PREP BASKETBALL: West Point edges Golden Tigers 77-75, Lady Warriors dominate Russellville 84-34

West Point's Kobe Bowers finished with 19 points in the Warriors' 77-75 win over Russellville Friday night. (Bill Piper for The Cullman Tribune)

WEST POINT, Ala. – The West Point boys’ and girls’ squads hosted Russellville in a pair of huge area matchups and both teams emerged victorious. The Lady Warriors rolled past the Lady Tigers, 84-34, while the Warriors squeaked past the Tigers, 77-75.

West Point 84 – Russellville 34 (varsity girls)

The West Point Lady Warriors remain undefeated in their area as they routed Russellville, 84-34.

West Point (15-5, 3-0) led 30-7 after one and 58-14 at the half as they were clicking on all cylinders from the start. The lead had grown to 72-25 by the end of the third quarter and the hot clock was in effect for the final period as the Lady Warriors took care of business at home, 84-34.

Miriam Oldacre led the way for West Point with 15 points. Ryleigh Jones added 12 points, Sheridan Bowers ended up with 11 and Molly Pendley added 10. Brooke Brownfield and Lexi Shadix each ended up with nine, Braelee Quinn finished with eight, Micah Oldacre added six and Kyleigh Quinn chipped in with two.

West Point 77 – Russellville 75 (varsity boys)

Four different West Point players found the scoring column in the opening period, but they struggled at the free throw line, going just 5-for-14 from the charity stripe as they trailed 19-15 after one. Will Cochran finished with six in the second period, Kobe Bowers added five and Tyler White finished with four and the Warriors found themselves trailing at the half 36-30.

West Point’s offense exploded in the third period, putting up 29 points in the quarter. Aubry Cleghorn finished with nine, White and Bowers each added seven and Cochran ended up with six. A Cleghorn jumper gave the Warriors a 59-55 lead going into the final period.

Three quick points by Cochran stretched the Warrior lead to 62-55, and later on, a trey by Bowers, followed by a White layup, helped push the West Point lead to double digits at 67-57 with 4:55 remaining in the game. However, the Tigers got back in the game, cutting the deficit to just six at 71-65 after a pair of free throws. 

A pair at the line by Bowers made it 73-65 but the Warriors continued to struggle with free throws as they went a combined 3-for-6 on their next three trips, helping keep the Tigers in the game as they cut the West Point lead to 76-73 with 56 seconds remaining in the game. Cochran got a huge steal with less than 10 seconds remaining and after White was fouled, he went 1-for-2 from the charity stripe. Russellville got a basket late, but it was too little, too late, as the Warriors picked up a huge, 77-75 area win at home.

White led the way for West Point (9-11, 1-2) with 21 points. Bowers added 19, Cochran ended up with 18, Cleghorn finished with 16, Logan Selby added two and Samuel Wheeler chipped in with one.

West Point will host Fairview Tuesday night in a pair of huge county games that will help decide the seeding for this month’s Cullman County Basketball Tournament at Wallace State Community College.

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