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Athens' Sierra Caudle (24) goes up for a shot against Decatur Heritage's Shayna Voss (25) and Candace Lee (11).
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Athens' Sierra Caudle (24) goes up for a shot against Decatur Heritage's Shayna Voss (25) and Candace Lee (11).

Sweep night for Athens
Golden Eagles take 2
from Decatur Heritage

From Staff Reports

The Athens High girls basketball team started off Monday night right for the Golden Eagles' teams, beating Decatur Heritage 69-32. The Athens boys completed the sweep with a 49-46 win.

Athens' boys didn't trail after any of the four quarters, but Decatur Heritage trailed only 35-30 going into the final period.

Athens (2-7) played its first eight games without much of its roster. Several of its basketball players also were part of the football team, which won the Class 5A state championship Friday night.

Zack Brock led the Golden Eagles in scoring with 18 points, but the gridiron players also made a difference.

Two-sport star Jeremy Stinnett scored 15 points for the winners, while Jacquez Pride and Ferrell Williams each had five and Justin Pitts contributed four.

Stinnett also grabbed a team-high seven rebounds, while Pitts had six boards.

For Decatur Heritage (6-6), Nik Butz had 11 points and five rebounds.

Athens girls 69, Decatur Heritage 32: Athens girls coach Eddie Murphree said his team didn't take its opponent lightly, and for good reason.

"I thought we played well," Murphree said. "Decatur Hertitage really gets after you. I think coach John Cochran does as good a job as anyone in North Alabama. He has his girls ready, and they really play for him."

For Athens, LeCresha Horton paced the Lady Golden Eagles (7-2) in scoring with 14 points, while Keona Shoulders followed with 13. Courtney Medlen and Amelia Ridgeway each had 12.

Decatur Heritage's Candace Lee scored 26 of her team's 32 points. She sank all eight attempts from the free throw line.

Decatur Heritage fell to 5-4.

"Candace Lee is a ball player, let me tell you," Murphree said. "She was hitting from everywhere. A 3-pointer here and 3-pointer there can really worry you."

But Athens' girls met the challenge head on, jumping to a 32-14 halftime lead.

Murphree said he hopes his team will have the same drive tonight when they face Elkmont, a squad that he said is one of the best the Lady Red Devils ever have fielded.

"Elkmont is loaded," Murphree said. "They are for real. They can compete with anyone on any level."

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