PREP BASKETBALL: Cold Springs splits senior night matchups with Vinemont

Cold Springs’ Emi Harbison chases after a loose ball during the Lady Eagles’ win over Vinemont Monday night. (Nick Griffin for The Cullman Tribune)

BREMEN, Ala. – Monday was senior night at Cold Springs High School and 11 Eagles were recognized between their games against Vinemont for their achievements during their athletic careers. Senior cheerleaders Taylor Teems, Jordan Light, Sadie McClendon, Mallory Ballenger and Hadley Hinds and senior basketball players Logan Rice, Kylon Hamby, Elizabeth Hill, Emi Harbison, Emma Chambers and Neely Ellison were honored after the Lady Eagles’ 74-40 win over Vinemont. After the ceremony, the boys squads faced off and Vinemont collected a 58-48 road win. Cold Springs will travel to take on West Point tomorrow night while Vinemont returns home to host Winston County.

Cold Springs 74 – Vinemont 40 (varsity girls)

A Sadie Stanley basket tied the game at four midway through the opening quarter and she knocked down three later in the period to give Vinemont an 8-7 lead. Lacey Rice responded with a three-pointer on the other to put Cold Springs in front 10-8 and after Toni West drilled a three in the final 30 seconds of the quarter, Cold Springs led the way 14-10 going into the second quarter.

Five quick points from Neely Ellison and a basket by Elizabeth Hill stretched the lead to 21-10 at the start of the second and Ellison knocked down her second triple of the night to make it 26-10 around the six-minute mark. Back to back buckets from Hill gave Cold Springs a 35-12 advantage midway through the period but another trey by Stanley made it 39-15 with three minutes to play in the half. Hill responded with back to back three-pointers from the same corner to extend the lead to 47-17 with just over a minute remaining in the quarter and Cold Springs went to the locker room with a 47-18 lead at the break.

A triple from Bailey Preiss three cut the lead to 47-21 at the start of the second half. Priess and Hill exchanged threes around the five-minute mark of the third to make it a 52-25 game but a three from West put Cold Springs ahead 57-28 midway through the quarter. Madison Bruer scored underneath the basket to add to the lead and West finished an and-one play at the free throw line to make it 62-28 with just over a minute to play in the period. Magdalen Burks scored for Vinemont to trim the lead to 62-30 in the final seconds of the third and we went into the final frame with Cold Springs in front by 32.

Emi Harbison laid one in to make it 64-30 early in the fourth but Madysen Hacker responded with a bucket on the other end. Bruer got another shot to fall and gave Cold Springs a 68-32 lead midway through the quarter but an Abby Young three cut the lead back to 68-35. Harbison buried a three from the left wing to make it a 71-37 game with two minutes to play and Cold Springs held on to win it 74-40.

Hill led the Lady Eagles with 27 points in the win. West added 15, Ellison scored 12, Rice and Bruer each posted six, Harbison finished with five and Kyla Aaron added three. Stanley led Vinemont with 22 points in the loss. Preiss finished with six, Young scored five, Burks added four and Hacker posted three.

Vinemont 58 – Cold Springs 48 (varsity boys)

Brody Peppers hit a layup for Cold Springs to start out the contest, but Vinemont’s Jordan Hall gave the Eagles in red a 3-2 lead with a three-pointer. Katch Johnson gave Vinemont a 5-2 lead on a pair of free throws, but Cold Springs scored eight in a row to take a 10-5 lead and wound up taking a 12-7 lead into the second period.

Cold Springs kept its momentum going early in the second as a Tanner Kilgo layup stretched the lead to 16-7. Vinemont countered with a run of its own as Curtis Kennedy hit a pair from the line and Johnson scored five straight to make it a 17-12 contest. Late in the period, Vinemont went on an 8-0 run as back-to-back threes by Tanner Brown and Teague Whatley gave them a 22-21 lead, but Peppers hit a layup to give Cold Springs a 24-22 lead at the half.

Both teams swapped leads to start out the third period. After a Peppers layup gave Cold Springs a 30-29 lead, Vinemont took the lead right back with an 8-0 run led by Johnson, Will Rhodes and Kennedy, to take a 37-30 lead. Cold Springs cut into the deficit when Micah Calvert scored the final five points of the period and the homestanding Eagles went into the final period trailing by just two at 41-39.

A Roberto Ayala layup gave Cold Springs a 46-44 lead early in the fourth quarter, but Kennedy converted an and-one play to give Vinemont a 47-46 lead. Peppers got Cold Springs the lead right back on a layup, but that ended up being their last basket of the game as Vinemont closed the game with an 11-0 run and kept Cold Springs scoreless for the last three minutes to take the game 58-48.

Johnson, who wore no. 24 during tonight’s game to honor basketball legend Kobe Bryant, led Vinemont (10-16) with 20 points. Kennedy added 10 points, Rhodes ended up with eight and Hall and Collin Teichmiller each finished with five. For Cold Springs (13-13), Kilgo finished with 17 points. Peppers added 11 and Rice ended up with eight.

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