Laurel Hill sweeps Florala

Published 12:02 am Saturday, January 4, 2014

Florala’s Brandon Russell (left) drives the lane as Laurel Hill’s Josh Hartzog (2) guards Friday night. | Andrew Garner/Star-News

Florala’s Brandon Russell (left) drives the lane as Laurel Hill’s Josh Hartzog (2) guards Friday night. | Andrew Garner/Star-News

Florala couldn’t overcome and overwhelming Laurel Hill Friday as the Wildcats fell 65-27 in their first game of the Alabama-Florida Shootout at Pleasant Home.

The Lady Wildcats, who had the first game of the round-robin tournament, lost 41-29 to the Lady Hoboes, despite giving a good effort in the last minutes of the contest.

In the boys game, Florala trailed early and managed to get a 5-2 lead on back-to-back fade-away jumpers from Austin Franklin.

Laurel Hill’s Tee Calloway, who led the Hoboes with 28 points, then got a jumper, a steal and converted on the other end for a 8-5 lead.

Play was then stopped a short time later because Laurel Hill’s Chris Saylor hit the back of his head on the padding on the wall, causing what was later confirmed a concussion. The game resumed at 5:06 p.m. after a 26-minute stoppage in time with the clock running at 3:33 left in the first period.

LHHS led 13-5 after two easy buckets from Lane Strickland, and took a 18-6 lead after the first period.

Calloway started the second with a 3-pointer, and added two more for good measure as the Hoboes led 41-14 at halftime.

Florala’s Khalen Ball started the third period with a 3-pointer, and later got a jumper, but the Hoboes already went too far ahead at 56-21.

LHHS outscored FHS 9-6 in the fourth.

“We’re just lacking on fundamentals,” FHS boys coach Troy Stewart said. “That’s all it is. With the limited number of guys — we don’t have the endurance.”

Stewart said he has one player out with an injury — Tamaris Jamison, broken arm — and another who isn’t eligible to play.

Franklin and Ball led FHS with 10 points each.

Strickland added 12 points for LHHS.

Laurel Hill’s Tykira Deandrade made a trey at the buzzer, and the Lady Hoboes led 33-15 after the third period.

Florala’s Lyndsee Edwards led the fourth on an and-one play, but couldn’t make the foul shot.

The Lady Wildcats (5-5) were led by Shay Brooks and Hailey Maxey who both had 3-pointers in the fourth.

Lyndsee Edwards led FHS with six points. Riley Edwards chipped in five.

Jahanae Griffin led LHHS with 18 points. Deandrade had 12 points.

Florala’s girls play Baker at 3 p.m., and the boys play at 4:30 today.