MOULTON — The Red Devils of Lawrence County had the range early Thursday night when the welcomed the Cullman Bearcats to town. The Red Devils sprinted out to a 7-0 run before a pair of free throws put Cullman on the board at the 5:07 mark in the first. The Cats came roaring back with a 9-2 run of their own to pull the game even at nine. Here the score would remain for the rest of the quarter.
Lawrence County opened the second with Greyson Long hitting back to back buckets in the paint to pull the Red Devils ahead, but Cullman answered back keeping the game even until the last seconds of the quarter when Austin Brewer drilled a three from deep in the right corner to put the Red Devils on top 19-16 at the half.
The Bearcats took their first lead of the game on the back of a 7-0 run to open up the second half of play. Lawrence County fought back, but Cullman had the last shot, a three by Jacob Heatherly to keep Cullman ahead, 33-32, heading to the fourth.
The action was back and forth in the final eight minutes with seven ties and six lead changes. Long of Lawrence County hit a layup and then was fouled. He hit the ensuing free throw to put Lawrence County on top 47-45 with 41.2 left to play.
Cullman missed a shot to tie but stole the inbound pass. Seth Swalve looked tie but had his shot blocked by Sebastian Terry. Cullman forced a jump ball on the inbound and found Swalve in the corner. He drilled the three to put Cullman on top 48-47 with two seconds left to play. The Red Devils missed their last second shot and Cullman took the victory 48-47.
Cullman 51 — Lawrence County 60 (Girls)
The Lady Bearcats came out sluggish in the first and went 0-6 from the floor to open the game but quickly found their groove and despite Lawrence County being on from the opening tip, trailed by just two, 17-15, after the first quarter of action.
The Lady Cats scored the first bucket of the quarter to pull even, but Lawrence County rattles off the next eight to build a healthy lead. Cullman fought back to play even for the remainder of the quarter but still trailed 33-23 going to the half.
The second half of the game was as close as it could get with each team matching each other point for point and neither gaining an advantage.
This was unfortunate for the Lady Cats as they could not get closer than nine points and fell to the Lady Red Devils 60-51.