Lady Bulldogs seeded second place in 2A
by Rip Donovan
Special to The Star
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Seeded second in the Class 2A, Area 10 tournament, the Ranburne girls (16-8) must defeat improving Pleasant Valley in Woodland tonight to continue their basketball season. The Bulldogs and the Raiders play at 6 p.m. with No. 1 seed Woodland taking on Ohatchee in the second semifinal game. Tonight’s winners meet Saturday at 7 p.m. for the area championship. Both the winner and the runner-up play February 13 in a sub-regional game with a trip to the Northeast Regional at Jacksonville State at stake.

In regular-season play, Ranburne won both games over Pleasant Valley. At Pleasant Valley on December 17, the final score was 75-40 but when the Raiders came to Ranburne on January 3 the Bulldogs won just 60-55.

Ranburne coach Tim Smith said Wednesday that he had been able to see Pleasant Valley defeat Wellborn at Wellborn Monday.

“I told the girls, ‘They’ll be a very worthy opponent for us that first round,’” Smith said prior to Wednesday’s practice.

Practices Monday and Tuesday were the first for the Bulldogs in almost a week, a week in which they played no games either. Smith said he has stressed conditioning, running and running in scrimmages.

“It’s almost like a fresh start right here. We divided yesterday and did some guard work, some post work and scrimmaged some. .. I thought our posts looked really good (Tuesday) and, of course, our guard play, too,” Smith said.

Defense was the key to the lopsided win over the Raiders in mid-December and Smith hasn’t forgotten.

“I’m stressing defense – trying to get pressure on every shot, not allowing any second shots or for them to shoot any layups on us. I know they shoot the 3 pretty well,” Smith said of his game plan for Pleasant Valley.

“Even though we’ve had a long layoff, the girls have always responded to whatever I’ve asked of them. They’re a fun bunch to coach and they get after it,” he said. “These last two practices have been almost like games.”
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