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PAGE 8 THE FLORALA NEWS WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2011 Paxton claims victories against rival Laurel Hill by Reid Tucker Paxton's girls and boys basketball teams rolled on their counterparts from Laurel Hill in a show of the Bobcats' continued success- es and the Hoboes' persis- tent early-season woes. The Lady Cats (7-2, 5-0) were up by just four points at 27-23 by halftime on Friday, Dec. 16, but they steadily pulled in the latter periods to defeat the Lady Hoboes (5-5, 1-4). It was not a close affair, as Paxton, led in all areas by Alyssa Dupree, who scored 22 points, finished off their longstanding rivals by a final score of 73-52. Laurel Hill's scoring was primar- ily handled by two players, as only Maeson Piper and La'Quetta Williams got in double digits, with 17 points and 14 points, respectively, to their credits. Laurel Hill was close be- hind Paxton through the haft, trailing just 10-4 at the end of the first quarter. Though both teams took some time to warm up their long arm, Laurel Hill took advantage of its players' size as Piper put up 11 points in the first half and the defense afforded by her team mate Williams kept Paxton on its toes. However, Laurel Hill's greatest shortcoming in the half was coming up short at the stripe, as the team went 5-for- 15 in free-throws. All was not well with Paxton's ranks either, as they already began to show signs of foul trouble, and by the end of the first haft three players, Dupree, Caylee Nelson and Maegan Newborn picked up three fouls apiece. Paxton coach Steve Williams said this and a reluctance to go head- to-head in the paint with Laurel ,Hill's bigger play- ers combined for some slow shooting that allowed the Lady Hoboes to gain closer and closer on Paxton's lead. He heaped praise on some of his backup players, most rfotably Quinn Williams and Rebecca Ferreira, for mak- ing critical 3-point baskets while their team mates saw more bench-time than usu- al. %Ve missed way too many outside shots, and that gave [Laurel Hill] a chance to get in a transition," Williams said. "That put us out of our rhythm and we got in foul trouble. We had people step up though. I thought Quinn's basket at the end of the half was huge, and Rebecca played well and hit a couple shots in there that were really big." Paxton, led by Dupree, who scored 13 of her 22 points in the second haft, were keener to attack the inside more, which widened the gulf between the home team and the Lady Hoboes. Laurel Hill got to within a basket of Paxton at 29-27 but" Newborn and Dupree shone as the Lady Cats con- verted some critical turn- overs into breakaway layup runs to send Paxton on a 10-0 streak. Ferreira got off one more 3 before the end of the quarter to put Paxton up 48-32. After the Lady Cats' spree in the third quarter, Laurel Hill got no nearer than 11 points away with 3:37 left to play in the game. However, Dupree used the remaining time to find her range, draining 2-pointers and F-Ts alike, plus a 3, to make it 71-51 with only 20 seconds remaining. Two more trips to the charity stripe from her and 14 sec- onds later and Paxton took the 21-point win. "Alyssa is relentless," Coach Williams said of Pax- ton's all-rounder. "She goes to the boards and brings the ball back and she really does it all for us. I'm really proud of her. Her condition- ing is outstanding. That re- ally goes for the whole team. If we're tired, we try not to show it." The game between Lau- rel Hill and Paxton's boys (7-1, 4-1) was tighter than the girls' but the Hoboes (3-4, 1-4) nevertheless came up short quarter after quar- ter. The Bobcats extended a 32-25 lead at the haft into an 11-point lead in the third quarter before winning 65-50. Chad Zessin was Paxton's top scorer, posting 25 of the team's total, while Travon Calloway did most of the heavy lifting for Lau- rel Hill by scoring 20 points on the night. Paxton coach Jeff Brad- ley was glad to get the win over Laurel Hill, a perennial district and personal rival of Paxton teams immemorial but he thought the spread would be greater than the 15 points it ended up being. "As jacked up and excited as we were going into this game, to come inas moti- vated as we were, I was hop- ing for something like 25 or 30 points," Bradley said. "We're not 25 or 30 points better than they are, but both teams will play better than they normally do in a rivalry situation. With the emotions so high, we missed some shots we could have made." Paxton was ahead 10-6 at the end of a defensive first quarter but the action heated up in the second as the Bobcats, spurred on by ANGELS- Lilly McDaniel, Ragan Simpson, Wren Hall, Shepard Neal Twitty and Angel Hannah Twitty First United Methodist presents program, Zessin, Austin Carnley, Ma son McCormick and Marcus Bradley, scored 22 points as a team. Laurel Hill was close behind, scoring 19 points in the period, just six points down from Paxton at halftime. Calloway stepped out early on as the Hoboes' best shooter, knocking back three 3s though he averaged .500 from the stripe on the night. Laurel Hill trailed by about 10 points for the dura- tion of the third quarter as even Galloway failed to find much traction. Paxton, on the other hand, had Dustin Geoghagan (12 points on the night, all by way of 3s) break loose on back-to-back shots from the perimeter and the rest of the team added some baskets here and there to give the Bobcats 45-36 lead by the end of the period. Zessin had a field day in the final quarter, scor- ing 12 of his 25 points via a mixture of field goals and free throws, improving his tally to 7-for-10 from the stripe on the night. Laurel Hill climbed back to a six- point difference at 49-43 with 4:12 to go in the game, but another 3-pointer from Geoghagan and continued breakaway layups from Zes- sin soon had the Bobcats up 60-48 on the way to the eventual 15-point win. Bradley was satisfied with the win, especially consider- ing the circumstances. Not only was there the pressure of playing a tough rival, but several of Paxton's players soldiered through the game despite injuries. Geoghagan and Ryan Gilbert both had injured hip bones, while Marcus Bradley had a banged-up elbow and Zessin had his mobility hindered by a twisted ankle. "This was the first time that oui group has played in this big emotional set- ting this season, so I'll take it," Bradley said with a wry smile. '"It was better than getting beat anyway." The First United Methodist Church's' Christmas Program was held on December 18. The program 'entitled "Come to Bethlehem and See" was a special event to keep the meaning of Christmas in our lives this holiday season. Some talented voices of church members served as the choir, singing favorites: "O Come, All Ye Faithful", "O Little Town of Bethlehem" and other hymns. Andrew Barrineau played his violin to a couple of the Christmas Carols, while other mem- bers gave the Narration and scripture readings. Six of the children wore costumes and represented Angles and Shepards. A Lighting of Candles was done at the end of the program to the music of "Silent Night". Ev- eryone was invited to the fellowship after the service for a time of refreshments and fellowship. (Photos by Precision Image of Florala) ANDREW BARRINEA U playing the violin SHEPHERD Cowen .Wilson with his father Rick Wilson from S. 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We challenge each and every one to take what God has blessed us with, and use that to bless someone less fortunate. There is no greater personal reward! We need to continue to pray for the many friends and family that have lost loved ones over the past year. May you find peace by reflecting on the fond memories of your loved ones. There are many of our folks that are still serving in the military, and we need to continue to express our appreciation to them and their families. May we never forget how blessed we are to have freedom, and to never take this for granted. May God Bless America! We thank each and every one of you for your loyal patronage as well as the confidence you have placed in us over the years. We look forward to serving your healthcare needs in 2011, and the years to come. Florala Pharmacy and Pharm-a-care are the folks you know and trust, providing healthcare for you and your dear loved ones. Please remember us at Pharm-a-care, where "OurName Says ItAll." 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