By Jonathan Deal
East Limestone (2-0) used a suffocating defense to pull away from Ardmore (0-1) early in a 63-35 win Tuesday night. The Indians held Ardmore to 11 points in the first half and led by 29 points at halftime.
“Coach really stressed defense a lot going into the season and I think we did a pretty good job tonight,” said East Limestone junior Jordan Gandy.
Gandy scored 14 points, grabbed seven rebounds and dished out four assists in the win. Despite the strong first half performance, East Limestone coach Chad Drake was not happy with his team’s performance in the second half.
The first half was great, but we did not play well in the second,” Drake said. “But there is a lesson to be learned there. Maybe we needed something like that to happen.”
Ardmore fought back in the second half behind Garrett Miller’s 11 second-half points. Miller hit three three-point baskets to keep things respectable until the final buzzer. Miller led Ardmore with 11 points in the game. Ben Hargrove scored nine and Myles Noblitt chipped in eight points in the opener for Ardmore.
Nick Walsh hit a pair of three-pointers in the first quarter that gave his team a 14-point cushion just six minutes into the game. Walsh finished with 10 points while Adam Saylor narrowly missed out on a double-double with 11 points and nine rebounds.
East Limestone travels to West Limestone Friday. Ardmore will play at Clements on the same night.
East Limestone 60
Brennan Crabtree paced East Limestone with 16 points, including 12 in the second half as the Lady Indians pulled away from Ardmore for a 60-37 win Tuesday. Ardmore trailed by 13 points at halftime, but a 6-0 run to start the second half allowed East a comfortable win.
Rachel Diamond led East Limestone with 22 points. The point guard poured in 11 points in the second quarter as the visitors pulled away just before halftime. Jay Johnson added seven points for East Limestone.
Laura Odom led Ardmore with eight points. Stratton Hobbs and Brittany Magnussson each added seven points in the loss.