PREP BASKETBALL: Aggies, Lady Aggies sweep Cold Springs on the road; Monday scoring recap

Fairview’s Katie Ball (12) takes a steal the other way for an easy basket during the Lady Aggies’ win at Cold Springs Monday night. (Nick Griffin for The Cullman Tribune)

BREMEN, Ala. – After a busy tournament slate in the lead up to Thanksgiving last week, local teams returned to the hardwood Monday night and Fairview was on the road to take on the Eagles and Lady Eagles of Cold Springs. The Lady Aggies got off to a fast start and knocked off the Lady Eagles 62-47 and the Aggies followed them up with an impressive 65-54 win over the Eagles.

Fairview 62 – Cold Springs 47 (varsity girls)

Elizabeth Hill knocked down a three to make it a 3-3 game early in the first quarter, but Fairview answered with a scoring run to pull ahead early in the game. A steal and layup by Katie Ball put the Lady Aggies on top 7-3 midway through the first and a three from Molly McKelvy stretched it to 10-3 with just under three minutes to play in the quarter. Morgan Lindsey added another basket for Fairview to make it 14-3 and the Lady Aggies took a 14-5 lead into the second quarter.

Fairview was dominant on the boards, particularly in the first half and a number of second-chance opportunities helped the Lady Aggies take the early lead. Neely Ellison drilled back to back threes to cut the lead to 17-10 early in the second quarter but a three from Payton Golden put Fairview on top 22-12 with five minutes to play in the period. The scoring run continued for the Lady Aggies and a steal and layup by Daisy Manasco stretched the lead to 27-14 later in the second. The Lady Eagles were able to trim the lead to 27-18 by the halftime break.

Emma Garcia knocked in a three-pointer to make it 33-21 early in the third and defensive pressure from Fairview led to some more easy buckets. The Lady Aggies built an 18-point lead that was cut to 16 when Madison Bruer hit a shot in the final seconds of the third to make it a 44-28 game going into the final frame.

A steal and quick jumper from Hill cut the lead to 44-30 at the start of the fourth and Cold Springs managed to chip away from the free throw line. A pair of free throws from Emi Harbison made it a 10-point game midway through the quarter but a three by McKelvy on the other end put Fairview in front 49-38 with three minutes to play. Ellison knocked down another triple to cut the lead back down to 10 later in the fourth but the Lady Eagles ran out of time and the Lady Aggies held on to win it 62-47.

McKelvy led Fairview with 19 points in the win, followed by Garcia with 13 and Manasco with 12. Ball added six points for the Lady Aggies and Golden finished with five. Hill posted 22 points for Cold Springs, Ellison added 13 and Harbison finished with six in the loss.

Cold Springs will be back home tomorrow to host West Point and Fairview will return home to take on Good Hope.

Fairview 65 – Cold Springs 54 (varsity boys)

Like the Lady Aggies before them, the Aggies jumped out to a quick start against Cold Springs. An Austin Turner floater made it 4-0 early in the first and a three-pointer from Dow Nichols stretched it to 9-3 midway through the quarter. An Adam Hill free throw cut the lead to 11-7 late in the first but Fairview’s Jack Brown nailed a three in the final seconds of the opening quarter to give the Aggies a 15-7 lead going into the second.

Cold Springs’ Seth Williams hit a three early in the second to make it a 21-11 game, but another scoring run from the Aggies, capped off by a steal and layup by Sawyer Daniel, extended the lead to 29-13 midway through the period. Another bucket from Nichols made it 33-16 late in the second quarter and Brown waited until the final seconds of the half to knock down his next three and give Fairview a 38-20 lead at the break.

The Eagles battled back in the second half, trimming the lead to single digits but couldn’t overcome the early Fairview lead and the Aggies left Bremen with a 65-54 win over Cold Springs.

Three Aggies finished in double digits in the road win, led by Turner with 11 and Nichols and Yarbrough who each posted 10. Williams, Brody Peppers and Micah Calvert each scored 12 for Cold Springs in the loss.

Cold Springs will be back home tomorrow to host West Point and Fairview will return home to take on Good Hope.

Other Monday scores:

Cullman 66 – Hanceville 25 (varsity girls)

Cullman 62 – Hanceville 59 (varsity boys)

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