Brewer rides bench to win
By Mark Edwards
Brewer High girls basketball coach Ricky Allen says he likes to use his whole roster, so midway through the third quarter at Austin on Saturday, it didn’t seem unusual when he took all of his starters out and put in all five of his reserves.
But here’s the surprising part — that’s where Allen’s team took control of the game and never let go in a 58-48 win.
“The bench players gave us a big lift,” Allen said. “All season, I’ve told our team that we depend on all 10 players, and today all 10 players came through.”
With 6:22 to play and the two teams tied 30-30, Allen inserted four reserves. Only senior guard Andrea Crawford remained on the floor because she had two free throws to shoot.
But after she made them both for a 32-30 lead, Allen brought her to the bench.
Then backup post player Heather Steelman added a basket for a 34-30 lead. Wing player Morgan Crawley sank two free throws, followed by a 3-pointer from guard Emily Dabbs for a 39-30 advantage.
Austin responded with a 3-pointer from China McDaniel, but Dabbs made another to push the lead back to nine points.
From there, Allen kept at least part of his starting lineup on the floor, and that combination never allowed Austin (10-10) to get closer than four points.
“They just outexecuted us in certain situations,” Austin coach Bruce Hamilton said. “But both teams played hard, and we just came up short.”
Both teams played Friday night with Brewer beating East Lawrence, and Austin falling to Bob Jones.
Also, both teams dealt with injuries. Crawford is battling a badly sprained ankle that kept her out of the East Lawrence contest, but she still managed a team-high 15 points and three rebounds.
Austin had only eight players available, since starting point guard Jazmine Powers missed the game because of a back injury suffered against Bob Jones.
McDaniel moved to point guard and paced the team with 19 points, making five 3-pointers.
Ardiana Wilkerson came off the bench to add 12 points and four steals as part of an Austin defense that forced 24 turnovers.
“That’s too many,” Allen said. “We had a hard time with their pressure. But that’s why we want to schedule Austin. We know that Bruce Hamilton gets his kids to play hard, and they stay after you.
“Playing a team like Austin makes us better.”
For Brewer (10-6), center Courtney Scott had 13 points despite playing only 11 minutes because of foul problems. Dabbs had 11 points.
Tanner boys 68, Elkmont 48: Brandon Solomon and Jonathan Carter each had 16 points for Elkmont.
Tanner (12-4) trailed 30-25 at halftime before outscoring the Red Devils 19-9 in the third quarter and 24-9 in the fourth.
Latraius Mosley paced Tanner with 23 points, and Demarcus King added 20.
East Lawrence boys 65, West Morgan 63: Jerry Grimes had 20 points and seven rebounds to pace the Eagles, while Kenneth Bolden added 15 points and seven rebounds.
Phillip Powell scored 23 points to lead West Morgan, which trailed by 19 at one point. Powell helped bring back the Rebels by hitting three 3-pointers in the fourth quarter.
Micah Randolph added 13 points, and David Pritchard had 12.
Hazlewood boys 58, Colbert County 57: The Black Bears trailed 57-56 until Demetrius Garner drove into the lane and made a layup with five seconds to play.
D.J. Jones led Hazlewood (8-8) with 15 points and 13 rebounds. Garner and Ken Nance each had 10 points.
Jamorris Ricks led Colbert County with 11 points.
Hazlewood girls 79, Colbert County 25: Amber Jones led the Lady Golden Bears (12-5) with 19 points, while Josalin Johnson added 13.
New Hope boys 66, Danville 43: Zack Orr had 14 points and six rebounds for the Hawks, who fell in a home game.
Trey Brandon’s 25 points led New Hope.
New Hope girls 69, Danville 57, OT: The Lady Hawks (12-8) led 27-16 at halftime, but New Hope caught up to tie it at 57 at the end of regulation and then dominated the extra period 12-0.
Alaina Fitzgerald had 18 points to pace Danville, while Lauren Simmons had 17 points and seven rebounds. Magen Linderman added 10 points and seven rebounds, and Bethany Evans had six assists.
For New Hope, Brittany Foreman led the way with 37 points.
Addison girls 52, West Point 45: Jessy Willingham’s 26 points and nine rebounds paced Addison (10-4). Britney Taylor added eight points, six assists and six steals.
Celina Blackwood’s 13 points led West Point.
Clements girls 62, Athens Bible 50: The Lady Colts got 15 points each from Jessica Petty and Megan Grisham. Jordan Beggs added 14 points, and Lacreshia Petty pitched in 13.
For Athens Bible, which played with only six players on its roster, Kirsten McClure had 18 points and four assists, while Lindsey McClure contributed 14 points and five steals. Christina Ivey had 10 points and 14 rebounds.
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