PREP BASKETBALL: Raiders, Lady Raiders roll to dominant area sweep of Ashville

Good Hope’s Tanner Malin (11) attacks the basket during the Raiders’ 70-22 blowout win over Ashville Friday night. (Sammy Confer for The Cullman Tribune)

GOOD HOPE, Ala. – After splitting their games against Cold Springs on Thursday night, the Good Hope Raiders and Lady Raiders hosted Ashville in a pair of area games and picked two impressive wins. The Lady Raiders eased past the Lady Bulldogs 52-20 while the Raiders rolled to a 70-22 rout of the Bulldogs. The Lady Raiders will rest for a few days before taking on Holly Pond Wednesday night at 5:30 in the county tournament while the Raiders will take on the Fairview-Hanceville winner on Friday at 6:15 in the county tournament.

Good Hope 52 – Ashville 20 (varsity girls)

Good Hope couldn’t have asked for a better start to the game as they racked up 27 points in the opening period and all, but two players scored in the opening period. The defense held Ashville to just four free throws and a basket as the Lady Raiders built a 27-6 lead after one. 

The scoring slowed down a little bit for Good Hope, but their defense was still playing at the top of its game and went into the half with a 38-15 advantage. They pushed the lead to 30 at 47-17 after three quarters and the Lady Raiders wound up pulling away to win the game comfortably, 52-20.

Ivey Maddox led the way for Good Hope (15-8, 4-2) with 20 points. Rudi Derrick and Bailey Tetro each added six, Savanna Derrick, Bobbi Johnson and Renee McLeod each scored four and Abby Neighbors, Cayleigh Garmon, Heather Tetro and Desire’ Odachowski each chipped in with two.

Good Hope 70 – Ashville 22 (varsity boys)

The first quarter was completely dominated by Good Hope as the Raiders drilled five shots from deep. Cole Maddox finished with 12 first-quarter points, Dawson Turner added a pair of treys, Drew Maddox ended up with five and Michael Lowe added a basket as well. The Raiders’ didn’t allow a single point to Ashville on the defensive and they went into the second quarter with a 25-0 advantage.

The Bulldogs got on the scoreboard on a pair of free throws just over two minutes into the second period. Turner scored four in a row and Lawton Farr hit a layup to make it a 31-2 game. Ashville hit its first field goal a little more than three minutes into the quarter, but Tanner Malin hit a layup and later, Turner nailed his fourth trey of the first half and Cole Maddox added a layup to end the half as the Raiders went into the locker room with a huge lead at 38-6.

Good Hope continued to pull away from Ashville with some easy baskets down low from Lowe, Drew Maddox, Eli Phares and Farr. A Farr three-pointer made it a 57-18 game after three quarters and a hot clock was in effect for the final period as the Raiders pulled away to win it 70-22 and a share of first place in the area standings.

Turner nailed five treys to finish with 16 points for Good Hope (19-4, 5-1). Cole Maddox added 14 points, Drew Maddox ended up with 11 points, Lowe added eight points, Farr and Colton Williams each ended up with seven, Harper Chiaranda added three and Tanner Malin and Phares each chipped in with two.

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