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Horseshoe Bend takes one of two against Reeltown

Published 3:51pm Thursday, December 20, 2012

By Ed Bailey

Paced by Jay Glenn’s 15 points and Brandon  Hassell’s 11 points, the Generals of Horseshoe Bend High School downed the Reeltown Rebels by a score of 51-43 on Tuesday. The Lady Generals were not as fortunate as they were handed a 41-39 loss by the Reeltown girls squad.
Ranley Clayton led the HBHS girls with 17 points and Asia Stowes added 13 points of her own. The boys’ victory over the Rebels improved their record to 5-6 while the Lady Generals fell to 6-6.
Horseshoe Bend boys and girls coach Mike Boyd attributed the eight-point win to a strong third quarter and improved team defense down the stretch.
“We were up by one at the half,” he said.”In the third we really jumped out ahead. We did a much better job playing defense and confusing them.”
Boyd credited Reeltown’s offense in the first half, saying that the Rebels’ ability to get the offense going in the first half forced HBHS to change its strategy.
“Reeltown did a good job of executing its offense,” he said. “It was a good ball game.”
Boyd said that he was pleased with the Generals’ cohesive effort during their victory, adding that the game was much closer than the score suggested.
“We hit a couple of threes in the third, and we went 9-14 from the free throw line,” he said. “We played together better than we have in the last couple of ball games.”
With an upcoming tournament this weekend, Boyd said that the team would need to continue on the same page if it wanted to be successful.
“We’ve got to be more consistent in our team play if we want to go anywhere,” he said.
The girls’ match-up was tight from start to finish.
The Lady Generals were able to knot things up late, but after Reeltown went up 41-39, HBHS was unable to send it to overtime.
“We came back and tied it with 32 seconds left, but Reeltown was able to run down and make a shot,” he said. “We had a shot at it but couldn’t close the deal.”
Next for Horseshoe Bend is the Clay-Central Christmas tournament. The field consists of Clay-Central High School, Reeltown and Beulah High School.
The boys will tip-off against Clay-Central at 8 p.m. Thursday. The girls will clash with Reeltown again with a scheduled start of 3:30 p.m.
The HBHS boys will then take on the winner of the game between Reeltown and Beulah on Friday.
The girls also will face the winner of the Beulah/Clay-Central match-up on Friday.

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