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Tigers, Lady Bears keep streaks alive

Published 5:30pm Saturday, February 5, 2011

The eighth-ranked Dadeville Tigers scored 16 points before Edward Bell got a field goal on Saturday and coasted to a 74-64 win, the team’s 12th straight.

After Dadeville built a quick 6-0 lead, Akeem Holloway’s two free throws with 6:26 left put the Bears on the board. Zeke Heard then scored seven of his game-high 24 points during a 10-0 spurt that helped the Tigers get an early cushion.

An alley-oop to Heard with 4:19 left in the first half gave Dadeville a 32-13 advantage, but the Bears fought back. They scored 11 points in a row and cut the margin to eight with a Thomas Cross 3-pointer at the 2:55 mark.

Dadeville responded with an 11-2 run and led 43-26 at half.

Eddie Webb kept the Bears in it by scoring his team’s first nine of the third, but the Tigers closed the period with six straight to lead 59-40.

Edward Bell didn’t allow Dadeville to make a basket in the fourth until 2:42 remained, but the Tigers sank eight free throws during that stretch to stay on top. They were 28 of 44 from the charity stripe, while the Bears were 13 of 25.

Freshman Jessie Foster scored 13 for Dadeville (18-4). Terry Toler and Kieran Sturdivant added 12 apiece, and Deshawn Redden closed with nine.

The Tigers closed out the regular season late Monday against Handley.

The Bears had won six of seven before the loss, and they finish the regular season at 10-13. Webb was 8 of 15 from the foul line and had 20. Cross scored 16 and Chris Black was also in double figures with 10.

The Lady Bears used a strong finish to win 54-49 and head into the postseason with eight wins in a row.

Dadeville led 48-42 late, but Edward Bell’s Ca’Neshia Smith cut the lead in half with a trey with 1:48 to go.

Twenty-seven seconds later, after a steal, Desharte Edwards tied the game by converting three-point play.

A jump ball situation then gave possession back to Edward Bell, and Edwards soon drained two free throws.

After Dadeville’s Nee Nee Hart made a free throw to make it 51-49 in favor of EBHS, Natalie Copeland was fouled and went to the line for the Lady Bears.

She made the first attempt with 12 seconds remaining and missed the second, but Edwards got the offensive rebound and made the putback to end any chance of a comeback.

EBHS won the battle on the boards 31-22 to aid in the win.

Freshman LaQuashous Stowes had the hot hand Saturday, knocking down five 3-pointers to finish with 15 points for EBHS (17-4). Kierra Billingsley scored 16, with 15 of those coming in the last two quarters.

Rae Williams and Hart both had 10 for Dadeville (6-16). Kiona Harris had two triples and nine points, and Tori Boyd put up eight points and six rebounds.