Prep basketball: Brown scores big, gets defensive support in Rams' win

Malea Brown got her points Tuesday night while a couple of Interlachen High School teammates made sure Fort White’s leading scorer didn’t get hers.

Brown scored 27 points and the Rams applied a suffocating box-and-one defense to Aubrey Callum for a 51-33 victory in their District 4-5A opener.

Melayne Vazquez made a rare start for Interlachen (4-1, 1-0) and along with Kierra Chauncey, did the defensive job on the Indians’ Aubrey Callum, who was averaging 23 points per game but settled for 12 in a game the Rams controlled from start to finish.

“Full throttle the whole way,” said IHS coach Kim Troiano. “They had one girl who was averaging 23 points and we went box and one on her. We had Kierra and Melayne switching off on her. She got tired. That right there is an indicator of how well they played.”

In addition to her 27 points, Brown had eight rebounds, four assists, five steals and three blocks. Chauncey had a season-high 10 points to go with six rebounds, seven assists and three steals. Ellah McGruder had six points, seven rebounds, four blocks, an assist and a steal.

The Rams led 15-4, 28-15 and 38-26 at the quarter breaks.

The Indians slipped to 3-2 and 1-1.

n Visiting Hawthorne blanked Crescent City the first quarter of a 50-12 rout of Crescent City. 

Kentavia Hagins personally outscored the Raiders with 16 points for the 3-0 Hornets.

Nierah Cooke had six points for Crescent City, which dipped to 1-3.

Boys basketball

n Host Palatka built a 15-point halftime lead, then watched Jacksonville University Christian wipe it out by the fourth quarter to take a 44-43 lead, then grabbed the lead back to defeat the Christians, 53-47, to improve to 2-0.

“It was a good win for our guys against a quality team,” Panthers third-year coach Bryant Oxendine said. “We gutted it out. We came back and played better defense. We found a way to win in the end.”

Mitchell McKinnon, who finished 15 points and 11 rebounds, and Malik Beauford, who led all scorers with 18 points and added six rebounds and two blocks, each scored four points in the final quarter. Y’dontae Smith added 10 points, three steals and six assists, while Wesley Roberts did a little of everything – five points, seven rebounds, four steals and two blocks.

The Panthers will be tested again Thursday night as they open their District 5-6A season at the Shark Tank against Ponte Vedra High, a court the Panthers lost on last season.

n Cameron Brown scored six of his game-high 13 points in the first quarter to get visiting Fort White off to a 20-10 lead and the Indians defeated Interlachen, 43-23, in a District 4-5A matchup.

Tyson Siplin led the Rams (0-2, 0-1) with 11 points and four rebounds, while Jonathan Olalde had five points and three assists and Thomas Mack recorded four points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals.

The Rams go after coach C.S. Belton’s 200th career win again Thursday night in another district matchup, this time at Bradford.

n While the Rams struggled again, one of their former players shined for visiting Hawthorne High.

Alex Dubois, who transferred from IHS to Hawthorne in the first week of October, delivered 18 points – all on 3-point field goals – and did so after the Hornets built a 20-7 first-quarter lead in a 61-41 District 6-1A victory over Crescent City.

Key’Shawn Williams added eight points for the Hornets, who were opening their season.

For the Raiders (1-3, 0-1), Daunte Morgan delivered 17 points, including five 3-pointers. The Raiders travel to Interlachen Friday night.

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