 72 (19-4, 6-0)
WEST POINT: Miriam Oldacre 17, Maci Hamby 9, Lexi Shadix 9, Ryleigh Jones 4, Sheridan Bowers 8, Molly Pendley 6, Natalie Trammell 2, Micha Oldacre 3, Mackenzie Carter 8, Kyler Hembree 7.
RUSSELLVILLE: Krista Sikes 15, Autumn Logan 6.
FLASH NOTES: William Bonner's lone field goal in the final period was the difference. The freshman made a double-clutch move on the left side about 15 feet from the basket, landed a shot in mid-air as time ran out, giving the Golden Tigers the victory.
Two weeks ago, these two hooked up to an entertaining game with West Point coming out on top 70-69.
The Warriors and Golden Tigers will have a third meeting, with this one to be in the 5A, Area 14 Tournament at Hamilton the week of February 4.
West Point had the upper hand in the first half, leading 40-36 with four treys by Konbe Bowers and nine second period points from center Tyler Thompson.
But a critical moment occurred for Randy Jones' Warriors when Rylan Jones left the game with a leg injury. According to his mother Regina Jones in speaking to Sportspage and WKUL-FM after the game, Jones' kneecap popped out of place. It was the same kneecap he suffered back in the spring of 2018 in a football jamboree game vs. Holly Pond.
His kneecap popped back into place, but his night was done.
Late in the third, Russellville went on a 16-6 run to break a 50-50 tie and held a 66-56 advantage going to the fourth.
Without Jones and rattled by Russellville's trapping defense, the Warriors regrouped. A team effort was displayed in the fourth as Kolton Sapp came through with 10 points, including a three down the stretch that tied the score.
Kobe Bowers had six points in the stanza, four from the foul line with Whitt Laney and Tyler White getting important three-point shots to go.
With 0:06 left, Russellville set up an out of bounds play from under its basket. The Golden Tigers inbounded and got it into the hands of Bonner, who played well under pressure all night, considering he is just a freshman.
Bonner delivered as the play stunned the Warriors and the Golden Tigers celebrated his effort.
Both teams combined for an amazing 60 points in the final period as they combined for 14 field goals (9 to 5 for West Point) and 18 free throws (11 to 7 for Russellville).
The Warriors adjusted in utilizing their strengths to overcome the Jones' injury. Now that will be something the Warriors can apply if they don't have Jones available for Tuesday's Cullman County Tournament game at Wallace State vs. Cold Springs.
Jones will receive medical analysis from the school's trainer with Jones determined to appear in the game and try to help his ball club get to the semifinals.
Finishing up undefeated in 5A, Area 14 play were the Lady Warriors. After Russellville played them to an 8-8 score around the opening 4:00, West Point put the game into cruise control. The Lady Warriors finished with a 17-5 run in the period and eased in front 25-13.
With a dozen points being scored by his bench in the second, John Welborn's Lady Warriors created a rout with a 48-20 halftime cushion.
As the game reached the final period, West Point led 62-32 with Welborn in a position to keep starters Miriam Oldacre, Micah Oldacre, Lexi Shadix, Mackenzie Carter and Molly Pendley as spectators.
Macy Hamby and Kyler Hembree netted four points apiece in the period from a reserve role and Sheridan Bowers sank a pair from the line.
West Point will host the Area 14 Tournament the week of February 4.
But for the present time, the No. 9 Lady Warriors will play Deshler at 11:15 a.m. Monday in the Martin Luther King Shootout at Wallace State.
Then the Lady Warriors will move on to the county tournament, getting a semifinal game next Thursday at 6:15 p.m. vs. the winner of Cold Springs-Holly Pond.
Cullman 63, Jasper 45 (Lady Bearcats go to 20-6 on season)
Cullman 60, Jasper 59 (Bearcats snap 3-game skid, go to 16-9 on season)
Hanceville 75, J.B. Pennington 60 (Bulldogs clinch 3A, A 12 title, now 18-4)
Hanceville 48, J.B. Pennington 39 (Lady Bulldogs finish 3-3 in area, 12-8 for season)
Holly Pond 45, New Hope 21 (Lady Broncos complete 3A, A 13 at 6-0, 11-11 on season)
Good Hope 50, Ashville 35 (Lady Raiders get 1st win in 4A, A 12, 3rd of the season)
Good Hope 63, Ashville 56 (Raiders head to county tournament with 18-5 record, 1 seed)
Photos of West Point vs. Russellville varsity and girls, courtesy of Heith Yearwood.