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Generals looking to turn it around

Published 7:45pm Wednesday, December 11, 2013

The Horseshoe Bend boys and girls basketball teams have seen better stretches of play than what they’ve put on the court as of late.
After starting the season 3-1, the girls have fallen by the wayside a bit.
The boys continue to struggle with their offensive woes.
Below is a recap of the most recent action for Generals’ basketball.

HBHS 20, Ranburne 45 (boys)
The Generals were ambushed by the Bulldogs in their latest setback, as Ranburne rode a 34-7 halftime cushion to a 45-20 lead.
“We faced a lot of pressure, and they switched up the defenses on us,” said HBHS basketball coach Mike Boyd. “We came out of the gate with three quick turnovers, and they converted those into three quick layups. Things like that can get you out of rhythm. We had a hard time with it.”
Cody Denham led the Generals with 10 points. Kurtis Smothers added five.
As the boys squad continues to find its way and gain more experience, Boyd said there were some positives to take away in spite of the team’s slow start.
“I’m getting a tremendous effort out of the boys, but we’ve been slow in getting started,” Boyd said. “We’ve been out-sized, out-manned and at a disadvantage from a talent standpoint. The boys are going to get better. Right now, it’s about getting through the rough spots. We’ll respond better to the pressure defenses.”

HBHS 24, Ranburne 36 (girls)
Like the boys, the Lady Generals fell behind at the half and were unable to turn it around before the final buzzer sounded.
The girls fell 36-24 to the Lady Bulldogs after Ranburne jumped out to a 13-9 lead and built upon it to claim the win.
“We had 15 turnovers and went 1-for-9 from the free throw line,” Boyd said. “We just didn’t do a whole lot right.”
Turnovers have been a constant factor in the Lady Generals ‘ current three-game slide (HBHS’ girls lost 47-38 to Beulah and 37-22 to Park Crossing before this game).
“I can’t quite put my finger on it,” Boyd said. “As of late we haven’t been able to handle the basketball well. We’ve had a lot of unforced errors. You would think that would come due to the pressure from the other teams, but that hasn’t been the case.”
Zakkiah Lyons led the team with 10 points. Amber Hardnett added eight points, and Allison Jones scored four.
“I’m not worried about the effort from the boys and girls teams,” Boyd said. “We have to respond better to defensive pressure a lot more positively. I’m optimistic that we’ll turn it  around, but I’m cautious as well.”

Generals hoops fall vs. Lanett
The Horseshoe Bend basketball teams continued their slides during road trips vs. Lanett. The boys team were blown out 88-18 by the Panthers, while the Lady Generals lost to Lanett 68-28. With the defeats, the HBHS boys team is 1-6 on the year, and the girls are 3-5. Next for both teams will be the Pepsi Classic, a county-wide tournament that will be held starting Friday at Benjamin Russell High School gymnasium.

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