- Cullman, Alabama

January 15, 2013

PREP BASKETBALL: Cullman boys make it 11 straight with a 76-63 win over Mortimer Jordan

Girls pick up easy win as well

By Jake Winfrey
The Cullman Times

— The Cullman boys’ basketball team went on the offensive Tuesday night, scoring 47 first-half points and hitting nine 3-pointers en route to a blistering 76-64 win over Mortimer Jordan.

The win improves the Bearcats’ record to 17-6 overall and increases their winning streak to 11 games.

“We shot well early,” coach Bobby Meyer said. “When that happens, sometimes you lose a little bit of your intensity late in the game. They came backa little, but we were able to maintain a comfortable lead for most of the night.”

Fresh off a 36-point performance, Cullman’s Lawson Schaffer seemed to pick up where he left on Monday.

The sophomore guard scored 17 first-half points, including four 3-pointers. He went on to finish the game with 20.

The Bearcats’ big men, Troy Forrest and Houston Turner, each finished with 14 points.

“Lawson played extremely well again,” Meyer said. “Our post players were solid and our bench play was great as well.”

Cullman was balanced on offense all throughout the game, having 10 different players score the basketball.

Seth Swalve, Keaton Dean and JW Shabel all scored six points apiece for the Bearcats, while Lee Mattox and Lane Donaldson each chipped in with three. Lukas McNeal netted two and Austin Beck, one.

The Bearcats will now set their sights to East Limestone. A road win on Friday night could pave the way for Cullman to host its area tournament.

“That’s still available to us,” Meyer said. “It’s a big game for us and we need to play well.”

Varsity Girls

% Cullman 61, Mortimer Jordan 14:
When the Lady Bearcats last took the court, they needed the last-second heroics of Morgan Smith to help seal a one-point win over Arab.

On Tuesday night, however, it was a different story as Cullman routed Mortimer Jordan by a final score of 61-14, securing its third-straight victory.

Baylee Johnson led all scorers with 25, while her teammate  Smith was next in line with 12 points.

Cullman's D was tenacious all night long, coming up with countless steals that led to uncontested layups on the other end of the floor.

The Bearcats scored the game's first 20 points and took a commanding 32-6 lead going into halftime.

Blair Nall pitched in with eight points, while Emily Tucker and Hayden Short each had four.

The win improves the Bearcats’ record to 13-8 overall.

% Jake Winfrey can be reached at 256-734-2131, ext. 258 or at