Kinley Campbell (32) in Tuesday night's game against the Vinemont Lady Eagles / Josh McBrayer
VINEMONT – Tuesday night’s match up between the Vinemont Eagles and the Cold Springs Eagles was intense from the opening to the final whistle. The action went back and forth in the first quarter with both teams trading baskets for the opening two minutes. Cold Springs controlled the inside, opening up a six-point lead, 14-8, at the end of one.
Play continued to be tight in the second quarter with Vinemont working the perimeter while Cold Springs continued to bang around Vinemont in the paint. Cold Springs looked as if it would take a 10-point lead to the half, but a late three by Connor Handley on Vinemont’s final possession of the half cut the Cold Springs’ lead to single digits, 23-16, heading to the break.
Vinemont spent the entirety of the third quarter whittling away at the Cold Springs’ lead, leaning on threes by Katch Johnson and Handley. Vinemont pulled to within four, but a buzzer-beating three by Micah Calvert put Cold Springs back up by seven heading to the fourth.
Johnson was the first player to score in the fourth, earning a hard basket inside for Vinemont and cutting the deficit to five. However, two missed threes on two trips down the floor coupled with the Cold Springs Eagles being in the double bonus for more than half of the quarter allowed Cold Springs to pull away for the win. Final score: 43-36.
Adam Hill was the leading scorer with 11. Calvert was behind him with 10. Hunter McAnnally had seven, Mason Harris contributed five and Matthew Peed had four.
Vinemont’s Johnson led all scorers with 16. Jack Hill had 10, Handley added eight and Clay Shipp added two.
Cold Springs 64, Vinemont 24 (girls)
The Cold Springs Lady Eagles started off hot in the first quarter with a pair of three-point buckets by Lady Eagle leader Camryn Crider and a strong put-back basket by Aubrey Negron. Vinemont answered with a free throw by Bailey Preiss and a lay-up by Madison Harbison to keep the game to within six early in the first frame. Midway through the quarter Cold Springs turned up the heat thanks to another pair of three-point baskets by Crider, helping the Cold Springs Lady Eagles to a 20-9 advantage after one.
Cold Springs built on its lead in the second, leaning on three deep balls by Crider. Toni West, Prisca McAnnally, Negron and Hill each added two points to give Cold Springs a comfortable 37-15 lead going to the locker room at the half.
The half did nothing to slow down the momentum of Cold Springs as the team came out of the locker room just as hot as they went in. Vinemont tried to keep it close, but the Lady Eagles extended the lead to 36-24, ensuring the fourth quarter would be played with a hot clock. Cold Springs went on to outscore Vinemont 8-0 to take the game 64-24.
Crider led Cold Springs, and all scorers, with 25 points including seven three-point baskets. West, Negron and Kylon Hamby each added six. Kinley Campbell and Hill each had five, Neely Ellison added three and McAnnally added a pair.
Leading the Vinemont Lady Eagles was Madysen Hacker with 11. Sadie Stanly had six on a pair of threes, Valarie Stacks has a three of her own while Kanasta Daniel and Harbison added two apiece.
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