PREP BASKETBALL: Warriors, Lady Warriors sweep Fairview on the road; Tuesday scoring recap

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Will Cochran (0) led the Warriors with 25 points in their 69-58 win at Fairview Tuesday night. (Nick Griffin for The Cullman Tribune)

FAIRVIEW, Ala. – After stormy weather interrupted local hoops action Monday night, Tuesday night featured several local matchups including a meeting between the Fairview Aggies and the West Point Warriors. The Lady Warriors and Lady Aggies went back and forth for most of the night but West Point managed to pull away in the fourth quarter to win it 64-56 and the Warriors fell behind the Aggies 10-0 in the opening quarter but rallied to defeat Fairview 69-58. West Point will return home to host Hartselle on Thursday and Fairview will hit the road to take on Fultondale Friday.

West Point 64 – Fairview 56 (varsity girls)

The opening quarter between these teams was as tight as it gets. West Point and Fairview were both knotted at 17 at the start of the second quarter but the Lady Warriors were able to move in front 37-32 by halftime. The first half featured nine lead changes between both squads.

Micah and Miriam Oldacre each knocked down a three at the start of the third quarter to put West Point on top 43-32 but a three-pointer from Fairview’s Payton Golden trimmed the lead to 46-38 midway through the period. Micah Oldacre and Brooke Brownfield answered with a pair of threes on the other end to make it a 53-42 game late in the third but a Maddie Yeager basket with 30 seconds in the quarter cut the Lady Warriors’ lead to 53-46 at the start of the fourth.

A three-pointer from Ryleigh Jones stretched the West Point lead to 58-46 early in the fourth quarter but the Lady Aggies answered with a scoring run to chip away at the lead. A Morgan Lindsay basket made it 58-52 game with about four minutes to play and a pair of free throws from Daisy Manasco held the score to 60-54 late in the fourth. Lexi Shadix knocked down a pair of free throws with just 30 seconds to play to make it 62-54 and despite a quick score from Katie Ball on the other end, Fairview ran out of time and the Lady Warriors held on to win it 64-56.

Miriam Oldacre led West Point with 21 points in the win, followed by Shadix and Jones who each finished with 13 and Micah Oldacre with 10. Yeager led the Lady Aggies with 14 points, followed by Golden and Manasco with 11 and Molly McKelvy added nine in the loss.   

West Point 69 – Fairview 58 (varsity boys)

The Aggies jumped out to a big lead quickly in this one. An Austin Jackson three gave Fairview a 10-0 start in the first quarter and a pair of three-pointers from Preston Ryan, one coming at the buzzer, put the Aggies in front 20-7 at the end of the opening period.

However, West Point was able to rally and respond in the second quarter, cutting the lead to 20-12 early in the second with a Will Cochran basket. Cochran scored again with around four minutes to play in the half to trim the lead to 27-21 and the scoring run continued for the Warriors. Eventually, Mason Walls drilled a three-pointer late in the second quarter to give West Point its first lead of the game at 28-27 but Jackson was able to convert an and-one play at the free throw line with just over a minute to play in the second to tie the game at 30 going into the halftime break.

Kobe Bowers drilled a three to put the Warriors ahead 33-32 early in the third but an 8-2 scoring run by Fairview, capped off by a steal and layup from Dow Nichols, put the Aggies back in front 40-35 midway through the quarter. Tyler White knocked down a three for West Point on the other end to cut the lead to 44-40 late in the third quarter but a triple by Owen Yarbrough with less than a minute to play in the period put Fairview on top 47-44 going into the fourth.

The fourth quarter featured plenty of fouls and free throws and the Warriors were able to win in both categories. West Point made 16 of its 20 free throw attempts in the final frame and that ended up being the difference in the game, allowing the Warriors to pull away and win it 69-58.

Cochran led West Point with 25 points in the win, followed by White with 10, Walls and Logan Selby with eight Jonathan Fell with seven. Nichols led the way for the Aggies with 12 points in the loss, followed by Austin Turner with 12, Jackson with eight, Yarbrough with seven and Ryan with six.

Other Tuesday scores:

Cold Springs 83 – Holly Pond 47 (varsity girls)

Cold Springs 58 – Holly Pond 47 (varsity boys)

Susan Moore 78 – Hanceville 48 (varsity girls)

Hanceville 77 – Susan Moore 39 (varsity boys)

Vinemont 57 – West End 36 (varsity girls)

Vinemont 64 -West End 46 (varsity boys)

Falkville 64 – Addison 52 (varsity girls) (varsity girls)

Good Hope 66 – Lindsay Lane 31 (varsity boys)

Good Hope 100 – Lindsay Lane 77 (varsity boys)

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