High School Sports

CAJ teams come up big at Williston-Elko

C.A. Johnson’s basketball teams pulled off a critical road sweep of Williston-Elko to gain ground in the ever-changing Region 4-1A race.

The Green Hornets (13-9, 9-3) boys cooled off the hot Blue Devils 55-45 and found themselves in a three-way tie for first place with W-E and Hunter-Kinard-Tyler by the close of action. H-K-T lost to North on Friday. North and Blackville-Hilda both are just one game off the pace. One of the five contenders will be left out in the cold come playoff time.

The final two rounds of region play next week figure to be interesting, to say the least, and the Green Hornets have the toughest schedule down the stretch. CAJ plays at Blackville-Hilda on Tuesday and at H-K-T on Friday in the regular season finale.

Antonio Brown and Detron Jackson accounted for all but six of CAJ’s points at Williston-Elko. Brown scored a game-high 22 points, while Jackson tallied 16. The Green Hornets limited Blue Devils star Antonio Walker, who is averaging 21 points a game, to 10.

The CAJ girls clinched a state playoff invitational with a 49-43 win in the opener. Whitney Green rang up 24 points and Jamie Corbitt added 17 to the cause. The Green Hornets (9-9, 8-4) are on a roll with five straight wins.

C.A. Johnson’s girls enter the final week of the region season with no chance of finishing higher than third place. H-K-T and Blackville-Hilda share the top spot at 11-1. The Green Hornets are tied for third with Williston-Elko.