Tuesday’s result was a mild upset. Ohatchee had lost to Woodland Monday night while Pleasant Valley defeated the Area 10 No. 2 seed Wellborn the same night. In Friday’s Area 10 tournament, Wellborn will play No. 3 Woodland at 6 p.m. The Bulldogs and Ohatchee follow immediately thereafter.
Ranburne’s most recent game, back on January 27, was a 72-42 home-court win over Ohatchee. The Bulldogs held a commanding 42-26 lead at the half. Senior Dillon Parker has been the most consistent scoring threat for the Indians. Parker had 20 points in Tuesday’s win over Pleasant Valley.
The first challenge for the Bulldogs will be overcoming a six-day run of no games and no practices. That was coach Stephen Bailey’s first priority when school and practice resumed Monday.
“We’ve had two good practices,” Bailey said late Wednesday morning. “I think the first day we really were kind of shocked by the way our legs felt. They were kind of surprised that during the (off) time, as good a shape as we were in, (conditioning) goes pretty quick. “
A lot of running Monday seemed to help.
“We weren’t leg weary (Tuesday),” Bailey noted. “We got back after it pretty good and got our legs back under us. I think we’re good-to-go in that aspect.”
Bailey said Wednesday’s practice would include a full-game scrimmage and probably an additional half game of scrimmage. Thursday’s practice will be exclusively devoted to preparation for the game against Ohatchee Friday. Friday’s winners meet Monday at 7 p.m. in the championship game. The area
champion and the area runner-up advance to sub-regional play on Feb. 14.