Lady Bulldogs notch another

Published 12:00 am Thursday, December 16, 1999

close win against Bullock Co.


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The Pike County girls’ varsity just keeps on winning.

Now an undefeated 5-0 on the season, the Lady Bulldogs put the nerves of head coach Leroy Bryant and the rest of their fans through the ringer again Tuesday night with a 48-44 win over a talent and hot-shooting Bullock County squad.

The game wasn’t as important as the Area win they picked up over Daleville only a night before, but was almost as exciting ­ minus the last second shot. the Lady Bulldogs had to come from behind again to pull off the victory, something Bryant was proud of, but not incouraging by any means.

"We don’t like to get in that situation when we have to come back every night," Bryant said. "You can’t do that every night, but they did a great job of it tonight. They just never seem to give up.

"Last night was a big area game for us and we gave everything we had," he continued. "We were a little bit tired and a little bit flat, but it all picked up at the end."

PCHS was down as much as 11 points early in the first half due in large part to some great shooting by the Lady Hornets. The Lady Bulldogs finished off the second quarter on a 6-0 run to cut the lead to only five at 27-22 when the buzzer sounded.

Bryant and his squad finally took the lead from BCHS at 32-31 on a fast-break bucket by Dee Rodgers after an outstanding assist by Wennica Foster.

Then with the game tied at 44-44 and only 41 seconds left in the game Bridget Barrow sealed the deal with a great steal from the Bullock County point guard which she took the length of the court making the shot and the foul. Barrown hit the free throw to increase the lead to three and the rest was fundemental.

The Lady Bulldogs got a majority of their shots down low with Latoya Meadows and Andrea Bailey battling for some key rebounds against a taller Lady Hornets lineup. Bryant was very pleased at how well his team was able to get the boards in those key situations.

"I was surprised by the rebounds," Bryant said. "I felt like coming into the season that our rebounding would be our weakest thing, but tonight we did a great job getting the boards. That just found a way to win tonight. I’m very proud of this team and we’re only going to get better after Christmas with two of our starters from last year coming back."

Foster led the Lady Bulldogs with a game-high 18 points while Bailey finished with nine.


The Pike County boys’ varsity had another win slip through their fingers in the late game.

Bulldogs head coach David Buehler and his squad ran into a lethal lineup of Hornets who only had seven able to play Tuesday, but pulled out a very close 57-51 decision.

Down 23-17 at the half the Bulldogs took a 36-35 lead going into the fourth quarter on a putback by Marquez Foster at the buzzer, but couldn’t hold on to a sizable lead late in the final period for the win.

PCHS got up by as much as six on a steal by foster and an easy deuce on the other end. Bullock County sliced away at the lead hitting their foul shots down the stretch and getting some great defense out of their center.

Tobias Johnson led the Bulldogs with 18 points while Shermondre Jackson followed closely with 15.

In B-team action the Bulldogs also failed to hold off a late lead. A couple of fast break buckets near the end helped the B-team Hornets to a 37-34 win. Chris Nickson and Armond Johnson both finished with 10 points. Nick Walker had eight.