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Shelia Mader

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Tigers and Hornets hoop it up

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The Graceville Tigers hosted the Cottondale Hornets Friday night with both teams competing to the final buzzer sounded.  It was the visiting Hornets who came out on top in a lopsided victory, 63-34.

Cottondale took the first quarter by a slight edge, 10-8 with five Hornets picking up a basket while Joell Green led the Tigers with four points, going 2-for-2 from the charity stripe and adding a basket.  

The usually ‘can-be-heard across the gym’ Hornet coach Chris Obert must have had some powerful, soft-spoken words at the quarter break.  The Hornets went into a different offensive gear in the second quarter and posted 20 points, with seven points coming from Amari Banks, five from Dayron Garrett and four each from Cameron Brooks and Tykeece Bryant.  Graceville answered with 10 points with Joell Green notching four of those and Sam Wesley nailing a three.  At the half, it was a 30-18 game Cottondale’s way.

Second-year coach Justin Miles had many years as a player with his coaches letting teams know the game was just half over when they went into the locker room.  His Tigers came out and played as if the slate had been wiped clean.  The third quarter went to Graceville 11-10 with Xavian Sorey leading the way with four points.  Amari Banks continued his scoring in the third with a basket and a perfect 2-for-2 from the line.  

The fourth quarter was all Hornets with the Tigers running out of steam.  Dayron Garrett put up eight points, while Amari Banks was steady on the night with six points.  Dominique Pittman added five with Cameron Brooks putting up four points.  For Graceville, they had three Tigers adding points.

Leading the Graceville Tigers in scoring was Xavian Sorey with 12 points, followed by Joell Green with 10 points.  Andre Brown had six points on the night.

For Cottondale, it was Amari Banks with 19 points, followed by Dayron Garrett with 16 points. Also in double digits was Cameron Brooks with 10 points, followed by Dominique Pittman with nine points on the night.  

 

Tiger vs Tiger – down to the wire

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To say the Malone Tigers have had a start to their season like no other is an understatement to say the least.  Graceville is coming off a dismal football season and looking to turn things around in basketball.  Both of those factors made for a thrilling, down-to-the wire finish for the fans and the players.  After four quarters of play, it was the visiting Graceville Tigers who came out on top by the narrowest of margins, 60-59.  

The first eight minutes of the game gave the fans the hint that it might be a one-sided affair with Malone taking a 20-6 lead after one period.  It was Quinton Groomes leading the Malone Tigers with nine points, including a pair of three-pointers.  

The second quarter went in favor of a rejuvenated Graceville Tiger team who found their offensive footing and put up 18 points.  Malone answered with 12 points to take a 32-24 lead into the locker room at the half.

Both Tiger teams challenged each other in the third quarter with the visitors edging out the home Tigers 18-17 and yes, that one point did make a difference.  Taylor Brown put up a pair of threes with Odarius Murff going 4-for-4 from the charity stripe.  Graceville countered with Cyprian James posting eight points and Austin Angerbrandt putting up four points. 

The final quarter decided it all with Malone leading 49-43 with just eight minutes to go.  No one was leaving their seats as they know these two teams well and the stat books goes out the door when they go head-to-head.  When the final buzzer sounded, it was Malone just one-point shy of a win 60-59.  Xaivan Sorey led his team in the final quarter with eight points, including going 2-for-3 from the line. 

Malone was led in scoring by Taylor Brown with 15 points followed by Quinton Groomes with 12 points. On board with nine points each were Odarius Murff and Joshua Rivers.  

Graceville was led by Xavian Sorey who had an NBA kind of night with 22 points, with Joell Green in double digits with 10 points.  Cyprian James was on board with eight points.

Martin Basford Cattleman, FFA, and friend to all

Martin Basford is a name synonymous with helper.  So much so that this year, Basford was recognized by the Cattlemen’s Association or the Top Hand Award.  When Association member Jeff Snell made the presentation, he said of Basford, “This is your go-to guy.  If you need something, all you have to do is pick up the phone and he’s there.  He goes the extra mile for anyone he can, most of the time without even being asked.”

Martin has downsized his cattle somewhat, with six head now, two momma cows, two heifers and two steers.  He works them with the help of his three sons, Bud who is 13, 10-year old Sam, and the caboose Jeb who is seven years old.  His sons have followed early in his footsteps with the love of the outdoors, cattle, 4H and FFA.  Martin is quick to tell you that although he’s downsized considerably with his cattle numbers, “I’m not in the cow business but I’m using cows to raise kids.”  

All three of his sons are involved in the 4H Livestock Club or FFA through Marianna Middle School.  

Albert Milton has known Basford for more years than he cares to remember says of Basford, “Martin is a class act and is a great guy.  He will do anything for anybody and is a great source of information for just about anything you need to know. I can’t tell you how many times, I knew someone that needed information on something and Martin was the man.”

Long time Cattlemen’s Association member Ken Godfrey reiterated much of the same, “Martin is always offering a hand to everyone. He pulls some long hours at 4H events, the Fed Cattle Shows, anywhere there are kids and cattle, he’s there and he’s working.  You won’t find a better man to help you out.”

Martin is an investigator with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, and is married to Tiffany Basford, a teacher at Marianna High School. 

The Lil’ Shop Around the Corner appearing Saturday

The Jackson County Times will be hosting a book and CD signing this Saturday with all the comforts of ‘The Lil’ Shop Around the Corner’.  We will have four local artists’ works at the TIMES office for sale. 

Glenda Sue Bradley has one CD already released and one due out prior to the signing.  The CD she has already available is titled Glenda Sue Merry Christmas.  The CD due out next week is a gospel CD with some old-time gospel as well as some blue grass gospel.  Songs include Mansion over the Hill, I’d Rather have Jesus, and Suppertime.

John P. McDaniel, better known to all as “Johnny Mac” will be signing his book, “The High Sheriff”.  He invites everyone who may have already purchased a book and wants it signed to stop by and he will sign your book.  As always, Johnny Mac with have a tale or two in his memory bank to share with those stopping in. 

Chalmers Wilson, who authored “Wisdom – A Journey or Destination” will be here to talk with his readers, autograph books, and reminisce about his beginning and where he is now.

Also available at the TIMES is the CD, “Invitation” by recording artist Peggy Cox.  

The Chipola Historical Trust have both of their books about Jackson County available at the TIMES with all proceeds going to the Trust.  

Local artist Linda Hatcher will have a section of her paintings on display and available for sale just in time for Christmas. 

The TIMES, authors and artists invite you to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season, stop by the TIMES office, have a treat, a cup of hot cocoa, coffee or a cold beverage from 11-2 Saturday, December 16.

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