PREP BASKETBALL: Addison tops Vinemont 56-45, Lady Eagles earn 64-24 win

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ADDISON, Ala. – Addison hosted their neighbors to the East, the Vinemont Eagles, in a boys and girls’ matchup on the hardwood Monday night. Addison’s Ladies fell 64-24 to the Lady Eagles while the Addison Boys took a nice 56-45 victory to open their season.

Vinemont 64 – Addison 24 (Varsity Girls)

The ladies from Addison are an extremely young bunch with only one senior on the roster, PG Hadley Butler, and she was out with an injured foot on this night. The game didn’t start out well for the Lady Dawgs as the Lady Eagles jumped on them for a 14-2 lead after the first period. Addison had problems with Vinemont’s on ball pressure throughout the first half and really struggled getting the ball up court. Addison’s Ava Bartlett scored Addison’s lone basket while Carson Wyatt dominated the glass with 5 rebounds. Vinemont’s Reagan Robinson and Morgan Flanagan led the Eagles with 5 and 4 points respectively. Lady Eagle Maggie Burks had 4 boards for Vinemont.

The second period was even worse for the Lady Bulldogs as the Lady Eagles consistently pressured the young Bulldogs into numerous mistakes and turnovers. Vinemont outscored Addison 21-2 in the period and took a commanding 35-4 lead into the half. Addison’s Bartlett scored all 4 of Addison’s points, while Wyatt took in 8 total rebounds. Vinemont was led in scoring at the half with Robinson with 10 points and Whitney Quick tossing in 8 points of her own. Carley Stephens led the Lady Eagles with 6 boards while Robinson also chipped in 4 rebounds.

The second half was a little better for the Lady Dawgs as they began to play better and Vinemont started playing all their younger players. Addison was outscored 17-11 to go into the fourth period trailing Vinemont 52-15. Wyatt led the Lady Dawgs with 5 points in the frame while Vinemont was led Robinson with 4 points and Caroline Miller had 3.

Addison actually outscored the Vinemont Lady Eagles 13-12 in the final period to come away with at least a morale victory to end the game. Vinemont took the victory 64-24 and kept Addison winless on the season while Vinemont moves to 3-1.

Addison Head Coach Bailey Boland,

“Proud of my girl’s effort and hustle. They never quit. Vinemont is a quality team, and we will get better from this. My young ladies will try and improve every day at every practice, and we will take full advantage of our games to become better as a team and as individual players each time we step on that court. This is one of my youngest teams, if not the youngest team I have had at Addison. With only one senior on the roster (starting point guard Hadley Butler) and she happened to be out tonight and for the foreseeable future. My girls will improve as the season goes on and I know that we will be very competitive in our area this year.

Unofficial stats

Addison was led in scoring by Carson Wyatt with 9 points and 12 rebounds. Emma Cleghorn had 5 points and 8 rebounds. Ava Bartlett had 4 points and 3 rebounds. Gracie Roberts had 3 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists. Reese Osborne had 2 points and 4 boards. Kabri Dyson had 7 rebounds.

Vinemont was led in scoring by Reagan Robinson with a game high 17 points and 4 rebounds. Carley Stephens had 11 points and 8 rebounds. Maggie Burks had 10 points and 5 rebounds. Caroline Miller had 8 points. Whitney Quick had 8 points and 2 rebounds. Morgan Flanagan had 7 points and 4 rebounds. Vayda Yarbrough had 1 point and 4 rebounds.

Addison hosts Tharptown tomorrow night at Allen Stephenson Gym at 6 p.m. Vinemont Lady Eagles will host the Good Hope Lady Raider Tuesday night as well.

Addison 56 – Vinemont 45 (Varsity Boys)

The Addison Boys opened up their season against the 5-1 Vinemont Eagles and it promised to be an interesting game. Addison started out the game with their customary man to man defense and it seemed to affect the Eagles as Addison forced 8 Eagle turnovers in the first period. Elijah Roberts, who had the best hair on the basketball court, should have been arrested as he had 4 steals in the first period alone. Addison outscored Vinemont 18-12 in the period as Addison’s Jed Wilkins couldn’t be stopped as he drove to the lane getting lay-up after lay-up. Wilkins ended up with 6 points in the period. Bradley Willette controlled the lane on defense for the Dawgs as he had 4 points, 2 rebounds and a block. Vinemont hung around with some fine shooting from Isiah Jones who led all scorers in the period with 7. Eagle Bryson Bush had 3 boards in the period as well.

The second period was played with the same frenetic pace as the first period and the results were about the same. Addison outscored Vinemont again, 18-11 to take a 36-23 lead into the half. Wilkins could not be kept out of the lane as he dribbled around Eagle defenders like they were standing still. Wilkins had 10 points in the period. Willette powered in 6 points to go along with his three rebounds. Jacob McLamb had a bucket with 3 rebounds to help Addison dominate the boards in the first half. Vinemont was led in scoring by Jones again with 5 points while Bush did the dirty work on the glass with two more rebounds.

You knew the Vinemont Eagles, off to a great start to their season, weren’t just going to lay down and you would be correct. Vinemont appeared to come out more focused and forced Addison into some turnovers. Addison won the period 10-8 but the pace and tempo had slowed down considerably. Vinemont seemed to have the momentum going into the fourth period as they scored the last 4 points of the period. Roberts led Addison in scoring with 6 points and four rebounds while Willette chipped in 4 points and two boards. Vinemont was led in scoring by Jeremy Harbison who drained two nice 3 pointers for his 6 points. Jones had 2 rebounds leading the Eagles.

The fourth started out with Vinemont going on a 6-0 run to start the fourth as they had cut the Addison lead 48-42. The Eagle run was actually 10-2 counting the last two minutes of the third quarter and the first three minutes of the fourth. Addison’s players seemed flustered and a bit out of sorts as Vinemont had cut their lead to 6. A quick timeout by Addison Coach Scott Flynn righted the ship and the veteran Bulldogs came out and played much more aggressively. Addison was led tonight by their defense as they produced 20 steals on the night. Wilkins had five points to end the game while Kiah Lake had a nice put back for his first two points of the evening. Addison shut down the Eagles outscoring them 8-3 in the final three minutes of the game.

Addison moves to 1-0 on the season while Vinemont drops to 5-2 on the season. Addison will host Tharptown tomorrow night at 7 pm while Vinemont will host county foe Good Hope tomorrow night as well.

Addison Head Coach Scott Flynn,

“So pleased with how the guys came out and played tonight. We haven’t practiced that much due to football and for them to come out and play a quality team like Vinemont and come away with a victory says it all. Our defense was tremendous and what I am most proud of is that we took care of the basketball tonight. We forced a lot of turnovers and didn’t give them a lot back. We pride ourselves on our defense and it showed tonight. We have a bunch of stuff to work on but if our kids can give that kind of effort on the defensive end every night, we will be tough to beat.”

Unofficial stats

Addison was led in scoring by Jed Wilkins with a game high 21 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 7 steals. Bradley Willette had 15 points, 7 rebounds with a steal and a block. Elijah Roberts had 10 points, 6 boards, 2 assists, 8 steals and a blocked shot. Jacob McLamb had 8 points and 7 rebounds with 2 steals. Kiah Lake had 2 points and a rebound.

Vinemont was led in scoring by Isiah Jones who had 13 points and 4 rebounds. Jeremy Harbison had 10 points and 2 rebounds. Jordan Eller had 8 points and 2 boards. Colton Gillis had 8 points. Bryson Bush had 4 points and 6 rebounds. Dalton Wilhite had 2 points and a rebound.

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