A long layoff due to concerns over the spread of COVID- 19 has come to an end for the basketball programs at the three county schools. RCHS returned to play Saturday, Wadley took the court Monday and Woodland saw its first action of the new year Tuesday after superintendent John Jacobs shut down extracurricular activities in late December.

The shutdown was originally scheduled to last until January 11, but RCHS was able to get going a little sooner with a game against Ranburne on Saturday. It was just the second game of the season for the RCHS varsity teams, which had multiple games cancelled or postponed due to COVID-related quarantine of players and coaches in December.

The RCHS boys got eight points from Joshua Burns in Saturday’s game, but the Tigers lost 59-24.

Wadley returned to action Monday with an area contest against Talladega County Central. The Bulldogs lost that game 67-45 after TCC pulled away in the second half.

Wadley’s Calon Cottle scored 12 of his team-best 17 points in the second quarter as Wadley fought to a 33-27 halftime deficit.

But the Bulldogs were outscored 23-7 in the third quarter as TCC stretched the lead to 22 points.

The Tigers hit eight threes in the game, including six by Kanard Jemison, who finished with 20 points. Cameron Swain led all scorers with 22 points for the Tigers.

Woodland was set to get back on the floor Tuesday with an area contest against Winterboro. The results of that game were not available at press time.

Woodland and RCHS are set to play Friday in Woodland.

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