Smith sets goals for the Lady Bulldogs
by Rip Donovan
Special to The Star
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Ranburne hosts Woodland Friday in a showdown for the Class 2A, Area 10 lead. After an 0-3 start, Ranburne improved to 15-7 with a 54-19 road win at Wadley Tuesday. The 15 wins equals last year’s total. The Bulldogs are now 5-1 in Area 10 games, losing only to Woodland in Woodland. Woodland, currently No. 1 in Class 2A in the writers’ rankings, is undefeated in area play and has lost only once on the season – to defending Class 3A champion Lauderdale County.

Bulldogs’ coach Tim Smith said his goals for the girls are to not change their shots, finish at the rim and have a good effort.

The Bulldogs complete Area 10 action Monday at home against improving Ohatchee and complete their regular season at Spring Garden Tuesday.

Wadley didn’t offer much resistance. Ranburne led 21-4 after one quarter and 33-8 at halftime. Jesse Ralston almost equaled Wadley’s total by herself with 16 points. She added three rebounds and two assists. Alyssa Smith also scored in double digits with 12 points and had team highs in rebounds with eight and blocks with four. Smith made five steals.

Hali Wilson contributed eight points, six rebounds, five steals and four assists. Indiana Morgan had six points, eight steals, six assists and three rebounds. Hannah Phillips had two rebounds and two steals to go with her six points. Kat Runels ended with four points, three rebounds and two steals. Emily Hall had two points and two steals.

In the Tri-County Shootout at Cleburne County on Thursday and Friday of last week, Ranburne advanced to the championship game with a 57-17 win over Clay Central. The Bulldogs led 28-9 at halftime. Phillips paced the attack with 16 points and had six rebounds and two steals. Ralston finished with 13 points, three assists, three steals and two rebounds. Wilson had eight points, three rebounds, three steals and two assists. Morgan and Alyssa Smith each scored six points. Smith added six rebounds and two steals while Morgan ended with four rebounds, three assists and three steals. Point guard Lacey Smith dished out five assists, scored two points and made three steals. Runels had four points and six rebounds. Hall scored two points and added three rebounds.

In Friday’s championship game, Cleburne County downed Ranburne 48-42. The Bulldogs had 28 turnovers and missed more free throws (18) than they made (14). Ranburne lost three starters to fouls and Cleburne County two. The Bulldogs had won two previous meetings with the Tigers this season.

“On that night they were better than us. That’s all you can say,” coach Smith noted.

Morgan had 13 points, four assists, four steals and three rebounds. Ralston scored 11 points. Wilson had eight points and two assists. Alyssa Smith grabbed 13 rebounds and blocked three shots while scoring five points. Phillips ended with three points, two rebounds and two steals. Lacey Smith and Hall each scored one point. Smith made three steals and had two rebounds.
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