Lady Bulldogs slip past Newton in rivalry fashion

Bay Springs senior Alexus Nixon pushes the ball down the court against Newton.

The Bay Springs Lady Bulldogs winning tradition is back in full force. They just beat one of their biggest rivalries, Newton, Friday night. Newton held their only lead at the beginning of the game 3-0, and never gained it back. However, make no bones about it, they were knocking at the door all the way until the final buzzers sounded.

“Newton is a good team. They will fight until the end, regardless of the score. It’s tough playing them. To play Newton you gotta be ready. They come with full court press, offensive rebounds, and they are going to press you,” said Bay Springs head coach Nedra Hosey.

Bay Springs sophomore Anna Patterson and senior Alexus Nixon dominated on both ends of the court. What looked like a runaway in the making, Bay Springs took a 13-point lead with 5:46 left in the game. The Lady Tigers stalked the lead and cut the game to 48-46 with just over a minute to go in the fourth period.. After a big three and huge free throws down the stretch by Bay Springs freshman Zaria Keyes, the Lady Dawgs held on to win 53-50.

The Bulldogs were good on defense for the most part, but Newton’s all-star Zia Shields dominated with a 31-point performance. Bay Springs had three players in double digits scoring: Patterson with 16, Nixon with 13, and Keyes with 12.

Bay Springs has dropped to 1A this year, and Hosey was well pleased with her team's effort against 2A Newton

“As a team, we did a better job of getting the ball down the floor. We still had a lot of turnovers. We need to take better care of the ball. We had some key points with Anna P. (Patterson). We just gotta hit free throws,” said Hosey.

Next up for Bay Springs is a showdown with the Stringer Lady Red Devils on Monday. This will be the first meeting in a few years for two teams that share the same school district central office.

“It’s always good to play Stringer being right down the road. We are looking forward to that,” said Hosey.