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For 2nd time in three days, Hartselle beats Priceville

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For the second time in 48 hours, Hartselle High's boys basketball team defeated Priceville.

This time, though, the game was a little tougher.

After beating the Bulldogs by 20 points Saturday, the Tigers took them down again, moving past Priceville 57-48.

"We knew coming in that they were going to be real fired up by the way they played the other night," Hartselle head coach Johnny Berry said. "We felt they would come in as a revenge game, and it was.

"It was a tie ball game with three or four minutes left. We were able to get a little bit of a lead and started running clock and making them foul us. We knew we were good free-throw shooters in the fourth quarter."

In fact, Hartselle (16-12) was perfect from the line when it counted, making all nine foul shots in the fourth period.

Alex Brown and Jackson Holmes led Hartselle with 13 points each, and Luke Bole added 10.

But if not for the defensive effort of Ryne Lindsey, Hartselle might not have beaten Priceville (13-14) either time. Lindsey was given the task of keeping tabs on Josh Bedwell, Priceville's standout guard.

Bedwell scored 15 points Monday, all in the second half. That came two nights after Hartselle held him to 10 points.

"In six quarters, he held Josh to 10 points," Berry said. "(Bedwell) was in foul trouble the first half tonight.

"In six quarters, he had only two field goals. That's a tribute to Ryne Lindsey. I'll give Ryne a game ball for this one. He really stepped up and played solid defense on Josh."

Berry said he knew his team's legs would be a little tired Monday because of the game against Priceville on Saturday.

In fact, he and Bulldogs' head coach Darrell Haynes made an agreement before Monday's games.

"Coach Haynes and I made a pact before (Saturday's) game that neither one of us would practice Sunday," Berry said. "We both gave our kids the day off. We knew. There's not a lot of secrets among our teams. We said we needed to rest our legs in fun."

Still, Berry said if not for a lengthy roster that has come through when needed, Hartselle could be facing trouble as the regular season nears the end.

"This time of year, if you get to regionals or past where you are now, you may have to play back-to-back days," Berry said. "We were (playing) Friday, Saturday, Monday — 96 hours, we played three basketball games.

"We're fortunate because we have such a deep bench. It gives us a chance to rest some guys. That's about the only way we could get through it."

Monday's win marked the 16th on the year for Hartselle — or looking at it another way, 14 more wins than the Tigers recorded a season ago.

"After two wins last year, and sitting with 16 this year, it's a pretty special tribute to these kids," Berry said.

Hartselle girls 68, Priceville 21: Two days after falling to Brewer by 16 in the Morgan County tournament, Hartselle (23-4) turned the heat back on, holding the Lady Bulldogs to just seven first-half points and cruising to the win.

"Glad we shot it better tonight than we did last week," Hartselle coach Greg Adams said. "We dressed 11, and all 11 scored."

Jessica Andrews paced the Lady Tigers with 14 points and five assists. Lauren Drake had 10 points and 12 rebounds, and Mary Virginia Reeves added 10 points and eight rebounds, both for Hartselle.

"I knew they'd be ready to go," Adams said. "We've got a big game against Arab on Friday.

"I'm not surprised they bounced back."

Adams said the 66-50 loss to Brewer on Saturday might have even helped his team a little bit as Hartselle hits the stretch run of the season.

"Any loss grabs your attention, especially when it's to your rival," Adams said. "We're just anxious to get the regular season over and get the postseason started."

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