Ranburne boys’ basketball

                Ranburne improved to 2-2 on the season with a 76-69 win at home over Cleburne County on Tuesday. The Bulldogs hadn’t played since Dec. 1 and coach Dustin Smith said his players were a little rusty. Smith added that the Cleburne County Tigers were a scrappy opponent. The Bulldogs led 16-9 after one quarter and 34-31 at halftime. After three quarters, the score was 48-48.     

                Brock Young had another double-double with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Smith said Young connected on eight consecutive free throws in the fourth quarter before missing and was 9-for-12 at the line overall.

                Devon Chambers scored 18 points. Josh Ralston had 16 points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals. Jake Burson and Sammy Green each netted seven points. Green added five rebounds, six assists, two blocks and two steals. Burson dished out four assists. Jackson Pollard had three points. Zach Benefield and Morgan Ireland each scored two points.

                Chambers, Ralston and Young each drilled two 3-point baskets and Pollard had one trey.

                Ranburne opens area play Friday at Vincent. The Bulldogs will now play at area foe Woodland on Jan. 23 in a make-up game.     

Ranburne girls basketball

                Now 5-2 on the season after downing intra-county rival Cleburne County at home on Tuesday, Ranburne travels to Vincent on Friday to begin Class 2A, Area 10 action. Last Friday’s game at Woodland, which was to have opened area play, was postponed by snow and will be made up Jan. 23.

                Veteran Ranburne girls coach Tim Smith described Tuesday’s game against the Tigers as “a typical, physical Ranburne-Cleburne County game.” Ranburne led 16-11 after one quarter but Cleburne County was up 22-21 at halftime. The Bulldogs used balanced scoring in the third quarter to regain the lead at 35-30.

                Jessi Ralston had a double-double of 14 points and 11 boards. Despite early foul problems, Julianna Merrill scored 10 points, including two baskets in the third quarter rally, and added five rebounds. Erica Lovvorn finished with eight points and three rebounds. Briley Merrill was 3-for-4 at the free throw line in the fourth quarter and ended with seven points. She also grabbed four rebounds and made four steals. Natalie Merrill was 3-for-4 at the line and tallied five points while pulling down three rebounds. Chaney Merrill had two points, two rebounds and three blocks. Kayli Olds and Jasey Langley each nabbed two rebounds.

                The Bulldogs play at Randolph County on Monday and host Haralson County (Ga.) on Tuesday.

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