PREP BASKETBALL: Addison collects comfortable sweep of Lynn

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ADDISON, Ala. — Addison hosted the Lynn Bears, county rivals from the far western edges of Winston County, for a two-game set at lovely Allen Stephenson Gymnasium Thursday night. The girls were too much for the Lady Bears and ran away with an 82-32 victory and the boys had a similar time with the Bears and came out with a comfortable 65-41 win.

Addison 82 – Lynn 32 (varsity girls)

The Lady Dawgs came out under Head Coach Bailey West with their foot on the gas and totally dominated the Ladies from Lynn. Addison jumped on Lynn for a 20-7 lead after the first period. Addison was being led by “Tiny” Bracey Rodgers and Hadley “Shooter” Butler punishing the Lady Bears from downtown with three-point bombs. The second period was no easier for Lynn. The Lady Dawgs outscored Lynn 15-9 to take a comfortable, 35-16 lead. With Rodgers and Butler handling scoring, Gracie “Bug” Manley and Anna Grace Luker taking care of the boards, it was an excellent half for the Lady Dawgs.

If you were hoping for a miracle comeback from the Lady Bears, it didn’t happen this evening. Coach West brought out her young ladies and they completely clamped down defensively on the girls from Lynn. Lynn was outscored by a whopping 27-8 margin in the third period. Addison had a commanding, 62-24 lead going into the final frame. Addison’s Molly Gilbreath started dropping bombs and the rout continued.

The game came to a merciful end with Addison outscoring Lynn 20-8 in the fourth period. That made the score, Addison Lady Dawgs 82, Lynn Lady Bears 32. This improves Addison to 4-4 on the young season.

After the game, Coach West said, “The girls played hard tonight. When your shots are falling you look good and that carries over to our defensive end. It was good to see how well we shot the ball tonight and that everyone was involved. I just hope that the girls can carry over the intensity till next week. We have a big game with our rival, Winston County, next Tuesday night here at home. If we continue to play defense like we have been for the majority of our last two games, then I believe that good things can happen for us.”

“Tiny” Rodgers led the Dawgs with 30 points, five rebounds, five assists and three steals. “Bug” Manley had 16 points, 15 boards and four steals. “Shooter” Butler had 16 points and two rebounds. Gilbreath had 10 points, two boards, three assists and five steals. Luker had six points, four rebounds, two assists and four steals. Lydia Ergle chipped in two points but had seven rebounds.   

Lynn was led by Junior Laney Upton with 10 points and five rebounds. Junior Ella Brown had seven points and three rebounds. Junior Ashley Aldridge had six points and four boards.

Addison 65 – Lynn 41 (varsity boys)

Addison came out hoping that they would be able to contain Lynn with their very stingy defense. Addison has gotten better every game with their defense and that is something that Coach Ben Mastin pounds into their heads.

The Dawgs took the opening period to let Lynn know that nothing would be easy on this night.   Addison outscored Lynn 18-10 in the first period. Eli “Curly” Howse and Christian “Ice Man” Roberts led in the scoring. The second period was more of the same as Addison frustrated Lynn as they batted passes and kept the Bears off the boards. Addison won the period 20-10 and went in at the half leading 38-20. Xavier “Smooth” Barley owned the glass in the first half pulling down six rebounds. Logan “Baby Shaq” Wilkins added 3 of his own along with six points.

The third period continued the onslaught as the Dawgs outscored the Bears 14-9. Wilkins brought the gym to their feet as he had a thunderous dunk over a hapless Bear player, it was a true poster moment. Going into the fourth period Addison led 52-29.

The fourth frame showed the depth of these bulldogs as Jessie “Rooster” Brock had six points and Brady “Stick” Gilbreath tossed in five. The game ended with Addison winning easily 65-41. Addison improves to 3-5 on the season.

After the game, Coach Mastin said, “We played a good game. We have extra motivation because our goal is to keep teams from scoring over 32 points a game. I know that is a low number but that is what we strive for. If teams score more than that there are consequences. The simple fact is, we guard we win. This team will win with defense and this team takes pride in its defense. “

Wilkins and Howse led in scoring with 16 points apiece. Wilkins added seven rebounds and two assists. Howse had three boards and three assists as well. Roberts had nine points and three boards. Cannon “TNT” Hiller had a solid game with eight points, four boards, three assists and three steals. Brock had six points and Gilbreath had five points, three boards and two assists. “Smooth” Barley had nine boards and two points.

Both Addison teams will host the Double Springs Yellow Jackets Tuesday.

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