PREP BASKETBALL: Addison collects home sweep of Winston County


ADDISON, Ala. — Addison hosted their archrivals, the Double Springs Yellow Jackets, in a two-game set at Addison High School. The ladies opened the night with a close 53-48 win and the men followed with a 63-42 win in the nightcap.

Addison 53 – Winston County 48 (varsity girls)

The ladies started the evening hoping to play well against the much bigger Double Springs Yellow Jackets. The game could not have started any worse. The first period started, and it seemed that the lady dawgs were still in the locker room. The Jackets were hot from the outside and when they did miss, they were able to dominate the glass. At the end of the period, Double Springs led 18-3 and Addison was lucky to be that close. The Lady Bulldogs woke up for the second frame but still had no answer for the much taller Jackets. The second period ended with the Lady Jackets outscoring Addison 17-16 and leading comfortably 35-19 at the half.  “Tiny” Bracey” Rodgers kept Addison close with eight points in the first half.

Addison coach Bailey West must have a gift for half time speeches because for the second time this year, a completely different team showed up to start the third period. Addison came out and what they did to the Lady Jackets should have been illegal. Addison pressed, rebounded, blocked shots and scored when they wanted. Addison outscored Double Springs 14-0 in the period to close the gap to 35-33.

The fourth period started, and it should have been a close and it did not disappoint. A back and forth period with each team claiming the lead and the crowd going nuts. Addison’s Hadley “Shooter” Butler was cold for most of the night, but she nailed a big three pointer to put Addison in the lead. For the majority of the game Addison couldn’t hit a free throw if they were standing above the net and just dropping it in. But in crunch time, the Lady Dawgs knocked down seven of their last eight to seal the 53-48 win.

After the game, Coach West said, “I am so proud of our girls. The game started as bad as it could, they were hot, and we weren’t. At the half, I told them, we just have to chip away and just keep chipping away and we can get back in this. When they go cold, we have to take advantage of that. It didn’t help that we had some foul trouble in the first half so that effected our defense because we can’t press as well. Just glad to get the win and we have a huge game this Friday night with Cold Springs.”

Cold Springs happens to be Coach West’s alma mater, her little sister plays there, and her mom is the head coach of Cold Springs as well. That will be a tough night for her father, who do you cheer for?

Rodgers led the Lady Dawgs with 21 points and had an incredible eight steals. Gracie “Bug” Manley had a dominant 13 points, 16 rebounds and two steals. Lydia Ergle had six points and five boards. Molly Gilbreath chipped in seven points and seven rebounds.   

Double Springs was led by Izzy Cofer with 15 points and nine rebounds. Olivia Wright had 13 points and three boards. Bailey Kelley had eight points and nine boards. Makayla Lindsey had five points but 10 rebounds.

The win improves Addison to 5-4 (1-0 region/2-0 county).    

Addison 63 – Winston County 42 (varsity boys)

The boys came out with their tough defense and potent offense, but the Jackets were ready for the challenge. Double Springs took the opening period 16-14 with both teams playing well. Double Springs’ Brooks Bonds nailed two three pointers in the opening frame.

Both teams tightened their defense and scoring was at a premium. The period ended with the Dawgs outscoring the Jackets 8-7 to go in at the half trailing 23-22.

Coach Ben Mastin has speeches of his own and the men came out and dominated the third period. The Dawgs pressed and rolled the Jackets in the period outscoring them 20-6 to take a commanding 42-29 lead. The steam had been taken out of the jackets and the fouls started piling up as the frustration kicked in. Free throws, which have been solid all year were very good on this night as Addison knocked down 16 out of 20.

The Dawgs dominated the Jackets in the fourth period 21-13 to end with a solid 63-42 win.   

Logan “Baby Shaq” Wilkins had 23 points and four steals. Cannon “TNT” Hiller got hot in the second half and had 11 points. Quentin “Fabio” Barley had seven points and five boards. Xavier “Smooth” Barley had six points and three boards. Seth “Fear the Beard” Paris, a crowd favorite, had six points, two assists, two steals and one board. Christian “Ice Man” Roberts had four points, 10 boards and two assists. Eli “Curly” Howse had four points and two steals.

After the game, Coach Mastin said, “We didn’t play our best in the first half, but our effort was always there. Double Springs is a good team, but we weren’t going to lose to them at our house. Our defense is our one consistent thing that we can rely on this year. Defense is about effort and our guys give it each and every night. We go to Cold Springs and it is a huge early season Region game. I may be wrong, but I believe someone told me that Addison hasn’t won there in over 30 years. We hope to change that Friday night, but we will have to play our best game to come away with the win.”

Double Springs was led by Brooks Bonds with 14 points. Austin Owens chipped in 12 points and seven boards. 

Addison improves to 4-5 (2-0 in county/1-0 region) on the year. 

Both teams travel to Cold Springs on Friday night for important region matchups.

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