The Ragland Purple Devils are 6-2 on the season after beating Jefferson Christian, Sacred Heart, Faith Christian and the St. Clair County Saints.
Before winning those games, Ragland lost to Westbrook Christian.
Westbrook 68, Ragland 44
Westbrook Christian took control early in the 68-44 victory. They led 13-9 after the first quarter, and increased the lead to 33-18 at halftime.
Westbrook won the scoring battle in the second half, 35-26, to win with ease, 68-44.
Leading Ragland was Jimmy Brock with 12 points and eight rebounds. Cody Jones pumped in 11 points while KiJana Lindsay netted nine points. Shawn Wright and Devane Brewster scored four points each. Levi Campbell and Sawyer Merritt had two points each.
Ragland Coach Andy Eden said Westbrook has an excellent basketball team.
“They are fundamentally sound and well coached,” Eden said. “Defensively, they were difficult for us to guard. Offensively, we were able to get good shots, but could not get them to fall. Playing teams like Westbrook will hopefully make us a better basketball team.”
Ragland 60, JCA 23
Ragland rebounded with a 60-23 victory over Jefferson Christian.
They took charge early, leading 18-4 after one quarter of play, and stretching the lead to 35-11 at the break.
The second half was almost like the first half with Ragland winning the scoring battle 25-12 to make the final score 60-23.
Jones led Ragland with 10 points. Lindsay netted eight points while Wright and Merritt scored six points each. Jaylen Brewster and Brock added five points each. Campbell and Devane Brewster netted four points each.
Eden said it was a good overall win.
“Our defensive pressure created many scoring opportunities off of turnovers,” he said.
Ragland 69, Sacred Heart 68
They are called game-winning shots. Buzzer beaters. Last-second heroics. Whatever you call it, it was what Ragland’s Jimmy Brock did to Sacred Heart last week.
With three seconds remaining in the contest, Ragland trailed 68-67. That is until Brock hit a bucket to give the Purple Devils a thrilling 69-68 area victory.
The two teams were off and running in the first quarter as they scored 22 points each in the first eight minutes.
Sacred Heart held a 38-34 lead at halftime and a 56-51 lead after three quarters. Ragland won the scoring battle in the fourth quarter, 18-12, to bring home a one-point victory.
Leading Ragland was Lindsay with 17 points. Brock pumped in 16 points while Jones added 14 points. Wright and Merritt scored eight points each. Merritt led the team in rebounds with 10. Trez Carson had two points and Dakota Gardner scored one point.
“This was a good win for us in our first area game,” Coach Andy Eden said. “Sacred Heart has a very talented team. I was proud of our effort and hustle for all four quarters.”
Ragland 64, Faith 37
The Purple Devils improved to 5-2 overall and 2-0 in area play with a 64-37 victory over Faith Christian.
Ragland led 6-0 before Faith scored with 4:27 remaining in the opening stanza. Ragland led 10-6 after the first quarter and opened up a 20-10 lead with 3:24 remaining in the second quarter. By halftime, the Purple Devils had opened up a 32-16 lead.
Ragland scored another 32 points in the second half, and went on to an easy victory 64-37.
Campbell led Ragland with 19 points. Jones added 12 points while Jacob Brewster and Carson netted seven points each. Devane Brewster and Lindsay had five points each.
Eden said it was another good area win.
“We were able to create some turnovers with defensive pressure to break the game open,” Eden said.
Ragland 61, SCCHS 54
The Purple Devils pulled off an incredible victory, beating Class 4A St. Clair County 61-54 at Odenville Friday.
Ragland was up 11-10 after the first quarter, and increased its lead to 24-20 at the break.
The Purple Devils opened up a double-digit lead in the third quarter at 47-37. The final score was 61-54.
Jones led the Purple Devils with 26 points. Brock had a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Lindsey contributed 14 points while Jaylen Brewster had three points. Jacob Brewster finished the game with two points.
Eden called it a good win over a county opponent.
“I was proud how we were able to win a close game at the end,” Eden said.