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Priceville's K.C. Green goes up for two of his 10 points while Brewer's Rusty Boyd defends. Priceville won to advance to the Morgan County Tournament semifinals.
Priceville takes two
The Bulldogs' boys use balance to beat Brewer; girls hammer Falkville
By Brooke Milam
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PRICEVILLE — The host Priceville boys basketball team made a statement against Brewer in the opening round of the Morgan County Tournament on Monday night:
The Bulldogs want to win a county championship and they intend to do it as a team.
Josh Bedwell led the charge as fifth-seeded Priceville began its quest for the title by knocking off three-time defending county champion Brewer 55-35 on Monday. The rival teams split regular season contests earlier in the season, both winning on their home court. The Patriots entered as the fourth seed.
Priceville advanced to play top-seeded West Morgan on Thursday at 8 p.m. The Rebels had a first-round bye. Priceville beat West Morgan 50-42 the last time the teams met Dec. 4.
Earlier in the night, the fourth-seeded Priceville girls beat fifth-seeded Falkville 70-35, advancing to play top-seeded Hartselle, which had a first-round bye, Thursday night at 6:30.
In the boys game, Bedwell led all scorers with 26 points, but he had plenty of help. K.C. Green added 10 for the Bulldogs, and JaColby Reid had eight.
"They've really stepped up and taken the pressure off of me," Bedwell said. "I really felt like I could play out there with absolutely no pressure."
Brewer coach Sam Brown agreed that the Bulldogs' supporting cast hurt his Patriots as much as top dog Bedwell.
"We couldn't sit back in there and help on (Bedwell) because their other guys were doing such a good job," Brown said.
Rusty Boyd paced Brewer with 16 points.
Priceville went up 3-0 a minute and a half into the game but didn't score again for three minutes as Brewer took a 7-3 lead.
"We didn't worry about the score at the very beginning of the game. ... When we shoot the ball well, everything goes better," Priceville coach Darrell Haynes said.
The Bulldogs found their shot and were ahead 11-10 after the first quarter before an offensive explosion in the second as the Patriots hit a slump.
"It all started in the second quarter — we missed three or four layups, and when I say 'layups,' I mean wide open shots," Brown said.
Priveville held Brewer scoreless in the second quarter and the Bulldogs were up 22-10 at halftime.
Priceville didn't slow down in the second half either.
The Bulldogs were up by 20 points with 2:34 left in the third when a turnaround 8-foot jump shot by Green put Priceville ahead 38-18.
The Bulldogs led 45-26 after three quarters and held their largest lead of the game with 2:28 left to play when a Bedwell layup put Priceville up 52-30.
Priceville girls 70, Falkville 35: Lady Bulldogs coach Stacey Lovett said one of the things that her team has struggled with most this season became a strength in Monday night's win.
Priceville was 76 percent from the free throw line in a game laden with trips to the charity stripe.
"We shot free throws much better, and that's big for us," Lovett said.
Priceville jumped to a 17-7 lead after the first quarter and was up 37-20 at halftime.
Allison White's 22 points and 10 rebounds paced the Lady Bulldogs, while teammate Summer Boyd added nine points and 10 rebounds. Marissa Chambers scored 11 points.
Also for Priceville, Keila Hamlin had eight points and a team-best eight assists, and Lovett also credited the solid play of Abbie Harris, who had seven points.
Falkville was led by Katrina Wildmon's 14 points.
Next up for the Lady Bulldogs is Class 5A No. 2 Hartselle.
"We are going to have to play our very best," Lovett said. "We are going to have to really run the floor — that's something that we do well."
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