CULLMAN CO. MIDDLE SCHOOL BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT: West Point, Parkside, Hanceville headed to finals

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HANCEVILLE – Thursday was a day full of semi-final action inside Lane Horton Gymnasium on the campus of Hanceville High School. Two girls’ and two boys’ semi-final games were on tap as everyone settled in for some Cullman County Middle School Basketball Tournament hoops action. In the end, the West Point girls and boys, Parkside girls and Hanceville boys earned their way into the finals, set for Saturday.

West Point 37, Holly Pond 20 (Girls)

It was a lot closer in the second meeting of the West Point Lady Warriors and the Holly Pond Lady Broncos. After falling to West Point by 38 in the first meeting, Holly Pond showed it was ready to play, trailing by just a single point at the half.

However, West Point held Holly Pond to just one point in the third and turned up the pressure in the fourth, pushing the lead into double digits and winning the game 37-20.

STATS

West Point

  • Kristine Shadix 12
  • Nikki Tyree 10
  • Summer Mendoza 8
  • Bethany Minck 4
  • Alexis Kimbril 2
  • Alexus Wells 1

Holly Pond

  • Madyson Rickman 11
  • Paris Pannell 3
  • Samantha Giles 3
  • Raeleigh Olinger 3

Parkside 35, Cold Springs 21 (Girls)

It was a low-scoring first half when Parkside and Cold Springs locked horns Thursday night.  Parkside jumped out to an early 6-2 lead after one, but Cold Springs turned it around in the second, scoring nine.   Parkside countered with 12 points to take an 18-11 lead to the half.

The Lady Panthers kept the advantage in the third, extending their lead by one heading to the fourth. From there they held the Lady Eagles to just three points and claimed the victory, 35-21.

STATS

Parkside

  • Morgan Lindsay 17
  • Kaitlyn Benson 6
  • McKayla Latham 4
  • Allie Scott 4
  • Abby Davis 2
  • Emma Garcia 2

Cold Springs

  • Haley Williams 6
  • Ella Stephenson 4
  • Heidi Nichols 4
  • Mia Light 3
  • Reba McCarn 2
  • Erin Bailey 1
  • Madison Perdue 1

West Point 33, Vinemont 14 (Boys)

Two quick threes from the Warriors started the contest between West Point and Vinemont. The Eagles scored two points in the quarter and trailed 8-2 after one. The Warrior press got the best of the Eagles in the second, forcing turnovers that led to easy baskets for the Warriors. This allowed West Point to push its lead to 17-5 at the break.

The Warriors were on fire to start the second half, opening the third quarter on an 11-0 run. The early run led to a 28-8 advantage going to the fourth. In the final frame, West Point cruised to the 33-14 win.

STATS 

West Point 

Sam Wheeler 9
Isaac Hoffpauir 6
Jayden Laney 6
Matthew Hawley 3
Noah Barnette 3
Ashton Rodgers 2
Eli Folds 2
Ethan Gammon 2

Vinemont

Kix Johnson 6
Colby Miller 5
Keith Sleton 3

Hanceville 48, Cold Springs 34 (Boys)

Hanceville started on a deep three and a short jumper against Cold Springs. The hot start led to a 10-2 run that put the Eagles in a hole early. After the dust settled, the Bulldogs found themselves on top 20-10. The second quarter played dead even with Hanceville taking a 29-19 lead at the half.

The Eagles came out determined in the second half, putting the Bulldogs on their heels. But Hanceville survived and surged late in the quarter to push the lead to 16. Cold Springs looked to make a comeback in the fourth, but the deficit was too great, as Hanceville took the game, 48-34.

STATS 

Hanceville

Zach Campbell 16
Adam Cooper 10
Taeja Jones 6
Brayden Harris 6
Ben Johnson 6

Cold Springs 

Seth Williams 10
Tanner Kelley 9
Brodee Barnett 9
Hunter Calvert 3
Brody Peppers 2
Zeke White 1

The championship games are now set for Saturday, Dec. 16:

Girls: West Point vs. Parkside at 1 p.m.
Boys: West Point vs. Hanceville at 2:30 p.m.

 

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