Prep basketball: No rest for weary Anniston — which wins again
by Jordan Smith
Special to The Star
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Anniston High has played its fair share of basketball recently.

Even so, the emotionally and physically draining schedule has not slowed down the Bulldogs.

After sweeping last week’s Calhoun County tournament, the boys and girls teams returned home Monday to sweep Cleburne County.

Anniston’s girls won 57-18, and the boys followed with an 89-44 victory.

“I was worried about them being fatigued there,” Anniston boys coach Schuessler Ware said. “I know they’re tired. They had (Sunday) off. We want to continue to grow with what we did last week. That’s the key to it.”

The Bulldogs (17-6) showed no signs of fatigue as they outscored the Tigers 20-8 in the first quarter and 44-21 by halftime.

Anniston kept its foot on the throttle in the second half and walked away with a 45-point victory. The win concluded their play in Class 4A, Area 10. They went a perfect 6-0.

“That’s very important because we’re No. 1 in the area,” senior guard Qua Frazier said. “So, we get to host the (area) tournament here. That’s very important. We don’t have to go anywhere else and play.”

Frazier was named MVP of the county tournament Saturday. He wasn’t bad Monday, either, with 14 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists.

“I was just doing what I had to do and just getting my teammates involved,” Fraizer said. “I just had to play. I just had to come out playing.”

Added Ware: “He’s a go-to guy. If he continues to work hard, he’s going to do well at the next level.”

Tray Croft led with 21 points. Quin Jackson added 18 points.

Monday’s game was Anniston’s fifth game in the last nine days, and the Bulldogs still don’t get a break. They have to play Gadsden City at home tonight.

Anniston girls 57, Cleburne County 18: Anniston’s girls kept up the pace after last week’s county title by pulling off their fifth straight win.

“It’s extremely important,” Anniston head coach Eddie Bullock said. “You always want to come back and make sure that you don’t get complacent with the win, that you’re still doing the things that you need to do to be successful.”

The Bulldogs (18-5) hurried out to a 31-9 halftime lead. After giving up only nine more points in the second half, the Bulldogs walked away with a 39-point victory in their final game in Class 4A, Area 10. Like the boys, they swept the area, going 6-0.

“Winning the area sets you up for hosting the tournament,” Bullock said. “Everybody wants to play the tournament at home, but I’m more focused on playing consistent and doing the things we need to do in order to advance in the regional tournament.”

Alabama signee Quanetria Bolton finished with 11 points and eight rebounds. Guard Raven Cooley led the way with 18 points and seven rebounds. Bullock said Cooley is “peaking at the right time.”

“There wasn’t really much to do,” Cooley said. “I just focused on defense and it created my offense.”
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