Bailey, PCHS girls show poise early

Published 12:00 am Thursday, December 16, 1999

Sports Editor

Can it get much better for the Pike County High School Lady Bulldogs?

They are only five games into the season and already they’ve had two games that could best be described as nail-biters. They’re undefeated at 5-0 so far and more importantly 1-0 in Area play. One of the main reasons they are 1-0 in Class 4A Area 3 is Andrea Bailey.

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Bailey has proven to be a force inside for Pike County and in their first Area game of the year against Daleville last Monday she proved that there was a lot of poise in her game as well.

With only seven seconds left on the clock and the game tied at 48-48, the Lady Bulldogs ran a stack play off the inbounds that left Bailey wide open down low.

"I dribbled it around, almost lost it, but I grabbed it and took a little jumper and made it," Bailey said. "The crowd went wild."

With good reason. The buzzer-beater was huge for this team.

"That win was a really big deal to us because it was such a big game," Bailey said. "It was one of the Area games that we needed to win in order to make it as far as we want to go. It made us feel like even though we don’t have the same girls as we had last year, we had to step up and make a difference and let the school and the community know that we’re still going to be the Bulldogs and we’re going to be number one regardless of what anybody says. It’s wonderful to be undefeated."

And while the good things continue to happen to the Lady Bulldogs with their 48-44 win over Bullock County Tuesday night, more good news is only just around the corner with two of last year’s starters, Hope Griffin and Priscilla Baker, returning to the lineup after they become academically eligible after Christmas break.

"It feels great to be undefeated," PCHS girls’ head coach Leroy Bryant said. "I love it for the kids because they worked so hard getting ready for this. You’ve got to be lucky to play this game, but also you have to be good. Right now we’re pretty good and we’ve also got a little luck going for us. The girls played hard and I tell them if they do that good things will happen to you. Right now that’s what is happening."