Sports round-up: HBHS wins, EBHS loses, Malzahn staysPublished 6:34pm Monday, December 13, 2010
HBHS hoopsters earn road sweep over Wadley
The Horseshoe Bend boys snapped a three-game losing streak at Wadley, while the Lady Generals increased their winning streak to 10.
The boys erased a 12-point halftime deficit to edge the Bulldogs 48-47, while the girls jumped on Wadley early and often in a 55-27 victory.
With around two minutes to play in the boys game, Jay Glenn buried a 3-pointer to give the Generals a lead and despite missing several free throws down the stretch, HBHS hung on for the win after Wadley couldn’t get a shot off in the final eight seconds.
“We didn’t do much of anything in the first half, but we turned up the pressure in the second half,” HBHS coach Mike Boyd said. “Matt Oliver, Brandon Thomas and those guys played some defense and we were able to create some turnovers that led to easy baskets.”
Kendall Thomas led the charge for the Generals, scoring 17 of his 19 points in the last two quarters. Corey Battle had eight, Oliver and Glenn added seven and Josh Martin closed with eight for HBHS.
HBHS (2-4) trailed 12-4 after a quarter, 24-12 at halftime and 35-31 after three quarters. Quay Hunter led Wadley with 16.
The Lady Generals got 12 points each from Rachel Smothers and Ranley Clayton to run their record to 10-0.
“Ranley came in and filled in for Jessica Williams and started strong,” Boyd said. “She scored all her points in the first half.
“We get Lanett (tonight) and they’ve given us trouble for four years. We expect a tough game, but hopefully we can change our luck.”
Carlie Vickers had eight and Brittney Keel and Katie Martin scored seven points each. Jessica Harden finished with six and Hannah Funderburk had three.
Olivia O’Neal had 12 for WHS.
– Dusty Harper
St. Jude knocks off Edward Bell boys, girls
The Edward Bell boys dropped another close game on Friday, as the Bears were beaten by area foe St. Jude 59-55 in Montgomery.
The Bears (2-4) have now lost three games by four points or less.
“We’re trying to look at the bright side, and that’s two tough road losses where we’ve had chances to win,” head coach Mitch Joiner said. “We had chances to win in both games.
“(St. Jude) hit three 3-pointers the whole game, but they all came in a row in the third quarter. That took a lot out of us.”
The Pirates were 8 of 13 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter, while Edward Bell did not make a trip to the line.
“We played a good 2-3 zone, we just had a couple of lapses that let them score down low,” Joiner said. “We’ve played alright on offense at times, we’ve just had trouble getting it going in the last three or four minutes of a game.
“We’re hoping for a big second-half run.”
Eddie Webb was 4 of 5 from the line and scored 18 points. Kiunte Dowdell posted a double-double with 11 points and 14 rebounds.
The Lady Bears fell to the Lady Pirates 76-59 to fall to 4-2 overall and 2-1 in the area. The girls had won three straight games.
EBHS returns to action Saturday at home against Dadeville.
– Dusty Harper
Malzahn spurns Vandy, will stay at Auburn after raise
Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn has been rewarded with a raise and contract extension, head coach Gene Chizik announced on Monday.
“Gus Malzahn has played a large role in the success of our football program the last two years and we’re very pleased to be able to give him a raise and extend his contract,” Chizik said. “In my opinion we have the best staff in the country, and while we want our coaches to strive to become head coaches, retaining them as long as we can is important to me and the entire Auburn family. Gus is a very bright and talented coach and we are looking forward to beginning preparation for the BCS National Championship.”
Malzahn won the 2010 Broyles Award as the nation’s top coordinator.
“I’m very appreciative of Coach Chizik and the entire administration for their support,” Malzahn said. “My family and I love Auburn and right now my main focus is helping Auburn win a national championship.”
Reportedly, the deal is worth $1.3 million annually. Malzahn was the leading candidate for the Vanderbilt head coaching job.