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Tigers boys, girls hoops maul Beulah

Published 10:56am Friday, January 10, 2014

In one of Dadeville’s most impressive showings this season, the Tigers’ hoops team ransacked the Beulah Bobcats 76-34 in boys basketball action.
The victory puts the Tigers at 7-3 on the season, and with a 3-0 record in area play, Dadeville is currently the lone undefeated squad standing in its area.
The Tigers’ 42-point win was keyed by strong inside play early on and  very effective production in the transition and fast break.
“That’s what we can do,” DHS boys coach Rodney Taylor said. “We’re in basketball shape now. We played them in their place and only won by two, we got tired, their press hurt us and we just weren’t ready to play. We were able to run, and when we’re running, we’re pretty deadly.”
Dadeville went into the second quarter up 15-9 when Tamarcus Moore nailed a three with time expiring.
The Tigers were able to find their groove in the second quarter, using an 18-6 run to go up by as many as 18.
“I thought we showed a lot of hunger and desire,” Taylor said. “As far as the intensity level, we’re getting there. But, we’re not where we need to be.”
Dadeville continued to increase its lead as the fast tempo played into the Tigers’ hands.
By the break, the Tigers were firmly  in control, leading 43-19.
In the third quarter, things continued to go the Tigers’ way.
The Dadeville defense also ramped up its play. From the 2:03 mark of the third quarter until the end of the game, Beulah only scored four points.
“I thought we played good half-court  defense,” Taylor said. “And the main thing for us is finishing. We wanted to stay intense and get after it. I told them after the game that this  is about learning and constantly getting better.”
Anfernee Jennings and Malik Tolbert each scored 15 points. Tamarcus Moore added 11 points.
Jennings also grabbed seven boards and swiped two steals.
Jay Foster and C.J. Tolbert each notched seven assists.
Dadeville will step out of area play on Thursday when it travels to face Reeltown. The Tigers will then face Handley on the road in a key area game on Friday.
“We control our own destiny,” Taylor said. “Now, we have to take care of our end, and there’s some good competition out there. But when you control your destiny, you have to seize the moment. In this opportunity, we definitely seized the moment.”

DHS 68, Beulah 43 (girls)
The Lady Tigers claimed a comfortable, albeit sometimes sloppy, 68-43 victory over Beulah.
Dadeville’s girls hoops team is now 6-4 on the season.
The Lady Tigers ended the first quarter up 19-10, as their full-court press defense was problematic for the Lady Bobcats.
Kaylie Painter scored six points in the second quarter to help boost the Lady Tigers’ advantage, but carelessness with the ball plagued both teams for some stretches of the period.
Dadeville eventually regathered itself, closing the first half on a 5-0 run to take a 35-23 lead into halftime.
After padding its lead in the third quarter, Dadeville led 49-35 to end the stanza.
The Lady Tigers came out of the gate with guns blazing in the fourth quarter, effectively sealing the victory with a 17-3 run that spanned much of the middle stages of the final period.
Four Lady Tigers scored in double figures in the contest.
Araven Edwards led all DHS players with 16 points.
Janeisha Moss added 15 points, Laquashous Stowes scored 12, and Painter ended up with 11 on the night.

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