Horton’s 28 leads AHS

Published 12:03 am Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Andalusia’s Alexis Horton led the Lady Bulldogs with 28 points in her team’s area win over Headland Tuesday night. The Lady Bulldogs won their 18th straight ball game. | Andrew Garner/Star-News

Andalusia’s Alexis Horton scored 25 points in the first half to help lead the Lady Bulldogs to a 63-28 area victory over Headland on Tuesday night at AHS.

With this victory, the Lady Bulldogs have secured the No. 1 seed going into the area tournament, finishing 6-0 in Class 4A, Area 3. Straughn beat Ashford last night to clinch the No. 2 seed.

Horton added three points in the second half to finish with 28 total points for the Lady Bulldogs in the win.

Late in the first half, Horton drained a pair of 3-pointers back-to-back and the Lady Bulldogs led 37-8.

“When she’s shooting the ball that well, she’s hard to defend,” AHS coach Bennie Shellhouse said about Horton.

Andalusia finished the first half out on a 4-1 run to lead 41-9 at half time.

The Lady Bulldogs led 28-5 at the end of the first period, thanks to a Shi’Amber Townsend put back.

AHS (20-2) got its 18th straight win of the season, not only with the help from Horton, but from her teammates as well.

Alectricia Barnes had five assists and eight rebounds; Tyleshia Malcolm had eight points and 10 rebounds; Kanisha Johnson had seven rebounds off the bench; and Townsend had five steals and four assists.

AHS took a 7-0 lead early in the first period after a Horton 3-pointer off of a Barnes steal.

Headland then got on board, and had a little 5-0 run with 4:40 left to cut into the Lady Bulldogs’ lead at 7-5.

Shellhouse said he wanted more “patience” on the offensive side of the ball.

“We took a lot of wild shots — not looking for the open person,” he said.

Andalusia led 12-5 off of a steal and a pass from Barnes to Horton, and the Lady Bulldogs then went on a 16-0 run to close out the period.

AHS outscored the Lady Rams 15-5 in the third period before the second, and third teams played for minutes.

Headland’s Desiree Taylor had nine points.

The Lady Bulldogs will visit Northview (Dothan) tomorrow night in regular season action.