PREP BASKETBALL: Addison splits road matchups against Sumiton Christian

The Addison Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs split their road varsity matchups at Sumiton Christian Friday night. (Photo courtesy of Johnny Brock)

SUMITON, Ala. — Addison basketball traveled to Sumiton Christian to take on the Eagles in a pair of varsity matchups Friday night. The Lady Dawgs came away victorious 49-29 to improve their record to 6-1 and the boys dropped a tough one, 68-56 to fall to 5-3 on the year.

Addison 49 – Sumiton Christian 29 (varsity girls)

This game was not as close as the final score would indicate. The Lady Dawgs played stifling defense and held the Lady Eagles to only 11 points in the first half.  The half ended with the Lady Dawgs up 24-11. 

Addison Head Coach Frank Graham said, “We didn’t play well in the first half. The effort was there, but we didn’t execute like we do in practice.”  

Savannah Manley and Macey Butler led the Dawgs in the first half.

After an inspired halftime speech from Coach Graham, Addison came out and executed much better in the second half. This was surprising since the Lady Dawgs were able to clear the bench and let some of the younger players get some valuable game experience. The third period ended with Addison holding a 36-23 lead over the Lady Eagles. The fourth period was basically the Lady Dawg bench playing the Lady Eagles starters and the Lady Puppies beat the Lady Eagles 13-6 for the period. The final score was 49-29 Addison.

Addison improved to 6-1 on the season while the Lady Eagles fell to 5-8.

The Lady Dawgs were led by Savannah Manley’s 13 points, Macey Butler had 11 points and Kaylee Brummett posted eight points.

After the game, Coach Graham said, “As always, I am pleased with our effort. We just need to do the little things and this team will be fine.” 

Sumiton Christian 68 – Addison 56 (varsity boys)

The boy’s game was a revenge game. Addison took down the Eagles about two weeks ago at Addison and the Eagles wanted payback. The game was a showcase game between two of the better players in the Winston/Walker County Area. Addison’s Logan “Baby Shaq” Wilkins and Sumiton Christian’s Isiah Wright. Wright scored the 1,000th career point of his stellar high school career earlier in the week and neither player disappointed. Addison came out hot in the first period and led 16-13. The Eagles responded by dominating the Dawgs in the second period, outscoring them 18-9. Addison was plagued with foul problems in the first half. There were 10 fouls called on the Dawgs to only four on the home court Eagles. The first half ended with Sumiton Christian holding a 31-25 lead.

The third period was a lot like the second period. Addison had trouble scoring and the Eagles, led by Wright, outscored the Dawgs 15-10 to take a 46-35 lead. The basket just seemed to close up on the young Bulldogs.   

The fourth quarter began with Addison going on a run to cut the lead down to three. This period was a showcase of back and forth between Wilkins and Wright. The highlight of the period was a nice dunk by Wilkins on a breakaway but Addison then went into a funk and the Eagles sealed the game at the free throw line, making eight of their last nine foul shots. The fourth period had the Eagles outscoring the Dawgs 22-21. The final was Sumiton Christian 68, Addison 56.

Wright led all scorers with 25 points. Cody Long chipped in 12 and Jeremy Brown had 10.    

After the game, Eagles coach Bill Griffin said, “Our kids showed what Senior leadership is about. We start five seniors and they have played a lot of basketball together. I have to give Addison’s coach a lot of credit, he’s done a great job with that program and they are a quality team. We are in a tough region and these type of games will help us down the road.”

Addison was led by Wilkins’ 24 points, four rebounds, two blocks and one assist. Eli “Curly” Howse had 10 points, two rebounds, four assists and three steals. Cannon Hiller posted 11 points while Quentin “Fabio” Barley had a solid four points, six rebounds and two blocks.

Addison Head Coach Ben Mastin stated after the game, “Our inexperience is showing. I’ve told the boys that these early season struggles will lead to better things down the road. If we keep improving and we figure some stuff out these early season losses won’t matter come January. I believe that this team, mostly juniors and sophomores, can get better and wins will come.”

Addison drops to 5-3 while Sumiton Christian ups their record to 9-4. Both the Addison boys and girls teams will host Waterloo at 4 p.m. on Monday at Stephenson Gym in Addison.

Copyright 2019 Humble Roots, LLC. All Rights Reserved.