The Bulldogs downed the Woodland Bobcats 56-44 after leading 28-22 at halftime. Dylan
Wiggins was 5-for-7 from outside the arc. Wiggins ended with 19 points, four blocks and three assists.
“They played zone and Dylan shot the ball well,” said Ranburne coach Stephen Bailey. “That really made the difference, I think. We made those outside shots and made them have to extend on us and then we penetrated really well.”
Brayden Wilson tallied 12 points. Kyle Lovvorn contributed nine points, five rebounds and four assists to the win. Owen Smith scored seven points. Mark David Smith was 3-for-4 at the charity stripe and ended with five points. Jay Smith and Blake Young each had eight rebounds and two points.
Pleasant Valley tested the Bulldogs before Ranburne won 67-64. Pleasant Valley led 35-29 at halftime. Bailey said his team cut the Raiders’ advantage to one point in the third quarter but trailed 48-44 after three quarters. He said the Bulldogs didn’t take the lead until about two minutes remained to be played.
Mark David Smith was Ranburne’s scoring leader with 19 points and he nabbed four rebounds. Jay Smith contributed 12 points, five rebounds, three blocks and three steals. Lovvorn had 12 points and six boards.
Wilson scored nine points. Wiggins and Owen Smith had six points apiece. Wiggins dished out five assists and made three steals. Young ended with three points and four rebounds.
“We’ve got to get more consistent scoring … but we played hard. I didn’t think we were lazy at all,” Bailey said.
Ranburne plays at White Plains Thursday. The Bulldogs opened their season with a win over the Wildcats in Ranburne. Class 3A White Plains will be looking to even the score but will play without senior point guard Dylan Randall. Randall has had surgery to repair a severe knee injury and will not play again this season.
The Bulldogs host Wadley Friday and Cleburne County Saturday afternoon. Ranburne plays Donoho in the opening round.