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Tigers fall to Bulldogs in regular season finale

BY ZACK MAIO

 

BRANTLEY – Today was the last day of January and also the last day of regular season play for the 2019-2020 basketball season.  Straughn took to the road for a tripleheader at Brantley and worked hard in all three games.  The effort was certainly there despite the end result.  The B-team (10-9) rallied back in the fourth but came up short 35-29 to end their season.  The varsity girls (18-6) won for the fourth time in as many tries over their counterparts this season and squeaked out a 37-34 triumph in overtime.  The varsity boys (6-20) could not overcome a plethora of trifectas and fell 89-63 in the finale.

B-TEAM

BHS led from start to finish and picked up a six-point win in the opener.  After two home threes, Parker Kennedy knocked down one of his own to cut the deficit in half at 6-3.  Logan Arnett made one-of-two from the line as SHS trailed 9-4 with six minutes complete.  Jaylon Guilford converted a three-point play in the second while Arnett tallied four more.  The Bulldogs held a 15-11 lead at the break.  Each side had 11 points in the third as Kennedy paced the Tigers with five.  Jared Hawkins, Dev Patel, and Arnett each grabbed two as Brantley maintained a 26-22 advantage after three.  Straughn fought back in the fourth but could not get closer than four.  Brody Stewart notched three as Hawkins and Patel both collected two.

FINAL POINTS

Parker Kennedy – 8

Logan Arnett – 7

Jared Hawkins – 4

Dev Patel – 4

Jaylon Guilford – 3

Brody Stewart – 3

VARSITY GIRLS

The Lady Tigers edged out a three-point overtime win in the second contest.  Allie Kelley came out on fire with nine in the first including five-for-five in free throws.  Kelsey Kelley sparked with six off three baskets as the score stood at 15-8 after one.  Hannah Albright chipped in three from the line during the second.  A. Kelley tacked on three more as Linsey Hicks found the hoop for two.  Ansley Montgomery went one-of-two from the line, but the Lady Bulldogs scored 11 and crept within 24-19 going into halftime.  A. Kelley continued to dazzle from the floor with a trio of buckets while K. Kelley had the other.  SHS remained in front and went to the fourth with a 32-26 lead.  BHS used a strong defensive effort in the fourth and did just enough on offense to force the extra session.  K. Kelley earned the last two of regulation but drained three pivotal free throws in overtime.  Brantley did not find the net at all as L. Hicks grabbed a huge rebound with less than 10 seconds to go to help Straughn hold on.

FINAL POINTS

Allie Kelley – 18

Kelsey Kelley – 13

Hannah Albright – 3

Linsey Hicks – 2

Ansley Montgomery – 1

VARSITY BOYS

Brantley made it rain from beyond the arc 14 times including seven by one player and won by 26.  The offenses were hot from the start as there were a combined 36 points in the opening eight minutes.  Mason Turner picked up 10 and had a pair of threes.  Gabrien Dunn, Demetric Toney, and Trevion Richardson also found the hoop as Straughn was only behind 20-16 after one.  Turner swished another three in the second as Ethan Hammon earned two.  The Bulldogs tore the net up with 29 and carried a 49-25 margin into the locker room.  Points continued to come fast and furious with 48 combined in the third.  Turner collected 12 while Richardson took seven.  Toney hit three free throws, and Riley Brooks added one.  Despite putting up 23, the Tigers allowed 25 as the first six shots were threes.  That gave BHS a 74-48 lead after three.  Richardson repeated his seven in the fourth followed by Toney at four and Brooks with three.  Dunn added the final point from the line as SHS battled until the final horn.  The hosts matched the 15-point output.

FINAL POINTS

Mason Turner – 25

Trevion Richardson – 18

Demetric Toney – 11

Riley Brooks – 4

Gabrien Dunn – 3

Ethan Hammon – 2