HANCEVILLE, Ala.- The Wallace State-Hanceville men?s basketball team continued its impressive 24 game winning streak with a dominating victory over Bevill State-Fayette by a score of 95-50. The Lions are 24-0 overall and 10-0 in conference play. The Lady Lions were unable to win their third straight as they fell to the Lady Bears 57-62. The women?s team is now 19-5 overall and 4-4 in the conference.
In the women?s match, the game began slowly for both sides. However, as the first half neared its halfway point, both teams seemed to push the ball harder. Wallace ended the first half trailing by six points, but came out strong in the second half. They took the lead and seemed to be poised to run away with the game midway through the second half. However, several missed opportunities at the end of game gave the Lady Bears the win.
Andrea Crawford led the Lady Lions in scoring with 16 points. Courtney Rogers added 12 and Courtnei Bowens scored 10 while pulling down eight rebounds. Jessica Young put up eight points and pulled down six rebounds.
Wallace had a rough night from the free-throw line and hit only 35 percent of their shots. They were 44 percent from the three-point line and 41 percent from the floor.
In the men?s game, both of the teams battled back and forth in a close game through much of the first half until the Lions were able to pull away for a 14 point halftime lead. They were then able to quickly pull away in the second half on their way to a 45 point victory.
?It?s another game, and we have to take care of them one at a time,? Coach Allen Sharpe said. ?We did a good job from the free throw line and our shooting percentage is credit to the team and their unselfishness. They really play as a team.?
Chris Leggett scored 16 points to lead the Lions and pulled down 11 rebounds for a double-double. Jeff Smith added 15 points, Xavier Keeling scored 12 and got nine rebounds, and Brandon Moore scored 12. Cory Cooperwood added 10 points.
The Lions were consistent from the free-throw line and hit 72 percent of their shots. They were 61 percent from the floor and 57 percent from the three-point line.
Concerning the Lions? next game, Sharpe said, ?Lawson is in second by themselves and we have to be ready for them. The team has to stay focused.?
The women?s and men?s teams will face Lawson State in a conference match-up Thursday night, February 14. The women will play at 5:30 and the men will follow at 7:30. The women will be at home again on Monday, February 18 at 5:30 verses Northwest Shoals. The men will on the court that night as well at 7:30