Both teams traded buckets in the first period and with a one-point lead, Mitchell would grab a rebound and get the putback that began a 6-2 run and gave the Lady Eagles an 11-6 lead to end the period.
The Lady Eagles pulled away ... far away from the Lady Bulldogs in the second period, outscoring Calera 16-5.
Achille began the second period with a bucket from Marissa Williams from the paint and started a mini-run. Then Calera’s Sydney Williams drained a 3-pointer to stop the run. Williams finished with seven points on the night.
Achille turned around and went on a 8-0 run in the last part of the period. Mitchell had six of the eight points in the run after she pulled up for a 3-pointer, drained it, got fouled and make made the free throw for the four-point play. The Lady Eagles outscored their opponent 16-5 in the quarter.
At the end of the second period, the Achille Lady Eagles led the Calera Lady Bulldogs by a whopping 27-11.
The Lady Bulldogs fought back in the third period, but the Lady Eagles wouldn’t let Calera back into the game and their lead continued to grow by leaps and bounds. In the second half, the Lady Eagles outscored Calera 24-15 and cruised to victory.
It was over after the first quarter when the Bulldogs went on a 14-4 run to begin the game.
The Eagles had problems with Calera’s pressure defense and didn’t score until 1:35 left in the period. Calera’s Cameron Tennison scored six points in the run and finished the game with 11 points.
The Eagles offense came alive in the second period but its defense couldn’t stop the Calera offensive onslaught.
Achille started the quarter and drew closer on a 6-2 run, led by Hunter Redden’s four points, and cut into the Bulldogs’ lead at 10-16. Then Calera would answer with back-to-back 3-pointers from Tennison and Tyler Davis. The Bulldogs went up 23-10 and would finish off the period with a 10-5 run and led at half, 32-17.
It was a push in the third period with both teams posting 15 points. The Bulldogs went to the line six times and came away with five of the possible 12 points from the charity line. Calera’s Cody Mullens went on his own mini-run when he posted six consecutive points, while the Eagles scored two points. Mullins had 14 points on the night. By the end the quarter, the Bulldogs led 47-33.
Calera closed the game out in the in the final frame when they went on a 14-3 run. The Bulldogs’ Ben Robison started things of with back-to-back baskets. Robison finished the game with 14 points.
The Eagles didn’t score until 1:50 left in the game when Cole Caughern drained consecutive 3-pointers. Caughern led his team in scoring with 11 points. But the Eagles couldn’t overcome their slow start and lost to the Bulldogs by 22 points.
Cory Carl added eight for Achille, while Sam Stevenson and Scott Melton finished with four each.
Calera’s Tennison, Mullens and Ben Robison combined to score 49 of the Bulldogs 62 points.