Cherokee County Herald - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

Orr missed her first shot, but her sec­ond rimmed in to give the Lady Chiefs the vic­tory, end­ing the Lady Panthers’ sea­son at 25-8. Spring Gar­den reached the Class 1A state ti­tle game by de­feat­ing J.F. Shields in the state semi­fi­nals on Feb. 27.

The week prior, the Lady Panthers won their 11th Class 1A North­east Re­gional bas­ket­ball tour­na­ment ti­tle at Jack­sonville State Univer­sity on Feb. 22. Spring Gar­den held Sky­line to just two made field goals in the first half and seven the en­tire game in a 46-25 vic­tory in the re­gional fi­nal. Tiy­onna Rogers scored 11 points and grabbed seven re­bounds to earn the tour­na­ment’s Most Valu­able Player honor. She also had 18 points and nine re­bounds in the Lady Panthers’ 61-25 re­gional semi­fi­nal vic­tory against Cedar Bluff. Sa­van­nah Dempsey de­liv­ered a game-high 22 points, in­clud­ing six 3-point­ers, in the win over Cedar Bluff.

Be­hind Rogers’ 30 points and seven re­bounds, Spring Gar­den won the Class 1A, Area 10 tour­na­ment with a 74-20 vic­tory over Jack­sonville Chris­tian on Feb. 10. The Lady Panthers also de­feated Sa­cred Heart 86-38 be­hind Dempsey’s six 3-point­ers in Spring Gar­den’s tour­na­ment opener on Feb. 7. Dempsey fin­ished the game with 18 points.

The Lady Panthers fin­ished run­ner-up to Sand Rock in the Chero­kee In­vi­ta­tional bas­ket­ball tour­na­ment on Dec. 20. They fell in the tour­na­ment’s cham­pi­onship game 49-46.

Fol­low­ing the sea­son, Rogers and Dempsey were se­lected to the ASWA Class 1A All-State Bas­ket­ball teams. Rogers gar­nered a spot on the first team while Dempsey was named to the sec­ond team.

Rogers and Dempsey, along with Pay­ton McGin­nis, were also All-Chero­kee County girls bas­ket­ball se­lec­tions.

The Pan­ther boys ended their sea­son with a 16-10 record. They fell in sub-re­gional ac­tion with a with a 58-51 loss at Coosa Chris­tian on Feb. 14.

Ri­ley Austin earned a third-team spot on the ASWA Class 1A All-State Bas­ket­ball teams. Austin, Dy­lan Rogers and Joe Rogers were se­lected to the all-county team. The suc­cess the Panthers earned on the courts and the foot­ball field car­ried over into the spring sports.

Alyssa Gil­ley ad­vanced to the golf sub­state round after shoot­ing 120 at the Class 1A-3A Sec­tion 3 girls golf tour­na­ment at Sil­ver Lakes near Glen­coe on May 2. It was the fourth year in a row Spring Gar­den had a golfer ad­vance to the sub-state round.

Spring Gar­den’s ju­nior high base­ball team won the Chero­kee County Ju­nior High Base­ball Tour­na­ment at Sand Rock. The Panthers de­feated Cedar Bluff 7-1 on March 25 in the tour­na­ment cham­pi­onship game.

The Pan­ther var­sity base­ball team won its area and clinched a first-round play­off se­ries against Vina. Spring Gar­den earned a sweep in the se­ries, 12-2 and 12-0, to set up a sec­ond-round show­down at top-ranked De­catur Her­itage. The Panthers’ sea­son ended at 20-8 fol­low­ing a pair of losses, 6-5 and 10-1. Austin, Ivey, Daw­son Broome, Joe Rogers, Austin Slay­ton and Chris­tian Crider were All-Chero­kee County team se­lec­tions. Broome was a sec­ond-team se­lec­tion at first base on the ASWA Class 1A All-State Base­ball teams. After the bit­ter way their bas­ket­ball sea­son ended, the Lady Pan­ther soft­ball team shook it off to make an­other cham­pi­onship run.

Spring Gar­den took Sand Rock to the if-nec­es­sary game, but fell short of its third straight Chero­kee County Soft­ball Tour­na­ment cham­pi­onship in a 6-5 loss in a game that ended just past mid­night on March 25. The Lady Panthers won by the same score in the pre­vi­ous game to force the if-nec­es­sary con­test.

Spring Gar­den went on to win its fourth straight area soft­ball cham­pi­onship May 2 with a 15-0 vic­tory over Faith Chris­tian in three in­nings. The Lady Panthers also earned a 19-0 vic­tory in three in­nings over Faith in their tour­na­ment opener.

The Lady Panthers then swept their way through the Class 1A North Cen­tral Soft­ball Re­gional cham­pi­onship in Tuscaloosa. They de­feated Ap­palachian 10-1 to clinch the ti­tle and an­other trip to the state tour­na­ment in Mont­gomery. Other re­gional wins were against Berry (10-0) and Ad­di­son (9-0).

The Lady Panthers fin­ished fourth at the Class 1A state tour­na­ment at La­goon Park. They opened with a 1-0 vic­tory over Ragland, then fell 13-0 to Brant­ley in five in­nings on May 18. The next day, Spring Gar­den elim­i­nated Marion County 15-4 in five in­nings, but then fell to Su­mi­ton Chris­tian 13-6 to end its sea­son at 2918. Sev­eral Lady Panthers earned post­sea­son soft­ball recog­ni­tion. McGin­nis, Broome, Ker­stin Bryant and Pay­ton Traf­fanst­edt were se­lected to the all-county team. McGin­nis was cho­sen as the first-team short­stop on the ASWA’s Class 1A All-State Soft­ball teams. Traf­fanst­edt was a sec­ond-team se­lec­tion at des­ig­nated hit­ter. Bryant gar­nered a sec­ond-team util­ity spot.

Speak­ing of Bryant, the ris­ing se­nior pitcher was cho­sen to rep­re­sent the North at the North-South All-Star Soft­ball se­ries in Mont­gomery on July 18. Tiy­onna Rogers was also se­lected for the North-South All­Star Girls Bas­ket­ball game on July 19.

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