Andy girls get regional ticket

Published 12:05 am Friday, February 18, 2011

Andalusia's Latrexius Trawick guards Thursday night. | Andrew Garner/Star-News

For the third year in a row, Andalusia’s varsity girls basketball team will play in the Class 4A South Regional Tournament.

The Lady Bulldogs beat Alabama Christian Academy 62-31 in the sub regional tournament Thursday night to earn their regional berth.

Andalusia outscored ACA 27-2 in the first period, but the Lady Eagles had the upper hand in the second period, outscoring the Lady Bulldogs 13-7.

“We just kind of quit playing defense,” AHS girls coach Bennie Shellhouse said. “They were pressuring us a little bit. We just kept running down there, and throwing the ball away.”

Shellhouse said the first team was on the court during the second period, and that can’t happen next week at the regional tournament.

“The teams get better, and we have to play better,” he said.

Ninth-ranked Andalusia (25-4) will face UMS-Wright next Fri., Feb. 25 at noon in the University of South Alabama’s Mitchell Center in Mobile.

Shellhouse said he got on to the girls for their performance in the second period at half time, and told them to play hard in the third period.

The Lady Bulldogs did, outscoring the Lady Eagles 21-7.

“I felt like we did not play a complete first half,” Shellhouse said. “We let up on the defensive side of the ball.

“We outscored them quite a bit, and we outscored them early on to kind of put it away.”

In the fourth period, Andalusia’s bench had the opportunity to get some playing time.

ACA outscored the Lady Bulldogs 9-7.

Alexis Horton led Andalusia with 26 points. Shi’Amber Townsend had 12 points. Alectricia Barnes contributed with nine points, Alison Daniels had six points and Caitlin Carpenter had three points.

Tyleshia Malcolm, Laticia Crittenden and Shandrika Thompkins scored two points each.

ACA’s Maggie Mills led the Lady Eagles with 10 points. Sarah Michaud and Brittnei Scott had four points each.

Shellhouse said one facet the team must improve on is its defensive play.

“We did some things we shouldn’t do,” Shellhouse said. “We got out of position some, I felt like we were not sound fundamentally tonight.”