Lady Bulldogs cruise to win

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, March 3, 2004

Next stop, Mobile. The Andalusia Lady Bulldogs (20-6) defeated the Choctaw County Lady Tigers (16-13) by a final score of 67-42 in sub-regional playoff action last night.

The Lady Bulldogs broke free from their leash in the first quarter outscoring Choctaw County 21-11.

Andalusia put together a 9-0 run to begin the game and never looked back en route to a lopsided win.

The Lady Bulldogs outscored Choctaw County 18-11 in the second quarter for a 39-22 lead at the halftime intermission.

The Lady Bulldogs tried to run time off the clock in the second half beginning at the start of the third quarter.

Neither team scored in the third quarter until after three minutes had ticked off the game clock.

Andalusia made sure the clock ran by dribbling the ball between the three-point line and mid-court stripe on offense.

Choctaw County eventually outscored Andalusia in the third quarter, but it was not enough to threaten the lead.

Choctaw County scored 7 points to Andalusia's 5 in the third quarter.

When the fourth quarter began, Andalusia was still on top by a large margin by a score of 43-29.

The margin got bigger in a hurry in the fourth quarter as the Lady Bulldogs outscored the Lady Tigers 12-6 the first five minutes of the fourth quarter for a 55-35 lead.

Choctaw County would not give up and resorted to fouling to stop the clock with more than three minutes left to play in the game.

The strategy did not work with the Lady Bulldogs ending the game with 27 free throws out of 42 attempts. The Lady Tigers were 12-of-16 from the charity stripe.

The free throws just added to Andalusia's lead. The Lady Bulldogs' final 13 points of the game all came on free throws as they made 13-of-20 attempts in the final three minutes.

When the final horn finally sounded, Andalusia had recorded a 67-45 win and earned a trip to Mobile for the Southwest Regional being hosted by the University of South Alabama.

The Lady Bulldogs will play the winner of last night's game between Livingston and Bibb County at noon on Friday, Feb. 27 in the Mitchell Center on the campus of the University of Alabama.

Tanesha Wright was the leading scorer for the Lady Bulldogs last night with 18 points. Ashley Johnson added 16 points. Ann Huff scored 9 points. Jermecia McNeil had 8 points. Briana Cross scored 6 points. Apri Kilgore scored 4 points.

Alicia Ruffin was the leading scorer for Choctaw County with 17 points. Ashley Horn added 14 points. Also scoring were Marquita Marzette, Moniek Smith, Brittany Manior, Shonquita Bryant and Cecily Williams.