Vinemont coach Lance Lay talks with the Lady Eagles during their game vs. Winfield. / Johnny Thornton
DOUBLE SPRINGS – Coming to Winston County for a hoops play day Thursday, St. Bernard's Lady Saints and Vinemont's Lady Eagles experienced success as well as learning lessons.
St. Bernard got past Lynn 36-33 inside the Winston County High gymnasium after the Lady Saints opened with a a 45-18 loss to Winfield at Double Springs Middle School.
Vinemont had similar results, a 28-10 victory against Lynn in the high school gym and a 39-15 loss to Winfield at the middle school.
Both concluded their visits to Double Springs by facing Winston County in the afternoon.
St. Bernard was defeated by Winston County 47-19. The Lady Saints ended their tour of Winston County at 1-2.
Vinemont experienced a 39-22 defeat to Winston County. Winfield went 3-0 for the day, Winston County was 2-0, St. Bernard and Vinemont 1-2 and Lynn 0-3.
St. Bernard is in the second year under the command of Tiffany Hinkle-Pope. Traci Loyd handled point guard duties in the absence of Makenna Klein. Joining her on the floor were Emma Tafazoli, Claire Sanders, Macy Whaley, Ashley Duke and Arlene Maldonado.
In the game against Winfield, Tafazoli was a highlight on offense with five field goals for 10 points. Loyd and Sanders also chipped in with some shots from the perimeter.
Hinkle-Pope said of the game against Lynn, St. Bernard and the Lady Bears were close the entire contest as her team was able to pull it out in the closing moments.
Facing Winston County, a 2A, Area 13 opponent, St. Bernard fell 47-19. The Lady Saints trailed 32-10 at the half and were unable to mount a solid attack during the final stanza.
Vinemont had a solid effort, defeating Lynn in the first of a three-game series. Coach Lance Lay relied on the play of Bailey Preiss, Sadie Stanley, Kanasta Daniel, Madison Hacker and Kinley Puckett, who started.
Bench play consisted of Valeria Cofer, Lexi Helton, Mckenzie Lawrence, Lexi Holmes and Maddie Harbison. Lawrence sustained a leg injury against Winfield and was kept out of the Winston County game.
Vinemont and Winston County were tied at 2-2, a minute into the contest. Winston County compiled the next 14 points and kept Vinemont off the scoreboard until the 10:00 mark of the half. It was 16-4 when the Lady Eagles ended their drought, but the offense could bring them no closer to the Lady Jackets.
Winston County held a 20-4 advantage at the half. But the Lady Eagles had a good showing in the second half, getting just outscored by a 19-18 margin. A series of shots began to fall from the perimeter and near the basket, Vinemont never letting Winston County get the margin to more than 20 points in the final period.
Varsity results from Double Springs Middle School:
- Carbon Hill 50, Winston County 43
- Winfield 60, Winston County 34
- Winston County 43, Lynn 14
Winston County avoided a winless day at the middle school gym, romping over county rival Lynn. The Yellow Jackets led 24-4 at the break and were never challenged by the Bears.
Adam Gray's Yellow Jackets opened their schedule against Carbon Hill, under new coach Saige Beaty. Winston County had a 20-16 lead at the half before Carbon Hill started to click and outscored the Jackets 34-23 in the final 20 minutes.
Winfield built a 27-10 advantage on the Jackets after the first and were superior with a 33-24 margin in the second half.
Games continued in the late afternoon, even with a thunderstorm outside. No warning was issued for Winston County, while Cullman County had two warnings from the line of storms that passed through between 2 and 3 p.m.
Thunder rumbled outside on several occasions. A flash of lightning could be seen as well, not affecting the games as they concluded at 4:20 p.m.
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