By Bob Jones
Special to the Daily
The Lady Bulldogs from Dutchtown continue to impress in the early going of the 2009-2010 season, riding the Strickland twins to a 64-47 victory over the Griffin Lady Bears at Dutchtown Friday night.
The Bulldogs however, had been struggling with just one win in six starts so far, but this was the night for Dutchtown.
The boys completed the double over the rival Bears by staging a late rally for a 90-82 win.
The Lady Bulldogs improved to 6-1, 4-0 in 4-AAAA, while the boys (2-5, 1-3) captured win No. 2 overall and their first in 4-AAAA play.
It was the Strickland twins showcase in the opener, with "Twin B" (Brittney) pouring in 31 points and "Twin A" (Alyssa) reaching 20 in the waning seconds of the game. Together the twins outscored Griffin as a team.
The Lady Dawgs' defense forced errors from the Lady Bears in the early going. Griffin had five turnovers before taking a shot.
Dutchtown broke away to a 20-5 lead, but had a bit of trouble disposing of Griffin thereafter.
Griffin nailed four three-balls in the second and edged back into the game, trimming the lead to 31-23.
The score read 33-25 at halftime.
The Lady Bears scored first after intermission, but that was the closest Griffin could get. The lead, however, never got over 19, first achieved at 50-31.
When head coach Angela Williams tried to give the second and third strings some floor time, Griffin forced turnovers and cut into the lead.
Returning the twins to the court restored order, and the Lady Dawgs won comfortably.
Brittney added five assists and six steals to her scoring effort and Alyssa hustled her way to a game-high eleven rebounds for a double-double.
Jamia Clemons led Griffin with 13 points and five steals, aided by Otisha Perkins 11 points and eight rebounds each from Aneesha Head and Jasmine Nelson.
The Bulldogs and Bears played track meet basketball for most of the night, and it was balanced scoring plus a clutch performance from Rodney Brown off the bench in the fourth that helped Dutchtown snap their four-game losing streak.
Six Bulldogs scored in double figures, led by Avery Lynch's 18.
Game-high scoring honors, however, went to Griffin's Pooh Appling who netted 23, 16 in the second half.
For most of the game, Dutchtown clung to a modest lead of seven to ten points.
The Dawgs led 21-11 late in the first, but Griffin closed slightly (43-35) by halftime. Dutchtown had a 12-point advantage (49-37) in the third, but the Bears began chipping away. Consecutive fouls plus technical fouls on Griffin allowed the Bulldogs to pad a shrinking (59-56) third quarter lead, and the score was 66-59 heading into the final eight minutes.
The Bears turned up the pressure, forcing turnovers and tied the game at 70 at 6:02 on a steal and layup by Nile Daniel.
The Bears even led by one at 75-74 on an Appling basket before Brown worked his magic. Two offensive rebounds, two steals, and ten fourth-quarter points from Brown tamed the Bears, giving the Dawgs a much-needed "W."
Griffin was led by Appling's 23 and 17 from Daniel, while Meredith Beck and Demarius Bowman each added 11. Dutchtown's sextet of double digits scorers went like this: Lynch 18, Derrick Brock 17, Travis May 14, Brown 14, Kellan Holiday 12, and Alphonzo Reid 11. Brock collected a game-high 14 rebounds and May had five assists.