PREP BASKETBALL: Addison collects senior night wins over St. Bernard

The Addison Lady Bulldogs defeated St. Bernard 61-27 Friday night. (Courtesy of Lexie Luker)

ADDISON, Ala. — It was Senior Night at Addison on Friday, as they hosted the men and women’s teams from Saint Bernard, and it turned out very well for the two home teams. St. Bernard’s girls’ team, populated by mainly underclassman, was handled 61-27 by the Lady Bulldogs. The men’s game was even worse as the Saints only had six players and two of those kids aren’t even listed on their official roster. Addison dunked their way past St. Bernard 100-26.

Addison 61 – St. Bernard 27 (Varsity Girls)

The St. Bernard Ladies scored the first two points of the game, a Rowan Hines bucket, to go up 2-0 but it would be all downhill from there. Addison closed out the period going on a 21-4 run to take the period 21-6. It was Senior “Magic” Molly Gilbreath’s show as she showed out scoring 14 of the Lady Dawgs 21 points. Gilbreath had 2 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 assists to go along with her 14 points. Senior Gracie “Bug” Manley had 4 points and 3 boards and Senior Lydia “Barbie” Ergle had 4 rebounds as well in the period. The Lady Saints were led by Charli Roberson who hit a long three-pointer and Hines had her bucket.

The second period, per usual, was a slower period for the Lady Dawgs as they could muster only ten points, while the Saints played much better even though they scored only 6 points in the period. Addison took a 31-12 lead into the half. Manley led Addison with 5 points while Gracie Roberts drained a corner three-pointer for Addison. Lady Saint Ella Davis had 4 points and Katie Chamblee had 2 points. Hines led the Saints with 3 boards in the period.

Addison came out looking to make a point and dash all the Lady Saint hopes and they did just that. Addison pressured the Saints into many forced and even a few unforced errors. Addison blitzed St. Bernard 25-4 in the period to take a 56-16 lead going into the fourth and final period.   Addison’s do everything forward Manley dominated the paint as she had 10 points. Gilbreath had ten points as well but nailed 7 out of 8 free throws. St. Bernard’s Davis had 3 points while Chamblee hit a free throw for one.

The fourth period had St. Bernard showing a ton of heart as they refused to quit even when this game was obviously over. St. Bernard outscored Addison 11-5 in the fourth. Saint Amelia Tafazoli scored 4 points, all free throws, while Davis had 3 more points. Young Miss Roberson nailed another three-pointer in the final period as well. Addison was led by youngin Ava Bartlett nailing a three-pointer from the visitors corner and Senior Brilyn Dover putting a bucket in for 2 points. Addison came away with a solid 61-27 win.

Addison’s Gilbreath in a business-like fashion stated postgame,

“We came to close these girls out. It is a game we should win, and we needed to win. They played hard but we were going to show out tonight because it was our Senior Night. I think that we played as a team and we were able to get everyone on the court for some substantial minutes.   We need to be playing well at this point in the season because we have plans for the post season and I think that we are starting to peak at the right time. I was looking for my shot early on and it was falling for me, so I just kept shooting.”

Unofficial stats:

Addison was led in scoring by Gilbreath with 24 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, 5 steals and a block. Manley had 19 points, 10 boards, 1 assist and 4 steals. Incidentally, Manley got her 1,000-point ball on this evening. Manley actually has closer to 1,400 points but never received her 1,000-point ball. I guess better late than never. Dover had 5 points, 2 boards and 3 assists. Ergle finished with 10 rebounds, 2 blocks and an assist, Katie Barrett had 4 points and 2 boards. Hadley “Shooter” Butler had 3 points, 1 rebound and 3 assists in limited minutes. Roberts had 3 points and 1 rebound. Bartlett had 3 points. Reese Osborne had a rebound. Lauryn “Beemer” Cunningham had 2 boards.

Saint Bernard was led by Davis’ 11 points and a board. Roberson had 6 points. Tafazoli had 5 points and 5 rebounds. Chamblee had 3 points and a board. Hines had 2 points and 7 rebounds.

Barbara Angeler had 2 boards.

Seniors honored for Addison were Gracie Manley, Molly Gilbreath, Brilyn Dover, Anna grace Atkins and Lydia Ergle. Seniors Ergle, Manley, Gilbreath and Junior Butler were all Winston County basketball players this year.

Addison will host Carbon Hill on Monday night in a regular season matchup. St. Bernard will travel to Vinemont Tuesday night in a Cullman County matchup.

Addison 100 – St. Bernard 26 (Varsity Boys)

The Addison men hosted the Saints and the Saints were overmatched when they got off the bus.   Three of the Saints looked young enough that they should have been playing on the junior varsity team. This was a game that the shell-shocked Addison squad needed after dropping back-to-back one possession games to Meek and Danville on the road. Addison needed it and Addison rolled to a 74-point victory. Two things happened on the court tonight that have probably never happened in Addison’s history. Addison had four legitimate dunks in the game and St. Bernard Senior Jack Janaszak scored all 26 points for the Saints. He in fact had all the team’s rebounds with the exception of five for the entire game. He was a legitimate machine on this night but had no help.

The first period was about as good as the Bulldogs have played all year. Addison jumped out to a double-digit lead within the first four minutes of the game and never looked back. Addison led 27-9 after one. Addison’s Brady Gilbreath, not to be outdone by his sister Molly, tossed in 14 points in the first period as well. Jed “Wizard” Wilkins had 4 points while Lane “Duct Tape” Tubb drained a three. Janaszak tried to keep the Saints close scoring all nine points for the visitors.

If you thought Addison played well in the first period, you would be correct. But they played even better in the second period, if you can believe that. Addison rolled the Saints 30-2 in the period. The period was highlighted by the first dunk of the evening as Wilkins slammed it home on a fast break. Wilkins’ dunk made it 34-9 and they were only getting started. Briley “Snake” Hayes found a flying Josh “West Coast” Netherton on an inbounds alley-oop that brought the crowd to its feet. Netherton may not be bullet proof like Superman, but he can leap tall buildings. Gilbreath drained two more threes, Wilkins had a three, Jacob “Lanky” Mclamb had a three and finally Tubb hit another three for the quarter. Let’s not forget Bradley “Big Foot” Willette who dominated the paint with 6 points in the second. As you might have figured, the Saints’ Janaszak scored the only bucket for Saint Bernard. Addison led 57-11 at the half.

The tempo picked up even more for both teams as 42 points were scored in the period.   Unfortunately, for the Saints 29 of the 42 belonged to the Bulldogs. Addison led 86-24 going into the fourth and final period. A highlight of the period was Gilbreath passing the ball off of the backboard and Netherton catching the ball and slamming it home. It was an incredible dunk.   That put the Dawgs up 62-11. Hayes led the Dawgs in scoring in the third with 9 points while Mclamb poured in 8 of his own. Saint Bernard’s Janaszak scored 13 for Saints as well as grabbing 5 rebounds.

The fourth period ended with Addison taking it 14-2 for the final score of 100-26. Two highlights for Addison was a Gilbreath breakaway one hand slam dunk to put the hometown team up 83-24. The second was Peyton “Rudi” Holland draining a long three-pointer at the buzzer to give Addison the 100-point mark for the first time in forever.

Saint Bernard did all they could be with only six players and probably only two of them that should be playing varsity basketball they were in a no-win situation. The Saints played hard and never quit but were way overmatched on this night. Can’t say enough about Mr. Janaszak though. He left it all out on the court for his Saints team.

Brady Gilbreath,

“We set the tone from the outset. In games like this you can’t let an overmatched team hang around. Strange things can happen if you don’t focus and give 100% energy and effort. We hit our open shots and absolutely dominated on the glass. We played team defense, and we passed the ball really well tonight. Things will be much tougher when we play on Monday because Carbon Hill is a game that we let get away from us. They are a good team, but we plan on things being different on Monday this time around.”

Unofficial stats

Addison was led in scoring by Gilbreath who had a game high 33 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 8 steals.Wilkins had 17 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist and 2 steals. McLamb had 13 points, 5 boards, 1 assist and 3 steals. Hayes had 13 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists and 2 steals. Willette had 6 points and 7 boards. Tubb had 6 points. Netherton had 8 points, 3 boards, 1 assist and 2 steals.  Peyton Holland had 3 points, 8 boards and 1 assist.  Dave Tuggle, back from injury, had 1 point, 5 boards and 2 steals. Hayden Holland had 6 boards and 3 steals.

Addison seniors honored were Brady Gilbreath, Lane Tubb, Peyton Holland, Dave Tuggle, Briley Hayes and Josh Netherton.

St. Bernard was led by Janaszak with 26 points and 8 rebounds.   Will Lyons had 3 rebounds.  Gavitt Lewis had one rebound.  Cameron Smiley had a rebound and Aiden Hayes also had a board.

Addison will host Carbon Hill Monday while Saint Bernard will travel to Vinemont Tuesday.

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