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Bailey’s 38 leads Devils to tournament finals

By Stephen Dawkins

Brian Bailey scored a season-high 38 points on Friday to lead Maplesville to a 67-55 win over Jemison and a berth in the county basketball tournament boys championship game.

The Red Devils will play seven-time defending champion Chilton County at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

Jemison led, 14-13, at the end of a back-and-forth first period, but Maplesville took a 35-25 halftime lead.

Jemison used a full-court press in the second half, and Cornelius Strong and Javae Swindle recorded several steals on Maplesville’s end of the court that resulted in easy baskets.

In fact, The Panthers got within two in the final quarter, but Bailey scored 13 of points in the frame to seal the win.

No other Red Devil scored more than eight points.

Bailey had 10 rebounds to go with his points. Anthony Johnson also pulled down 10 boards. He also assisted on three field goals.

Trey Bryant led Jemison with 19 points, including four 3-pointers.

Strong scored 18 points, and Scottie Hall had 12.