HANCEVILLE – Six junior varsity games to open the 2017 edition of the Cullman County Basketball Tournament Saturday at Tom Drake Coliseum were dominant performances by the winners.
Each who was victorious in the quarterfinal round did it by a double-digit margin. Only two of the six were close at halftime, with the other four being well in control when the winning team departed for the locker room at intermission.
The tournament tipped off at 1 p.m. and ended at 7:59 p.m. with each assignment getting started at the time the games were set. This was pleasing for many, with a second round of thunderstorms forecasted to invade Cullman County later in the night.
Game 1 — West Point JV Girls 38, Good Hope 20
Fourth seed West Point ran out to a 20-8 lead after the first quarter and was able to keep fifth seed Good Hope at arm's length. The Lady Warriors were ahead 24-14 at the break and 31-17 following the third period.
Lexi Farley led West Point with 14, Meredith Calvert scored 10, Maci Hamby and Sheridan Bowers scored six each and Goga Drowning Bear added two.
Good Hope got six points each from Emily Speegle and Haley Runge while Abby Neighbors scored four and Savanna Burney and Alex Stansell had two each.
Game 2 — Fairview JV 44, Vinemont 30
Austin Turner scored 17 points on 7-of-13 shooting and 3-of-4 from the line that carried Fairview past Vinemont. The Aggies had a 19-8 advantage following the first, 26-17 at the half and 39-27 entering the final quarter.
Turner also collected eight rebounds and handed out two assists for the fourth-seeded Aggies. Devan Jennings and Kole Robinson provided support with nine points each, Brady Brooks scored five and Zane Miller netted four.
Leading Vinemont was Katch Johnson with 10, Conner Handley and Hudson Woods six each, Trey Boland and Blake Ray with four each.
Game 3 — Holly Pond JV Girls 36, Hanceville 21
Holly Pond was tested by Hanceville for the first half with the Lady Broncos only up 17-13 when the half ended.
The game was controlled by Holly Pond in the second half, with an 11-5 run in the third to open the advantage to 28-18, and built the final margin to 15 by an 8-3 spurt in the fourth quarter.
Elizabeth Miller paced a balanced attack for Holly Pond with eight, Maddie Heatherly scored seven, Tate Duke six, Kara Hollis five, Sarah Finley four and Kriston Campbell and Lili Harris three each.
Jessica Thompson scored 11 for Hanceville, hitting three from 3-point range, Molly Hall added six and Jada Graves and Jayden Thompson tossed in two each.
Game 4 — Holly Pond JV 42, Hanceville 22
Hanceville was right on the heels of third seed Holly Pond for the first half, trailing 22-16 at intermission.
The Broncos used an 18-6 advantage in the third to get breathing space, opening the lead to 40-22.
Holly Pond kept Hanceville from scoring in the final period and added a field goal to complete its scoring, winning by a margin of 20 points.
Kyler Chaney had the hot hand for the Broncos with 18, Devin Tankersley scored five, Tyler Boatright four, Reese Hightower, Alex Corneglia, Jordan Allbright and Brody Rowell three each and Issac Ludwig two.
Alan Jones and Tristan Vincent led Hanceville with eight apiece, followed by Travis Hutchfield four and Carman Moore two.
Game 5 — Fairview JV Girls 37, Vinemont 11
Fairview went on a 7-0 run late in the opening quarter to break a tie and take a 14-7 lead. Then the Lady Aggies dominated, leading 30-9 at the half thanks to a 16-2 run in the second.
It was 35-9 Fairview following the third.
Isabella McGukin delivered 11 to the winning total with 10 being scored by Daisy Manasco, nine from Peyton Golden and Katie Ball, Taylor Vincent and Maddie Yeager two each. Ball had six assists and five rebounds from her point guard position.
For Vinemont, Lexi Helton knocked down four, Valerie Cofer three and Kanasta Daniel and Bailey Preiss two each.
Game 6 — West Point JV 46, Cold Springs 12
This game was West Point's after the opening quarter with a 20-1 lead. The Warriors had the Eagles down 34-3 at the break and 40-9 with one quarter left to be played.
Matt McDonald ripped the cords for 19 on 8-of-11 field goals, two from 3-point territory, and one free throw.
Noah Allison scored seven, Noah Gammon six, Carson Moon four, Landon Ray three, Conner Aldridge and Dalton White two and Hunter Persall one.
Ray Dawson scored six for Cold Springs, both baskets coming from long range. Carson Gammon had three, Hunter Freeman two and Jonathan Smith one.
JV: Good Hope vs. Fairview 5 p.m.
Girls: Fairview vs. Vinemont 6:15 p.m.
Varsity: West Point vs. Good Hope 7:30 p.m.
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