DECATUR – Holly Pond guard Ruth Horton single-handedly kept the Lady Broncos in the game with Colbert County by scoring 12 points through the first 4:00 minutes.
But Colbert County was able to slow down Horton the rest of the way, going on to win 74-43 over the Lady Broncos Thursday afternoon in the consolation bracket of the Decatur Orthopedic Clinic Christmas Classic.
Horton got a layup with 3:46 to play in the period, closing the deficit on the Lady Indians to 15-12. Horton scored twice from long range and had three field goals from close range to get her team in contention when they were behind 13-3 at the 5:25 mark.
Colbert County finished the quarter with a 10-3 run and led 25-15 when time ran out.
The second quarter was a 20-6 scoring advantage to Colbert County. Horton was reduced to one field goal in the stanza with the Lady Indians relying on the one-two punch of Chelsea Leach and Alledra Bonner.
The duo combined for 30 points in the half, 17 in the second period with Colbert County getting control to lead 45-21 at halftime.
Holly Pond shut down the potent attack of Colbert County in the third, allowing the Lady Indians just nine points. The Lady Broncos got 11 on their side of the scoreboard, but were down 54-32 when the period came to a close.
Colbert County overcame a bad third with a solid fourth, outscoring the Lady Broncos 20-11 to finish the tournament at 2-1 and go to 7-4 on the season.
Holly Pond is 6-13 overall, compiling a victory in three games during its visit to the River City.
Paige Parker-Adams' Lady Broncos defeated Talladega County Central 46-26 Wednesday to get the chance to return to the Decatur campus Thursday and begin the consolation side of the tournament in the early afternoon.
Horton had 16 to guide the Lady Broncos' scoring with Taylor Tankersley, Liz Miller, Presley Marks and Kolby Holcomb getting six each and Molly Gambrill three.
Leach finished with a game-high 25 points for Colbert County while Bonner tallied 16 points.
Cold Springs bounces back from first loss
TRINITY – In the West Morgan Christmas Tournament, the Cold Springs Lady Eagles shook off their first loss of the season, bouncing back with a 57-20 rout of Brooks in the consolation bracket.
The No. 4 team from Class 2A was upset by Priceville 62-50 in the opening round Wednesday.
Cold Springs will play in the fifth-place game at 2 p.m. Friday vs. the winner of the Central-Florence vs. Randolph game.
Tammy West's Lady Eagles enter the final Friday of 2016 with a record of 14-1.
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