New Brockton edges Florala

Published 11:59 pm Wednesday, November 18, 2009

FLORALA — New Brockton’s Chris Green and Brandon Farnon led in scoring Tuesday night with 11 points apiece to help lead their team to a 44-34 victory over Florala.

“We gave a great effort and we played hard,” Florala coach Brad Garner said.

Both teams were even at the end of the first quarter, scoring eight points each, but New Brockton tore away and added 17 to take a five-point lead at the half.

“We didn’t shoot real well and we didn’t particularly rebound well on the defensive end,” Garner said. “I still think New Brockton may have been more athletic than Samson. They were probably bigger and athletic than us — we played with them. I think we’re going to be okay.”

The Wildcats lost to Samson Monday night, 70-57.

Florala only managed seven points in the third quarter, compared to New Brockton’s 10.

In the fourth quarter, New Brockton sealed the win, outscoring Florala 9-7.

Early in the game, the Wildcats (0-2) got in foul trouble, allowing New Brockton to shoot 56 percent from the free throw line.

In the second half, New Brockton was 44 percent from the line.

Garner said the only way to deal with getting in foul trouble is to learn how to “defend” properly.

“It’s something that we’re going to have to deal with all season,” he said. “The No. 1 thing we’re going to have to do to deal with foul trouble is to learn how to play defense without fouling.

“We got out of position at times and when you do that, you get fouls,” he said. “We’ve got to work on that.”

Florala’s Colt Jackson led in scoring with 10 points, Lavoris Ball had eight points, and Zac Fleming had seven points.

Florala girls 46, New Brockton girls 20

Florala’s Heather Hammonds led the Lady Wildcats with 12 points and 16 rebounds to help her team topple New Brockton Tuesday night.

“The girls did a good job,” Florala coach Ronnie Driver said. “I was real proud of them. They’ve got a long way to go, but this was a good game for us.”

Driver said his team’s “inside game” especially looked good.

“That’s something we’ve got to improve on, but they did a good job of going inside,” he said.

At halftime, the Lady Wildcats (1-1) had a 21-point lead and they never let up, adding six points in the third quarter and another 10 in the fourth for the win. New Brockton only scored 11 points in the second half.

Florala’s Paige Irwin added 11 points, while Justina Clissold and Mariah Thompson had seven points apiece.

New Brockton’s Whitney Brantley had 10 points and Jamicha Dunn had five points.