Lady Bulldogs start season with experience
by Rip Donovan
Special to The Star
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Ranburne began its girls basketball season November 26 with nine players returning from last year’s squad and one newcomer up from the junior high team. The experienced players include Emily Hall, Indiana Morgan, Rachel Morgan, Hannah Phillips, Jessie Ralston, Kat Runels, Alyssa Smith, Lacey Smith and Hali Wilson.

Alyssa Smith has been cleared to play following shoulder surgery. Rachel Morgan is currently sidelined with an injury. Abbey Farmer, up from last year’s junior high team. is the lone new face this season.

“Right now, I feel like we’re eight deep. The level of play pretty much stays up when we sub,” Ranburne coach Tim Smith said Wednesday, noting that Rachel Morgan’s return and more playing experience for Farmer will increase that depth.

Seven players scored and an eighth added rebounds as the Bulldogs defeated Randolph County 59-13 on the road Tuesday. Ranburne led 13-6 after one quarter then outscored the Tigers 27-2 in the second quarter to put the game away. The Bulldogs hit 21 of 32 free throw attempts.

Indiana Morgan and Lacey Smith each scored 12 points. Morgan also had eight rebounds, two assists and two steals and Smith finished with five rebounds, four assists and three steals.

Runels led the Bulldogs on the boards with 10 rebounds and scored five points. Alyssa Smith had 10 points, two blocks and two rebounds. Ralston scored eight points, six coming in the decisive second quarter, and added four steals, two assists and two rebounds.

Wilson had seven points and four rebounds. Phillips tallied five points and Hall grabbed three rebounds.

The Bulldogs hosted White Plains Monday night and fell 49-38. After trailing 24-11 at intermission, Ranburne was able to get within five points early in the fourth quarter. Alyssa Smith had 11 points and eight rebounds against the Wildcats.

Wilson led in rebounds with nine and had five points. Indiana Morgan scored seven points.

Two games at Spring Garden against a pair of Class 5A opponents got the season underway on Tuesday and Wednesday of last week.

Springville downed Ranburne 46-15 on November 26. Ranburne, which trailed 29-9 at halftime, was led in scoring by Phillips who had six points. The following night, Boaz downed the Bulldogs 56-27.

The Pirates led 32-11 at intermission. Indiana Morgan had nine points and Alyssa Smith seven points.

“That showed us what we need to work on,” coach Smith said.

The Bulldogs travel to Horseshoe Bend Monday, entertain Wellborn Tuesday and play at Woodland December 13.

“I know we took our licks the first couple of games but I feel good about next week,” Smith said.
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