PREP BASKETBALL: Addison Bulldogs, Lady Bulldogs down Winston County

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The Addison Lady Bulldogs defeated Winston County 63-43 Friday night. (Courtesy of Lexie Luker)

ADDISON, Ala. – Addison hosted its archrival, the Winston County High Yellow Jackets for a pair of varsity games Friday night and the packed house left happy, if you were a Bulldog supporter. The Ladies from Addison took the opener 63-43 and the boys took the nightcap, 77-71.

Addison 63 – Winston County 43 (Varsity Girls)

The ladies from Addison opened up their county schedule with their rivals from across the lake, the Winston County Lady Jackets. The opening frame was all Lady Bulldogs as “Magic” Molly Gilbreath and Hadley “Shooter” Butler were deadly from downtown. Addison jumped out to a 15-4 lead with great precision passing and excellent defense. Addison, led by Lydia “Barbie” Ergle, owned the glass in the period. Butler and Gilbreath each had two three-pointers. Winston County’s Olivia Wright tried to keep the Jackets close as she put in four of her team’s eight points. At the end of the first, Addison led 21-8.

The Lady Jackets went into a little lull las they dealt with foul trouble. Addison’s all everything, Gracie “Bug” Manley had three fouls early in the second and her replacement Katie Barrett picked up three as well. The Jackets actually outscored the hometown Dawgs 13-11 in the period. The visitors were led by Lynleigh Cobb who had five points and 3 boards in the period. Gilbreath and Manley had four points each for Addison. Addison took a comfortable 32-21 lead into the half.

The second half opened up with both teams splitting the first twelve points in the period.  Addison then went on an 8-2 run to take the third quarter, 14-8, to take a 46-29 lead going into the fourth and final period.

Ergle led the Dawgs with six points while also posting five rebounds. Winston County’s Madison Comeens led the Lady Jackets with six points in the third.

The final period was the Butler show as Addison’s little point guard was all over the floor, scoring, stealing and rebounding everything in sight. This was perhaps Butler’s finest moment for the Bulldogs as she and Ergle really stepped it up with several Lady Dawgs in foul trouble. Winston County’s Comeens did her best to close the gap by scoring eight points for the Lady Jackets.

The difference in the game was on the boards as Addison dominated 44-25.

Addison Head Coach Bailey Boland was extremely happy after the game,

“First of all, super proud of all our young ladies but especially, Hadley (Butler). We got in foul trouble, and she did absolutely everything for us tonight. I mean all the girls really stepped it up tonight. They (WCHS) are a scrappy team and leave it all out on the court. I don’t know the numbers, but we kept them from having too many second chance points and we held them to one shot most of the night. Lydia (Ergle) had her best game and she, like all of them, seems to be playing with much more confidence recently. Our energy is good, and it is good to win this first county game at home.”

Unofficial stats

Addison was led by Butler with 22 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, six steals and a block. Manley had 14 points, six boards and four steals in limited action. Gilbreath had 14 points, two boards, three assists and a steal. Ergle had eight points, 13 boards, two assists and three blocks. Barrett had three points, four boards and an assist. Brilyn Dover had two points, five boards, two assists and three steals. Lauryn “Beemer” Cunningham had three boards and one assist. Gracie Roberts had on rebound.

Addison 77 – Winston County 71 (Varsity Boys)

The game started with both teams wanting to play up-tempo. Both these teams like to shoot the three-point shot and many were thrown up on this evening. The first period was a fairly even affair. Addison outscored Winston County 21-18 mainly due to the Dawgs outrebounding the Jackets 9-4. Brady Gilbreath led Addison with 10 points. Bradley “Big Foot” Willette put in four for Addison as well. The Yellow Jackets were led by Senior Sy Blanton, who seems like he has been playing varsity basketball for Winston County since he was in the fifth grade. Blanton put in five points for the Jackets while Ethan Morgan tapped in four.

The second frame saw Addison commit multiple turnovers, mainly unforced. Addison would try and make the extra pass, but it usually ended up in a Yellow Jackets hand. Winston County won the period, 24-15, to take a 42-36 lead into the half. Josh “West Coast” Netherton led the Dawgs with seven while Lane “Duct Tape” Tubb hit a long three. Blanton led the Jackets with 8 points and Eli Edgil had five points to go along with three rebounds.

The second half started out with Addison making a small run and then it would be answered by a Jacket bucket. Gilbreath had eight points in the period while Jed “Wizard” Wilkins had three boards and a block to go along with his solo bucket. Addison’s Jacob “Lanky” McLamb had three steals in the period. Winston County had six different players score a basket. At the end of the third, Addison had cut the lead to 54-53 and the fourth period promised to go down to the wire.

The first two minutes of the fourth were pretty uneventful as the Jackets had extended their lead to 60-55 with about six minutes to go in the game. Addison’s Willette had two straight put backs and at the 5:32 mark of the fourth period, it happened. With the score tied at 60, Netherton took the ball and elevated to the rim to come down with a poster ready two-handed slam dunk that brought the house down. Addison took the lead at 62-60 and that completed a 7-0 Bulldog run. Winston County would not give up, but they would never lead again. Addison started feeding their big man, Willette, and he started rewarding them. Willette dominated the fourth as he put in 11 points to go along with two rebounds. Blanton tried to keep the Jackets close, he did, as he nailed three treys while Morgan had five more points. Addison took the period and the game, 77-71.

Addison Head Coach Scott Flynn,

“We had an up and down game. A lot of different momentum swings in this game but the big change was Josh’s (Netherton) dunk. The crowd got into it and our guys seemed to take a spark from the dunk. I thought that it turned the game around. We still turned the ball over too much but a lot of that is our guys trying to get their teammates involved by making the extra pass. Happy with the win and it is always nice to start the county season off with a win.”

Unofficial stats

Addison was led in scoring by Gilbreath who had a game high 25 points, four boards, two assists and two steals. Willette had 17 points, five boards and two steals. Netherton had 12 points, eight rebounds and an assist. Briley “Snake” Hayes had 12 points, four boards and three assists. Tubb had nine points and a board. Wilkins had two points, six boards, three assists, two steals and a block. McLamb had three boards and four steals.

Winston County had Blanton with 22 points, and three boards. Morgan had 15 points and two boards. Edgil had 10 points and five boards. Braden Hudson had seven points and two boards. Landon Kelley had seven points. Eli Moore had four points and two boards.

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