No. 9 Wallace State men hand Snead State first loss, win 14th straight; Lady Lions fall in opener

HANCEVILLE – Sophomore L.A. Farmer had 24 points, Darrick Thomas added 15 and the ninth-ranked Wallace State men's basketball team rolled past Snead State 68-47 at Tom Drake Coliseum Tuesday night.

Wallace State handed Snead State its first loss of the season as the Lions (18-1, 3-0 Alabama Community College Conference) won their 14th consecutive game and stayed perfect within conference play.

Farmer scored 21 of his 24 points in the second half, finishing 12-of-13 from the free-throw line. Meanwhile, Thomas did most of his damage in the first half.

"We have a lot of veteran guys like L.A. and Darrick. That has got to give us an edge. You've got to have those experienced guys in this league," said Wallace State coach Allen Sharpe. "We scored some points in the second half and a lot of that has to do with L.A. You can look at our point total every night and if we have a good night scoring L.A. probably finished with 20 or 25 points. If we have a bad night, L.A. probably didn't have a good night."

Sharpe's defense also held its second consecutive conference opponent to 50 points or lower.

"I'm really proud of that. We did a great job of guarding them," Sharpe said. "It goes back to scouting, game planning and our guys executing and following through on it."

Sergio Crowe and Ricardo Hall each added 10 points for Wallace State and freshman Ricky Sears added seven.

Kyle Hunt led Snead State (11-1, 2-1 ACCC) with 13 points and Marvin Bouie added 12.

The Wallace State women dropped Tuesday's opener 54-46 en route to their first conference loss.

Julia Tupper finished with 15 points and eight rebounds for Wallace State, Bailee Robinson had eight points and four assists and Lauren Grisham added six points and five rebounds.

Ja'Dasin Williams and Kenya Drayton led Snead State with 12 points apiece and Candance Beverley had 10.

Wallace State trailed by as much as 13 points in the first half and faced a 29-24 halftime deficit. The Lady Lions eventually grabbed a brief 35-31 lead in the second half on consecutive 3-pointers by Grisham and Tupper.

Snead State responded with a 13-2 spurt and the Lady Parsons used it to secure the road victory.

Wallace State (7-6, 1-1 ACCC) shot just 4-of-26 from behind the 3-point line.

Both Wallace State teams resume conference play Thursday on the road against Northwest Shoals beginning at 5:30 p.m.