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Priceville’s Josh Bewell (10) drives past Lawrence County’s Brent Dutton in Moulton on Tuesday night.

Bedwell passes 2,000 points for career in Priceville win

By Paul Stackhouse
sports@decaturdaily.com

MOULTON — Priceville High senior Josh Bedwell didn’t know until Tuesday morning that he needed only 18 points to reach a basketball milestone — 2,000 points.

With 5:09 remaining in the second quarter Tuesday night against Lawrence County, Bedwell sank a 3-pointer, giving him 19 of his game-high 33 points, leading Priceville to a 62-60 Class 4A, Area 15 victory over the Red Devils.

It also sent him over the 2,000-point mark. To be exact, the trey gave Bedwell his 1,999th, 2,000th, and 2,001st points.

“I didn’t know it until this morning,” Bedwell said following the game. “My dad has been keeping it from me for a while until he told me this morning.”

Bedwell said he knew he had surpassed 2,000 points when he let go of the shot.

“I’ve been thinking about it today, but I can’t really say it has put a lot of pressure on me to do it,” Bedwell said. “But I knew I did it after making the shot, and it was somewhat of a relief after I did it. I’m just glad my teammates got me the ball. I couldn’t have done any of this without them.”

Priceville led 22-15 at the end of the first quarter and 40-29 at the half.

The Bulldogs held a 50-42 advantage going into the final period before Lawrence County came bouncing back.

With 1:30 left to play, Myles King made a layup to give the Red Devils a 57-56 lead. Bedwell, after being fouled beyond the arc, sank all three free throws to give Priceville the lead for good.

“We made shots at the key times when we had to win the game,” Priceville coach Darrell Haynes said. “Lawrence County has a good team that is well-coached. We had to play hard to win it.”

Also scoring double figures for Priceville (11-9, 2-2) were JaColby Reid with 13 points and K.C. Green with 12.

King led Lawrence County (15-6, 5-1) in scoring with 20 points with Darman Cunningham finishing with 14.

Lawrence County girls 55, Priceville 36: Shea Mason led Lawrence County (19-3, 6-0) in scoring with 20 points, 16 of which came in the first half. Sallie Burch also scored double figures with 17 points.

The Lady Devils finished their Class 4A, Area 15 campaign undefeated with the victory.

Abbie Harris led Priceville (10-8, 1-3) in scoring with 12 points.

“This was a big area win for us,” said Lawrence County girls coach Kenny Coffey. “This win closes out our area undefeated which tells a lot about our players. They’ve worked very hard this season and it shows.”

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