MIDDLE SCHOOL BASKETBALL: Good Hope, Hanceville secure Cullman County Middle School Tournament titles

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Hanceville celebrates with the trophy on the court after defeating Good Hope to secure the Cullman County Middle School Tournament Championship Monday night. (Nick Griffin for The Cullman Tribune)

WEST POINT – The 2018 Cullman County Middle School Tournament is in the books and as a result, two new champions were crowned. The Good Hope Lady Raiders put down Parkside 42-17 to secure the title in the girls' bracket and Hanceville knocked off Good Hope 37-28 to take home the first-place trophy in the boys' bracket.

Good Hope 42 – Parkside 17

The defensive pressure from the Lady Raiders made it tough for Parkside to cross half court much less put points on the board. Forcing early turnovers allowed Good Hope to jump to a 5-0 lead that stretched to 13-2 by the end of the first quarter. Ivey Maddox scored 10 in the opening frame for the Lady Raiders.

Good Hope’s defense continued to smother the Lady Panthers but a scoring drought for the Lady Raiders in the latter half of the second period allowed Parkside to hang around, trailing 22-9 at the half. Both offenses struggled in the third, but Good Hope maintained its lead and took a 29-15 advantage into the fourth quarter.

The defense continued to pick up for Parkside in the final frame but more turnovers on the offensive end allowed the Lady Raiders to pull away. A steal followed by a transition layup with 3:00 minutes to play from Maddox put Good Hope on top 31-17 and secured the County Championship. Maddox led all scorers with 17 points in the win, followed by Parkside’s Jayla Gorham who finished with 13.

Hanceville 37 – Good Hope 28

Points were hard to come by in this one. The Raiders led things 3-2 at the end of the first quarter but an offensive burst in the second put the Bulldogs ahead by halftime. Zac Campbell scored 10 in the second quarter for the Bulldogs, helping to put them on top 20-11 at the break.

The Raiders would not go away, but a layup from Will Calvert put Hanceville back up to 31-21 with 1:00 to play in the third. The Raiders continued to hang around and chip away at the Bulldogs' lead in the fourth quarter but a fast-break layup from Brayden Harris with under two minutes to play put Hanceville up 36-28 and put the game out of reach for Good Hope.

Campbell led all scorers with 14 points in the win, followed closely by Harris who finished with 12. Kimal Bell and Colten Lindsey each scored 10 in the loss for the Raiders.

2018 Cullman County Middle School Basketball All-County Team (as voted by the coaches)

Girls' Team

  • Ivey Maddox, Good Hope
  • Bailey Tetro, Good Hope
  • Heather Tetro, Good Hope
  • Alexis Kimbril, West Point
  • Kristine Shaddix, West Point
  • Ella Bruer, Cold Springs
  • Malaya Taylor, Cold Springs
  • Emma Garcia, Parkside
  • Jalya Gorham, Parkside
  • Samantha Giles, Holly Pond
  • Madyson Rickman, Holly Pond
  • Jaycee Allman, Fairview
  • Savanna McAnnally, Hanceville
  • Abby Young, Vinemont
  • Lilli Martin, Harmony

Boys' Team

  • Will Calvert, Hanceville
  • Zac Campbell, Hanceville
  • Brayden Harris, Hanceville
  • Kimal Bell, Good Hope
  • Colten Lindsey, Good Hope
  • Charlie O-Neil, Good Hope
  • Bradley Smith, Fairview
  • Jameson Goble, Fairview
  • Chris Owens, West Point
  • Ashton Rogers, West Point
  • Isaac Moody, Vinemont
  • Ryan Stewart, Vinemont
  • Landon Tweedie, Parkside
  • Cooper Salazar, Parkside
  • Gunner McBee, Holly Pond
  • Dillan Burgess, Cold Springs
  • Kanen Trussell, Harmony

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