Ranburne coach Tim Smith called the most recent victory “a good team effort” and particularly praised his players for “passing for better shots, especially on the break.”
The Bulldogs led 44-17 at halftime, outscoring Wellborn 21-9 in the first quarter and 23-8 in the second. Three Ranburne players scored in double figures. Jessie Ralston led the way with 17 points. She also had five steals and two assists. Lacey Smith had 13 points and added four assists, three rebounds and two steals. Indiana Morgan recorded 10 points, three rebounds and three assists. She was 4-for-5 at the free throw line.
Best on the boards for Ranburne was Hannah Phillips with 10 rebounds.
Hali Wilson had nine points, five rebounds, four steals and three assists. Kat Runels and Alyssa Smith each scored five points. Runels had four rebounds and Smith two. Phillips and Emily Hall scored four points apiece.
The coach said turning steals into points had been one of Ranburne’s early-season issues prior to the win over the Panthers.
“We‘ve got to do a better job finishing around the goal and we did that last night,” Smith said Wednesday afternoon.
At New Site on Monday, Ranburne defeated Horseshoe Bend 36-24. The Bulldogs led at the end of every quarter but offense was at a premium for both teams, particularly in the first half. Ranburne was ahead just 6-5 after the first quarter and 13-9 at halftime. The Bulldogs more than doubled their first half scoring in the third quarter with a 14-8 spread. Ralston scored 10 of her team’s 14 third-quarter points and Alyssa Smith netted the remaining four points.
Smith and Ralston each ended with 12 points for the game. Smith had four rebounds and Ralston three steals. Phillips had six points, Wilson five and Morgan one. Morgan, who missed most of the second half with an injury, also had three rebounds and Wilson had two rebounds. Lacey Smith made five steals. Runels had three steals and three rebounds.
In assessing the win over the Generals, Smith said he felt that while the Bulldogs struggled from the field their defense was solid. He noted that his players had met one of their goals for every game – limiting their opponent to single-digit points in each quarter.
Ranburne returns to action Friday at Woodland, another area opponent. A busy week follows. The Bulldogs play another area game at Pleasant Valley Tuesday, are at White Plains Thursday then have home game against Wadley on December 20 and Cleburne County on December 21.