Florala intensity not enough

Published 12:01 am Thursday, December 9, 2010

Florala's Hunter Oswald drives to the basket on Tuesday night. | Andrew Garner/Star-News

Florala came out on a hot streak Tuesday night in the first period against Laurel Hill at home, but the visiting Hoboes put up an impressive inside game attack and came away with a 60-42 win over the Wildcats.

FHS coach Brad Garner said the difference of the game came early in the fourth period, where his Wildcats were trailing by three points.

“We busted our tail, but it’s 42-39, and Erik (Vega) missed the three to tie it, and we go five straight possessions turning the ball over,” Garner said. “That’s the difference in the ball game. We sure didn’t give each other a chance to win.”

The Wildcats (1-4) led 15-7 after the first period, but Laurel Hill hit essential jump shots to claim a 24-19 lead at half time.

The Hoboes didn’t let up in the third period leading by as much as 11 points at 33-22 at one point in time.

During the contest, the Wildcats stepped up their inside game, but couldn’t get the ball to fall in the net.

“We got the ball inside, and we got it in there a lot more than we scored,” Garner said. “So, it’s good that we got it in there and now we’ve got to move up on a level to where we’re finishing it in there.”

Florala came to within three points of the tie on a jumper, but the turnovers enabled LHHS to take a 46-39 lead late in the fourth period.

The game got out of reach for Florala when the Hoboes took a 58-39 lead.

“We weren’t even in the game with them,” Garner said. “But we’re getting better.”

Vega led the Wildcats with 17 points, and J.B. Burleson chipped in nine points.

In varsity girls action, the Lady Wildcats beat Laurel Hill 55-49.

The Lady Wildcats were led by Mariah Thompson with 17 points. Paige Irwin added 15 points, and Justina Clissold chipped in 14 points.

Florala will travel to play in the 44th Andalusia Invitational Tournament tonight.

The Wildcats will play Andalusia at 8 p.m. at AHS.

The Lady Wildcats’ next contest is next Mon., Dec. 13 on the road at Samson. Tip off is after the B-team, which starts at 4:30 p.m.