PREP BASKETBALL: Addison drops nail-biter to Dora 48-46

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JASPER, Ala. — The ladies of Addison competed in the Curry Thanksgiving Basketball Tournament over the past two days and came away with a 1-1 record. The 1A Lady Dawgs dispatched 4A Corner 49-15 on Tuesday night and lost a tough one 48-46 to 4A Dora on Wednesday. This dropped the Addison Ladies to 2-2 on the young season.

The Addison Lady Bulldogs got off to a good start as they outscored the Dora ladies 12-9. Addison’s Hadley “Shooter” Butler had with five points along with “Magic” Molly Gilbreath who had five points as well to go along with four rebounds and two assists in the period.

The second period had each team scoring ten points apiece as Addison took a 22-19 lead in at the half. Gracie “Bug” Manley had a big period as she totaled five points, five boards and a steal. Gilbreath put in three more points.

The first half Addison did an excellent job of keeping the Ladies from Dora from running their fast break. Dora is a very fast and athletic team and if you let them, they will run you out of the gym. Addison played solid defense in the first half.

The third period did not get off the start that they wanted as Dora started getting the defensive rebound and hitting the outlet pass to set up their fast break. Addison went into about a three-minute funk as they had a few unforced errors and didn’t shoot well. The ladies from Dora took advantage to outscore the Addison Ladies 13-8 in the frame. Going into the final period Dora led 33-30. Gilbreath scored 5 of the 8 Addison points in the period.

The fourth period was a fast paced and exciting one. Dora got off to an excellent start and grabbed a 42-33 lead and it looked like the ladies from Addison had just plain run out of gas. After two quick timeouts by Addison Coach Bailey Boland the ladies came out reenergized. They began blocking out very effectively which enabled them to grab the rebounds and keep the hyper quick Dora ladies from running the break. Addison cut the lead down to 44-42 with several key baskets by Manley and two clutch three-pointers from Butler. Dora then got two defensive stop and Dora’s Bella Reese nailed three out of four free throws to give Dora the 48-43 lead with only ten seconds to go in the game. Addison’s Manley threw up a Hail Mary shot from half court and hit nothing but net for a crowd pleasing three-pointer. It wasn’t enough as Addison dropped the battle of the Dawgs 48-46.

Addison Coach Boland seemed pleased with her team’s effort after the game. 

“It’s early in the season and we are not in our best shape, but I was very proud of how our young ladies hung in there with them (Dora).” We played a very good team, and they are very athletic and for the most part we went right at them,” Boland said. “We just need to do the little things better and we will. I told them we have to take care of the basketball, rebound, offensively and defensively and not have too many unforced errors and we will be fine. We have three more tough games next week with Belgreen, Falkville and Decatur Heritage all coming to play us at home.”

Addison drops to 2-2 on the season.

Unofficial stats

Addison was led in scoring by Manley with 17 points. Butler had 15 with Gilbreath chipped in 13. Manley had 14 rebounds, Gilbreath had eight, Butler had four and Lauryn “Beemer” Cunningham had three.

Dora was led by Lyra Meadows with 10 points, Millicent Wilson had nine, Reese and Amiah Dory had eight points each. Reese had nine boards while Dory and Wilson each had five. Reese also had six steals.

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