WSN basketball sweeps Blacksher Thursday, varsity ends losing streak

Published 9:40 am Friday, January 28, 2011

For the first time all season, all three of the W.S. Neal basketball teams swept their competition Thursday night as they picked up wins against J.U. Blacksher.
The W.S. Neal B-team won 30-28 while the Lady Eagles won 43-37 and the varsity won 36-26.
With the wins, the W.S. Neal B-team ended their five game losing streak and improved to 2-13 while the Lady Eagles picked up their fourth win of the season to improve to 4-16.
The varsity Eagles improved to 4-19 as they ended their 13-game losing streak.
W.S. Neal was set to play at Hillcrest Friday night and will end their regular season next Friday night at home against Flomaton at 4:30 p.m.

WSN B-team 30, JUB 28
After an early lead, the W.S. Neal B-team Eagles rallied and hung on for a two-point win, 30-28, Thursday at home against the J.U. Blacksher Bulldogs.
The B-team Eagles jumped out to an early 6-0 lead and led 10-2 after the first quarter.
J.U. Blacksher then used two separate 8-0 runs to cut the lead and then claim a 20-18 lead with 1:25 left in the third quarter.
W.S. Neal would rally in the third and claim a 27-22 lead with 3:50 left in the fourth. The Bulldogs later cut the Eagle lead to 30-28 with 30 seconds left. W.S. Neal missed the front end of two one-and-ones late in the game and deflect a shot at the end to win by two.
W.S. Neal led 10-2 after the first quarter and 12-10 at the half following an 8-2 advantage for the Bulldogs in the second.
In the third, Blacksher outscored W.S. Neal 12-11 to cut the lead to 23-22. In the fourth, W.S. Neal edged out the Bulldogs 7-6 in the fourth to win by two.
Trevor Burns led the Eagles with 16 points and Zack Haveard had five. Justin Floyd had four points and Bryson Peterson added three. Devin Stallworth chipped in two points in the win.
W.S. Neal was 2-for-8 from the free throw line in the win while Blacksher was 4-for-7.

WSN Lady Eagles 43, JUB 37
A hot start almost turned into a dud for the Lady Eagles Thursday at home as they held on for their third win in four games defeating J.U. Blacksher 43-37.
Keyvonnia Kyles helped the Lady Eagles to a 6-0, 11-1, and 18-7 lead in the first quarter as she scored the first 14 points of the game for the Lady Eagles on four 3-pointers.
Kyles, who finished with 29 points (115 total points in the last four games), had seven 3s in the game.
The Lady Eagles led 18-7 after the first quarter and 25-13 at the half after outscoring the Lady Bulldogs 7-6 in the second quarter.
In the third, Blacksher had a 10-0 run to cut the lead to 28-23 with 2:16 left in the quarter only to see W.S. Neal take a 32-24 lead into the fourth quarter. Blacksher outscored W.S. Neal 11-7 in the third.
In the fourth, Blacksher cut the lead to 32-28 with 7:24 left in the game, but W.S. Neal went on an 8-0 run to lead 40-28 with 4:04 left in the game. After being outscored 13-11 in the fourth, W.S. Neal hung on for a 43-37 win.
Along with Kyles’ 29 points, Tiana Smith had six points and Jasmine Crook had three points. Megan Andrews and Arianna Jones had two each and Angelique Askew had one point.
The Lady Eagles shot 2-for-6 from the free throw line and J.U. Blacksher was 4-for-14.
“I used the loss on Tuesday night (to Hillcrest) to motivate them tonight and they came out hot as a pistol,” W.S. Neal Lady Eagle head coach John Saxon said. “We jumped out to a big lead and after reviewing the tape on them (J.U. Blacksher), I decided we needed to shutdown No. 21 and No. 24. We matched up with them and the girls just played their hearts out. I am very proud of them. I subbed tonight more than I usually do because I knew they were going to make a run at sometime or another. They made a good run and cut our lead to four points. I called timeout and we got refocused and made some defensive changes and the girls stepped up to the plate and just would not die. I am very proud of them.”
Vinyl Concepts sponsored the game ball for the Lady Eagles.

WSN varsity 36, JUB 26
The W.S. Neal varsity Eagles ended their 13-game losing streak that started Dec. 10 Thursday night as they claimed a 10-point win over the visiting Bulldogs of J.U. Blacksher.
“It is just great to get a win,” W.S. Neal varsity head coach Derek Roberts said.
W.S. Neal started the game off trailing 5-0 to the Bulldogs but ended the first quarter on an 11-0 run to lead by six.
In the second quarter, the Eagles were outscored 10-5 to lead only by one point at the half, 16-15.
In the third, W.S. Neal returned the favor with a 15-6 advantage to claim a 10-point, 31-21 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
In the fourth, both teams scored five points each as the Eagles ended their streak with a 36-26 win.
The Eagles shot 4-for-15 from the free throw line in the win while the Bulldogs were 5-for-10.
Jalen Harrod led the Eagles with 11 points and Donovan Millican and Hudson Brown had six each. Josiah Nettles and Montrel Banks had four points each and Austin Dixon added two. Marc Jones had three for the Eagles in the win.

About Adam Robinson

My name is Adam Robinson and I have been the Sports Editor of the Brewton Standard since September 2007. I cover all the local sports in the Brewton area. I am a 2007 graduate of Troy University with a degree in Print Journalism with a contract in Sports Information. I married Shari Lynn in June of 2007 and we welcomed our first child, Hatlee, in April of 2010.

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