EBHS boys, girls win 3rd straightPublished 7:05pm Monday, January 24, 2011
Trailing by one with 30 seconds left, the Edward Bell Bears beat a full-court press and got an Akeem Holloway lay-up to take a one-point lead over Loachapoka on Friday.
Edward Bell then stole the ball, but missed two foul shots. With eight seconds remaining, the Bears fouled the Indians, giving them a chance to steal a victory with two free throws, but Loachapoka missed both and the Bears won their third consecutive game to get to 7-11 and 3-2 in Class 1A, Area 6 action.
D.J. Black (13) and Eddie Webb (10) were the only two Bears in double figures. JacQuez Crawford led the Indians with 21.
On Thursday, the Bears smashed Wadley 64-32 behind 21 points from eighth grader Tamarcus Moore. Coach Mitch Joiner is hoping Moore could be a boost down the stretch.
“He’s a young guy with some skills,” Joiner said. “He hit four threes in one half and he can shoot it. He reminds me a lot of (2010 Player of the Year) Damien Carr at that age. Maybe he can help us against the zone, especially.”
The Lady Bears ran their record to 12-4 with a pair of lopsided victories against the Lady Bulldogs (48-17) and Lady Indians (62-32).
Kierra Billingsley scored 13 against Wadley, Janesha Moss had 10 and Araven Edwards added six.
Versus Loachapoka, Desharte Edwards was the top scorer with 18 points. Ca’Neshia Smith and Moss finished with eight, and Billingsley and LaQuashous Stowes netted seven.
The EBHS girls can still tie for first in the area if they win out, which means they must beat No. 4 St. Jude (14-1) on Thursday. The Lady Pirates are led by Alabama A&M signee Taylor Sippial, who scored more than 30 in her team’s earlier win over EBHS.
“Our bench has a little more experience this time around,” said coach Nancy Shealey. “We’ll have to play better defense and keep shooting free throws well, which we’ve done lately.
“The key will be containing (Sippial). She’s tough and we’ll have to slow her down.”