Barbour County blitzes Bulldogs

Published 10:05 pm Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The second ranked Barbour County High School Jaguars were in Brundidge to play PCHS and the visitors did not take long to demonstrate why they deserve their ranking. Behind consistent outside shooting and a considerable depth advantage they wore down the Bulldogs to take a 60-32 victory.

From the outset Pike County employed a collapsing defense to attempt to take away the height advantage of BCHS. This led to several opportunities from outside and Justin Hobody did not miss many. He hit three 3-point baskets and coupled with a perplexing technical foul called on head coach Doug Branson from PCHS the Jaguars sprinted to a 13 – 3 advantage just four minutes into the game. The first quarter score ended at 17 – 5 in favor of the visitors.

The second quarter was very evenly matched between the teams. DeAndre Moore contributed two big baskets as well as taking an offensive charge on a breakaway during the quarter. PCHS scored the last five points of the quarter to cut the visitors lead to 29 – 14 at the half.

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Marlon Meadows began to heat up during the third quarter as the Bulldogs continued to match the Jaguars for most of the quarter. A run of 16 – 3 during the last five minutes of the quarter allowed BCHS to pull away to a 48-21 margin at the end of the period. The defense of the Jaguars intensified significantly as many of the points were scored on breakaways after Bulldog turnovers.

The fourth quarter returned to customary PCHS form as they played evenly with the visitors throughout the period. The home team was in a double bonus situation in both halves as they continued to patiently attack the Jaguar defense. Both teams mostly traded baskets to reach the final margin. Leading the visitors’ balanced attack was Hobody with 13 points. No other Jaguar scored in double figures but in all eleven players contributed points to the win. The Bulldogs were led by Meadows with 12 points and Quadry Greasham and Ryshawn Hall added seven points each.

The PCHS girls played the visitors even for the first half with the Jaguars up 15 – 12 at the half. The third quarter was the undoing for the ladies as the guests posted a 16 – 0 run to pull away and seal a 43 – 22 win. Tierra Hall led the ladies with 12 points.