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January 14, 2013

PREP BASKETBALL: Smith, Schaffer lead Bearcat girls, boys to Arab sweep


CULLMAN — Varsity Boys

% Cullman 65, Arab 51:
Mere moments after capping off a career-high 36-point performance that included seven 3-pointers and buzzer-beaters in the first and second quarters, Lawson Schaffer couldn’t even begin to explain what had just transpired.

“I have no idea,” the sophomore superstar said. “I’ve never shot like this in a real game. I just came out and tried to help my teammates as much as possible.”

And help he did, springboarding the Bearcats (16-6) to their 10th straight victory. The fact that he contributed to the win meant much more to Schaffer than any individual accolades ever could.

“That’s better than anything,” he said. “I’d rather have more wins than points any day.”

Schaffer was on fire from the get-go, racking up three 3-pointers and 12 points in the opening eight minutes. He was still smoldering the last eight, too, piling on two more treys and 11 more points in the fourth quarter.

“My teammates just got me open tonight,” Schaffer said. “It felt good, real good.”

Cullman’s Houston Turner scored eight points, Lee Mattox came off the bench for five points, and Seth Swalve had three. Lukas McNeal, Troy Forrest, JW Shabel, Keaton Dean and Auston Neal all chipped in two points apiece.

Logan Sufridge was Arab’s high scorer with 17 points. Ryne Rush had 15.

Both varsity games were played in the Cullman Middle School gymnasium after a leak sprung in the high school gym’s ceiling in the middle of the junior varsity girls’ contest.  

% Rob Ketcham can be reached at 256-734-2131, ext. 257 or at

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