PREP BASKETBALL: Addison Bulldogs, Lady Bulldogs sweep Lynn at home

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The Addison Lady Bulldogs routed Lynn 54-14 to improve 14-1 on the season Thursday night. (Photo courtesy of Lexi Luker)

ADDISON, Ala. – On a chilly night in the town of Addison, it was hot inside Stephenson Gym as the Bulldogs hosted the Lynn Bears in a boys and girls county match up.  The Addison Lady Bulldogs absolutely destroyed the Lynn Lady Bears 54-14. The game wasn’t as close as the final score. Addison improved to 14-1, which is the highest winning percentage in the 2A Girls Basketball Ranks statewide.

The Addison boys had a hard-fought win, 67-49, which was much closer than the final score would indicate, improving to 9-11 on the year. The boys and girls both captured the 2019 County Championships and the top seeds in their respective county tournaments. Addison will journey to Double Springs tomorrow night to face off against their archrivals, The Winston County Yellow Jackets.

Addison 54 – Lynn 14 (varsity girls)

The Lady Bulldogs went into the matchup with the Lady Bears hoping to guarantee them the top seed in the upcoming Winston County Tournament. The Lady Bulldogs have been the better team in the regular season and on paper should win comfortably against Lynn. That doesn’t always happen, especially in High School. Addison Head Coach Frank Graham was worried about his team coming out flat, but he shouldn’t have worried. The Lady Dogs came out focused and fired up.   

Addison dominated the first period against the Lady Bears, outscoring Lynn 17-0. The second period was more of the same and the Lady Dawgs took a 36-4 lead into halftime. The Lady Dawgs could do no wrong and the Lady Bears have had better nights. Addison dominated the glass, the basket and just about everything else it could.   

The second half opened up just about the same as the first as the Lady Dawgs outpaced the Lady Bears 12-2 in the third. Heading into the fourth period, Addison led comfortably 48-6.   

You have to give the Lady Bears credit; a lot of teams would have just folded up and quit but the Lady Bears kept fighting and actually outscored the Addison ladies 8-6 in the fourth. This brought the final score to Addison Lady Bulldogs 54, Lynn Lady Bears 14.

After the game Coach Graham stated, “We executed a lot better tonight than we have recently. We have cleaned up some of the little things that we were doing wrong. As always, I was pleased with our effort. We have a tough challenge tomorrow night against the Winston County Lady Yellow Jackets. They are a talented team and will give us trouble if we don’t play our best.”

Unofficial stats:

Macey “Homecoming Queen” Butler led the Lady Dawgs in scoring with 21. Savannah “Nanner Belle” Manley had 13 and Callie “The Enforcer” Crider chipped in eight.

Crider also had nine rebounds with Manley pulling down eight of her own. Kaylee “I can score from anywhere” Brummett had five boards.

Some interesting stat lines were Anna Grace Luker with three points, four rebounds, five assists, two steals and a block. Amelia Cleghorn ponied up four points, three rebounds, a steal, one assist and a block.

Addison 67 – Lynn 49 (varsity boys)

The Addison boys have had an up and down season and were hoping to finish up with a win over a quality Lynn Bears team. The teams appeared to be evenly matched on paper and Stephenson Gym was packed and the crowds on both sides were fired up. The game started off with each team going straight at each other and after a very well-played first period, Addison led the way 12-10.

The second period was more of the same with Addison outscoring Lynn 14-10 and taking a 26-20 lead into halftime. The largest lead in the first half was a 5-point Lynn lead and Addison’s 6-point lead at the half was theirs.

Coach Ben Mastin can always count on Addison’s big two of point guard Eli “Curly” Howse and forward Logan “Baby Shaq” Wilkins, but tonight the entire Addison team was on fire.   

The third period was a seesaw affair which saw Addison score the last four points of the period to take a 45-38 lead going into the fourth.

The rowdy crowd was firing on all cylinders and it was not a good night to be an official. No matter what call the men in the zebra stripes made, it inflamed about half the gymnasium. The fourth period was close with both teams playing excellent defense and diving for loose balls. So many charges were taken by both teams that both teams’ trainers will be busy with numerous aches and pains.

With 52 seconds left in the game and Addison leading by eight, the Lynn bench was hit with two technical fouls. After “Curly” Howse made three of the four free throws, a flagrant foul was called on a Lynn player leading to more free throws for Addison. Addison salted it away by outscoring Lynn 22-11 in the fourth. The final score was Addison 67, Lynn 49. The game was much closer than that though.

After the game, Bulldogs Head Coach Ben Mastin stated, “We just kept doing the right thing. Good things happen when you play defense. I told the guys at the half, just keep grinding and we will come out on top. It was possibly our best defensive effort of the year. We locked them down and made them take some tough shots. I believe that our defense frustrated them.”

Unofficial stats:

Eli “Curly” Howse led the Dawgs with 20 points and six assists. Logan “Baby Shaq” Wilkins had 18 points, eight rebounds, three assists and a block. Cannon “The Sniper” Hiller had 11 points.

Some key contributors who really stepped up tonight were Christian Roberts with four points and eight rebounds. Quentin “Moto” Barley with four points and seven boards. Xavier “Quasi” Barley had six points and two boards. The Barley Boys are Addison’s set of twins.

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