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Lady Patriots continues streak, win two classics

The Bob Jones girls basketball team is piling up wins.

The Patriots have won nine straight games since suffering their only loss of the season, 54-37, at Class 6A, Area 15 rival and top-ranked Sparkman on Dec. 14.

The streak includes winning the Huntsville Times Girls Classic and the Decatur Orthopedic Clinic Classic.

By winning the Huntsville Times tourney, Bob Jones coach Danny Petty accomplished an impressive feat. Last season he won the Huntsville Times Boys Classic as coach of Bob Jones’ boys team.

Despite the strong start to the season, Petty said the No. 5 Patriots (18-1, 2-1 in the area) still have room to grow.

“We’re doing what we have to do (to win games),” Petty said. “We haven’t played our best yet.

“We’re still learning the game a little bit. We’re a pretty young team.”

Petty credited the Patriots’ defense for the team’s success.

“We’ve been pretty consistent defensively,” Petty stated. “The girls have played really hard. They just keep battling.”

Bob Jones has allowed more than 41 points only twice this season. They have held seven opponents to less than 30 points.

While the defense has been reliable, Petty said the Patriots have been inconsistent on offense. They have scored 42 points or less nine times. Since scoring at least 52 points in three of four games, they have scored 41 points or less in the each of the last five contests.

Bob Jones will need to improve on that end of the court quickly. Sparkman (16-0, 3-0) will visit Bob Jones on Friday.

“We’re not very tall compared to Sparkman,” Petty said. “They’ve got size and quickness. I hope we don’t have a letdown.”