E.A. Sports Today

Anniston presses life out of Tigers

Girls roundup includes White Plains, Ohatchee

Kiyana Bullock (34) scored a double-double for Anniston Friday night.

Kiyana Bullock (34) scored a double-double for Anniston Friday night.

By Brant Locklier
For East Alabama Sports Today

It started out like a slow leak, but the dam burst in the second half and Anniston’s girls reeled off 21 straight points on their way to a 59-27 blasting of the Talladega Friday night.

The visiting Tigers took an early 4-2 lead behind 6-foot-2 freshman Maya Buchannon and managed to slow the pace down early in the game, but once the sixth-ranked Bulldogs got going they were hard to stop.

Miajah Bullock drilled a 3-pointer to put Anniston ahead 9-6 and the Bulldogs (8-2) never trailed again.

The Tigers (2-6) cut the deficit to 11-10 early in the second quarter, but Kiyana Bullock got going with her slashing drives to the basket and scored eight points to send the Bulldogs to a 27-15 halftime lead. She finished with 20 points and 16 rebounds.

It was a 10-point game with 7:14 to go in the third quarter when the Bulldogs went on the run that turned the game into a rout. Their high-energy man-to-man full-court press just shut down the Tigers, creating seven turnovers, wild shots and total frustration. Talladega had only four field goals in the second half.

The Tigers would not score for more than eight minutes. Kiyana Bullock, meanwhile, led Anniston’s 21-point run with 10 points, while Miajah Bullock had five and Raven Cooley four. Cooley finished with 13 points.

“We work hard on our press; no one knows how much we do,” Anniston coach Eddie Bullock said. “Our kids are in good shape. We are not where we want to be. I always think we can be better.

“We wanted to take their big girl out of the game and we did that. We wore them down and we did a good job with our press. We hope to be where we need to be by season’s end, but we are where we should be right now.”

White Plains 48, Cleburne County 37

WHITE PLAINS – Amber Greenwood scored 20 points and the Lady Wildcats held their visitors to 11 points in the second half in coming from behind to win.

Shelby Wood had 12 points and six rebounds for White Plains.

Cleburne County stormed to a 21-point second quarter to take a 27-22 halftime lead, but Greenwood and Wood combined for nine points in the third to put White Plains back on top. The Lady Tigers got scoring from six players in their big quarter.

Ohatchee 71, Jacksonville Christian 52

JACKSONVILLE – Morgan Lee and Joria Steiger produced their usual solid games for the Lady Indians.

Lee had a game-high 23 points, six assists and five steals. Steiger had a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds.

“I can’t say enough about Morgan and Joria,” Ohatchee coach Bryant Ginn said. “They are the leaders of this team and they get after it on both ends.

“Their shots weren’t falling early, including some easy one, but they didn’t lose their composure. They rallied the rest of the team at the half so we could make a big run during the third quarter.”


White Plains 48, Cleburne County 38

CLEBURNE COUNTY – Alisa Norton 5 1-2 11, Eryka Ware 3 0-2 6, Kiara Ackles 2 0-0 5, Lauren Brown 2 0-0 4, Chelsea Parker 2 2-10 6, Montana Mattox 1 0-2 2, Alex Carey 0 0-0 0, Shylar Shierling 2 0-1 4. Totals 17 3-17 38.

WHITE PLAINS – Korie Burge 1 0-0 2, Rian Chandle 0 0-1 1, Carly Wood 2 5-6 9, Hannah Barno 0 0-0 0, Ann-Katherine Dothard 0 0-0 0, Chasity Nelson 0 0-0 0, Amber Greenwood 8 3-4 20, Shelby Wood 4 4-5 12, Landry Bussey 1 0-3 2, Mary Clare Young 1 0-0 2, Jocelyn Harris 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 12-20 48

Cleburne Co. 6 21 8 3 — 48
White Plains 10 12 13 13 — 38

3-point goals: Cleburne Co. 1 (Ackles), White Plains 1 (Greenwood). Total fouls: Cleburne Co. 21, White Plains 17.

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