Lady Bulldogs to face ‘big’ competition

Published 12:01 am Saturday, November 20, 2010

The Andalusia Lady Bulldogs will be in the midst of some tough and “bigger” competition this weekend at the Enterprise Wildcat Thanksgiving Tourney, girls coach Bennie Shellhouse said.

“We’re basically facing a bunch of big schools that are going to have plenty of athletes,” Shellhouse said. “We’re going to have to match up with them.”

The Lady Bulldogs are coming off a close 42-41 loss to host team Enterprise on Thursday.

Andalusia will be playing on the same side of the bracket as Enterprise, Slocomb and Opelika. The Lady Bulldogs will begin the tournament against Opelika — a Class 6A school — at 2:30 p.m. today, Sat., Nov. 20 in Gym A.

On the other side of the bracket — the lower half — is Prattville, Kendrick, Ga., Carver and Graceville, Fla.

Shellhouse said the “keys” for the tournament are “rebounding” and not getting too many “turnovers.”

“Rebounding — that’s the biggest one,” he said. “Even (Thursday night) with Enterprise, they’re a lot bigger than us all the way around. Just matching up with them size-wise is a huge ordeal for us.

“Another one would be turnovers, and not having too many of those,” he said.

During Thursday night’s contest, junior point guard Alexis Horton suffered cramps in her right leg. Shellhouse said the decision to play her will be a game time decision.

“That was the first time she started cramping,” he said. “She probably won’t play as much as she normally does, so we’re giong to have to have some more people step up.”

When asked if there were any players that can fill the Horton’s role on the team, Shellhouse said that would be a work in progress.

“If we get through the first day, and if we can pick up a win the first day, then it would be good for us,” he said.

An ultimate goal going into the tournament this weekend would be to win two games, Shellhouse said. Each team is guaranteed three games.

“I’d like to at least be 2-1 coming out of it,” Shellhouse said. “If we can win two games, then I feel like we can be successful.”