PREP BASKETBALL: Good Hope knocks off 4th-ranked Rebels; Lady Raiders handle West Morgan

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Good Hope's Drew Maddox drives to the basket past two defenders in the Raiders' 68-65 win over West Morgan Tuesday night. (Nick Griffin for The Cullman Tribune)

GOOD HOPE – West Morgan traveled to Good Hope for a pair of varsity matchups Tuesday nights and the Raiders sent them home with a pair of losses. The fourth-ranked Rebels fell to Good Hope 68-65 in a great game while the Lady Raiders cruised past West Morgan 43-26.

Good Hope 68 – West Morgan 65 (varsity boys)

Most of this game was played in transition, making for a fast-paced, up and down contest that was tight from start to finish. The Rebels built an early lead, but Good Hope closed the first quarter on an 8-4 run to take a 19-15 lead into the second period.

Turnovers and missed shots from the Raiders allowed West Morgan to get back out in front before the half and the Rebels carried a 34-32 lead into the break. Offensive rebounds and fast break points kept the Rebels in front during the third quarter but a three-pointer from Matt Dixon just before the buzzer cut the West Morgan lead to 54-49 at the end of the frame.

The Raiders tied the game at 54 early in the fourth quarter with a three-pointer from Dawson Turner and Cole Maddox scored on their next possession to put them ahead for the first time since the second quarter. Maddox scored 10 of his 17 points in the final period. West Morgan cut the lead to 66-62 with less than a minute to play but a free throw from Michael put the Raiders back up by five with 30 seconds to play. The Rebels were able to get one more shot to fall and got a good look at a game-tying three-point shot but the ball bounced off the back iron and Good Hope held on to win it 68-65.

Four Raiders finished in double figures, led by Cole Maddox with 17. Noah Fendley finished just behind with him 16, Drew Maddox posted 14 and Lowe added 10 more.

The Raiders will be back in action when they host Cold Springs on Thursday.

Good Hope 43 – West Morgan 26 (varsity girls)

Offense was tough to come by early in this one, unless you were Savanna Derrick. The junior guard scored the first seven points of the game, helping the Lady Raiders jump out to a commanding 9-0 lead. Good Hope led 14-5 at the end of the first and managed to build it into a 25-13 lead at the half.

The Lady Raiders weren’t able to make a lot happen on the offensive end but smothered the Lady Rebels defensively, keeping them from chipping into the Good Hope lead. West Morgan was held to just 13 points in both halves and the Lady Raiders were able to score enough to never leave this one in doubt.

Good Hope will look to stay in the winning column Thursday when it hosts the high-powered Cold Springs Lady Eagles.

Other Tuesday night scores:

Brewer 69 – Cullman 36 (varsity girls)

Brewer 69 – Cullman 56 (varsity boys)

West Point 60 – Fairview 29 (varsity girls)

West Point 73 – Fairview 40 (varsity boys)

Hanceville 54 – Corner 44 (varsity boys)

West End 35 – Vinemont 29 (varsity girls)

Vinemont 58 – West End 47 (varsity boys)

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