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Lack of plays haunting Airedales 1/26/21

By Kevin Taylor

Alma Schools 


It seems like every time Nathan Whalen gets his hands on the basketball in the low post, the opposing team has three or four players tugging on his arms. 


The same is true of shooters Drew Battles and Logan Taylor. No one seems to be open. 




The Airedales dropped to 2-5 in the 5A-West following Tuesday's 43-37 loss to Greenwood. Alma made just one of eighteen 3-point attempts, a last-second bank shot from Hunter McAlister to complete a 7-0 run in the first half. 


But Alma (8-7 overall) was never able to build on the momentum in the third quarter. 


"Against Greenbrier, there were points where we played extremely well the whole game," coach Stan Flenor said of the team's overtime loss to Greenbrier. "And then again tonight, they (Greenwood) took away some of our strengths. It took us a while to get to where we're going. Obviously, we like the fight in our kids, but we're going to have to keep improving."


The Airedales, who were supposed to play Mountain Home Friday, will turn right around and play Greenwood next Tuesday. Friday's game with the Bombers was canceled because of COVID-19. 


Whalen, who had 16 points in Tuesday's loss to Greenwood, scored six points early for the Airedales. But a series of 3-point misses (six from Battles, four from Keyton Mitchell, and two from Taylor) contributed to Alma's 1-for-18 night from beyond the arm. 


Greenwood made six 3-pointers. 


"Our perimeter guys have got to pick it up out there," Flenor said. "We've got to a total team effort, inside and outside. Defensively, we got stops (against Greenwood), as we did the other night. But that's why they call them team games; it's five guys working together. 


"Guys are going to have to get dedicated these last seven games."

Greenwood 75, Alma 28 


GIRLS — Greenwood forced 21 first-half turnovers and the Lady Bulldogs built a 34-point halftime cushion before coasting to its 15th victory of the season. 


Alma (0-5 in the 5A-West) took a 3-2 lead on Presli Taylor's 3-pointer and were within 8-6 after Loryn Kelley's trey. 


But Greenwood (15-3, 6-0) finished the half with a 38-6 run. 


Taylor the Lady Airedales with nine points.