Ashville varsity girls basketball coach Dale Beason picked up his 200th career win recently in a 61-57 victory over Locust Fork.
He was able to record those 200 wins in nine seasons, plus four games into his 10th season. He is averaging over 20 wins per season.
“This makes me feel like I have been blessed to see a lot of good female athletes come through our program,” Beason said.
Overall, the Lady Bulldogs are 5-1. Following Beason’s historic win, Ashville lost a heartbreaker to Glencoe, but then defeated St. Clair County High.
Ashville 61, Locust Fork 57
It was a game that went down to the wire as Ashville held on to defeat Locust Fork 61-57.
The Lady Hornets led 11-10 after the first quarter before Ashville took a 29-28 lead into halftime.
The third quarter swing Ashville’s way as they opened up a 46-38 lead.
Locust Fork fought back in the fourth quarter, but the Lady Bulldogs prevailed, 61-57.
Four Ashville players scored in double figures, and leading the way was Lakeivia Looney with 16 points. Autumn Swearengin pumped in 12 points while Nikki Moss added 11 points. Anika Bothwell scored 10 points. Mollie Huff scored seven points and Kelcie Cross netted five points.
Beason said he and Coach Denise Mattison have worked hard with the girls in volleyball and basketball.
“When we excel in volleyball, it helps us in basketball, and the other way around,” Beason said. “We have had some great players through the years. There was a two-year period recently where our basketball teams had records of 28-3 and 25-6.
“That is 53-9, and pretty good. What we have been able to accomplish in the past helps us now.”
Glencoe 47, Ashville 45
Beason’s 201st victory took a little longer than expected as the Glencoe Yellow Jackets stung the Lady Bulldogs, 47-45.
At one point late in the third quarter, Ashville led 39-30, but they were outscored the rest of the way, 17-6.
Ashville was up 12-11 after the first period and 28-24 at halftime. The lead was 39-32 headed into the fourth quarter, but that quarter belonged to Glencoe.
The loss was the first of the year for Ashville as they fell to 4-1 overall, and 0-1 in area play.
Leading the Lady Bulldogs was Chatara Stoudmire with 12 points. Looney had nine points and three steals while Bothwell scored eight points and grabbed eight rebounds. Swearengin had eight points, grabbed 16 rebounds, and blocked four shots. Huff scored five points while Moss finished the game with three points.
“We played hard,” Beason said. “Glencoe was up for us because they had not beaten us in four years. We have had their number. This was like their championship game.”
Immediately following the loss, Beason went to his calendar and circled Jan. 4, 2013.
“That’s when we go to Glencoe,” he said.
Ashville 65, SCCHS 15
Ashville returned to its winning ways with a 65-15 victory over the Lady Saints from St. Clair County Thursday.
The Lady Bulldogs were up 13-1 after the first quarter, and 33-5 at halftime. Ashville outscored SCCHS 32-10 in the second half to win the game 65-15.
Leading Ashville was Swearengin with 14 points. Close behind her was Erieanna Gilbert with 13 points. Moss pumped in 10 points while Stoudmire added nine points. Gilbert and Looney had six points each while Hannah Ashley scored three points. Cross and Huff had two points each.
Leading the Lady Saints was Nigiel Scroggins with six points. Moniqua Byers scored four points while Braxton Steele and Kyla Robinette had two points each. Brianna Clark had one point.