Lady ‘Cats closing strong: Girls win close games over ‘Dega and Dadeville HighPublished 12:39pm Wednesday, January 30, 2013
By Ed Bailey
With a 47-46 nail-biter of a victory over Talladega’s Lady Tigers this past Monday, the Benjamin Russell Lady Wildcats secured consecutive victories.
The win over Talladega pushed the team’s record to 9-7 overall, and with a 4-2 record in area play, second place is locked up for the Lady ‘Cats.
Cookie Kelley led the way for Benjamin Russell with 15 points. Jernika Russell had 12 points for the Wildcats, and Aaliyah Lawsom netted eight points.
The Lady Wildcats were pushed to their limits by Talladega, who stormed back from a 30-11 halftime deficit with a 17-3 run to start the third quarter.
After the Lady Tigers’ furious comeback, Talladega found themselves only down five.
Benjamin Russell extended its lead to eight, but heading into the fourth ‘Dega had cut the deficit to four as BRHS led 36-32.
The fourth quarter was a frantically-played stanza, with the Lady ‘Cats getting two quick points and ‘Dega answering with a three-pointer to start the final act.
Kelley then stole the ball and went coast to coast for a lay-up that put Benjamin Russell up five, but the Lady Tigers found success from the three-point line again to make the score 40-38 with 5:29 left.
Kelley scored shortly after and had a chance for a three-point play, but she could not hit the free throw.
Russell was there for the put back follow, and the Wildcats’ lead went up to five. Kelley scored again to increase BRHS’ lead to 45-38.
Two free throws from Alexis Flowers made the game 47-40 with 2:30 left and from there, missed free throws allowed ‘Dega to fight back into the game.
The Lady Tigers scored six unanswered but BRHS held on thanks to key defensive stops.
BRHS girls v. DHS girls
This past weekend’s contest between Benjamin Russell and Dadeville was a tale of two runs.
Thanks to ten first-quarter points by Lawson, Benjamin Russell flew out of the gate with a 23-2 first quarter but Dadeville answered by dominating the second quarter 22-7.
Lawson keyed an 8-0 run in the later stages of the third quarter and Benjamin Russell headed into the final quarter up 42-32.
In the fourth, Dadeville’s Rae Williams asserted herself on the offensive end, scoring five unanswered points to cut into the lead but the deficit was too much for DHS.
Lawson led all scorers with 25 points. Russell had 13 points.