Win in blowout fashion. Lose in blowout fashion.
That’s how both the Handley boys and Handley girls teams began the 2020 portion of their basketball schedule prior to Tuesday’s area showdown against Booker T. Washington in Roanoke.
The boys were coming off of a solid showing in the Big Orange Classic at Hoover High School right after Christmas in which they went 2-2 with wins over Sylacauga and Central Gwinnett (Ga.) and losses to 6A Shades Valley and 5A power Wenonah.
They got things started in the new year with a 50-32 win over Westminster Christian last Thursday in which Corey Bell had 17 points and Graham Martin added 10.
Then they fell flat in a 69-25 loss to Lanett Saturday in which Bell’s seven points were the most any Handley player could muster.
The Tigers were 9-7 overall for the season going into Tuesday’s game.
As for the girls, Handley beat Lanett handily with a 45-25 decision Saturday.
Grace Rittenhouse set the pace for Handley with a double-double in which she scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Teanna Watts added 12 points and 7 boards for the Lady Tigers.
Handley followed that up with a tough 73-25 loss to Spring Garden, which is the top-ranked team in class 1A.
Watts was the only Handley player in double figures as she scored 12 points in the contest.
Handley was 10-6 heading into Tuesday’s game.