Lady Bulldogs finish the season 17-10
by Rip Donovan
Special to The Star
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A trip to Lanett to take on the Class 2A, Area 9 champion Panthers completed the basketball season for the Ranburne girls. Lanett rode the momentum of a big first quarter and bested the Bulldogs 68-53. Ranburne finished the season 17-10. The Panthers hit three unexpected 3-point baskets in the first quarter in addition to their typical transition game and led 20-6 after one quarter.

“It’s hard to simulate what you’re going to see when you go to Lanett,” Ranburne coach Tim Smith said. “When we finally recovered, we played with them. It was just that first quarter.”

After trailing 44-20 at halftime, the Bulldogs were able to get as close as 11 points in the final quarter but were never able to cut the deficit to single digits.

“I was as proud of them as any bunch I’ve ever coached as far as competing and staying with it,” Smith said of his players and their performance against Lanett.

Senior Indiana Morgan was 10-for-15 at the free throw line and finished with 16 points. Jesse Ralston scored 14 points and handed out two assists. Hali Wilson had a team-best six rebounds and tallied 10 points. Alyssa Smith ended with six points and four rebounds. Lacey Smith had five points. Kat Runels finished with two points and two boards.

In the 2A, Area 10 tournament championship game at Woodland, the Bobcats defeated the Bulldogs 86-42. Woodland led 58-21 at halftime. Smith said he told his players afterward that he felt Woodland could have beaten any team in the state the way the Bobcats played in that game.

“They were clicking on every cylinder,” Smith said.

While Woodland was playing its best, the Bulldogs were just 8-for-31 at the charity stripe after shooting free throws well against Pleasant Valley in their previous game.

Wilson scored 12 points and Morgan tallied 10 points. Alyssa Smith contributed seven points, Runels six, Lacey Smith four and Hannah Phillips three.

In the Area 10 tournament semifinal round, Ranburne pulled away from Pleasant Valley late and won 55-46. Morgan’s 3-pointer with about two minutes left broke a 42-all tie. Morgan led the Bulldogs’ attack with 17 points. Alyssa Smith was next in points with 13 and grabbed 13 rebounds. Smith connected three of her four free throw attempts in the fourth quarter. Wilson had 11 points and seven rebounds. Phillips scored eight points and pulled down seven rebounds.
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