Isaac Hoffpauir (40) goes up between two Aggies defenders during West Point's 36-21 win over Fairview Saturday afternoon. (Bill Piper for The Cullman Tribune)
HANCEVILLE – Championship Saturday at the Cullman County Basketball Tournament tipped off with (1) West Point and (2) Fairview in the ninth-grade title game. After a slow start in the first quarter, the Warriors were able to create some separation in the second and pulled away in the second half to win it 36-21.
There were more turnovers than points early in this one and the Warriors clung to a slim 3-2 lead at the end of the first quarter. Cade Simmons converted an and-one play at the free throw line early in the second quarter to put West Point ahead 7-2 but the Aggies were able to trim the lead to 11-8 with just under two minutes to play in the half. The Warriors finished the second on a 7-0 run and carried an 18-8 advantage into the break.
The run continued into the third quarter. A three-pointer from Sam Wheeler put West Point ahead 21-8 early in the period and the Warriors continued to add to their lead. Fairview trailed 25-12 at the start of the fourth quarter and couldn’t put together the comeback. The Warriors pulled away to win it 36-21.
Jayden Laney led West Point with nine points, followed by Isaac Hoffpauir and Simmons with seven. Mason Parker led Fairview with nine points and Ty Grigsby followed him with six.
2019 ninth-grade Cullman County All-Tournament Team:
Sam Wheeler – West Point
Cade Simmons – West Point
Parker Martin – Fairview
Bryson Chamness – Fairview
Ben Gillespie – Good Hope
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