Andalusia boys, Straughn girls claim victories in rivalry matchup

Published 9:15 am Friday, December 8, 2023

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Andalusia hosted Straughn in a varsity basketball doubleheader, and both teams came away with a win in a rivalry split on Tuesday, Dec. 5.

Straughn built a 19-point lead in the third period and held off a furious Andalusia rally for a 47-40 win in the varsity girls’ game.

The Lady Tigers took an early 3-0 lead before Kelsie Horwath put the Lady Bulldogs on the board with a free throw. Maddie Williamson had back-to-back baskets and stretched the lead to 9-3. Kamari Gay cut the deficit to 11-8 with a three-point play and earned five in the first period. Kionni Wright had a drive to the hoop and brought Andalusia within one at 11-10 after one. M. Williamson finished with six in the frame for Straughn as Allyx Williamson added three followed by Bryleigh McBride who had two.

Wright tied the score at 11-11 early in the second period before a visiting 6-0 surge. Aubrey Pittman swished a three-pointer, and Ora Hall put the Lady Tigers in front 17-11 with 5 minutes left in the first half. Gay sliced the gap back to four at 17-13, but the Lady Bulldogs could not get closer. A. Williamson had eight in the period and helped pad the lead to 29-17 at halftime.

A. Williamson added four in the third period. Anna Driver pushed Straughn’s lead out to 38-19 with a basket around four minutes remaining in the frame. Wright engineered a comeback attempt as Andalusia scored the last 11 points and cut the margin to 38-30 after three.

Wright and Horwath opened the fourth period with baskets and made things closer for the Lady Bulldogs at 38-34. The Lady Tigers responded with field goals from Pittman and A. Williamson to once again push the cushion to double digits at 46-36. Andalusia was unable to get closer than seven, and Straughn held on down the stretch.

A. Williamson led Straughn with 18 points, and Pittman also contributed a double-digit effort at 10. Hall finished with five points and was followed by McBride at two.

Wright paced Andalusia with 16 points, and Horwath earned nine. Gay notched eight points in the loss, while Berry collected seven.

The Lady Tigers won their third straight game and improved to 4-2 on the season. The Lady Bulldogs fell to 0-2 for the year.

In a tight game throughout, Andalusia picked up a 62-60 win over Straughn in the varsity boys’ game.

The Tigers led early in the first period and received four points by Clark Jordan. Kaden Wiggins and Clark Gay each had three points in the opening frame. Tevin Sigers gave the Bulldogs their first lead of the game with 50 seconds to go in the first. Jordan beat the buzzer and cut the score to 13-12 after one.

The offenses remained hot on both sides with strong showings in the second. Nashaun Wilson delighted with two three-pointers and helped carry Andalusia out to a 27-21 margin. Laeton Smith added three in the period along with buckets from Sigers, Xavier Hourel, Hudson Kelley, and Cadariyus Love. Jordan continued his good work with five points and had a layup to bring Straughn within 30-28 at the break. Wiggins earned 10 points in the second including a six-for-six showing at the foul line.

Joseph Driver tied the game at 30-30 in the third with a basket, and Wiggins retook the lead for the Tigers at 33-32 with 6:57 left. Sigers knocked down a long three for a 37-35 lead. The action continued to go back and forth as Wiggins pushed the Tigers’ margin to three at 45-42 with 2:24 to go in the frame. The lead changed hands and set up a wild finish with the Bulldogs clinging to a 47-46 advantage after three.

Tyler Sigers hit a clutch three and gave Andalusia its largest lead at 59-50 with 2:30 to go in the game. Wiggins responded with a three and continued to excel at the free throw line cutting the deficit 62-60. Straughn came up with a turnover in the final seconds and nearly forced overtime, but a basket fell just short. Wiggins had eight points, while Jordan collected a pair of baskets for the Tigers in the fourth. The Bulldogs scored 10 of their final 15 points from the line.

Wiggins led all scorers with 28 points, and Jordan also hit double digits with 13 for Straughn.

Tyler Sigers grabbed 16 points in the win and was followed by Tevin Sigers at 15. Marshall finished the game with eight points for Andalusia.

The Bulldogs pushed their record to 2-0 on the year. The Tigers fell to 1-4 for the season.

Straughn is scheduled to host McKenzie on Friday, Dec. 8, and Florala on Monday, Dec. 11. Andalusia travels to Straughn on Tuesday, Dec. 12.