PREP BASKETBALL: Addison tops Falkville in 2OT thriller 64-59, Bulldogs pull away to win 80-58

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The Addison Lady Bulldogs edged Falkville 64-59 in double overtime Friday night. (Courtesy of Cindy Luker)

ADDISON, Ala. – Addison hosted the Falkville Blue Devils for two games Friday night and both Bulldog squads came away with wins. The Addison ladies took two overtimes before they put away the Lady Devils 64-59 and the Addison men broke open a close game in the second half and won going away 80-58.

Addison 64 – Falkvile 59 (2OT) (Varsity Girls)

The Addison Lady Bulldogs and the Falkville Lady Blue Devils have developed quite the rivalry in the last couple of years. The teams are usually fairly evenly matched and as always, the two fanbases are not really fond of each other. Now, on to tonight’s game. Falkville is led by their all everything player, Ellie Cate Hill, and with her comes a lot of hype. Well, that hype is well deserved. Falkville’s Hill nailed three shots from three-point range in the first period to Falkville a 14-10 lead. Her teammate, Abby Grace Tomlin chipped in a three-pointer of her own. Addison counters with their three headed monster of Gracie “Bug” Manley, Hadley “Shooter” Butler and “Magic” Molly Gilbreath. Manley and Butler put in five points apiece for the Bulldogs

The second period was a back-and-forth affair as Falkville stretched their lead to 30-22 at the half. The Lady Bulldogs would make a run and then it seemed that Hill would answer for the Lady Devils with a three-pointer to stop the Addison rally.

The second half started out with Addison cutting the Falkville lead to four points, 32-28. Addison’s Butler led the Bulldogs with 5 points. Falkville answered the run with Ella Wallace putting in five points and at the end of the third period, it looked bleak for the Bulldogs as they still trailed Falkville 41-33.

In the fourth period, the Lady Bulldogs showed tremendous heart and determination. Manley led the Bulldog run as they outscored the Devils 11-0 to take a 44-41 lead with 5:34 to go in the game. Manley had five points while Butler had six to include a key three-pointer. As Addison started heating up the shots would not fall for Falkville. Addison stretched the lead to 47-43 with just over two minutes to play and it was looking promising for the hometown team. No one told the Lady Devils that they were supposed to lay down and let the Lady Dawgs celebrate this win. With Addison leading 48-45 with five seconds left, Miss Hill drilled a game tying three-pointer right in front of her bench to send the game to overtime.

During the first overtime, Addison jumped out to a quick lead. Gilbreath drilled a three-pointer to give Addison a four-point lead, 59-55, with two minutes to go in the game. Once again, Falkville fought back and finally tied the game again as Liza Wallace scored a bucket to tie the game back at 59-59 sending it to a second overtime.

The ladies from Addison took control of the second overtime as they outscored Falkville 5-0 to come away with the 64-59 victory. It was an excellent all-around game, and both these teams left it all on the court.

Addison Head Coach Bailey Boland,

“I am very proud of our ladies. We had a tough game last night (Decatur Heritage) and then to play a two-overtime game tonight was really tough. We executed much better tonight, and we really rebounded well. I know we had alot of offensive rebounds and we were able to limit them to only getting one shot.”

Unofficial stats

Addison was led in scoring by Butler with 28 points six rebounds, two assists, five steals and two blocks. Manley had 26 points, 16 rebounds, three assists, five steals and two blocks. Gilbreath had seven points, eight boards, four assists and a steal. Lauryn “Beemer” Cunningham had a three-pointer. Katie Barrett had nine boards and an assist. Lydia “Barbie” Ergle had seven boards and a block. Brilyn Dover had two boards and an assist.

Falkville was led in scoring by Hill with 24 points and eight boards. Ella Wallace had 12 points and two boards. Liza Wallace had eight points and six boards. Abby Grace Tomlin had seven points and eight rebounds.

Addison 80 – Falkville 58 (Varsity Boys)

The men’s game was a tale of two halves. The first half belonged to the Blue Devils but the second to the Bulldogs. Both of these teams like to run and gun and that is exactly what you got. The major difference was that it appeared that Addison was the faster and more athletic team on this night.

After the first period, Falkville led 17-13 and they were led by Isiah Warner and Dawson Fowler who had seven points each. Addison was led by Brady Gilbreath who had seven points and he was followed by Bradley “Big Foot” Willette with six points and four rebounds.

The second period was more of the same as Falkville would take advantage of Addison miscues to grab a couple easy layups. Falkville had six players score in the period as they took a 31-24 lead in at the half.

Addison Head Coach Scott Flynn had a lively discussion with his team, and they came out much more focused and with a mission. Addison smothered the Falkville players with suffocating defense. The Bulldog pressure effected the Blue Devils as Addison nabbed seven steals in the frame. Gilbreath and Josh “West Coast” Netherton nailed two three-pointers apiece. Lane “Duct Tape” Tubb’s defensive feistiness reminds one of a gnat at a fourth of July picnic, it never goes away. Addison rolled Falkville to the tune of 32-15 for the period to take a 56-46 lead.  

The last period didn’t get any better for the Blue Devils as Addison outscored them 24-12 for the easy victory, 80-58.

Coach Flynn,

“Proud of the guys for making adjustments in the second half and taking care of the basketball. We shot the ball much better in the second half and we were very good from the free throw line tonight. Everyone contributed and our defensive intensity was on point.”

Unofficial stats

Addison was led in scoring by Gilbreath with 32 points, six boards, three assists and five steals. Willette had 16 points, nine boards and a block. Netherton had 12 points and two boards. Jacob “Lanky” McLamb had seven points and two boards. Jed “Wizard” Wilkins had four points, 12 boards and three steals. Briley “Snake” Hayes had two points, eight boards, two assists and two steals. Tubb had three points and a board. Dave Tuggle had two points and two boards. Peyton Holland had an assist and a rebound.

Falkville was led by Warner with 20 points and 11 boards. Fowler had 15 points. Landon Powers had six points. Trey Fowler had five points.

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