The Elmore County basketball teams took part in last week’s Tallassee Lions Club 2019 Basketball Tournament and each came away with one victory before heading into the Thanksgiving break. The boys team won its opener against Alabama Christian before falling to the host Tigers in the championship while the girls team took home the third-place trophy with an overtime victory over Tallassee.
The Panthers boys team (2-5) fought back from a double-digit deficit to knock off ACA, 49-47, in the first round. Payton Stephenson scored seven of his team-high 13 points in the fourth quarter while Dylan Willis added 12 points to help complete the comeback.
Stephenson was limited to just five points in the championship as the Panthers lost 66-29 to Tallassee. Garrett Allen led the team with eight points but Elmore County could not overcome 25 turnovers as a team.
Stephenson was named to the all-tournament team along with Cole Boothe who averaged 6.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game.
The girls team (5-2) did not jump out of the gates well, shooting just 23 percent from the floor in a 43-31 loss to ACA. CK Bolton finished with seven points but no other player finished with more than two made field goals.
The Panthers responded well, especially on defense as they limited Tallassee to eight points in the first half of third-place game. The Tigers fought back to force overtime but Elmore County outscored its opponents by four, winning 40-36.
Kelley Green led the Panthers with 11 points to go along with four rebounds and two steals. Bolton was held to one made shot but she led the team with six free throws to finish with eight points.
Close losses damper Elmore County’s trip to Tallassee
After rolling to a 69-12 win over Opelika in the opening match of the Thanksgiving Duals in Tallassee last week, Elmore County’s wrestling team could not get over the hump for the rest of the night, losing its final three matches by 19 total points. Despite the tough day as a team, the Panthers had plenty of success at the individual level.
Matt Brown went unbeaten at 220 pounds and recorded two pins, including a first-round pin against Tallassee’s Corbin Grover.
Coby Mann also was undefeated on the night, recording a pin and a decision victory at 285.
Ramon Lozada got the day started with a pin against Opelika’s Jordan Clark at 106. Matthew Thornton added the next pin to push Elmore County’s lead in the opening match. Both wrestlers finished with three victories.
Stone Svencer won a match by decision at both 132 and 138, including a 20-15 win over Opelika’s Robert Phillips. Svencer’s only loss of the night was against Tallassee’s Christian McCary in a matchup of two wrestlers who qualified for state last year.