By Mark Clark
Chattahoochee Valley Community College sent both its women’s and men’s basketball teams to the championship games in their respective brackets of the 2019 Region 22/Alabama Junior College Conference tournament held at Lawson State Community College in Birmingham last week. The results of those contests were disappointing to the local squads.
CVCC’s women lost in the title game to Shelton State 67-59 while the men’s team also lost to Shelton State by a 69-66.
In the women’s title game, CVCC All-Region 22 star Audrey McElhaney was held to only four points after scoring 60 combined points as the Lady Pirates won its two preliminary round games. Anesha Smith was the only Lady Pirate to score in double figures in the game for CVCC with 16 points.
A slow start hurt the Lady Pirates’ chances against the Lady Bucs. Shelton State outscored CVCC 16-6 in the first 10 minutes and 37-16 in the first half. In the second half, CVCC outscored Shelton State 43-30, but fell short of victory.
CVCC defeated Lawson State 82-58 in its tournament opener. McElhaney scored 31 points to lead the Lady Pirates. Shicoriya Orr had 24 points for CVCC.
IN the semifinal round, CVCC defeated Wallace State-Hanceville 77-73 in overtime. CVCC jumped ahead to an 18-12 lead in the first 10-minute segment of the game and trailed 34-32 at the half. At the end of regulation, the game was tied at 61-61. The Lady Pirates outscored Shelton State 16-12 in overtime to win 77-73.
McElhaney scored 29 points to lead CVCC and she also had 10 rebounds. Timi’a Swanson scored 15 points and Zikiria Williams had 11 points for the Lady Pirates.
McElhaney was named to the First Team All-Region 22 team for the Lady Pirates. She was also selected for the First Team South Division team. Alycia Reese and Orr were named to the Second Team South Division team for CVCC. CVCC coach Ron Robinson was named the South Division Coach of the Year.
CVCC’s lost to Shelton State in the men’s championship game 69-66. The Pirates fell behind 36-30 in the first half of the contest. In the second half, CVCC outscored Shelton State 36-33 to lose 69-66.
Jah’Nile Hill was CVCC’s leading scorer with 18 points coming in off the bench. Zy’Tavian Hill had 11 points and former Central High player Donald Jackson scored 10 points in the loss.
The Pirates beat Wallace State-Hanceville in the first round of the tournament, 72-63. Jackson led CVCC with 17 points. J. Hill had 13 points while Z. Hill and Devon Porter-Wilson each scored 10 points for the Pirates.
Wallace-Hanceville was led by former Central High player and Region 22 Player of the Year Demarkus Lampley with 36 points in the loss.
CVCC defeated Coastal Alabama North in the semifinal round, 71-65. CVCC led 30-28 at the half and outscored Coastal Alabama North 41-37 in the second half to win. Jackson led CVCC with 17 points, making 8 of 9 shots from the floor. Porter-Wilson had 12 points.
CVCC had two players selected for the All-Region 22 South Division Second Team – Z. Hill and Jackson.
Lampley was the All-Region 22 Player of the Year and North Division Player of the Year. He was named First Team All-Region 22 and First Team in the North Division. Lampley led the state in scoring with 26.6 points per game and a total of 746 points for the season. Lampley made 240 of 499 field goals for the season and 102 of 240 three-point shots. He made 164 of 184 free throws for Wallace-Hanceville. Lampley also averaged six rebounds per game.
Jackson, who led CVCC in scoring and ranked 18th in the state, averaged 12.8 points per game and 4.6 rebounds per game.