“I was really proud of the girls (Tuesday) night,” Ranburne coach Tim Smith said Wednesday afternoon, noting that he had challenged his players to return to the level of performance they showed during summer play dates. “They responded well. We played more like I felt we are capable of playing.”
Smith said he thought good defense – limiting Pleasant Valley’s 3-point baskets while keeping the Raiders off the foul line, selfless play by the Bulldogs and an excellent game at the charity stripe on the road all were major factors in the win. Ranburne led 43-23 at halftime and 62-40 after three quarters.
The Bulldogs were a collective 15-for-18 at the foul line as a team. Kat Runels and Jessie Ralston each went 2-for-2. Indiana Morgan was 6-for-7, Hali Wilson 3-for-4 and Hannah Phillips 2-for-3.
Ralston finished with 22 points.
“She had the hot hand,” Smith said. “Most of Indiana’s nine assists went to Jessie.”
Morgan scored 14 points and garnered seven rebounds in addition to her assist total. Wilson finished with 13 points, nine rebounds and four assists. Alyssa Smith recorded 10 points, seven rebounds and four blocks. Phillips had eight points and three boards. Runels scored four points and added three rebounds. Lacey Smith had four points, three steals and two assists.
At Woodland Friday, the Bobcats stepped into the driver’s seat in the Area 10 championship race with an 85-38 win over Ranburne. Smith said Woodland shot well from both inside and outside in the game. The Bobcats opened with a 13-2 run and pulled away thereafter. The Bulldogs were 8-for-20 at the free throw line and committed 31 turnovers.
Ralston had 14 points, three steals and two rebounds. Morgan scored nine points. Wilson had five points and two rebounds. Lacey Smith had four points and three steals. Alyssa Smith scored four points. Phillips netted two points and Emily Hall grabbed three rebounds.
Now 4-4 overall and 2-1 in the area, Ranburne steps away from area play until January 3 when Pleasant Valley makes the trip to Ranburne. In the meantime, the Bulldogs play at White Plains (10-1) tonight, host Wadley Friday and entertain Cleburne County Saturday afternoon.
Ranburne returns to the Jacksonville Christian Holiday Classic tournament December 27-28. The Bulldogs play Donoho in the semifinals at 2 p.m. Jacksonville Christian and Wellborn are the other two teams in the tournament.