AHS girls edge Brantley

Published 12:02 am Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Andalusia's Alectricia Barnes dribbles down the court Tuesday night. | Andrew Garner/Star-News

Andalusia’s varsity girls were outscored 23-9 in the third period, but held on late to earn a 60-52 victory over Brantley Tuesday night at AHS.

“We came out with the wrong mentality,” AHS girls coach Bennie Shellhouse said about the third period. “We came out with the mentality that we had already dominated, and didn’t come out ready to play in the third quarter.”

Brantley’s Cori Burleson hit three 3-pointers in the third period to help her team dig into Andalusia’s lead.

Burleson had nine points for Brantley.

Shellhouse said the girls also displayed a lack of intensity in the third period.

“We really had quit playing hard,” he said. “We were walking the ball up and down the floor. We played exactly what they wanted us to play.”

Andalusia would then outscore Brantley 14-11 in the fourth period to get the win.

Andalusia improves to 21-4 on the season, and will play host to rival Opp this Friday night.

The last time Andalusia played Opp, the Lady Bobcats came away with a 50-30 win.

Shellhouse said he isn’t looking for “revenge” Friday night.

“I’m really worried about us playing well,” he said.

Earlier in the contest, Andalusia’s Shi’Amber Townsend was found on the post, and made easy buckets on the inside.

Townsend scored 18 points for Andalusia.

“We fed the ball down to her on the post early, and got her started early and kind of went away from that,” Shellhouse said. “That’s something we’re going to have to continue to do.”

Andalusia led 18-7 after the first period, and 37-18 at half time.

Alexis Horton led Andalusia with 24 points.

Eisha Person and Amahni Upshaw led Brantley with 20 points each.