Holly Pond's Maddie Heatherly (32) led the Lady Broncos with 16 points in their 52-38 win at Good Hope Thursday night. (Martha Needham for The Cullman Tribune)
GOOD HOPE – The Holly Pond Broncos traveled to Good Hope Thursday night to play a pair of varsity matchups that were rescheduled due to Alabama’s appearance in the college football national championship game Monday night. The Lady Broncos took the first game of the evening 52-38 and the ninth-ranked Raiders came up with a win in the boys' matchup 71-62.
(9-10) Holly Pond 52 – (2-14) Good Hope 38 (varsity girls)
Good Hope couldn't have asked for a better start to the game as the Raiders jumped out to a 12-2 lead behind seven points from Savanna Burney, a three from Desire' Odachowski and a layup by Rudi Derrick. However, the Lady Broncos finished the quarter strong when Maddi Ham drilled a trio of 3-point shots to help Holly Pond finish on a 12-3 run to make it a 15-14 game after one quarter. The second period featured very little scoring from both sides, a combined five points, but the Lady Raiders still held a slim 18-16 lead at the half.
Good Hope stretched its lead to 25-20 after another trey by Odachowski, but Holly Pond's Maddie Heatherly and Elizabeth Miller helped the Lady Broncos take a lead and then some, scoring 14 of the final 16 points in the period to take a 34-27 lead going into the final period.
The Lady Raiders made it a 37-31 game on a pair of Abby Neighbors free throws, but Holly Pond quickly pushed its lead to double-digits at 45-31 and wound up taking the game 52-38.
Heatherly finished with 16 points, 17 rebounds and five steals for the Lady Broncos. Miller added 12 points, three rebounds and a block. Ham ended up with 10 points and a steal.
The Lady Broncos will look to make it to .500 on the season in next Tuesday's game at Fairview.
For Good Hope, Burney led the way with 10 points and six rebounds. Neighbors added eight points, five rebounds and a steal. Odachowski ended up with six points and four rebounds. Rudi Derrick chipped in with five points, eight rebounds and three steals.
The Lady Raiders will look to rebound on Friday night when they travel to Oneonta.
(15-4) Good Hope 71 – (11-9) Holly Pond 62 (varsity boys)
Holly Pond got off to a very quick start in this one, jumping out to a quick 10-2 lead early and later stretching it to 23-11 on a pair of Isaac Ludwig free throws, but Good Hope cut it to 23-15 to end the quarter on two layups from Matt Dixon and Noah Fendley,
That momentum carried over into the second period as an 11-3 Raider run tied the game up at 26 and a Dawson Turner trey from the left corner helped Good Hope take a 31-29 lead into the locker room at the half.
Both teams traded mini-runs to start out the second half. After a pair of Cooper Jones layups gave Holly Pond a 37-33 lead, Cole Maddox, Drew Maddox and Tanner Malin were part of a 9-0 Raider run that gave Good Hope a 42-37 advantage. A Parker Sellers trey made it a 43-42 game and Good Hope pushed its lead back to five at 49-44 to end the third quarter.
Holly Pond made it 49-46 to start out the final period on a pair of Tyler Boatright free throws, but the Raiders answered back with a huge run,scoring the next 13 points to stretch their lead to 62-46. The Broncos made things interesting as they went on a huge run late to make it a 68-62 ball game, but Good Hope sealed the 71-62 win on three free throws from Malin.
Fendley finished the game with 24 points, seven rebounds and a steal for Good Hope. Drew Maddox added 13 points, five rebounds and three steals. Cole Maddox ended up with 12 points, 11 rebounds and two assists. Malin added seven points, five rebounds, three steals and three assists. Michael Lowe chipped in with two points, eight rebounds and four blocks.
The Raiders will travel to Oneonta on Friday night for a huge area game.
Tyler Boatright led the way for Holly Pond with 18 points, 10 rebounds and a steal. Kyler Chaney added 14 points, nine rebounds and a steal. Devyn Tankersley ended up with six points and eight rebounds. Jones added six points of his own, along with four rebounds.
The Broncos will look to bounce back in their game at Fairview next Tuesday.
Other Thursday night scores:
Hanceville 63 – Locust Fork 50 (varsity boys)
Locust Fork 63 – Hanceville 36 (varsity girls)
St. Bernard 41 – Vinemont 36 (varsity boys)
Vinemont 41 – St. Bernard 33 (varsity girls)
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