Holmes County wins first state boys basketball title

Published: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 23:46 PM.

Teron Fitzgerald’s basket with 47 seconds on the clock was West Gadsden’s first score of the third quarter and pulled the Panthers to within 38-27. The outcome was in Holmes County’s control by then and Walker scored his last 13 points in the fourth quarter to help the Blue Devils win their first state title.

“Chris has been unbelievable,” White said. “When he makes up his mind he can be a dominating force.

“And when he does that his teammates get on his back and they play twice as hard as he does. However hard he plays that’s how they play.”

Holmes County received balanced scoring from everyone not named Walker. Miles scored nine, Keen and Jonathan Williams seven apiece and Ty Russ six. They were the only five players to score for Holmes County, which was 17 for 34 on field goals and outrebounded West Gadsden 34-20.

Fitzgerald led West Gadsden with 14 points, while Kurstin Hinson scored nine and Marquis Brown eight. Shingles, who averaged more than 19 points per game, was 0 for 8, including missing six 3-point attempts. The Panthers shot 32 percent (14 for 44) and had 18 turnovers.

  • HOLMES COUNTY (59)
  • TRuss 1 3-6 6, Miles 1 7-9 9, Williams 3 0-0 7, Martinez 0 0-0 0, Moore 0 0-0 0, Walker 9 12-16 30, FRuss 0 0-0 0, Newton 0 0-0 0, Aronhalt 0 0-0 0, Keen 3 0-0 7. Totals: 17 22-31 59.
  • WEST GADSDEN (40)
  • Albritton 0 0-0 0, Hinson 2 4-5 9, Brown 4 0-2 8, CFitzgerald 5 1-2 14, TFitzgerald 1 1-2 3, Shingles 0 1-2 1, Gilyard 2 0-0 4, Johnson 0 1-1 1, Ceasar 0 0-0 0, Jackson 0 0-0 0. Total: 14 8-14 40.
  • Holmes County18 7 13 21 — 59
  • West Gadsden   13 11 3 13 — 40
  • 3-point field goals: HC 3 (Keen, Williams, Russ), WG 4 (CFitzgerald 3, Hinson). Rebounds: HC 34 (Walker 15), WG 20 (Brown 6). Turnovers: HC 17, WG 18. Team fouls: HC 14, WG 26. Fouled out: None.


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