PREP BASKETBALL: Bulldogs, Lady Bulldogs sweep Shoals Christian at home

Addison's Eli Howse finished with 20 points in the Bulldogs' 66-36 win over Shoals Christian. (Sammy Confer for The Cullman Tribune)

ADDISON, Ala. – Addison hosted the Shoals Christian Flames and both the Dawgs and Lady Dawgs teams put the flames out. Both Addison teams were just too much for the outmatched Shoals Christian Teams. The ladies won 59-28 in a game that was over by the end of the first period and the men won 66-36 to break their five-game losing streak.

Addison 59 – Shoals Christian 28 (varsity girls)

The Lady Bulldogs dominated the Lady Flames from the opening tip. Addison outscored the Shoals Christian Flames 25-3 in the opening period. Addison dominated in every facet of the game, rebounding, assists, steals, etc. The second period was more of the same as Addison went up 41-11 at the half. Savannah Manley, Amelia Cleghorn and Macey Butler led the way for the Lady Bulldogs.

The third period started with Addison coming out a little flat, probably due to totally dominating the first half. Shoals Christian actually outscored the bulldogs 14-5. The young dawgs played most of the third period. You have to give the Lady Flames credit for not quitting.    

The fourth period started with Addison putting the first team back in and dominating the period. The Lady Dawgs outscored the Flames 13-2 in the period to come away with the win, 59-28.

It was a balanced team effort from Addison. The defense, as usual, was outstanding. The three-point shots were falling and overall it was a solid effort by the Lady Dawgs.

The Lady Dawgs were led in scoring by Savannah Manley’s 18, Amelia Cleghorn had 13 and Macey “Homecoming Queen” Butler chipped in 11. The Dawgs were led in rebounding by Manley’s 10, Kaylee Brummett’s six and Cleghorn’s five. Two good overall stat lines were Brummett’s five points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals and Butler’s 11 points, five rebounds, five assists and three steals.

Head Coach Frank Graham said after the game, “We have been off for a few days so I was a little concerned about how we would come out and play. We, as always, had great effort but had some mental lapses during the game. Our rebounding has been solid all year and I was proud of how we dominated the glass.”

The Lady Dawgs improved to 8-1 on the season.

Addison 66 – Shoals Christian 36 (varsity boys)

Addison came out needing a win in the worst of ways. After getting off to a 5-1 start, the Dawgs have dropped five straight. The Shoals Christian Flames came into Addison’s gym Monday night and left extinguished.

Addison played a very solid game in all areas and may have played their best defensive game of the year, applying constant pressure on the Flames’ ballhandlers.  

Addison started off the game winning the tip and it continued from there. Addison’s Logan “Baby Shaq” Wilkins and Eli “Curly” Howse, as usual, played very well. Addison had everyone contribute tonight which helped the Dawgs dominate the Flames.

At the end of the first period Addison led 17-9. The second period was equally outstanding for the Dawgs and Addison raced out to a solid 22-10 period. The half ended with the Dawgs up 39-19.   

The third period had Quentin “Moto” Barley chip in several rebounds and baskets. Christian Roberts also had one of his better games by scoring six points. The quarter ended with Addison leading 56-31.

The fourth period ended with Addison playing stifling defense allowing the Flames only to score five points. Cannon “The Sniper” Hiller got hot and dominated the fourth period, hitting everything he shot. The game ended, as well as the Dawgs losing streak, by the score of 66-36.

A solid team effort from the Dawgs lead to the victory. If they can get contributions from several players like they did tonight the season can be successful.

Addison was led in scoring by “Curly” Howse with 20 points, Hiller had 16 and Wilkins chipped in 11. Wilkins led in rebounding with eight, Hiller had six and Roberts had five. Howse had six assists and Wilkins had three.   

Some stat lines of note, Roberts had six points, five rebounds and five steals. “Moto” Barley had 10 points and two rebounds.

Bulldogs Head Coach Ben Mastin said after the game, “Very happy with the win. We have had some very good practices lately. We watched a lot of film and I could tell the guys were seeing what we are trying to do. We are growing as a team and as long as we have the defensive intensity that we showed tonight we will continue to get better and the wins will come.”

Addison improved their record to 6-6 with the win.

Other Monday scores:

Fairview 46 – Decatur 43 (varsity girls)

Mae Jemison 54 – Fairview 48 (varsity girls)

Hardin Valley 64 – Good Hope 63 (varsity boys)

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