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Rebels peaking at right time

By Stephen Dawkins

Thorsby’s boys basketball team on Jan. 28 won its third game in its last four outings, and the girls kept their special season headed in the right direction.
The Thorsby boys had lost nine of their last 10 before a 73-60 win at Billingsley Jan. 22 propelled them to their current streak.
On Thursday, the Rebels (6-10) beat the Bears again, this time by a 65-54 score.
Thorsby’s girls team, meanwhile, improved its record to 17-1 with a 62-43 win over Billingsley.
The Rebels are on a roll at the right time because area tournaments begin this week.
Shades Mountain Christian will host the Class 2A, Area 9 boys tournament.
Thorsby plays Shades at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The winner of that game will play the Fultondale-Vincent winner at 7 p.m. on Feb. 8
Thorsby’s girls will host their tournament.
The Rebels play Fultondale at 7 p.m. Thursday. If they win, they would play the winner Vincent-Shades Mountain game at 5 p.m. Saturday.
Back to last week’s contest. Eight Bears scored in the game, and seven of them scored in the fourth period, which saw Billingsley outscore their hosts 22-13. But that still wasn’t enough to pull out a win because Thorsby held a 52-32 edge after three periods.
Marcus Bray, Andrew Farris and Evan Bryan did most of the damage for Thorsby. They scored 19, 18 and 15 points, respectively.
Raphael Brooks led Billingsley with 18 points.
In the girls game, Thorsby’s lead was built mainly in the first quarter, when the hosts took a 21-10 lead. Sharonda Cooper scored nine points in the frame and wound up leading all scorers with 31 points.
Ashlin Hilyer was Thorsby’s second-leading scorer with 10 points.
Lori Davis scored 13 points for Billingsley.