PREP BASKETBALL: Addison drops area matchups to Winston County

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ADDISON, Ala. — Addison hosted their archrival Winston County High School Yellow Jackets on a brisk Tuesday evening at Allen Stephenson Gym. The Jackets were not good guests as they swept a pair of area matchups from the Bulldogs. The Lady Bulldogs dropped the first contest of the night to the Lady Jackets 60-41 and the boys fell in a tight game with Winston County 58-54.

Winston County 60 – Addison 41 (Varsity Girls)

Addison was hoping to hand Winston County its first loss of the season Tuesday night, but it just wasn’t meant to be. From the opening tip, the game was controlled by the Lady Jackets. The Lady Bulldogs usually control tempo, the glass and bomb it from outside but they had a lot of trouble rebounding against Winston County. The Lady Jackets got off to a good start, taking a 21-11 after the opening quarter.  Jacket Junior Olivia Wright had nine points in the period. Hadley “Shooter” Butler tried to keep the Dawgs close as she had five points herself.

The second quarter went better for the Lady Bulldogs as they were able to chip away at the lead and go into the half trailing just 32-19. Winston County Senior Makayla Lindsey had a great period, scoring seven points and grabbing five rebounds. Addison’s Anna Grace “The Glove” Luker had five points to lead the Lady Bulldogs.

The second half was more of the same for the Lady Dawgs as they just couldn’t grab a board for a second shot. Winston County played stellar defense, controlling the paint and refusing to give up anything. Addison went cold from outside and never quit but couldn’t get closer than within 10 points in the second half. The third period ended with Winston County leading 43-28.   

Gracie “Bug” Manley came alive in the fourth quarter, scoring nine points and pulling down three rebounds. Even with Manley’s scoring run, Addison was still outpaced 17-13 in the final period and when the final buzzer sounded, the visiting Jackets came away with a solid, 60-41 win.

Winston County Head Coach Becky Cobb was very complimentary of her team after the game. 

“We are playing real well right now. This put us at 10-0 on the season. We are a really quick team and communicate really well on the floor, Cobb said. “We knew where their shooters were and were not going to let them score in the paint. Our goal and I guess team motto is, ‘We want to be the team that no one wants to play’.”

Unofficial stats:

Manley led Addison with a game high 18 points and three rebounds. Luker had seven points and five boards. Butler had seven points and point steals. Lydia “Barbie” Ergle had five points and eight boards. Bracie “Tiny” Rogers had four points with three steals.

Winston County was led by Makayla Lindsey with 12 points and 10 boards. Wright had 10 points and three boards. Bella Wakefield posted six points and seven boards. Bailey Kelley had finished points and seven boards. Lynleigh Cobb had six points and five boards and Madison Comeens had eight points and two boards.

Addison drops to 5-2 (0-1 area). Winston County improves to 10-0 (2-0 in area)

Addison will host Cold Springs Friday at 6 p.m.

Winston County 58 – Addison 54 (Varsity Boys)

What has really turned into an excellent rivalry between Addison and Winston County on the hardwood produced another great contest Tuesday night. Addison got off to a quick start in the opening quarter and led 12-6 at one point but the Yellow Jackets went on a 9-3 run to close the period and tie things up at 15. Jed “Wizard” Wilkins led the Dawgs with six points while Eli “Curly” Howse chipped in four of his own. Winston County was red hot from three-point land, and they nailed three in the quarter. “Slim” Sy Blanton led the Jackets with five points while Hayden Jackson added four points.

The second period continued the intense atmosphere as the Addison Pep Band made another appearance. Both sides of the crowd were on their feet, and you get the feeling that there is not a lot of love lost between these two communities separated by about 17 miles and a lake. Howse and Christian “Ice Man” Roberts led the Dawgs with four points each. Cameron Thompson led the Jackets with four points. The half ended with Addison holding a slim 30-29 lead.

The third quarter saw the Yellow Jackets take a 43-42 lead. Winston County’s Sy Blanton started coming alive as he nailed a pair of three-pointers to bring his point total to eight in the quarter. Howse tallied three points and collected five rebounds from the guard position. The Yellow Jackets went on an 8-0 run to take a 41-37 lead but Addison was able to score five of the last seven points in the period to make it a 1-point game.

The fourth period had the fans going crazy and the gym filled with deafening noise. The guards for both teams showed out in the final frame. Addison’s Howse and Brady “Sticks” Gilbreath each scored six points while Blanton carried the Yellow Jackets with 11 points, six of which came on free throws down the stretch. Blanton hit two free throws with 57 seconds to go to give Winston County a 57-54 lead. Addison went down court and with only 7.2 seconds left but the hometown Dawgs did not get the hometown call as they were called for an illegal screen giving the ball back to the Jackets. Blanton hit a free throw to secure a 58-54 win for Winston County and hand a tough loss to the Dawgs.

Unofficial stats:

Addison was led by Howse who had 17 points, six boards and six steals. Gilbreath had 14 points with three boards and three steals.  Roberts had six points and four boards. Justin “Rocky” Mather had three points, four boards and four steals. Wilkins had 10 points and three boards. Bradley “Bigfoot” Willette had four points and two boards.

Winston County was led by Blanton who had a game high 27 points and two boards. Jackson had eight points and four boards. Thompson had seven points and three boards. Eli Edgil had five points and four rebounds. Eli Moore had six points.

Addison drops to 4-3 (0-1 in area). Winston County moves to 4-2 (1-1 in area).   

Addison will host Cold Springs Friday at 7 p.m.

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