PREP BASKETBALL: Cold Springs splits area, home opener with Southeastern; Monday scoring recap

Cold Springs’ Toni West (4) led all scorers with 15 points in the Lady Eagles’ 78-25 win over Southeastern Monday night. (Nick Griffin for The Cullman Tribune)

BREMEN, Ala. – For the first time this season, the defending 2A state champion Cold Springs Lady Eagles were back on their home floor Monday night for a big area matchup against the Lady Mustangs of Southeastern. Cold Springs routed the Lady Mustangs by a score of 78-25 but in the boys game that followed, Southeastern bounced back to defeat the Eagles 56-41.

Cold Springs 78 – Southeastern 25 (varsity girls)

The Lady Eagles started this one about as fast they could. Thanks to quick three from Neely Ellison and a pair of steals from Shay Sellers, Cold Springs built a 6-0 lead with just 23 seconds gone in the opening quarter. The lead was up to 11-0 early in the first quarter before Southeastern could get on the board and the constant pressure from the Lady Eagles defensively helped them take a 24-7 lead going into the second quarter.

Back to back three-point baskets from Brooke Crider made it a 34-7 game early in the second and Cold Springs stretched that lead to 41-8 by the midway point of the period. The Lady Mustangs managed to get some buckets late in the second, but the Lady Eagles went into the half with a commanding, 46-18 advantage.

Cold Springs continued to build its lead in the third until a three-pointer and a running floater by Toni West on back to back possessions made it a 61-21 game late in the third quarter. The Lady Eagles carried a 41-point lead into the final frame and back to back threes from Emma Chambers and Kyla Aaron widened the gap to 71-23 with just a few minutes remaining. Cold Springs pulled away to defeat Southeastern and win its home opener 78-25.

West led the Lady Eagles with 15 points in the win followed by Ellison and Crider who each finished with 12. Elizabeth Hill added nine points for Cold Springs, Sellers posted eight, Madison Bruer scored seven and Aaron and Chambers each finished with five points.

The Lady Eagles will be back in action on Thursday when they travel to face Decatur Heritage.

Southeastern 56 – Cold Springs 41 (varsity boys)

The boys matchup was very low-scoring out of the gate. A three-pointer by Micah Calvert gave the Eagles and early 3-0 lead but the Mustangs rallied to take a 12-5 lead by the end of the first quarter. Cold Springs struggled to make inside shots in the first half and offensive rebounds were giving Southeastern a chance to add to its lead. The Mustangs pulled ahead 24-7 midway through the second quarter and took a 30-14 advantage into the halftime break.

Southeastern maintained a 37-18 lead midway through the third but the Eagles were able to end the quarter on a 5-0 scoring run and cut the lead to 37-23 going into the fourth. Another Calvert three cut the lead to 39-29 early in the fourth and Brody Peppers scored a bucket later in the period to keep it a 10-point game at 43-33. A layup by Robert Ayala made it a 48-40 game with two minutes to play but the Eagles couldn’t get any closer than that and fell to the Mustangs 56-41.

Calvert led Cold Springs with 14 points in the loss, followed closely by Ayala with 13. Adam Hill and Logan Rice finished the game with six points and Peppers added two for the Eagles.

Cold Springs will be back in action Thursday when it travels to take on Holly Pond.

Vinemont 59 – St. Bernard 47 (varsity girls)

Vinemont held a slim 12-9 lead after the opening period as Sadie Stanley scored eight of the Lady Eagles’ 12 points in the quarter. The second quarter was all Vinemont as they outscored the Lady Saints 17-5 to take a 29-14 lead into the locker room. The second half was more of the same as St. Bernard couldn’t dig themselves out of a double-digit hole despite their best efforts to get back in the game and Vinemont wound up taking the game 59-47 to collect its first win of the season.

Stanley led the way for Vinemont (1-3) with a game-high 27 points while St. Bernard’s (1-3) Emma Tafazoli finished with 18 points and Claire Sanders added 10 points for the Lady Saints.

Vinemont 54 – St. Bernard 51 (varsity boys)

Jose Zatarain scored the first six points of the game to help St. Bernard take an early 6-1 lead, but a pair of treys by Katch Johnson gave Vinemont a 7-6 lead after first quarter. The Eagles continued that momentum going into the second period, with William Rhodes leading the way and scoring 11 second quarter points and helping Vinemont suffocate the Saints defensively, holding them to just 10 points in the period and taking a 28-16 lead into the locker room at halftime.

St. Bernard looked to get back in the contest early in the second half, but Vinemont tried its best to keep the double-digit lead. With Vinemont holding a 39-28 lead, John Christian Rose got a huge steal and a layup to make it a 39-30 game going into the final period.

The Saints started out the fourth quarter strong as a 10-2 run made it a 41-39 game. Vinemont looked to regain control of the contest, but it wasn’t easy thanks to the early surge by St. Bernard. Free throws by Jordan Hall and Collin Teichmiller made it a 52-48 contest, but a deep three by Rose cut the lead to 52-51. Colby Miller was fouled by Rose with 2.7 seconds remaining and Miller drilled both shots from the line to make it 54-51. A last-second heave by Rose went over the backboard and the Eagles hung on to win the game, 54-51.

Johnson finished with 18 points for Vinemont (1-3) while Rhodes added 11 and Teichmiller chipped in with 10. For St. Bernard (1-3), Rose finished with a game-high 26 points, 17 of which came in the fourth quarter, and Zatarain added 10. 

Vinemont will travel to Winston County on Tuesday, while St. Bernard will take a road trip to West End on Tuesday. 

Other Monday night scores:

Hanceville 45 – Corner 25 (varsity girls)

Corner 63 – Hanceville 50 (varsity boys)

West Point 58 – Jasper 41 (varsity girls)

Jasper 77 – West Point 61 (varsity boys)

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