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Determined Alma completes comeback 11/23/21

Determined Alma completes comeback

By Kevin Taylor

Alma Schools 

 

Alma used a suffocating defense to power past Shiloh Christian Monday at the Turkey Shoot Tournament at Lincoln High School. 

 

Alma (2-1) will play Kingston (3-5) in the finals today at 5:15 p.m. 

 

The Lady Airedales trailed Shiloh Christian, 32-11 late in the first half before coming to life in the final sixteen minutes. Alma used tenacious defense and clutch shooting to post its second straight victory, the team’s first back-to-back streak since Dec. 29-30 of 2020 when the Lady Airedales beat Lamar and Dardanelle on back-to-back nights. 

 

“We haven’t shot it particularly well all year long,” Alma coach Codey Mann said. “The thing I was most proud of is how they’re just becoming a team. They cheer for each other, they want to win, and that will take you a long way.”

 

Mann’s daughter, Lydia, hit a layup in the closing seconds of the first half to pull the Lady Airedales within 10 (23-13). 

 

Down 25-15, Alma took control with a 14-0 scoring run in the third quarter that included a trio of Mann baskets and two big 3-pointers from Presli Taylor and Hayln Carmack. 

 

Mann put Alma ahead for good (27-25) with two foul shots at the 2:26 mark of the third quarter. 

 

Mann opened the fourth quarter with a 3-pointer and two baskets by Lanie Moore and Jordan Gramlich hit back-to-back buckets in the span of 23 seconds to extend Alma’s lead to 29-23 with 3:06 remaining. 

 

Mann led all scorers with 11 points, but Rushing, Taylor, and Gramlich finished with eight apiece. 

 

“That was a thrill for me because we have struggled a lot with confidence,” Rushing said. “Last year, we wouldn’t have won that game being down by 10 at halftime. But instead, we came out with a different mindset.”

 

Alma 58, Shiloh Christian 41 

 

BOYS — What a difference a good night of sleep makes. 

 

Two days after scuffling in a lethargic 38-33 loss to Elkins, Alma ripped Shiloh Christian for 29 points in each half of a 58-41 win at the Turkey Shoot Tournament at Lincoln High School. 

 

Ben Begaj scored eight straight points during a clinching second-half run as Alma improved to 2-1. Begaj and Logan Taylor had 13 apiece. 

 

Hunter McAlister and Daniel Howard finished with nine and eight, respectively. 

 

Alma led 18-8 after one quarter and 29-15 at the half. 

 

Shiloh Christian fell behind 38-19 following Taylor's final trey of the game before going on a 19-11 run to close within 49-38. 

 

Alma (2-1) will play Lincoln (2-2) today at 3:45 p.m. in the third-place game. 

 

JUNIOR HIGH 

 

Alma 9th 46, Clarksville 24 

 

BOYS — Easton Boggs and Israel Towns-Robinson combined to shoot 12-of-15 from the floor as the Airedales rolled to their third straight victory at Crabtree Gym Monday night. 

 

Boggs and Towns-Robinson finished with 16 points apiece. Towns-Robinson added 10 rebounds and five assists. 

 

Alma 9th 37, Clarksville 21

 

GIRLS — Zoey Kimes and Grace Peters combined for 17 points to spark the Lady Airedales to a 37-21 win over Clarksville Monday. 

 

Daimya Parker and Jaden Gramlich had seven points each. 

 

Alma 8th 26, Clarksville 8 

 

GIRLS — Avery Dorey had eight points to power the Lady Airedales’ eighth-grade team to a 26-8 rout of Clarksville. 

 

Raleigh Burris, Cambrie Trantham, and Chloe Gregory each had four points.