DOUBLE SPRINGS, Ala. — Addison traveled to Double Springs to take on the Cold Springs Lady Eagles in the first round of its area tournament Monday night. Addison’s Lady Dawgs have beaten the Lady Eagles twice earlier in the season and it is never easy to defeat one team three times in one year, especially one coached by your mom. As you probably know by now, Addison’s Head Coach is Bailey (West) Boland, and she is the daughter of legendary Cold Springs Coach Tammy West. Addison was able to defeat the very young Lady Eagles 44-16 to end the Eagles season and advance Addison to play the winner of the Winston County and Falkville game Thursday night.
The first period was like watching paint dry as neither team shot the ball well, handled the ball well and both teams made passes to invisible teammates. It was a very sloppy game and both teams looked a little uptight. The first period ended with both teams tied at 6. The Lady Dawgs had three ladies score a bucket a piece, Senior Anna Grace Luker, Senior Bracie Rodgers and Junior Molly Gilbreath. The Lady Eagles had Sophomore Ella Bruer knock down two three-pointers for their six points.
The Lady Dawgs played a little better in the second quarter while the young Lady Eagles just couldn’t get on track. Addison outscored Cold Springs 11-2 to take a 17-8 lead at the half. Cold Springs was held without a point for the first five and a half minutes of the second period. Gilbreath drained two deep threes, Sophomore Hadley Butler had one as well. Junior Erin Bailey had the Lady Eagles only two points in the period.
The third period didn’t get much better for the young Lady Eagles as they were held to a single basket while Addison notched 15 points. The young Eagles were unable to handle the Lady Bulldog woman to woman defense and the Lady Dawgs were able to command the glass tonight. Addison Junior Gracie Manley dominated in the second half as she tossed in six points and had five rebounds in the third period. Junior Lydia Ergle grabbed four rebounds for the Lady Dawgs in the period. Cold Springs Sophomore Malaya Taylor posted the Lady Eagles’ only two points in the period.
The final period was better for both teams as it seemed Cold Springs and Addison both settled down and played a good period. Addison won the period 12-6 and the game 44-16. Manley had nine points in the fourth while Rodgers put in a three pointer for Addison. Cold Springs lone Senior Starla Fuller nailed a three pointer while Junior Mia Light had two other points.
The game didn’t go as the Lady Eagles had planned but the future is bright for the baby Eagles as they are very young and appear to have some young talent that I am sure Coach West will get the best out of next year. Sophomore Malaya Taylor looks to be a major post presence in the future for the Eagles.
Addison Head Coach Bailey Boland,
“This is a huge win for us since we now move on to the Championship game for the area title on Thursday. We didn’t play our best tonight, but all our ladies contributed tonight, and we played as a team. You need to be able to win a game sometimes when you don’t play your best, “Boland said. “I can’t say enough about how much my mom (Coach Tammy West) has meant to me as a coach, mentor and mother. She is the reason that I am able to do something that I love, and she is the person that I admire the most. These games against Cold Springs, my alma mater and my mom’s team, are the hardest for me to coach. It is good to get the win against them because I know how hard they work year-round to get where they are at. My girls are working as hard, and I know that I can count on the Lady bulldogs to give maximum effort every night.”
Addison was led by Manley who had a game high 17 points and 11 rebounds. Gilbreath had eight points and six boards. Rodgers had seven points, seven boards and six assists. Butler had six points and two boards. Luker had five points, eight boards, two assists, three steals and two blocks. Senior Emma Ridgeway and Freshman Lauryn Cunningham had one rebound apiece.
Cold Springs was led by Bruer with six points. Fuller had three points and a rebound. Taylor had two points, seven boards and three blocks. Light had two points and three rebounds. Bailey had two points and three boards. Freshman Kenady Graves had one point and four rebounds. Sophomore Ciara Calvert grabbed six boards. Eighth grader Paizley Whitlow nabbed a rebound. Addison improves to 19-9 on the season and will play in the Championship game Thursday night in Double Springs.
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