BREMEN, Ala. – After splitting a pair of matchups at Southeastern earlier in the week, Cold Springs returned home Friday night to host an area showdown with West End. The Lady Eagles smothered West End defensively to collect a convincing, 61-15 area win and the Eagles put up 23 points in the third quarter to pull away from the Patriots and win it 65-34. Cold Springs will hit the road next Tuesday night to take on Phillips.
Cold Springs 61 – West End 15 (varsity girls)
Six straight points from Elizabeth Hill gave the Lady Eagles a fast start in the opening quarter and a Neely Ellison steal that led to a Lacey Rice basket that made it a 10-3 game with just two minutes off the clock. Kylon Hamby knocked down a three to stretch the lead to 15-6 late in the period and a shot off the glass from Hill gave Cold Springs a 20-7 lead going into the second quarter.
Another basket for Hamby made it 25-7 early in the second and an acrobatic reverse layup by Hill added to the lead with five minutes to play in the period. Madison Bruer netted a pair of free throws to give the Lady Eagles a 30-9 lead with three minutes to play in the half and she later found Emi Harbison under the basket after a steal to stretch the lead to 33-9 with a minute remaining in the quarter. Cold Springs took some big momentum in the locker room at the break after Bruer basket, followed by a triple from Brooke Crider, gave the Lady Eagles a 38-9 advantage at the end of the first half. Cold Springs finished the second quarter with a 7-0 run in the final minute.
Toni West drilled a three-pointer to start the second half and add to the Lady Eagles lead and another basket by Hill made it 47-13 midway through the third quarter. A pair of free throws from Bruer extended the lead to 50-13 with under two minutes to play in the third a steal by Emma Chambers led to a Harbison jumper at the buzzer and made it a 52-15 game going into the fourth.
Kyla Aaron knocked down a pair of free throws to put Cold Springs in front 54-15 midway through the fourth and after Chambers added another three-pointer with just over two minutes to play, the Lady Eagles pulled away to take the area matchup 61-15.
Hill led Cold Springs with 17 points in the win, followed by West with 10, Bruer with nine, Hamby with seven and Harbison with four. Chambers, Aaron, Crider and Ellison each added three for the Lady Eagles.
Cold Springs 65 – West End 34 (varsity boys)
A deep three from Micah Calvert gave Cold Springs an early 3-2 lead in this one and a pair of free throws from Brody Peppers extended that lead to 7-4 later in the first. A Logan Rice bucket gave the Eagles an 11-7 lead midway through the opening quarter and another Peppers basket, off a beautiful pass from Adam Hill, made it 13-7 with under three minutes to play in the first. A strong basket by Tanner Kilgo gave Cold Springs a 17-8 lead with a minute remaining in the period but the Patriots knocked down a three at the buzzer to make it a six-point game going into the second.
Another bucket from Kilgo made it 19-12 early in the second quarter and a triple from Roberto Ayala stretched it to 22-12 midway through the period. The Eagles got a lot of shots to fall just before the half, starting with another Peppers basket and a three-pointer from Rice that gave them a 27-15 lead with a minute remaining in the second. Another perfect pass from Calvert led to an easy Peppers bucket with 20 seconds on the clock and Rice knocked down a three in the final seconds of the half to give Cold Springs a 32-18 lead at the break.
During halftime of the boys matchup, this year’s state champion Cold Springs Boys Cross Country Team was recognized and presented with their championship rings. The Eagles went undefeated throughout the course of the season and capped off a great year with a first-place finish in the 1A/2A race at the Oakville Indian Mounds in November.
A three-pointer from Hill and a basket from Peppers stretched the lead to 38-18 at the start of the second half and another three by Rice put the Eagles on top 45-22 at the five-minute mark of the third. Calvert added a triple of his own after that to make it 48-24 midway through the period and netted another shot from beyond the arc to extend the lead to 51-26 late in the third quarter.
Cold Springs led the way 55-30 at the start of the fourth quarter and after Kilgo knocked down a pair of free throws to put the Eagles up 63-33, they pulled away to win it with the clock running 65-34.
Peppers led Cold Springs with 17 points in the win, followed closely by Rice with 16. Kilgo added 12 for the Eagles, Calvert finished with nine and Hill scored six.
Other Friday scores: More final scores will be added as they are reported
New Hope 61 – Vinemont 32 (varsity girls)
New Hope 63- Vinemont 48 (varsity boys)
West Point 76 – Hamilton 50 (varsity girls)
Hamilton 79 – West Point 67 (varsity boys)
Addison 42 – Red Bay 31 (varsity girls)
Red Bay 55 – Addison 41 (varsity boys)
Good Hope 63 – Oneonta 55 (varsity girls)
Oneonta 74 – Good Hope 65 (varsity boys)
Decatur Heritage 66 – St. Bernard 30 (varsity boys)
Susan Moore 66 – Hanceville 28 (varsity girls)
Hanceville 62 – Susan Moore 44 (varsity boys)
Fairview 42 – Ashville 16 (varsity girls)
Fairview 62 – Ashville 33 (varsity boys)
Cullman 58 – Hartselle 57 (2OT) (varsity girls)
Hartselle 69 – Cullman 57 (varsity boys)
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