Published 12:00 am Thursday, January 8, 2015
Teams from Opp and Andalusia dominated the junior high basketball tournament this week at Lurleen B. Wallace State Junior College.
All Opp-Andalusia finals were scheduled for Saturday night.
The Opp girls were to meet the Andy girls at 5 p.m. Saturday, the Opp eight grade boys played the Andalusia eighth grade boys at 6:30 p.m. and the ninth grade squads played at 8 p.m.
Opp 29, Lockhart 18
The Opp girls advanced to the finals by whipping Lockhart 29-18 Wednesday night.
The Opp girls held a slim 13-11 advantage at the half, but a big third quarter propelled them past the Hornets.
Opp outscored the Lockhart squad 11-2 in the third stanza for what proved to be the final margin.
Both teams scored five points in the fourth quarter.
Emily Edgar led Opp with 14 points. Denise Pridgen had eight, Judy Edgar had five and Tracy Atkins rounded out the scoring with two points.
Jackie Norris led Lockhart with eight points and Reyona Hutchenson had six. Sherry Cook and Wendy Holley closed out the scoring with two points each.
Andalusia 26, Straughn 13
The Andalusia girls also used a big third quarter to defeat the Straughn girls 26-13 Wednseday.
The Andalusia Middle Schoolers had an 11-9 halftime lead, but they outpointed Straughn 12-2 in the third period to put the game out of reach.
Valerie Daniels, Mary Pinkney and Annette Buxtom led the balanced attack with six points each.
Brenda Johnson and Vickie Benson had three points each and Benita Wilson had two points to close out the scoring for the Lady Bulldogs.
Lisa Thornton led Straughn with nine points. Becky Henley and Karen Smith had two points each in the losing effort.
NINTH GRADE BOYS
Opp 27, Pleasant Home 22
The Opp ninth graders came from behind in the fourth quarter to slip by Pleasant Home 27-23 Wednesday afternoon.
Opp held a 14-13 advantage at the half, but Pleasant Home outscored the Bobcats 8-2 in the third quarter to go ahead.
Trailing 21-16, the Opp squad held Pleasant Home to two points in the fourth quarter.
The Bobcats were led by Ed Spurlin’s 18 points. Alex Spurlin tossed in seven points and Eric Jones had two.
John Saunders had nine points to lead Pleasant Home. Hugh Bass added eight and Benji Gunter had six points for the Eagles.
Andalusia advanced to the finals of the ninth grade tournament by defeating Florala 34-31 Tuesday.
Straughn 33, Pleasant Home 32
Straughn’s Jimmy Norman hit both ends of a one-and-one free throw situation with no time left to give the Tigers a 33-32 triple overtime win over Pleasant Home Wednesday afternoon.
Straughn led 16-14 at the half, but the Eagles closed the margin to 18-17 at the end of the third quarter in the low scoring contest.
Pleasant Home outpointed Straughn 5-4 in the fourth quarter to set up the overtimes.
At the end of the first extra period the score was knotted at 25-25.
Neither team was able to score in the second overtime.
Pleasant Home pitched in seven points in third overtime and almost took the game before Norman was fouled with no time left in the period.
Norman led all scorers with 12 points. Richard Robinson had eight points for the Tigers and Terry Bozeman had six. Todd Sasser, Tony Aplin and Michael Gibson had two points each for the winners and Daron Bulger had one point.
Kenny Woods and Steve Godwin led Pleasant Home with 10 points each. Lamar Dozier had eight points, Paul Smith had three and Lynn Bass had one points for the Eagles.
Opp 32, Florala 26
The Opp eighth graders jumped to an early lead and held on to eliminate Florala 32-26 Thursday afternoon.
Opp held a 7-3 margin at the end of the opening period.
Florala kept pace in the second quarter, both squads scoring 10 points.
In the third period, the Florala boys employed at stall offense.
The Florala squad failed to score and Opp could manage only three points in the quarter.
The Bobcats held a 20-13 advantage at the end of three periods.
Florala outpointed Opp 13-12 in the final quarter, but the Bobcats’ seven-points cushion proved to be the difference.
James Lacey led Opp with 12 points and Patrick Bell had 10. Anthony Dozier and Greg Owens tossed in five points each for the winners.
Jimmy Stone led Florala with 12 points. Stanley Wallace had eight points, Clete Pelham had four and Kenneth Horne added two points for Florala.
Andalusia 55, Straughn 24
The Andalusia eighth graders trounced the Straughn eighth graders 55-24 here Thursday afternoon.
The Bulldogs outscored Straughn 11-2 in the second quarter and 17-6 in the third to put the game out of reach.
Andalusia had a 20-8 halftime lead.
Lonzell Marshall led the taller Andalusia Middle School squad with 16 points. Lehman Lee pitched in 14 for the winners. Anthony Cross had six for the Bulldogs and Dubbie Shakespeare and Jim Larson had five each. Roland Drake and John Pitts had four points each and Terry Jones rounded out the scoring with one point.
Jimmy Norman led Straughn with eight points. Michael Goodson had four, Todd Kyser and Tony Aplin had three points each.