PREP BASKETBALL: Lady Eagles, Raiders emerge victorious; Thursday night roundup


GOOD HOPE – The Cold Springs Lady Eagles took home yet another close win over Good Hope, while in the boys' game, the Raiders won in convincing fashion over the Eagles.

Cold Springs 47, Good Hope 44 (Girls)

For the second time in as many meetings, the Lady Eagles and the Lady Raiders engaged in a close contest, but for the second time, Cold Springs found a way to take the game, winning by three to improve to 13-10 overall. Their next contest is in the Cullman County Basketball Tournament next Tuesday where the third-seeded Lady Eagles will battle the sixth-seeded Holly Pond Lady Broncos at 6:15 p.m. The Lady Raiders fall to 8-17 overall and as the no. 5 seed in the tournament, they will face the no. 4 seed, Hanceville, next Wednesday at 6:15 p.m.

Good Hope 66, Cold Springs 35 (Boys)
The three ball fell for Good Hope in the first quarter as the Raiders hit five in the quarter: two each by Cole Maddox and Kallen Sharpton, and one by Drew Maddox, but Cold Springs' Hunter McClendon tried his best to keep his team in the game, scoring six in the quarter. Good Hope held a 17-10 lead after one.

McClendon scored his team's first four points of the second quarter to make it a 21-14 game, then Sharpton hit four from the charity stripe, plus Cole Maddox added a layup, to stretch Good Hope's lead to 27-16, then to 31-18 after an Isaac McDonald three and a Noah Fendley free throw. Cole Maddox hit a trey sandwiched around layups by the Eagles' Francisco Ayala and Logan Rice to make it a 34-22 game at the half.

But the start of the third quarter saw Matt Dixon come alive on defense, as he had three steals, and added three points, and he, along with the rest of the Raider defense, swarmed all around the Eagles, forcing seven turnovers in the quarter. McDonald added a pair of threes; Fendley had six in the quarter. Sharpton and Cole Maddox each added two as Good Hope ended up outscoring Cold Springs, 19-6, in the period to take a commanding 53-28 lead into the final quarter. The Eagles kept battling until the buzzer sounded, but the Raiders wound up taking the game, 66-35.

Cole Maddox led the way for Good Hope (13-10) with 17 points. Sharpton followed closely behind with 14 points. McDonald had 11 in the game. Fendley ended up with nine. Drew Maddox had eight. Michael Lowe ended up with four, and Dixon finished with three as all but one Raider contributed in the game. The Raiders are the no. 3 seed in the county tournament and will take on no. 6 seed Cold Springs next Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

McClendon finished with 10 to lead Cold Springs. Rice had six. Daniel Bird, Ayala, Micah Calvert, and Mason Harris all ended up with four each, and Carson Garmon had three.

Fairview 59, Holly Pond 19 (Girls)
The Fairview Lady Aggies eased past Holly Pond on the road to improve to 16-6 overall. They will have a bye in the first round of the county tournament, and will await the winner of the Hanceville-Good Hope game on Thursday at 6:15 p.m. Holly Pond falls to 4-15 overall and will travel to Vinemont Friday.

Holly Pond 72, Fairview 53 (Boys)
Holly Pond picked up win no. 20 on the season as they were on cruise control from the word go in their road win over Fairview. They are 20-3 overall. 
Fairview falls to 10-11 overall. The Aggies are the no. 4 seed in the county tournament and will face the no. 5 seed, Hanceville, Monday at 7:30 p.m.

Hanceville 54, Vinemont 23 (Girls)
Hanceville took care of business easily at home against Vinemont as the Lady Bulldogs improve to 13-7 overall and finish a perfect 6-0 in the area. 

Hanceville 68, Vinemont 38 (Boys)
Hanceville's boys improve to 12-6 overall and finish 5-1 in the area after their rout of Vinemont at home. They will stay at home on Friday against J.B. Pennington.

Hayden 71, West Point 55 (Girls)
The Lady Warriors fell in their final area game of the season at Hayden. They fall to 17-8 overall and 3-3 in the area.

Hayden 71, West Point 60 (Boys)
West Point got off to a great start in the first half, and they held a 38-26 lead at the half. But Hayden jumped all over the Warriors to start off the second half, and West Point couldn't recover in time. They ended up being outscored, 45-22, in the second half, to fall in a tough area game on the road. The Warriors fall to 11-12 overall and finish with a 4-2 area record, and will travel to Jasper on Friday.

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