Basketball season gets underway

Jonathan Smith, Sports Writer

    The Lady Bulldogs’ basketball team led by Coach Tena Niven is a young team full of talent and potential.  This year’s team suffers the loss of seniors Mallory Anderson and Megan Draper, who decided to focus on volleyball and softball, junior Savannah Upton who transferred to Cornerstone Christian, and especially last year’s star senior, Amber Cardwell. 
    Over the holidays, the Bulldogs got off to a slow start, only putting up a combined 35 points against Fort Payne and John Carroll.  Twelve of those points were scored by junior Kiah Smith. 
    The Bulldogs played Cordova Wednesday, Dec. 28, and senior Kayla Cunningham scored 20 points to lead the team to an exhilarating 47 to 46 win. 
    Area play began Tuesday, Jan. 3, when the Bulldogs played a tough Greensboro team, resulting in a loss of 62 to 17.  The Lady Dogs have not had the success this season as they did in recent seasons, but this proves to be a learning experience for the young team.
    “I am very proud of how the girls have been playing,” Niven said.  “We have lost two starters to season-ending knee surgeries, but the team has responded and we are currently in 2nd place in the area.  As long as they continue to play hard and as a team, I believe we will have a successful season.”
    Coach Donald McMahon is off to perhaps his best start as the head coach of Montevallo’s varsity boys’ basketball team.  The Bulldogs pulled out an exciting 61 to 59 win against Bibb County.  Senior Garrius Chappell scored a season high 28 points followed by junior Korey Cunningham’s 25.  
    After a tough 43 to 74 loss to Greensboro, the Bulldogs were able to get an area win against Northside.  Chappell scored 26 of the Bulldogs’ 62 points against the Rams. 
    “We are hoping to continue our success and make it to the playoffs for the first time in a long time,” Chappell said.