PREP BASKETBALL: Lady Bulldogs earn 47-30 win over Oakman, Addison drops nailbiter 45-42

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The Addison Lady Bulldogs defeated Oakman 47-30 Thursday night. (Brandon Evans/The Cullman Tribune)

ADDISON, Ala. – Addison hosted the 3A Oakman Wildcats tonight for a boy and girls’ matchup and the crowd was treated to two good games. Addison girls got their first win of the season 47-30 while the boys dropped a heartbreaker 45-42 for their first loss of the season.

Addison 47 – Oakman 30 (Varsity Girls)

The very young ladies from Addison have struggled early in the season, losing their first four games. Addison plays hard every night but is just short of varsity experience and some on court knowledge that will come the more they play.  They hosted the 3A Oakman Lady Wildcats and Addison’s young women really stepped up on this night. Addison outscored the Lady Wildcats 12-6 in the first. The Lady Bulldogs played great defense as they stifled the Oakman girls, holding them to only one basket, an Anna Sanford putback, in the first period. Oakman’s other points came from four made free throws by Maleigha Culbreath. Addison was led by Emma Cleghorn who had a massive first period for Addison with 4 points, 4 rebounds and 3 steals. Kabri Dyson chipped in 4 points and 4 rebounds of her own.

The second period had Addison pulling away outscoring the Lady Wildcats 18-7 to take a 30-13 lead at the half. Addison’s Karson Wyatt had a strong period by leading Addison with 10 points and 4 rebounds. Wyatt drained two deep threes for 6 of her points. Little Point Guard Gracie Roberts added two treys of her own to go along with 3 assists. Cleghorn banged on the boards for 5 more rebounds but got into some foul trouble in the period. Oakman was led by a Layla Stricklin three and 4 free throws from Culbreath.

Oakman came out in the second half and started putting pressure on the ball. Oakman outscored Addison 10-6 in the third to cut the Addison lead down to 13, 36-23. Oakman spread the scoring around as Ciara Stanton had 3 points, Culbreath put in 7 more. Kayla Jetton and Sanford led the Lady Wildcats in rebounding with 3 apiece. Addison didn’t have their best period but was led by Cleghorn’s 4 points and 5 more rebounds. Wyatt had the other 2 points to go along with 4 rebounds.

The fourth period had the Lady Bulldogs settling down and putting the game away by winning the final period, 11-7, to come away with a resounding 47-30 victory. Roberts led the Lady Bulldogs with 6 points on two three pointers, while Wyatt had 5 points. Oakman was led by you guessed it, Ms. Culbreath as she had 5 more points, while Sanford had the other basket.

Addison Head Coach Bailey Boland,

“Glad the girls could get their first win tonight because they work so hard. We are very short of varsity basketball on court experience, but all my girls play full speed and really want to get better. I’ve been telling them if we play hard, play good defense then we can compete in our region and our county games. All the girls did an outstanding job and Karson (Wyatt) and Emma (Cleghorn) really took care of the boards tonight. Gracie (Roberts), as always did her job as our primary ballhandler and Gracie can hit the open three. Like to mention Mattie (Johnson) and Kabri (Dyson) who stepped up tonight. They all did so good, and I am proud of each and every one of the ladies that put on that Bulldog uniform tonight.”

Unofficial stats

Addison was led by Wyatt with 19 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists and 5 steals. Roberts had 12 points, 5 boards, 6 assists and 2 steals. Cleghorn had 8 points, 14 boards and 3 steals. Dyson had 4 points and 5 boards. Johnson had 2 points and 4 boards. Reese Osborne had 2 points and 2 boards. Rylan O’brien had 2 rebounds. Sabrie Dover had 3 rebounds.

Addison moves to 1-4 and is supposed to host Winston County tomorrow night but the flu bug has hit the Winston County teams forcing them to postpone last night’s games at Meek.

Oakman 45 – Addison 42 (Varsity Boys)

The Addison men’s team at 5-0 is off to their best start in recent memory and hosted 3A Oakman who came in at 3-1. Oakman is a very tall basketball team with at least 3 maybe 4 players 6’3″ or better. Addison, who has consistently outrebounded its opponents by more than double every game, met their match tonight as they were thoroughly dominated on the glass. This was the direct cause of the Bulldogs’ first defeat on the season.

The first period was a contrast in styles as Addison likes to go up and down the floor full speed while the Wildcats play a very methodical pace of basketball. Think of a Dodge Challenger versus a Ford F350 and you will get my point. Oakman outscored the Bulldogs 16-13 and it was a fairly even period. No team jumped out to a big lead, it was just a back-and-forth affair and that would be how the game would go for the majority of the night. Addison’s Big Man Bradley Willette had a 4 point, 2 rebound and 2 block period. While Jed Wilkins chipped in 6 points and 2 assists. Oakman was led by Rick Johnson who had 8 points to include a nice running one hand slam that was a pleasure to watch. Trent Warren had 4 points.

The second period was chock full of defense. Deflected passes, guys diving on the floor and just all-around mayhem as Addison won the period 7-5 as the Bulldogs went into the half trailing 21-20. This was still anyone’s ballgame. Addison was led by a Jacob McLamb bomb from downtown for his three points and Kiah Lake and Wilkins had 2 points each. Willette had 4 more rebounds. Oakman had Johnson hitting 3 free throws and Tyler Thomas tossing in a bucket as well. Thomas’s bucket was a nice one-handed dunk on a breakaway.

The third period was no different than the first two periods.  Both teams went back and forth, Oakman would score then Addison would answer. Addison managed to pull ahead 32-28 with two minutes to go in the third period. This would be the biggest lead Addison would have all night. Just when you thought Addison might start pulling away, Oakman went on a run of their own. Oakman held Addison scoreless the final two minutes of the third while they went on a 6-0 run to take a 34-32 lead heading into the fourth. Wilkins led Addison with 9 points, while McLamb nailed another three. Oakman was led by Thomas with 4 points and 4 rebounds. Bridger Upton nailed a three as part of his 5 points while Warren put in 2 points.

The fourth period had Oakman’s run continuing as they scored the first bucket for their 8 straight points to go up 36-32. This is where Trent Warren, the tallest player on the floor, took over. Warren scored two straight trips down the court giving sandwiched in between Wilkins layup to give Oakman a 40-34 lead.  Warren also blocked two shots during this run as he controlled the paint. The Bulldogs didn’t get down as they stepped it up a notch. They were able to get two Wilkins free throws, a Wilkins layup and a McLamb short jumper to tie the game at 40 with 2:27 to go in the game. Oakman’s Johnson hit a clutch three-pointer to put the Wildcats up 43-40 and Kaden Dyson hit a floater in the lane for two to cut the lead to 43-42 with 2 minutes to go. Wildcat Thomas scored a nice jumper and Oakman led 45-42 with about 1 minute left on the clock. Thomas stole the ball and looked like he was going to score when the ball was knocked out of his hands leaving the Wildcats to inbound the ball with 7 seconds left. Oakman threw the ball away on the inbounds and Addison had possession and the opportunity to tie the game with a three. Addison’s Elijah Roberts was able to get off a deep three-pointer but after banking off the backboard it hit off the front of the rim and bounced harmlessly away and Oakman won 45-42.

Addison Head Coach Scott Flynn,

“We lost to a very good Oakman team. I am proud of the way we competed, and I told the players that we won’t see a team that big until we get to Wallace. We usually own the glass but tonight Oakman killed us on the boards. I am not disappointed in my guy’s effort or intensity, we just plain got beat tonight. We are now going into a critical stretch of our young season by playing Winston County, Meek and St. Bernard. If we can come away with three wins that sets us up well in the county and in the area.”

Unofficial stats

Addison was led by Wilkins who had a game high 23 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 steals. McLamb had 8 points, 2 boards and 2 steals. Dyson had 5 points and 2 boards. Willette had 4 points, 9 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal and 4 blocks. Roberts had 3 boards, 2 assists and 3 steals.  Lake had 2 points and 2 boards. Hayden Holland had 2 boards while Owen Pratt had 1 rebound.

Oakman had Johnson with 16 points and 2 boards. Warren had 12 points and 11 boards. Thomas had 10 points and 8 boards. Trace Cagle had 9 rebounds. Aidan Carson had 4 rebounds. Carson Gilliland had 2 points and 2 boards. Upton had 5 points and 5 boards.

Addison drops to 5-1 on the season and like the ladies are supposed to host Winston County Friday night. You can check with the school to see if the game is actually going to be played or be postponed to a later date due to sickness on the WCHS team.

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