Photos courtesy of Cody Kanaday / Cullman County Athletics
HOLLY POND – It was a good night to be a Holly Pond Bronco. The junior varsity girls, junior varsity boys and varsity boys all came out victorious when the Hanceville Bulldogs came to the Pond Tuesday night.
Holly Pond 59, Hanceville 53 (Varsity Boys)
Kyler Chaney of Holly Pond was money in the first quarter of the varsity boys game Tuesday night. He dropped in eight points in the quarter, including a pair of 3-point baskets that led the Broncos to a 15-11 first-quarter lead.
The second-quarter action was just about as close as you could get. Holly Pond and Hanceville spent the entire eight minutes swapping baskets and playing good defense. After the dust settled, Holly Pond enjoyed a 30-25 lead at the half.
The Broncos came out firing in the third, scoring four quick points to force a Bulldog timeout. Out of the break, Holly Pond continued to press the Dawgs and scored 14 straight before Brendan Flanigan scored the first two points of the second half for Hanceville. The Bulldogs came on late in the third and cut the Bronco lead to just nine heading to the fourth.
Hanceville played strong in the final frame, getting as close as six, but the need to foul down the stretch put the Broncos at the line where they hit their free throws and closed out the game with a 59-53 victory.
Hanceville 63, Holly Pond 44 (Varsity Girls)
After a slow start by both teams, the first quarter ended in a flurry of action. Holly Pond and Hanceville went back and forth, up and down the floor, trading buckets. But thanks to a quarter-high eight points by McKenna Folds, the Lady Broncos held an 18-15 advantage after one.
Hanceville took over the game in the second quarter, hitting shot after shot while applying pressure to Holly Pond. The Lady Bulldogs outscored the Lady Broncos 18-11 in the second to take a 33-27 lead to the locker room at the half.
Holly Pond played hard in the third, but Hanceville stayed strong and continued to apply pressure, causing turnovers and unforced errors that led to a 14-point lead after three.
Holly Pond kept the fourth close matching Hanceville point for point, but the Lady Dawgs were able to keep Holly Pond at arm’s length, taking home a 63-44 victory.
It was a banner night for Holly Pond JV team as they routed Hanceville 64-28.
The girls game was much tighter, but the outcome was the same, with Holly Pond on top. Final score: Holly Pond 40, Hanceville 38.
West Point 70, Good Hope 67 (Boys)
It was a barn burner Tuesday as West Point and Good Hope clashed in what turned out to be an instant classic.
The action went back and forth all night and came down to free throws. In the final seconds of the thrilling contest, Skylar Bowers sank a pair of free throws to seal the victory for the Warriors.
West Point 65, Good Hope 37 (Girls)
West Point continued its dominating season Tuesday as they downed the Lady Raiders in impressive fashion.
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