Horton scores 35 in team’s win over Headland

Published 12:03 am Saturday, January 8, 2011

Andalusia's Alexis Horton scored 35 points in her team's win over Headland on Friday night. | Andrew Garner/Star-News

Andalusia’s Alexis Horton stepped up her game in the second half, scoring 26 of her 35 total points to help lead the Lady Bulldogs to a 65-47 area win over Headland on Friday night.

“She just showed up to play in the second half,” AHS girls coach Bennie Shellhouse said. “I think she felt like she had to step up and play. She missed a lot of easy shots in the first half. She was just not focusing on her shots. She made a game of it. When things get tight, things get well.”

The Lady Bulldogs only managed to outscore Headland 15-10 in the first period, and 9-7 in the second period to take a 24-17 lead at half time.

Andalusia’s girls team will travel to play Ashford next Tues., Jan. 11. In other area action on Friday night, Straughn beat Ashford 48-30.

The Lady Bulldogs improve to 14-4 overall, and 2-0 in Class 4A, Area 3.

Andalusia’s inside output in the second period was next to nothing as the Lady Rams made a game of it, putting players in the paint to force perimeter shots.

One of the problems for Andalusia was shooting, Shellhouse said.

“I wasn’t sure if we wanted to shoot it,” he said. “We had a lot of turnovers, and traveling calls by not actually knowing what to do with the ball. That’s something we definitely have to work on.”

With Horton’s help, Andalusia outscored Headland 19-9 in the third period, and 22-21 in the fourth period.

Alison Daniels finished with 11 points, and Alectricia Barnes chipped in seven.

Brittany Chancey led Headland with 13 points.

Shellhouse said the focus next week before Ashford will be to get “mentally” ready for the next few area games.

“Our biggest focus we need to work on now is being mentally ready to play,” Shellhouse said. “We go over stuff at practice, and in the ball game we’re just not prepared.”

Shellhouse added that Shandrika Thompkins had a good night for his team, making a few rebounds and blocks.