Fort Rucker youth teams battle to standstill
FORT RUCKER, Ala. - Fort Rucker Bull Hunter Rodney Jr. blocks a shot attempt from Fort Rucker Lakers' Matthew Stallings during a Jan. 21 basketball game at CYSS gymnasium. The 8-and-under league teams tied 6-6.

Corey Holloway's hot shooting Jan. 21 powered the Fort Rucker Bulls to a 6-6 tie with the Fort Rucker Lakers, helping the team snap a three-game losing streak.

The Bulls and Lakers faced off in 8-and-under Dale County Youth Basketball League play, battling at the Child, Youth and School Services gymnasium. Four Fort Rucker teams play with two Daleville teams to form the league.

The Lakers quickly drew first blood in the contest when Jazmyne Drakes canned a 2-pointer with 4:10 left in the first quarter.

A defensive struggle ensued afterward, but Holloway notched a basket with 5:05 left in the first half to pull the Bulls even.

The Lakers went ahead with 28 seconds to go before halftime when Kadence Guillory knocked down a shot, giving the Lakers a 4-2 lead.

After halftime, Mark Jones extended the lead to 6-2 with another Lakers basket, but Holloway drained two shots before the third quarter's close.

Holloway attributed his shooting ability to lessons learned during a basketball camp last year.

As they had most of the night, both teams' defenses ruled the fourth quarter when no one scored, leaving the final margin 6-6.

"We have a lot of first-timers. I'm just teaching them the basics. It's fun though," said Ramona Sims, Bulls head coach.

Lakers head coach Nicole Shrecker said the final game scores do not matter with this league.

"To me, results are not exactly the outcome of the ball game, it's how a child progresses," she said.

Sims said she has been pleased with her players' progress four games into the season.

"They're starting to learn the differences between offense and defense," she said, noting most of her team members learned positions, how to dribble and how to pass recently.

Holloway said that's the reason he plays the game.

"You can use your hands and feet," he said.

The Bulls continue their season at 5:30 p.m. when they face the Fort Rucker Nuggets tonight. The Lakers battle the Fort Rucker Celtics at 6:30 p.m.

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