GOOD HOPE, Ala. – Both the Eagles and top-ranked Lady Eagles of Cold Springs traveled to Good Hope for a pair of varsity matchups Thursday night and split the road trip with the 10th ranked Raiders and Lady Raiders. The Lady Eagles smothered Good Hope defensively to collect a 47-29 win and the Raiders blew past the Eagles 72-41 behind yet another standout shooting performance from Drew Maddox. Good Hope will return home Friday night to host an area showdown with Ashville and Cold Springs will hit the floor again at the Cullman County Tournament at Tom Drake Coliseum next week. The Eagles will face Vinemont in the opening round Tuesday night at 7:30 and the Lady Eagles will take on the winner of Good Hope and Holly Pond in the second round Thursday night at 6:15.
Cold Springs 47 – Good Hope 29 (varsity girls)
The Lady Raiders got off to a great start against Cold Springs in the opening quarter and thanks in large part to a pair of three-pointers from Ivey Maddox, they led the way 13-11 at the end of the first. Elizabeth Hill scored 10 of the 11 first quarter points for the Lady Eagles.
Good Hope led things 15-13 early in the second quarter but back to back buckets by Hill put Cold Springs in front 20-17 with two minutes to play in the opening half. The Lady Eagles poured it on in the final minute of the period, starting with a pair of free throws from Hill that made it 22-17. A jumper by Rudi Derrick on the other end cut the lead to 22-19 but a Hill basket with 20 seconds, followed by a quick bucket from Lacey Rice in the final seconds of the half gave Cold Springs a 26-19 lead at the break.
Kylon Hamby scored underneath to stretch the lead to 30-19 early in the third quarter and a triple from Neely Ellison made it a 33-19 game with under five minutes to play in the period. A Toni West put back gave the Lady Eagles a 35-19 advantage and with just over a minute to play in the third, another Hamby bucket, followed by an and-one play by Hill, made it 42-20 going into the fourth. Cold Springs held the Lady Raiders to just one point in the third quarter.
A pair of Bailey Tetro free throws trimmed the lead to 42-22 early in the fourth quarter but Brooke Crider responded for the Lady Eagles with a three-pointer on the other end. Tetro knocked down a three-pointer for Good Hope to cut the lead back down to 20 late in the game but the Cold Springs lead was too much to overcome and the Lady Raiders fell to the No. 1 team in Class 2A 47-29.
Hill led the Lady Eagles with 24 points in the win, followed by Rice with six, West with five and Hamby with four. Crider and Ellison each added three points and Emma Chambers posted two. Bailey Tetro led Good Hope with nine points in the loss. Maddox finished with six, Heather Tetro scored five and Rudi Derrick added four.
Good Hope 72 – Cold Springs 41 (varsity boys)
Micah Calvert drilled a three-pointer to give Cold Springs a 3-2 lead right out of the gate, but it was all Raiders after that as they proceeded to rack up 51 points in the first half and put the Eagles away early. A three from Cole Maddox gave Good Hope a 7-5 lead midway through the first and a perfect pass from Michael Lowe to Eli Phares led to an easy bucket and an 11-5 lead later in the period.
A full court pass from Cole Maddox to Drew Maddox led to another Raider basket and stretched the lead to 18-5 late in the first quarter. On the ensuing possession, Lowe knocked down a three to make it a 21-5 game and another triple from Drew Maddox, followed by a Lawton Farr bucket in the final seconds of the quarter, gave Good Hope a 26-7 lead going into the second.
Calvert hit another three to cut into the lead early in the second quarter, but Drew Maddox got all of them back with a three-pointer of his own on the other end to make it a 33-10 game. Drew’s fourth three of the night gave the Raiders a 36-12 lead and he buried his fifth of the half on the next possession to make it 39-12 midway through the second. A Brody Peppers basket trimmed the lead to 43-17 with just over a minute to play in the period but a score by Lowe and four straight points from Cole Maddox gave Good Hope a massive, 51-19 lead at the break. Drew Maddox posted 19 points in the opening half.
Another Peppers basket made it 51-21 early in the third and an Ayden Alexander layup cut the lead to 53-28 midway through the period but back to back triples by Dawson Turner put the Raiders back up by 31. Another three from Calvert made it a 60-31 game late in the third quarter but Drew Maddox answered with his sixth three-pointer of the night and Good Hope went into the fourth quarter leading the Eagles 67-36.
Logan Rice knocked down a three to cut the lead to 30 early in the fourth but with the clock running, it was too late for Cold Springs to get back into the game. Harper Chiaranda netted a free throw in the final seconds for the Raiders’ final score of the night and No. 10 Good Hope finished off an impressive, 72-41 win over the Eagles.
Cole and Drew Maddox each finished with 22 points in the win for the Raiders. Turner posted eight, Lowe added seven and Phares and Farr each scored four. Rice led Cold Springs with 12 points in the loss, followed by Calvert with nine, Tanner Kilgo and Peppers with six and Adam Hill with four.
Other Thursday scores:
Cullman 61 – Arab 23 (varsity girls)
Arab 52 – Cullman 49 (varsity boys)
Holly Pond 55 – Vinemont 31 (varsity girls)
Holly Pond 93 – Vinemont 83 (varsity boys)
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