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Panthers still winless in area

By Stephen Dawkins

Jemison’s girls and boys basketball teams had played Calera close earlier in the season and had the Eagles on their home court on Jan. 19. Neither home team could pull out a win, though, and both sets of Panthers remained winless in area play.
Jemison’s girls held a 9-8 lead after one period of play, but Jennifer Hobby found Jocelyn Davis on a fast break for a 12-11 Calera lead 1 minute into the second quarter.
Jemison suddenly forgot how to break Calera’s press, and the visitors would pour it on, building a 25-16 halftime lead and a 41-24 edge going into the final period.
Shelby Lopez led Jemison with eight points. Teammate Katika Nunn scored six points.
Jemison’s boys didn’t have much success, either.
The score was close early—16-14 hosts after one period—but Calera boasted a 14-point lead with 2:13 remaining in the half.
Jemison, sparked by a Trey Bryant 3-pointer a little more than 1 minute into the second half, went on a 7-0 run to cut the lead to five points, but Calera responded over the next 4 minutes with a 16-8 run that was highlighted by Deondre Haynes dunking with one hand behind his head.
Haynes led all scorers with 29 points and paced the Eagles attack by pushing the ball up the court all night, often beating the Jemison defense back to its own goal.
Trey Bryant scored 21 points for JHS, Scottie Hall had 17 points and Cornelius Strong had 16.