Gadsden City routs Talladega County Central


Gadsden City’s Tracy Rhodes goes in for a layup during Monday night’s game against Talladega County Central. (Photo by Nick Johnston | Gadsden Times)


Jeff Garrett and the high-flying Gadsden City Titans cruised past Talladega County Central 90-56 Monday night in boys high school basketball.

Garrett scored 20 points, pulled down four rebounds and provided a few highlight-reel dunks for the sparse home crowd to help the seventh-ranked Titans even their season record to 3-3.

Gadsden City was on top throughout, getting out to a big lead in the first quarter. Using a smothering full-court defense, the Titans frustrated the Fighting Tigers and led 30-9 at the end of the first quarter. The hot shooting of Garrett, Tracy Rhodes and Chris Dudley cooled off a bit in the second quarter, but Gadsden City still led 51-26 at the half.

Coming off a close loss to No. 6 Sparkman last week, the Titans needed a big win heading into Class 6A, Area 9 play at Oxford on Friday. Gadsden City has not lost an area game in program history, a streak of 48 wins.

“We have grown up,” said Gadsden City coach Reginald Huff, who added that he’s missing three starters because of either injury or suspension. “The first couple of games we played were against talented teams out in Arkansas. Two of the teams won state titles. But I feel good about what we’re doing.”

Rhodes came off the bench to score 15 points and Dudley, who didn’t start, either, added 13 points. Chris Turk scored nine of his 11 points in the second half, and Tray Smothers went for seven points and six assists.

Talladega County Central (0-7), which set a season-high for points, was led by Tervarus Garrett. He scored 13 points.