Brindlee Mountain boys baBrindlee Mountain boys basketball coach Seth Kelly said one of his team’s goals this season is to try to make some school history.
The Lions, thanks to a recent area win streak, are on the verge of doing just that. The Lions won their third straight 3A, Area 13 game last Friday night against Susan Moore, 55-37.
It was sweet revenge for Brindlee Mountain, which fell to the Bulldogs by 20 on the road in the first meeting of the teams. But it’s potentially much more than that.
“We have won three straight (in the area) including avenging our loss at Susan Moore with an 18-point win,” Kelly said. “Susan Moore came in looking to clinch the regular season title and now we will look to avoid a tie for first on Friday night.”
Brindlee Mountain is 4-1 in area games heading into its final area contest of the season Friday night at Holly Pond. Susan Moore is finished at 4-2.
If Brindlee Mountain wins, it is the area champ and would host the Area 13 Tournament. If it loses, Brindlee Mountain and Susan Moore end up tied with both teams having a win against the other. Another tiebreaker would be needed.
Kelly hopes his team can take care of business against Holly Pond. That would create the school history Kelly is talking about.
Brindlee Mountain won the first meeting against Holly Pond, 60-51.
“I believe that this is the 15th year of Brindlee Mountain High School basketball and it would be the third regular season title if we can win Friday night,” he said.
Kelly is a big part of that history.
“The Brindlee Mountain boys have only won the area once – my senior year – in 2009,” he said. “They hosted in 2010 but lost in the championship.”
That would be the area tournament championship. Arab Tribune records confirm Brindlee Mountain won the Area 13 title in 2008-09 (under coach Jeff Jones), advancing to the sub-region.
Kelly was particularly proud of his group’s effort against Susan Moore.
“We did a good job on the boards. We outrebounded Susan Moore by 30,” he said. “The guys have done a great job at practice the last two weeks and we have really come a long way in areas that don’t show up in the box score.
“We have finally bounced back from the long break due to Covid and hope to be playing our best basketball at the right time.”
Caleb Scott sank four 3-pointers and finished with 24 as the Lions raced off to a quick start against the Bulldogs and never looked. They led 11-2 after the first quarter, 30-17 at the half and 41-27 after three quarters.
Devin Lewis added 11 points and Taylor King has six, all on 6 of 6 free throws in the final quarter.
Christian Adams and Will Compton had five each, and Blake Westbrook and Ian Garner scored two each.
Meanwhile, the beefed-up make-up schedule for January continued this week.
On Monday, the Lions fell on the road to DAR, 64-51. The Lions scored just four points (10-4) in the first quarter and could never get back in it, though they did cut the lead to six early in the fourth quarter.
The Lions also were stymied at the free throw line, where they made 6 of 9 while DAR was making 13 of 20. The Lions committed 19 fouls compared to nine for DAR.
Adams had a big night for the Lions, scoring 16. Lewis added 12 and Scott had 10. Andrew Byars had eight points, Garner had three and Westbrook two.
At home against Asbury on Tuesday and playing without their head coach, the Lions fell to the hot-hitting Rams, 76-47. Asbury sank 10 3-pointers and shot 16-of-22 at the free throw line, including 13-of-17 in the fourth quarter.
The Lions shot just 2-of-5 from the line. They committed 22 fouls while Asbury committed 10.
Scott tried to help the Lions keep up, sinking five 3’s on his way to scoring 23 points. Lewis had nine, Westbrook five, Adams four and Garner and Byars three each.
• The Lady Lions fell to the powerful and No. 2-ranked Susan Moore Lady Bulldogs 74-24 last Friday. Hallie Holmes, who scored 20 in the first quarter of the teams’ first meeting (26 total), scored just 12 total this time, but others took up the slack, including Madison Lipscomb, who scored 12 in the first quarter.
For Brindlee Mountain, Chantzley Kirkland led the way with 11 points, followed by Zoie Decker with six, Kailyn Childress with 4, Adrienne Knepper with two and Kyleigh Wilks with one.
The Lady Lions fell to DAR 62-31 on Monday. Kirkland again led the way with nine points and 11 rebounds. Wilks added eight points, Abbey Mooneyham had five and Natasha Williams and Knepper had three each.
Williams also had eight rebounds. Decker added two points and Childress one.
At home Tuesday against Asbury, the Lady Lions led 19-11 after three quarters but had to hold on at the end for a 30-27 lead. The Lady Rams pulled to within one point by hitting 2-of-3 free throws with eight seconds left, but Kirkland made two free throws to seal the win.
Kirkland had nine points and five rebounds. Knepper also had nine points.
Wilks had four points and five rebounds. Decker and Childress had three points each and Williams two.
• The JV girls made a reappearance last Friday against Susan Moore with a team heavy to middle school players, but they lost 49-6. Maggie Roberson scored four points and Ella Knight had two.
The team played better Monday against DAR, falling 39-23 in just their fourth game of the season, Roberson had six points, Knight and Alyssa Grider had five each, and Mallory Chandler, Katrina Potter and Addi Garmany had two each. Layla Bruno had one.
Tuesday, the JV Lady Lions fell 21-8 to Asbury. Knight scored five and pulled down seven rebounds. Devon Murray added two points and Chandler one.
Grider had six rebounds.
• The Lions’ JV boys lost to Susan Moore last Friday, 32-16. Gavin Daniel made three 3’s and finished with 10 to lead lead the Lions. Austin Simmons added four points and John Paul Taymon had two.
In a 47-14 loss to Susan Moore on Monday, Daniel scored six, and Taymon and Simmons scored four each.
On Tuesday, the JV boys fell 31-27. Daniel made two 3’s and finished with 18. Taymon scored four, Simmons and Trent Caviness had two and Colton Hall one.
• George Stone contributed to this article.