PREP BASKETBALL: Addison takes 2 from Lindsay Lane Saturday

The Addison Lady Bulldogs defeated Lindsay Lane 63-41 Saturday night. (Courtesy of Lexie Luker)

ADDISON, Ala. — Addison hosted the Lindsay Lane Lions for a two-game match and Addison wasn’t a very good host. The Lady Dawgs got it started with a nice 63-41 win to improve to 3-0. The men took care of business as well winning 75-49 to improve to 2-1.

Addison 63 – Lindsay Lane 41 (Varsity Girls)

Coach Bailey Boland had her Lady Dawgs ready to play after winning their opening two games against Tuscaloosa County and Meek. Even if it wasn’t their best shooting game, they still played well enough to send the Lady Lions home with a loss. The opening period was a back-and-forth affair as both teams came out ready to play. Addison was able to spread the ball around, with “Magic” Molly Gilbreath hitting a three and Gracie “Bug” Manley scoring 4 more points. Lindsay Lane was led by their all-everything senior Lindsey Murr, who had seven points. Lindsay Lane actually led 11-10 after the first.

The second period is where the Lady Dawgs began to really exert their fast-paced woman to woman press defense. Manley was able to dominate inside scoring eight points and Hadley “Shooter” Butler knocked down a three. Anna Grace “The Glove” Luker tallied five points in the period but picked up her third foul which would hinder her the rest of the game. The Lady Dawgs outscored the Lady Lions 20-10 in the second and took a solid 30-21 lead into the half.

The Lady Lions refused to give up as they did everything in their power to stay in the game. Addison had no answer for Murr who scored nine of her teams 11 points in the period. Addison’s Luker picked up her fourth foul on a questionable hack call early in the third which sat her for most of the second half. The Lady Lions took the period 11-10 to close the gap to 40-32 going into the fourth and final frame.

Coach Boland’s Lady Dawgs led by “Tiny” Bracie Rodgers, and “Bug” Manley led a fired-up Lady Dawg team and actually dominated the Lady Lions in the final period outscoring the Lady Lions 23-9 to put a bow on the top of a solid 63-41 victory. Rodgers knocked down two three pointers and had seven points in the period. Manley chipped in six points of her own. Lady Lions Murr apparently had grown tired of carrying her Lady Lions squad and only put up five in the period.

Addison came away with the win to improve to 3-0 on the young season.  

Coach Boland really liked the energy of her young team, “I say it every week, I am so proud of these ladies. They work their tails off at practice. We weren’t as effective in our press defense tonight early on because they have a little guard that really handles the ball well. Plus (Lindsey) Murr is an outstanding player, and we really didn’t slow her down much until the fourth period. We didn’t have our best shooting night from the perimeter, but our inside game really picked us up. I thought that we won the battle of the boards tonight (44-31) and we got a lot of offensive rebounds.”

Unofficial stats:

Addison was led in scoring by Manley with 23 points, 12 rebounds and three assists. Rodgers had 13 points, eight boards and eight assists. Butler had 11 points, four rebounds and three steals. Gilbreath had nine points and nine boards. Luker had five points, seven boards and three steals. Lydia “Barbie” Ergle had two points and four boards.

Lindsay Lane was led in everything by Murr. Murr had a game high 27 points, a game high 15 rebounds and two steals. Madison Carter chipped in four points and six boards.

Addison next plays at the Thanksgiving Tournament in Guntersville at the Supreme Courts Facility.

Addison 75 – Lindsay Lane 49 (Varsity Boys)

Whatever Coach Ben Mastin said to his Bulldog players before the game, he needs to package that up and break it out every week. The Dawgs came out firing on all cylinders and hit the Lindsay Lane Lions in the mouth in the first period and they never recovered. Addison jumped out to a 15-0 lead. Christian “Ice Man” Roberts was nailing threes and Brady “Sticks” Gilbreath was driving down the lane putting in layups. The Addison press was unrelenting and at the end of a frenetic first period the hometown Dawgs were leading 34-10.

The fast pace slowed down a bit in the second period as Lindsay Lane caught their breath and tied the Bulldogs for the period with each team scoring 11 points. Eli “Curly” Howse had 7 points in the frame and Briley Hayes put in three. The Lions were led by Max Morrison, a junior, who put in 12 first half points. The Bulldogs went in at the half with a solid 45-21 lead. Addison’s Coach Mastin had to be particularly impressed with his entire team effort in the first half as the reserves played major minutes and they kept the lead the same.

Addison continued their excellent play in the third period outscoring the Lions 18-13 to carry a 63-44 lead in the final period. The Bulldogs cleared the bench and played everyone in the second half with most of the starters barely playing the final 12 minutes. Addison didn’t lose a beat as the reserves outscored the Lion starters 12-5 in the fourth. The game ended with the hometown Dawgs winning comfortably 75-49.

Addison improved to 2-1 on the season.

A very happy Coach Mastin said after the game, “We came out strong and put this game away early. I don’t know if we have ever scored over 30 points in a period before and we did that tonight. When we had an open looks, we took it and made it. We made a conscious effort to drive to the basket more and it worked. The guys have really put a lot of effort into our defense game plan, and it shows. I was happy that our subs got to play a ton in this game. We played all 11 guys and all 11 guys contributed. Everyone scored and that is incredible.”

Unofficial stats:

Addison was led in scoring by Howse with 15 points, two boards and four assists.  Gilbreath had 14 points and two boards. Roberts had 11 points and four boards. Hayes had seven points and two assists. Jathom Meank hit a crowd pleasing six points and three rebounds. Jed “Wizard” Wilkins had five points and four boards. Lane Tubb chipped in five points and two boards. Justin “Rocky” Mather had three points and four rebounds. Bradley “Big Foot” Willette had a solid four points, six boards and three blocks. “Iso” Joe Harris had three points and two boards.

Lindsay Lane was led by Morrison who had 15 points and seven boards. Roderick Watkins had eight points and three boards. Jackson Carter had eight points and two boards.

Addison next travels to Decatur Heritage on Nov. 29.

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