Bulldogs tame Tigers for rivalry sweep on hardwood

Published 1:03 pm Wednesday, December 13, 2023

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Andalusia did not blink on the way to a pair of varsity basketball rivalry wins at Straughn on Tuesday, Dec. 12

Andalusia Lady Bulldogs 52
Straughn Lady Tigers 38

Andalusia pulled away from a tight game in the second period and snapped Straughn’s winning streak at seven in the varsity girls’ game.

Ora Hall gave the Lady Tigers a quick 2-0 lead before Jaidyn Berry converted a layup and tied the score at 2-2. The Lady Bulldogs scored five of the next six and were led by four points from Kionni Wright during the run. Maddie Williamson scored a basket as Blakeley Smith added two free throws and tied it at 9-9. Berry had a strong drive to the hoop for an 11-10 lead after one.

Wright hit a jumper as Kelsie Horwath made a layup and increased the visitors’ lead to 15-10 in the opening moments of the second. Hall cut the deficit to 15-13 with a long three at the 6:02 mark. Following another three-pointer from Hall that sliced the gap to one at 19-18, Taya Newton went one-of-two at the line. M. Williamson evened the score at 20-20, but Straughn was unable to score again in the half. Andalusia received baskets from Cape Merrell, Berry, and Wright and took a 26-20 halftime lead.

Khariya Reynolds, Wright, and Kamari Gay each scored an opening bucket in the third as the margin grew to 32-20. The Lady Tigers refused to back down and rallied within five at 34-29. Hall had seven during the surge, while Allyx Williamson also found the hoop for two. Gay and Merrell capped the frame with back-to-back field goals and gave the Lady Bulldogs a 38-29 lead after three.

Merrell and Gay opened the final period with buckets for a 42-29 lead. A. Williamson scored five points in the fourth, but Andalusia ultimately avenged an earlier loss to Straughn with a 14-point effort in the last eight minutes. Berry and Merrell each collected four points in the fourth.

Wright paced Andalusia (2-3) with 16 points, while Berry contributed 10. Merrell tallied eight points in the win and was followed by Gay at seven and Reynolds at six.

Hall was the top scorer for Straughn (7-3) with 19 points. A. Williamson had seven points, and M. Williamson garnered four.

Andalusia Bulldogs 66
Straughn Tigers 31

Andalusia used a strong start on both offense and defense and completed the sweep with a 66-31 win in the varsity boys’ contest.

Tyler Sigers and Tevin Sigers each had a three-pointer, while Laeton Smith, Hudson Kelley, and Jaquez McMeans also found the net and gave the Bulldogs a 12-1 lead. Kaden Wiggins hit a free throw that put the Tigers on the board with 1:13 left in the first. Jordan Stallworth followed with a three and put the score at 15-1 after one.

Tevin Sigers began the second with another three. McMeans followed with four points, and Tyler Sigers scored two as Andalusia stretched its lead to 24-1. Wiggins then had a strong drive to the hoop before Tevin Sigers put up two more three-pointers before the break. Parker Black and Clark Jordan each made a basket down the stretch as free throws by Layne Grantham and Wiggins took the halftime score to 32-9.

Jordan added six more points in the third, while Wiggins went four-of-four at the line. Joseph Driver buried a three toward the end of the frame for Straughn. Tyler Sigers notched six points in the frame, and Tevin Sigers added his fifth three-pointer. Stallworth, Kelley, McMeans, and Xavier Hourel all chipped in two as Andalusia maintained a 49-23 lead after three.

Driver and Jordan started the final frame with back-to-back baskets. Led by a trifecta of three-pointers from Noah Curry, the Bulldogs torched the net from downtown five times in the frame. Clark Gay made a bucket and added two free throws for the Tigers.

Tevin Sigers led all scorers with 15 points for Andalusia (4-1), and Tyler Sigers also contributed a double-digit effort at 11. Curry finished with nine points in the win as Stallworth and McMeans both had eight.

Jordan was the top scorer for Straughn (3-5) with 10 points. Wiggins was next with eight points, and Driver had five in the loss.