HANCEVILLE, Ala. – After the Lady Bulldogs fell to Glencoe Friday and the Bulldogs came up just short against Lindsay Lane Saturday, Hanceville returned home Monday night host the Eagles and Lady Eagles of Cold Springs. The Lady Eagles got off to a fast start and pulled away to defeat Hanceville 55-40 and the Eagles managed to keep their distance from the Bulldogs in the second half to collect a 62-49 road win. Cold Springs and Hanceville will both be on the road Tuesday night, traveling to Southeastern and Good Hope respectively.
Cold Springs 55 – Hanceville 40 (varsity girls)
Cold Springs managed to build a 13-3 lead by the end of the opening quarter and a basket from Elizabeth Hill made it a 15-3 at the start of the second. A pair of free throws by Hanceville’s Kelly Pickett made it an 18-5 game with just under six minutes to play in the quarter and a jumper from Jessica Thompson trimmed the lead to 18-7.
Cassidy Campbell then converted an and-one play at the free throw line to cut it to 19-10 with three minutes to play in the half. A three-pointer from Neely Ellison gave the Lady Eagles a 24-10 lead late in the second but the Lady Bulldogs got those points back with a three from Victoria Stanley on the other end. Toni West drilled a three-pointer with just 30 seconds remaining in the period to put Cold Springs in front 27-13 but Thompson knocked down another triple at the buzzer to make it a 27-16 game at halftime.
A put back by West gave the Lady Eagles a 34-21 advantage early in the third quarter but another and-one play from Campbell on the other end trimmed the lead to 34-26 midway through the period. A pair of free throws from West made it 38-26 with 27 seconds remaining in the third Stanley drilled another three-pointer with under 20 seconds in the quarter to cut the lead to 38-29 at the start of the fourth.
A pair of Hill free throws stretched the Cold Springs lead to 40-29 early in the fourth quarter and the Lady Eagles were able to keep their distance from Hanceville the rest of the way. A basket from Lacey Rice made it 42-29 with under five minutes to play and Brooke Crider knocked down a pair of free throws to extend the lead to 16 midway through the fourth. Pickett added a three-pointer for the Lady Bulldogs to cut it to 55-40 but they couldn’t chip away any more than that and Cold Springs left with a 15-point road win.
Hill led the Lady Eagles with 20 points in the win. West put up 17, Ellison finished with 14 and Crider and Rice each added two. Pickett finished with 11 in the loss for Hanceville. Stanley added 10, Campbell and Thompson each finished with eight and Katelynn Boyd scored two for the Lady Bulldogs.
Cold Springs 62 – Hanceville 49 (varsity boys)
The Eagles and Bulldogs were knotted at two early in Monday’s nightcap until a pair of Raiden Morgan free throws put Hanceville in front 4-2. Tanner Kilgo scored on the other end for Cold Springs to tie the game at four with just over three minutes to play in the opening quarter and an and-one play by Adam Hill gave the Eagles a 7-5 lead late in the period. A three-pointer from Zach Campbell on the other end put the Bulldogs in front 8-7 but Hill added two more free throw and another basket just before the end of the first to make it an 11-8 game at the start of the second.
A basket from Cainon Moore cut the Cold Springs lead to one early in the second and he knocked down a pair of free throws on the next possession to put Hanceville in front 14-13. Kilgo scored to put the Eagles back ahead 17-15 midway through the quarter and a three-pointer from Logan Rice stretched the lead to 23-17 with just over two minutes to play in the half. Peppers knocked a couple free throws to make it a 26-17 game with under a minute to play in the second and finished off an and-one play at the line to with three seconds in the half to give Cold Springs a 29-20 advantage at the break.
Morgan converted an and-one play at the line to cut the Eagles lead to four early in the third, but Micah Calvert responded with a three on the other end to make it 32-25. Another and-one basket from Moore trimmed the lead to 37-31 midway through the period and a basket by Matthew Cornelius made it a 37-33 game with three minutes to play in the quarter. Rice drilled a three on the other end to put Cold Springs back up by seven and the Eagles went into the final frame with a 42-33 lead over the Bulldogs.
Brodie Malcom turned a steal into a quick layup early in the fourth quarter to make it a 4-point game, but Peppers answered with a basket to make it 44-38. Rice knocked down another three to put Cold Springs up by seven, but Tyson Bellmon responded with a triple that cut the lead down to 47-43 with just under six minutes to play. Back to back buckets by Hill and Peppers stretched the Eagles lead to 53-44 with under five minutes to play and Cold Springs was really able to pull away at the charity stripe from that point and collected a 62-49 road win over Hanceville.
Peppers led the Eagles with 19 points in the win, followed by Rice with 13, Kilgo with 12, Hill with 11 and Calvert with five. Bellmon led the way for the Bulldogs with 11 points in the loss. Morgan and Malcom each added nine and Moore finished with eight for Hanceville.
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