PREP BASKETBALL: Top-ranked Lady Eagles handle Phillips 78-52, Eagles thrash Bears 77-25

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Elizabeth Hill (3) scored 25 points in the Lady Eagles’ 78-52 win over Phillips Thursday night. (Nick Griffin for The Cullman Tribune)

BREMEN, Ala. – After splitting a pair of varsity matchups at Fairview Tuesday night, Cold Springs returned home Thursday to host Phillips and both the Eagles and Lady Eagles posted impressive wins against the Bears. The Lady Bears came in as the defending 1A state champion and left with a 78-52 loss to the Lady Eagles and in the boys’ game, the Eagles handled the Bears with ease 77-25. Cold Springs will be on the road Friday for a pair of area matchups against West End.

Cold Springs 78 – Phillips 52 (varsity girls)

The first matchup of the night at Jesse George Gymnasium was a clash between defending state champions. Cold Springs took last year’s Class 2A crown and Phillips was the Class 1A champion, but the top-ranked Lady Eagles looked dominant in Thursday night’s meeting.

Cold Springs took a 20-12 lead into the second quarter thanks in large part to 12 points from Neely Ellison, all of which came from behind the three-point line. Ellison stayed hot from behind the arc in the second period, knocking down three straight from deep to stretch the lead to 29-14 early in the second. A basket by Elizabeth Hill made it 34-17 midway through the quarter and despite a late scoring run from the Bears, the Lady Eagles carried a 44-24 advantage into the locker room at the half.

Cold Springs led the way 46-31 early in the third but pulled ahead 52-33 midway through the period after Hill hauled in a rebound and took it coast to coast for another bucket. Another Ellison three bounced off the rim at the buzzer and the Lady Eagles held a 54-41 lead going into the final frame.

Ellison’s next three-point attempt was good and Cold Springs moved in front 58-41 early in the fourth. A triple from Toni West stretched it to 67-44 with just over four minutes to play and after back to back layups by West made it 73-49 late in the fourth, the Lady Eagles pulled away to win it 78-52

Ellison led Cold Springs with 28 points in the win followed closely by Hill with 25 and West finished the night with 13.

Cold Springs 77 – Phillips 25 (varsity boys)

The Eagles quickly jumped out to a 13-4 lead over the Bears midway through the opening quarter and continued to add to their lead before the start of the second. The home crowd came alive when Adam Hill dunked one through a foul and knocked down the free throw to make it a 25-6 game going into the second quarter. Brody Peppers racked up 16 points in the first quarter alone. Roberto Ayala drilled a three to stretch the lead to 28-6 at the start of the second and a Brodi Williams basket put Cold Springs on top 37-9 with just over two minutes to play in the half. Seth Williams was able to tip one in at the buzzer and gave the Eagles a 41-11 lead at the break.

Micah Calvert knocked down a three-pointer to make it 47-11 early in the third quarter and a pair of Hill free throws gave Cold Springs a 56-13 advantage midway through the period. The Eagles were able to stretch their lead to 66-15 by the start of the fourth quarter and cruised to an impressive, 77-25 win at home.

Peppers led Cold Springs with 28 points in the win, followed by Calvert with 15, Hill with 12 and Ayden Alexander with six.

Other Thursday scores:

Hanceville 46 – Fairview 44 (varsity girls)

Hanceville 62 – Fairview 51 (varsity boys)

Winston County 45 – St. Bernard 38 (varsity girls)

Brindlee Mountain 42 – Vinemont 37 (varsity girls)

Decatur Heritage 55 – Meek 37 (varsity girls)

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