January 29, 2010 9:25:00 AM
VERNON, Ala. -- The Lamar County Bulldogs opened up some breathing room in the fourth quarter Thursday night to beat Marion County 78-73.
Lamar County outscored Marion County 21-17 in the fourth quarter after leading 36-34 at halftime and 57-56 at the end of the third period.
The leading scorers for Lamar County were Marquis Plant with 23 points, Will Franks with 20, Jimmy Lann 17 and Michael Bradford 10.
DeShawn Riebeschel scored 21 points and Devin Cantrell scored 21 to lead Marion County.
Lamar County plays its final regular season home game tonight when it plays host to Haleyville.
n Pickens Academy 67, Winston Academy 37 (B): At Carrollton, Ala., the Pickens Academy Pirates won their third game in a row and won for the seventh time in eight games by beating Winston Academy.
Pickens Academy (14-8) outscored Winston Academy each period, leading 21-14, 39-24 and 53-31 at the quarter breaks.
The top scorers for Pickens Academy were Jacob Acker with 24 points, Grey Hankins with 16 and Michael Potts 16.
Winston Academy''s high scorers were Cameron Paschal with 12 points and Wyatt Roberts with 10.
n Pickens Academy 53, Winston Academy 49 (G): At Carrollton, Ala., the Lady Pirates rallied in the second half to beat the Lady Patriots.
Pickens Academy (21-3) trailed 14-4 after the first quarter and 22-18 at halftime before outscoring Winston Academy 17-11 in the third period and 18-16 in the fourth.
The Lady Pirates were led by Callie Minor with 15 points and 11 rebounds and Catherine Johnson with 15 points and four assists.
The leading scorers for Winston Academy were Rachael Peeples and Barbara McMillian with 11 points each and Samantha Perkins with 10.
Pickens Academy also won the junior high girls game 32-29, avenging a 53-20 loss to Winston Academy earlier in the season. Elisabeth Hankins was the high scorers for the Lady Pirates with 14 points.
Pickens Academy plays again tonight against Patrician Academy in Butler, Ala.