WEST POINT – Monday's contest between the West Point Warriors and the Cold Springs Eagles was just as great as expected. Each team had no problem scoring in the first. The biggest lead of the quarter was held by West Point at four but their lead was cut to just one on a jumper by Josh Freeman at the end of the quarter. The Warriors held on to a slim 14-13 lead at the end of the first eight minutes.
After tying the game twice, Cold Springs took their first lead of the game with 2:43 left in the second on a tough Triston Chambers lay-up, putting the Eagles up 25-24. After a Warrior turnover, Eli Hamby hit a jumper deep in the lane and Chambers hit a free throw to up the Cold Springs lead to four. They would extend their run to 9-0 on a deep three by Chambers, but Tanner Rusk of West Point nailed a three of his own as well a pair from the charity stripe to cut the Eagles' lead four, 33-29, heading to the half.
Cold Springs started to pull away in the early part of the third quarter due to a 12-4 run that included back-to-back deep threes from Chambers, however the Warriors were not done. They fought back tooth and nail to shrink the deficit to just six, 48-42, heading to the final frame.
The Warriors scratched and clawed in the fourth but could not get closer than two. Cold Springs 65, West Point 63.
After a relatively slow start, Cold Springs started to pour in the points in the last two minutes of the quarter thanks in big part to Emme Willoughby, who had 10 points in the first. After one, Cold Springs led 22-14.
The second quarter was full of runs, by both teams, as West Point was able to cut the lead to six before Cold Springs came fighting back to push the lead back to 11, forcing a Lady Warriors time out. The stoppage didn't faze Cold Springs as they were able to add to their lead, taking a 40-27 lead to the locker room at the half.
West Point was on fire in the third, cutting the Cold Springs lead to as little as seven, but the Lady Eagles were able to weather the storm and get their lead back to double digits. Cold Springs led 57-43 at the end of three.
West Point played hard in the fourth but could not overcome the lights-out three-point shooting of Cold Springs as they fell to the Lady Eagles by the final score of 71-52.