Andalusia’s Trevor Parker (41) guards during the Bulldogs game against Hillcrest-Evergreen last Tuesday. | Andrew Garner/Star-News
Andalusia’s Trevor Parker (41) guards during the Bulldogs game against Hillcrest-Evergreen last Tuesday. |
Andrew Garner/Star-News

AHS working on itself

Published 12:02am Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Bulldogs focusing on task at hand, next 2 weeks in area

Every ounce of work and every thought on improving have been on Andalusia, Bulldogs coach Richard Robertson said.

Tonight, AHS will host Monroe County in a Class 4A, Area 2 contest. MCHS, from what Robertson said, is “good.”

“They’re big,” he said. “Hillcrest (Evergreen) beat them the other night.”

Fans will remember that AHS lost to the Jaguars 49-45 last Tuesday night to fall to its current overall record of 5-12, and 0-1 in area.

After tonight’s game, the Bulldogs will then visit Hillcrest on Friday to finish their regular-season area series with the Jaguars.

Next week will be a busy one for AHS as it will play three games. Andalusia faces MCHS on the road next Tuesday, and then will travel to Wilcox Central on Wednesday for a make up area game. On Friday, AHS will get back on schedule hosts WCHS for its senior day.

The Bulldogs usually play two area games a week during seasons.

“That’ll get us to the end (of area play during the regular season),” Robertson said about the next couple of weeks. “Three of the top teams in our area (MCHS is No. 5, Hillcrest is No. 8 and Wilcox is No. 10) are ranked in the top 10 (in Class 4A). I don’t put much stock in that.”

Robertson said the Bulldogs still have most of its players from the start of the season.

“They are making improvement,” he said. “We’re in practically every game. The objective of the game is to win and that we haven’t done.”

If the Bulldogs stay on their current course in area play, they have the potential to finish as the No. 4 seed going into the Class 4A, Area 2 tournament early next month.

If they do finish last, then this will be Robertson’s second time to finish at the bottom of area play in his basketball coaching career.

Right now the trouble with AHS, as it has been all season, is that it doesn’t have size on the team.

The tallest player on the Bulldogs’ squad is senior Phillip James, who stands at 6-foot-2.

“We’re still positive,” Robertson said. “We’re competitive but that’s not winning.”

Robertson said the focus is strictly on Andalusia.

“We’ve been in all of our games — we just hope that we cycle around and are going to win a couple,” the legendary coach said.

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