When the Ashville Lady Bulldogs lost to Glencoe earlier in the season, Coach Dale Beason immediately circled Jan. 4 on his calendar.
That was the next chance his players would have to avenge the loss they just suffered.
Last Friday at Glencoe, the Lady Bulldogs got their revenge as they defeated the Lady Yellow Jackets 58-45 on their home court.
It was a battle between two Top 10 teams as Glencoe entered ranked No. 8 in Class 3A with Ashville right behind them at No. 9.
“We had been looking forward to this game for a long time,” Beason said. “I could just tell the girls were just itching to get their hands on Glencoe again. They were pumped up all day Friday at school.”
Glencoe took a 13-12 lead after the first quarter, but Ashville started pulling away in the second frame, and enjoyed a 26-21 halftime lead.
The third quarter was the turning point in the game as Ashville came out of the locker room on fire shooting the ball. They outscored Glencoe 19-5 in the third period to take a 45-26 lead.
“We had played all nine of our players who dressed out in the first half,” Beason said. “I think we wore them down a little bit in the third quarter.”
Ashville hit 9-of-17 shots in the third frame. Glencoe, on the other hand, only attempted eight shots the entire quarter and managed to hit only two.
“It definitely was one of the better quarters we’ve played all season,” Beason said.
Ashville went on to win the game 58-45 to improve to 15-2 on the season and 3-1 in area play.
Four Ashville players scored in double figures with Nikki Moss and Lakeivia Looney scoring 13 points each. Anika Bothwell and Autumn Swearengin added 10 points each. Erieanna Gilbert and Mollie Huff scored four points each while Tori Williams and Kelcie Cross had two points each.
Before the game with Glencoe, Ashville participated in the Springville Christmas Classic.
Ashville 57, Saks 46
Ashville improved to 12-1 with a 57-46 victory over Saks just before the holiday tournament in Springville.
Ashville led 16-9 after the first quarter and 36-15 at intermission. The score was 44-27 after three quarters and the Lady Bulldogs went on to win 57-46.
Moss led Ashville with 14 points. Looney and Bothwell scored eight points each while Huff netted six points. Cross totaled five points while Williams and Hannah Ashley had two points each.
Douglas 56, Ashville 48
For only the second time this year, the Lady Bulldogs fell in defeat. They lost to Douglas 56-48 in the opening round of the Springville Christmas Classic.
The game featured a battle of two Top 10 teams — Douglas, ranked ninth in Class 4A, while Ashville is also ranked ninth, but in Class 3A.
It was Douglas that got the early lead, and by the time the first quarter came to an end, they were on top of Ashville 19-14. The Douglas lead stretched to 39-28 by halftime.
Ashville closed the gap to 47-42 by the end of the third quarter, but Douglas held on in the end to win the game 56-48.
Looney led Ashville with 16 points. Huff pumped in 12 points while Bothwell, Swearengin and Moss all scored six points each. Ashley had two points.
Ashville 56, Guntersville 25
Ashville bounced back with a convincing 56-25 victory over Guntersville.
After a close first quarter (Ashville led 14-11), the Lady Bulldogs started pulling away. Their lead at halftime was 31-14.
Ashville outscored Guntersville 23-4 in the third frame to take a 54-18 lead into the fourth quarter. The final was 56-25.
Moss led Ashville with 18 points. Swearengin pumped in 12 points while Looney added nine points. Bothwell totaled six points while Huff and Ashley chipped in four points each. Gilbert had three points.
Ashville 47, Springville 42
Ashville improved to 14-2 on the season with a 47-42 victory over Springville.
The Lady Bulldogs led 13-11 after the first quarter, but Springville was ahead at halftime, 27-25.
Ashville took charge in the third quarter as they outscored the Lady Tigers 15-3 to take a 40-30 lead into the fourth quarter. They held on to win 47-42.
Swearengin led Ashville with a double-double as she pumped in 13 points and grabbed 19 rebounds. Moss and Looney were also in double figures with 11 points each while Bothwell scored seven points. Ashley had three points while Huff netted two points.
Leading Springville was Kate Riker with 13 points. Also scoring in double figures was Jaylyn Felder with 10 points. Jaclyn DuPre netted eight points and London Coleman totaled five points. Kylee Kimbrough and Kari Gipson scored three points each. Kimbrough led the Lady Tigers in rebounds with 11.