Second half guides Straughn past Red Level
Published 12:00 am Thursday, January 29, 2015
Tucker Lawless was flawless at the free throw line in the Straughn Tigers’ 54-42 victory over the Red Level Tigers in Straughn.
The host Tigers jumped out to a 12-8 lead in the first period of action. Lawless had 6 points in the opening period. Brice Scott and Marshall Farley each had 3 points for Straughn.
Jeffery Purdue was strong down low in the first period for Red Level, and accounted for 6 of Red Level’s first period points. Chavis Crittenden had 2 points after going 2-for-2 from the free throw line.
Red Level made a push in the second period, and only trailed 26-23 heading into halftime. Crittenden was “feeling it” from downtown as he knocked down three consecutive 3-pointers in the second period. Devin Dexter, Dameyune Scott and Ontaryo Nearor each had 2 points in the period.
Lawless once again paced Straughn with 8 points in the second period. Johnathan Driver had 4 points, and Farley had a deuce for the host Tigers to hold on to 3-point lead at halftime.
Straughn began to push away in the third period as Farley had 7 points to give them a 42-34 lead going into the fourth. Driver tallied 4 more points. Austin Bozeman and Scott had 2 points each.
Red Level got 4 points from Perdue in the third period. Hunter Carpenter buried a 3-pointer for his first points of the night. Nearor and Crittenden each had 2 points.
Straughn outscored Red Level 12-8 in the final period to win 54-42. Lawless was a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line, and Farley added 4 points to secure the victory for the host Tigers.
Dexter led Red Level in the final period with 5 points, and Carpenter connected on another 3-pointer.
Crittenden led Red Level with 13 points, and Perdue finished the contest with 10 points.
“Straughn did a good job, and we had too many breakdowns in the second half,” Red Level head coach Allen Catrett said. “We didn’t get to the ball well enough. It was all fundamentals, but we will get in there and work on it tomorrow. We played hard, but we just have to make it easier on ourselves.”
Lawless led Straughn with 20 points, and went 10-for-10 from the free throw line. Farley finished the night with 16 points.
“We played well in spots, but missed too many inside shots in the second half,” Straughn head coach Rusty Andrews said. “We played very good on defense, and I was pleased with the effort.”
Red Level’s next game will be Jan. 29, against the Florala Wildcats in Red Level. It will be Senior Night, and the final game of the regular season.
Straughn will also host Senior Night on Jan. 29, against Georgiana.