Cold Springs Survives Vinemont Challenge in Home Opener


COLD SPRINGS – Putting up 28 points in the second quarter to break a tie was the determining factor for the Cold Springs Eagles to hold off Vinemont Thursday night 69-63.

In playing for the first time under a newly designed floor at Jesse George Gymnasium, the Eagles gained momentum behind a 28-7 spurt in the second with Triston Chambers and Josh Freeman combining for 21 points.

The duo was unstoppable as they combined for seven field goals with three coming on 3-point shots.

That served the purpose for Tim Willoughby's team to stay undefeated after two games.

Vinemont fought back from a 41-20 deficit at halftime, coming alive with a 26-point fourth period as they trailed 65-60 with less than a minute remaining in the game.

The visiting Eagles were anchored by Tyler Tucker's four treys in the fourth with balanced scoring coming from Lance Stanley, Trey Waldrep and Zack Drake.

Two free throws by Waldrep gave Vinemont the opportunity to close the margin to five and set up full court pressure.

Chambers dropped in a pair of free throws to extend the lead to 67-60. Then Vinemont hit only of its next four free throws and a Cold Springs' layup by Adam Carney against the press was the clincher.

Freeman topped the Cold Springs scoring for the second straight game, finishing with 23. The senior is currently averaging 26 points a game heading into Friday's road game against Fairview.

Chambers netted 22 in front of the home crowd, Austin Moore scored 11, Carney and Zach Ellison had four, Cayde Elliott tossed in three.

Vinemont, now 1-1, got 16 from Tucker and Stanley with Trey Tucker and Waldrep delivering 10 each, Drake seven, David Flores two and Garrett Boland and Hunter Green one.

Cold Springs was seven of eight at the line in the second half, four of five during crunch time of the fourth period.

Cold Springs 67, Vinemont 25 (Girls):

A fast start by Cold Springs had the Lady Eagles in complete control by the end of the first period. Tammy West's team was ahead 26-0 and was able to rest starters during the second quarter with the reserves providing good play for the lead to be 48-6 at halftime.

In two games on the young season, Cold Springs is scoring 47.5 points for the first half and allowing the opposition 13.5.

Vinemont was able to produce 19 points in the second half on on seven field goals, four treys with two coming by senior Casey Westmoreland. Cold Springs also tallied 19 points in the final half with senior Caitlyn Hall leading the team in the home opener by scoring 18.

Rilee White added 13 for Cold Springs, Emme Willoughby had 10, Keegan Johnson seven, McKinley Davis six, Camryn Crider and Kaleigh Merring five and Hannah Watson three.

Supporting the scoring of Westmoreland for Vinemont was Zoe Thomas with five, Kelsey Rodgers four and Anna Hughes and Mykenzie Lamb three.