JEFF DAVIS SWEEPS LIONS IN FINAL REGULAR SEASON HOME GAMES
February 2, 2013By Jimmy White of Prattville High School
PRATTVILLE BOYS & GIRLS SENIORS HONORED AT HALF TIME
The Jeff Davis Volunteers were rude guests Friday night, February 1 at Powell Gymnasium. The volunteers came to town and spanked the home town Lions badly in the final regular season home games.
Prattville’s Lady Lions will host at least one more home game next week (Thursday February 7) when they play Stanhope Elmore in the Area 7 Class 6A playoffs. The Lions and Mustangs will play at 7 PM. The first game will feature Wetumpka taking on Alabaster’s Thompson High at 5:30.
Prattville won both regular season games with the Mustangs; winning in Millbrook 72-57 and rallying for a come from behind win in Prattville, 63-59.
The winners will then play Saturday night (February 9) at Powell Gymnasium for the Area 7 championship.
The boys’ team will travel to Alabaster and play Wetumpka in the first round of the Area 7 tournament. The Lions and Indians spilt their regular season games. Prattville defeated Wetumpka at home, 80-63, but fell earlier in the season in Wetumpka, 68-63.
Jeff Davis spoiled the Lions’ senior night. In the opener between the two teams’ junior varsity the Vols jumped out front with a 20-8 first quarter run and never looked back, winning 69-49.
It didn’t get any better for the Lady Lions as Jeff Davis came out with a 10-0 run to open play and never trailed winning. 55-38.
In the finale coach Terry Posey’s Volunteers used their superior depth (the Vols dressed out 14 players and played all) to rout the Lions, 85-38.
JUNIOR VARSITY GAME:
After the first period deficit of 20-8 Prattville trimmed the lead to single digits after three minutes of play in the second period. Derek Gappa drained a trey in the first seconds of the quarter.
Grabbing a turnover with a steal on the next Vol possession Caylon Watson zipped down court for a layup trimming the lead to 20-13. Dakota McAfee cut the Vols lead to six points hitting the bottom of a two shot free throw, 20-14.
It was downhill for the Jayvees after the initial spurt of the quarter. The Vols finished the period with an 18-7 run and a 38-21 lead at half time. The Lion Jayvees turned the ball over 17 times in the first half.
Prattville did play well the second half as Jeff Davis won the second half, 31-28.
Derek Gappa paced the Lions scoring with 11 points, while CJ Coleman added nine.
Fred Wiley led the Volunteers with eight points, while 11 other players scored during the course of the game. Jeff Davis won the 2012-2013 series having defeated Prattville earlier in Montgomery, 66-18.
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Ayanna Ellis took the opening tip for Jeff Davis and zipped down court for an easy layup and a 2-0 lead. Ellis’ bucket ignited a 10-0 run for the Lady Vols and the visiting Volunteers never looked back in a 55-38 win over the Lions.
With the victory the Volunteers sweep the 2012-2013 series having won earlier in Montgomery, 74-38.
After Ellis’ bucket JD’s 6-3 freshman sensational Jasmine Walker drained a two pointer from top of the key following a Lion turnover. Then the Volunteers’ freshman point guard Anyionna Vason grabbed a steal and a coast to coast trip and a 6-0 margin. Walker added another basket from the corner for an 8-0 lead. With Ellis finishing the 10-0 run with two-pointer down the lane.
Prattville’s freshman Aaliyah Holmes broke the 10-0 run with trey at the 4:17 mark. The Lady Lions then outplayed the Vols for the final four minutes 10-6 to trail 16-13 at the close of the first quarter.
The second period did not go well for the Lions as Jeff Davis’ defense limited Prattville to three buckets all from Jae Patterson from under the nets.
While Patterson scored all Lion points in the second period the Volunteers spread their 15 points between the five players and a 31-19 halftime margin.
The second half Prattville played the Volunteers to a near standstill, as Vols’ coach LaKenya Knight gave the Vols reserves playing time.
The highlight of the second half came late in the fourth period when Lion senior Mallory Durbin drained a long trey from top of the key. Durbin had been injured for most of her career over coming two ACL injuries. It was a fitting end for the dedicated Lady Lion’s basketball career as the large gathering of Prattville fans cheered loudly for Durbin’s three-pointer.
Aaliyah Holmes led Prattville with 21 points, including draining five treys. Jae Patterson added a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds. JD’s Walker led the Vols with 14 points followed by Vason with ten points and Kayla Jackson with nine points.
SENIORS HONORED FOLLOWING GIRLS GAME
Following the conclusion of the girls’ game the Prattville seniors were honored.
Virginia Barber honored the following senior girls –
Sydni Crews, a three year letterman, who will attend Auburn University next fall. She is daughter of Deanna McKinley and Chuck Crews,
Shelby Favre another three year letterman, daughter of Mark and Anita Favre.
Mallory Durbin a three year lettermen, who received the coaches award during the 2012 season, Prattville Spirit of the Lion award, and will attend the University of Alabama where she plans to major in Athletic Training. She also plays varsity softball. She is daughter of Danny and Karen Durbin.
Amber Stockman, a three year letterman. Received coaches’ award as a sophomore, captain of the varsity team two seasons, spirit of the Lions award as a senior, and received a collegiate scholarship to the University of Alabama. She is daughter of Mike and Kathleen Stockman.
Daniele Ewert a four year letterman. Ewert was team captain for junior and senior year. She scored over 1,000 points and pulled down over 1,000 boards during her career. The rebounds were first in school history for female player. She was All-County Tournament three seasons, and has over 60 career double-doubles, one career triple-double.
Ewert also was All-Metro Soccer player for four years, and played in the North-South Soccer game, was all-state goal keeper.
She is undecided on her college plans. She is currently being recruited by several schools for basketball and soccer.
Ewert was escorted by her mother Inger Ewert, her father Larry Vetter and her sister Alexandra Ewert.
Following the girls presentation boys coach Xavier Robinson presented his three seniors and their parents. Each player received his jersey encased in a beautiful frame.
The three male seniors are Tadrious Perry, Zack Darby and Justin Coleman.
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Desmond Deramus drained a trey from top of the key following the opening tip-off to give the Volunteers a quick 3-0 lead. After a Lion turnover William Jackson tossed in a bucket from under the nets and 5-0 lead. Another trey from Chase Gavin made it 8-0.
Zach Darby broke the 8-0 run with a trey at the 6:13 mark. JD went on to win the final four minutes of the period 17-8 en route to a blow out win 85-38.
Ky Ward and Ty Moore added treys for the Lions in the first period. Bu the damage had been done as the Volunteers romped to a 50-18 halftime margin.
Jeff Davis led 72-30 at the close of the third period. Posey played all 14 of his players dressed for the varsity game.
Desmond Deramus led the Volunteers with 19 points, followed by Tereon Miller with 15, Chase Gavin with nine points and Joseph Kelly added eight points.
Justin Coleman led the Lions with nine points while Andre McBride tossed in six points.