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February 11, 2012
By Jimmy White of Prattville High School


The basketball season of 2011-2012 came to an abrupt end for the Prattville boys’ team Friday night, February 10th in Alexander City. Prattville head coach Xavier Robinson never expected the season to end on such a sour note, as the Wetumpka Indians routed the Lions, 58-42.

The Indians rolled into Alexander City smarting from two setbacks at the hand of the Lions during regular season.  Prattville won both regular season games with their rivals from Wetumpka.

Indian coach Chris Washington told his team to slow down the pace and not to try and run with the Lions.  “Take your time and get the ball into our big guys in the paint.”

It worked as the Indians’ Kevin Lacey (6-6) and Brandon Calloway (6-3) pounded the offensive boards and ripped the nets for 16 and 14 points respectively.  While Lacey and Calloway did the work under the net, junior guard Terrance Leflore popped in sixteen points from around the perimeter.

With the win the Indians will play Benjamin Russell, an easy 82-29 winner over Stanhope Elmore in the second game for the Area 8 Class 6A championship Monday night, February 13, at the Wildcats' home court.

Add to the new found game plan by Wetumpka, the Lions aided the Indians by coming out flat and never finding the range with missed opportunities throughout the course of the game. With this scenario the game ended in an early dismissal for Prattville, hoping to defend the Area 8 title they won in 2011.

“They made shots and we didn’t.”  Robinson said following the game.

Wetumpka began their task earnestly from the opening tipoff as Lacey got a tip-in off a Leflore missed shot.  Following a Prattville turnover Leflore added a 2-pointer from top of the key.  Then another Lion turnover resulted in a slam dunk from Lacey an apparent statement sending a message to the Lions, the Indians came to play.

Prattville finally scored a point with George Michael Rowe hitting the bottom of a two shot free-throw with 5:24 left in the quarter

The Lions did close the gap to 8-5 with 2:42 remaining following a bucket from LaBarrin Eaton from the paint.

Prattville never got any closer for the remainder of the game.  By the close of the first period Wetumpka had stretched the lead to double digits at 16-6.  Prattville cut the lead to single digits only once in the first half, and that by eight points coming on two made free throws from Rowe with 5:23 left in the half, 21-13.

Wetumpka came down court and Lacey drained a seven foot fade away from the base line which ignited an 11-2 run by the Indians to end the half on top, 32-15.

The Lions came out the second half looking for a turning point, but could never get untracked.  Had it not been for Brandon Smith draining two long treys during the third quarter Wetumpka would have doubled the score. 

Prattville had numerous opportunities but nothing would fall for the Lions.  At the end of the period Prattville was looking at the short end of a 50-32 score.

The season ended poignantly as junior Justin Lawrence drained a trey for the Lions with three seconds left on the clock.

Brandon Smith ended his Prattville career with a positive note scoring 13 points.  Smith will be missed greatly next winter.  Terrance Leflore and Kevin Lacey paced the Indians balanced scoring attack with 16-points, while Brandon Calloway added 14-points.

Prattville’s season ended with a 7-13 record.

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