Andy battles for 7th place finish

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, November 23, 2016

The Andalusia Lady Bulldogs battled back from tough loss to Brantley to top Pike County in the seventh place game of the 10th annual Straughn Lady Tigers Thanksgiving basketball tournament on Tuesday at Straughn High School.



The first game of the day didn’t quite go as planned for Andalusia as they fell 42-40 to Brantley.

Alex Crittenden got the Lady Bulldogs off to a strong start as she picked up a steal and a layup to give Andalusia a quick 2-0 lead.

Aaliyah Lawrence then forced a turnover, but Brantley got the ball right back and turned it into three points.

Not to be outdone, Lawrence responded with a 3-pointer to put the Lady Bulldogs back on top.

Brantley then grabbed the lead and never looked back.

Andalusia trailed 37-30 heading into the final period and came up just short on strong comeback attempt.

Kat Finley cut the lead to 38-37 when she buried a clutch 3-pointer.

The Lady Bulldogs had several chances to cut into the score, but missed six free throws to close out the game.

Lawrence hit an uncontested 3-pointer at the buzzer, but the Lady Bulldogs found themselves on the short side of a 42-40 final.



In the final game of the day for Andalusia, the Lady Bulldogs rolled off a 51-39 victory over Pike County.

Crittenden and Lawrence knocked down 3-pointers to help get the Lady Bulldogs off to a 10-0 start.

The Lady Bulldogs continued to surge, and never allowed Pike County to get within striking distance.

“We still have a long way to go,” Andalusia head coach Brad Garner said. “We did look better today than we have been. It’s a lot better to talk about the things you need to fix after a win then it is a loss. The good thing is, I saw some things from people that I didn’t see last year, and that is promising. I think we have people that can make plays. One thing I do know, it’s always good to go into Thanksgiving break with a win.”