By Darius Cates
Last week the Bullock County High School Hornets traveled to Barbour County for the Second Annual Thelma’s Kitchen Lake City Classic at Eufaula High School. For their first matchup, the Hornets faced the home team. The Tigers dominated from the start with a full-court press.
Due to Eufaula’s defensive pressure, Bullock County struggled with turnovers. The Hornets had trouble getting to the paint and shooting from the Perimeter. The Hornets got outplayed 85-45 as the final score. The Hornets’ Zitavious Taylor finished with 15 points shooting 5-11 from behind the arc.
The next game for Bullock County was versus the Bears of Cottonwood High School, who previously lost to the Charles Henderson High School Trojans (77-47). The Hornets came in the competition with an athletic advantage. Bullock County started strong getting to the basket.
Cottonwood stayed competitive penetrating inside to get an easy basket and earning second-chance points. The Hornets let the Bears remain in the game due to early foul trouble. In the fourth quarter, both teams had clutch moments.
With 22 seconds to go in the game, the Hornets were down by 2 points until Zitavious Taylor hit a put-back layup to force overtime.
In the extra period, the teams went back and forth basket for basket. Everything was going well for the Hornets until Dakarie Anthony fouled out, which threw off the momentum for Bullock County.
B.C. had Cottonwood down by two with 33 seconds to go until the Bears took the league with free throws and a basket. The Hornets took a tough 56-55 loss.
Dakarie Anthony scored 15 points, Trevone Palmer scored 12 points, and KJ Graves contributed 11 points. The Hornets and the Lafayette Bulldog’s game was canceled because the Bulldogs decided to cancel a couple of hours before.