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Priceville's Josh Bedwell (10) works against Brewer's Rodney Childs (32) during his 44-point night, which tied a career high.
Bedwell busts Brewer
Priceville sharpshooter pours in 44 to lead Bulldogs over their rival
By Brooke Milam
PRICEVILLE — Most of the crowd at a packed Priceville High gym stood the entire game as the home Bulldogs hosted rival Brewer on Friday night.
Half of the fans wore Brewer navy blue and red, while half wore Priceville black and gold. But they had some common groud — both sides were in awe of Bulldogs senior Josh Bedwell.
Priceville's boys team beat Brewer 80-65 — the first time the Bulldogs have beaten their rival since the two varsity squads began playing in 2003 — and Bedwell poured in 44 points to tie a career high set last year.
"Whenever we play Brewer it's big and for us this year was even bigger," Bedwell said. "We've been hearing about what the crowd was going to be like since Tuesday."
In the girls game, Brewer took a 78-45 win for a split.
Priceville's boys held a slim 15-14 lead after the first quarter and no team led by more than two baskets before Robert Varner and Bedwell hit back-to-back 3-pointers, giving Priceville a 34-23 lead midway through the second quarter.
It was the first sustained lead for either team, and Priceville never trailed again.
"Once we got the lead, we just kept rolling," Bedwell said.
Bedwell scorched the Patriots for 27 first-half points, including six 3-pointers. Priceville went up 45-32 as Bedwell hit a 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer.
He finished 15-of-22 from the field, including 8-of-13 from behind the 3-point arc.
"Our plan was the try and no-catch (Bedwell), and we didn't do a good job of that in the first half," Brewer coach Sam Brown said.
Varner had 13 points and 12 rebounds for Priceville (8-4).
JaColby Reid contributed 13 points, four rebounds and three steals.
"We had guys that stepped up and played a lot better tonight than they've been playing, and it kept (Brewer) from just focusing on Josh," Priceville coach Darrell Haynes said.
Brewer came as close as 54-51 with a minute left in the third quarter after a Rusty Boyd basket, but Priceville lead 58-51 going into the final period.
Boyd finished with a team-high 28 points for the Patriots (4-8), and senior teammate Alex Brown followed with 10.
"We would cut it and make a run at them and they'd come right back at us," Sam Brown said. "They just did what it took to win the game and we didn't."
Brewer girls 78, Priceville 45: After Brewer's Heather Childers and Priceville's Abbie Harris matched 3-pointers to open the game, Brewer jumped to a 22-12 lead in the first quarter.
A fresh five players closed out the opening quarter for the Lady Patriots, proving their worth immediately when Emily Dabbs nailed a 3-point basket four seconds after the second string entered the game.
"Our girls on the bench, we have to have them and they know that," Brewer coach Ricky Allen said. "They all work hard and they all add something to the team."
Both team contributed to a barrage of 3-pointers in the second quarter, leading to a 41-25 Brewer advantage at halftime.
The two sides hit a total of 14 treys, and Brewer had nine of them, led by by Genie Browning's three.
Allison White hit two of Priceville's five from behind the 3-point arc.
"When we are playing under control we are a great shooting team, but when we get anxious we're terrible," Allen said. "We were very much under control tonight and that had been our focus in practice — playing under control."
Brewer's lead swelled to 56-35 after three quarters, as the Lady Patriots outrebounded the Lady Bulldogs 39-14.
Priceville coach Stacy Lovett said rebounding was one area her team could have made up ground.
"Normally, we rebound better," Lovett said.
Priceville also suffered through 9-of-27 shooting in the first half and 6-of-29 after halftime.
"Opportunity knocks and you just have to answer," Lovett said.
Courtney Scott finished with a game-high 16 points for Brewer (6-4).
Dabbs had 14 points, and teammates Browning and Andrea Crawford each scored 13. Crawford also had a team-best nine assists. Meagan Hormel grabbed eight rebounds, and Scott pulled down seven.
Keila Hamlin paced Priceville (7-5), and White followed with eight.
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