Lady Generals survive Reeltown to win fifth straightPublished 10:08am Monday, January 6, 2014
After an 11-0 run to go up 17-7 at the half, the Horseshoe Bend Lady Generals looked poised to coast to another hardwood win over the Lady Rebels of Reeltown.
But the Rebels refused to go quietly.
Nevertheless, the Lady Generals, without long-range specialist Asia Stowes, withstood Reeltown’s late charge, prevailing 39-33 to claim their fifth consecutive victory.
With the win, HBHS improved to 7-6 on the season and continued to build momentum from its Central of Clay Coutny tournament title win.
Zakkiah Lyons led the team with 13 points. Amber Hardnett added seven, despite limited playing time.
“Amber got in foul trouble, and it ended up being a good thing for us,” HBHS basketball coach Mike Boyd said. “It made the rest of us do something and hound the basketball a little bit. Amber is our ballhandler and we had to make do without her. Zakkiah did a good job for us, and a few of our other girls did a good job for us. It’s been up and down for us, for sure.”
The Lady Generals entered the fourth quarter with a 24-15 advantage, but five quick points by Jasmine and Jalisa Heard had the Rebels in striking distance just 45 seconds into the period.
The Lady Generals answered Reeltown’s 5-0 run with a 6-0 run of their own, thanks to baskets from Hardnett, Brooke Karr and Danielle Willoughby.
Jasmine Heard nailed a three-ball to stop the run, but Lyons answered with three points of her own thanks to free throws.
Reeltown’s offense, which had warmed up during the majority of the second half, went cold at the midway point of the final stanza. From the 4:48 mark until the final buzzer, the Lady Rebels made only three field goals.
Meanwhile, Lyons iced the game with clutch makes from the charity stripe.
Karr, who scored eight, did most of her damage during HBHS’ 11-0 run in the second half.
Boyd said that Karr has to continue to contribute offensively for the team to remain on the uptick.
“Sometimes, Brooke’s worst enemy is herself.,” Body said. “She’s got a good little shot, but sometimes she has no confidence in herself. But she’s got to shoot the basketball for us. (When she gets an open look) she does more than all right for us.”
As for the timetable for Stowes’ return, Body said it wasn’t set in stone.
“Asia’s back in Dadeville with a knee issue,” Boyd said. “We miss her, especially when it comes to shooting the basketball. But I am not quite sure what the deal is with her knee.”
For Reeltown, Cheryl Bell led the team with 10 points. JaQuita O’Neal chipped in with nine points. Jasmine Heard scored seven, and Jalisa Heard scored five.