Lady Eagles fend Andalusia for win

Published 12:00 am Saturday, December 12, 2015

Camille Holley goes up for a short jumper.

Camille Holley goes up for a short jumper.

The Pleasant Home Lady Eagles improved their record to 5-3 to start the season after holding off the Andalusia Lady Bulldogs Friday night in Andalusia for a 48-40 victory.

Cassidy Godwin put the Lady Eagles up first with a 1-for-2 effort at the free throw line, but Andalusia quickly responded and didn’t let the lead last long.

Kimberly Landrum put Andalusia up 2-1 with a layup and then a long-range jumper from Merikal McCaskill gave the Lady Bulldogs a 4-1 advantage.

River Baldwin cut the Lady Bulldog lead down to one as she backed down the lane and finished with a powerful move to basket.

After a stop by Lady Eagles’ defense, Godwin put the Lady Eagles back on top with a jumper that found the bottom of the net.

Baldwin then converted 1-of-2 free throws to put the Lady Eagles on top 6-4.

The Lady Eagles continued their modest rally with a bucket from Johnnie Forehand to go up 8-4.

Taz Sheridan trimmed the lead back down to two points with a perfect 2-for-2 effort at the free-throw line.

Camille Holley closed out the scoring in the opening period to put the Lady Eagles up 10-6.

Baldwin got the second period started with a strong layup through traffic, and then Sheridan responded with another free throw.

The Lady Bulldogs then came up with a steal and Alex Crittenden buried a 3-pointer to cut the Pleasant Home lead down to 12-10.

Destene Shakespeare then tied the game up with a strong move under the basket and had a chance to give the Lady Bulldogs the lead, but couldn’t convert the free throw for the 3-point play.

Pleasant Home took the lead back on the following trip down the court with a strong drive from Godwin who dropped in a layup amidst heavy traffic.

Abby Walker pushed the lead up 15-12 with a free throw.

Shakespeare cut the lead back down to one with a mid-range jumper, but Baldwin knocked down a pair of free throws to push the Lady Eagles’ lead back up to three.

Forehand got another basket with under a minute left in the second period to help give the Lady Eagles a 20-16 advantage at halftime.

Godwin and McCaskill traded baskets to start the third period, and then a quick rally by the Lady Bulldogs put them on top 23-22. Shay Thomas tied the game with a layup, and was fouled in the process. Thomas sank the free throw to put the Lady Bulldogs out front.

Baldwin gave the lead right back to the Lady Eagles with a pump fake under the goal and spin to her right for an hard layup.

The Lady Bulldogs tied the game up after a free throw from Landrum, and then went up 28-24 with back-to-back buckets from Sheridan.

Anna Bulger cut the lead down to two with a layup, Godwin then tied it with a layup and a free throw from Bulger then gave the Lady Eagles a 29-28 lead with 2:21 left in the third.

Baldwin followed with a steal and then a coast-to-coast trip down the court to put Pleasant Home up 31-28.

A bucket from Holley and a free throw from Godwin gave the Lady Eagles a 34-28 lead heading into the final period.

Four-straight points from Baldwin to up the fourth put the Lady Eagles up by 10.

Thomas cut it back to an 8-point deficit.

The Lady Eagles got buckets from Baldwin, Godwin and Holley over the next two minutes to build a 47-32 lead for Pleasant Home.

The Lady Bulldogs continued to claw their way back into the game, going on a 8-1 run over the final two minutes, but still came up on the short end of a 48-40 final score.

Thomas led the Lady Bulldogs with 10 points on the evening.

“We had a game plan for them, but we just didn’t execute well,” Andalusia coach Brad Garner said. “I felt like we played hard and I was pleased with the effort. Our effort kept us in the ball game, but we just have to continue to work on improving. It didn’t help us that our starting point guard went down with a knee injury in the first period. I felt like she had just started to turn it on when she came up with that steal and then got hurt. When you play a team with an unstoppable player like River (Baldwin), you have to do a good job of shutting down their other players and that was the difference in the game tonight… We gave up too many points to Cassidy (Godwin).”

Baldwin led the Lady Eagles with 20 points and Godwin finished with 17 points.

“It was as ugly of a game as it could get,” Pleasant Home coach Jerry Davis said. “There was a lot of intensity and the kids really got after it out there. I think the biggest thing for us tonight was that we got 11 points from people other than River and Cassidy, and that is something we haven’t been able to do yet this season. Andalusia played as good of man-to-man defense as any team around here and that really made us struggle. We played good on defense, but the game just never really got any flow to it… It was just ugly.”