ANDY MARCHES TO VICTORY: Lady Bulldogs blow past Clarke County

Published 12:05 am Saturday, January 12, 2019

The Andalusia Lady Bulldogs moved to 2-0 in area play after knocking off Clarke County on Friday night in Andalusia.

Andalusia grabbed a quick lead off of a layup from Daniah Lawson.

Symone Reed then grabbed a steal and went down the court for a layup to give the Lady Bulldogs a 4-0 lead.

Eryanna Sheridan connected with a pair of free throws to put Andalusia on top 6-0 heading into the second period.

Erryanna Sherdian looks to make a shot.
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In the second period, Clarke County’s offense caught fire as they scored 14-straight to go up 14-6.

Lawson got Andalusia going with a bucket to make the score 14-8.

Andalusia continued to battle as Katie Black found Sheridan down low for a basket.

The Lady Bulldogs cut the Clarke County lead down to two points after a basket from Morgan Bledsoe following and offensive rebound.

Black closed out the scoring for Andalusia in the second period, but the Lady Bulldogs trailed 16-13 at halftime.

D’Andrea Crittenden brought Andalusia within one point of Clarke County to start the second half.

Shalisa Thomas then went on scoring streak to give the Lady Bulldogs the lead.

Thomas’ first bucket came off a layup and then she connected with a free throw.

Thomas then grabbed a steal that she turned into a layup to put Andalusia on top 20-16.

The Lady Bulldogs’ hot start to the second half continued with a bucket from Crittenden.

Moments later, Thomas found the basket again to put Andalusia up 24-16.

Andalusia stretched the lead to double digits with another strong bucket from Thomas.

Thomas tacked on another free throw and then Reed closed on the scoring int the third period to put Andalusia on top 29-17 heading into the final frame.

Thomas got the scoring rolling in the fourth period as she put Andalusia up 31-17.

The Lady Bulldogs weren’t going to give Clarke County a chance to get back into the ballgame as they continued to force turnovers and turn them into points.

Lawson connected on a long jumper and then another bucket from Crittenden had the Lady Bulldogs out front 35-20.

Reed came up with a jumper from the top of the key followed by a pair of free throws from Thomas.

Andalusia’s lead continued to build with a bucket from India Dowling-Green that put the Lady Bulldogs up 41-21.

Dowling-Green then came up with another basket followed by scores from Bledsoe and Jahdiya Lowery.

Clarke County got a 3-pointer at the end of the game, but Andalusia came away with a 49-33 victory.

Thomas led the Lady Bulldogs with 14 points.

“We started off slow,” Lady Bulldogs’ head coach Harrison Mims said. “I think nerves and first home area game kind of got to us a little bit. We got into halftime, got settled, got calm, got in our rhythm and things just flowed.”

Mims said the bench players were crucial in the win.

“The focus of the bench,” Mims said when asked what stood out to him. “I was able to sub girls in, keep it moving and keep the rotation going. We got all the girls in tonight and they executed pretty decently.”