NE Regional: Anniston girls wallop Randolph by 30 (video)
by Chris Brown
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K-yana Bullock (34) takes a shot in Anniston's win. (Photo by Trent Penny/The Anniston Star)
K-yana Bullock (34) takes a shot in Anniston's win. (Photo by Trent Penny/The Anniston Star)
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JACKSONVILLE — Since the season began, Anniston coach Eddie Bullock has preached the fundamentals of defense over offense. Throughout the Lady Bulldogs’ 52-22 Northeast Regional Class 4A semifinal victory over Randolph, Bullock’s players displayed a great understanding of his philosophy.

Anniston limited the Raiders to only seven baskets and didn't allow them to break double figures until 1:05 left in the first half.

The Bulldogs (23-5) will move on to play in Saturday's regional finals at 3:40 p.m. against Jacksonville.

“During the regular season, you don’t get a chance to play against teams you will in the postseason,” Bullock said. “We just have to do things fundamental right, and when we do that, you give yourself a chance.”

The Lady Bulldogs’ rode their defense to a 25-11 halftime lead, before essentially putting the game away after only allowing two third-quarter points.

“Some players think offense will win it for you, as long as I go and score on them, but you have to stop the other team, too,” Bullock said.

Randolph coach Wright Ward and his team held Alabama signee Quanetria Bolton to eight points in the first half, but she finished with 18 points, 15 rebounds, four steals and three blocks.

“I think we controlled her because we were fresh,” he said. “She’s a player. I think she’s the type that had to figure out what we were doing, and what we wanted to do.

“Once she settled in, and figured out she could crash the offensive boards, I think that’s where she made her living, and she’s a load to box out. I mean that in the most respectful way. Without question, she’s a beast.”

In the second half, Bolton added 10 points to her total, sinking three baskets and making all four of her foul shots.

“I didn’t feel accomplished. I’ve been waiting for this since last year, so I had to come out in the second half and make a statement,” she said.

Raven Cooley added nine points and five rebounds. Marticia Jackson chipped in with seven points.

The win marks the first time in three years Anniston is advancing to the finals of the regional tournament. The Lady Bulldogs fell to Madison County last year in the semifinals and Oneonta the year before in the semis, both by six points.

“I’m glad we got a win after running into a great Madison County team last year,” Bullock said. “However, the task still hasn’t been accomplished yet. We want to win the state championship.”

Ward strongly believes Anniston will be making a trip to Birmingham for chance to play for a state championship.

“They’re the real deal," Ward said. "They’re a legit Final Four, state championship contender."

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A quick video of Anniston's Quanetria Bolton on offense as she gets a rebound and puts it back for a basket:

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