AHS beats PCHS by 25

Published 12:00 am Thursday, December 17, 2009

BRUNDIDGE — Pike County’s struggles continued Tuesday night, as they fell to No. 3 Andalusia 67-42.

At the end of the first quarter, Andalusia held an 18-4 lead and Pike County was never able to recover.

“In the first quarter, we executed pretty good,” Andalusia coach Richard Robertson said. “We got out to a lead and then they changed defenses. When they did that, that kind of played into right what we wanted to accomplish.”

Andalusia was able to pound Pike County around the basket, scoring the majority of its field goals inside the paint while also maintaining an advantage in free throws attempted.

“They were more physical than us,” Pike County coach William Moguel said. “Our whole game plan was to pack it in, and I knew that’s what they were going to do. It all goes back not doing the little things like not blocking out, not playing good defense and not moving our feet. We had a lot of fouls (Tuesday night). A lot of fouls mean you’re doing a lot of reaching and you’re not playing defense with your feet.”

Pike County trailed 35-17 at the half and 52-26 at the start of the fourth quarter before outscoring Andalusia (11-1) by one in the fourth.

Robertson said, despite the win, his team did not “capitalize” enough on the court and missed many opportunities.

“We went up 29-30 points and then we would take and miss free throws,” he said. “Capitalization is what I’m looking for. We get you into foul trouble or you foul them and then we let them off the hook missing free throws, lay ups and rebounds. We’ve got to capitalize on what we’re trying to get accomplished and we’re not doing that.”

Andalusia will host Trinity on Friday night. The B-team will tip off at 4:30.

Andalusia girls 42,

Pike County girls 22

Andalusia’s girls made it a sweep for the visitors, winning 42-22.

“We played pretty good with our starters,” Andalusia coach Bennie Shellhouse said. “They only played about six minutes. It was a good opportunity for us to get our second and third string out there. They knew where they were going.”

Pike County coach Tellis Stone said Andalusia proved to be a more “athletic” team.

“Coming in to this ball game, I knew they were going to be more athletic than us, much like every team that we’ve faced,” Stone said. “When you’re going against teams like that, the only way you are going to have a chance is to outhustle them. But, starting out the game tonight, we didn’t do any of that. It was like they were asleep. We couldn’t get the girls to move and hustle.”

Andalusia (5-4) started the game on a 20-0 run and led 26-4 at the half.

In other action Tuesday night, the Pike County B-team defeated Andalusia, 34-31, in overtime.

Andalusia Star-News editor Andrew Garner contributed to this story.