Class 2A, Area 10 opponent Wellborn came to Ranburne Tuesday and the Bulldogs had no trouble downing the Panthers 55-23. Ranburne led 29-16 at halftime. Scoring in double figures for the Bulldogs were Kyle Lovvorn, Mark David Smith and Brayden Wilson. Each netted 10 points. Lovvorn also had eight rebounds to lead on the boards.
Dylan Wiggins did a little of everything, finishing with nine points, five rebounds, four assists and four steals. Jay Smith had five points and four assists. Wade Richardson also scored five points. Blake Young had four points and Spence Florczak scored two points.
Monday’s game was played at New Site against Horseshoe Bend. Ranburne won 45-20 after leading 25-0 initially and 43-7 at halftime.
“We were turning them over in our press, just shooting layups and turning them over and shooting layups,” said Ranburne coach Stephen Bailey. “When they did get down, they were rushing shots and we were rebounding and running.”
Wilson led the scoring effort with 11 points and had five steals and four rebounds. Wiggins and Mark David Smith each scored eight points. Smith added five rebounds while Wiggins made six steals and handed out three assists.
Owen Smith scored six points. Richardson had four points and Florczak scored three points. Young and Jay Smith had two points apiece and Lovvorn made a free throw.
Ranburne begins a run of five games in eight days at Woodland Friday. The Bulldogs play at Pleasant Valley Tuesday, at White Plains next Thursday then host Wadley on December 20 and Cleburne County on December 21. Woodland and Pleasant Valley are also Area 10 games.
“We’ve got to get better over the next few days and even next week at playing half-court offense versus a zone. … When people sit in a zone, we slow down. It slows our defense down. It slows our press down. It just disrupts the speed at which we want to play and we’re comfortable playing,” Bailey said. “We’ve got to do some work, especially in the next few days, getting better against half-court zone. … We’re going to have to do a better job of getting the ball inside and keeping it moving.”
Bailey said practices have gone well and he expects that pattern to continue.
“They come with the mindset of getting better every day. We’ve just got to fine tune some details,” he noted.