PREP BASKETBALL: Warriors, Lady Warriors sweep Hanceville at home

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West Point’s Kobe Bowers racked up 26 points in the Warriors’ 77-58 win over Hanceville Thursday night. (Bill Piper/The Cullman Tribune)

WEST POINT, Ala. — West Point returned home to host Hanceville Thursday and collected a pair of wins over the Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs. The Lady Warriors used a huge fourth quarter to get past Hanceville, 52-32, while the Warriors lit up the scoreboard in a 77-58 win over the Bulldogs.

West Point 52 – Hanceville 32 (varsity girls)

Lexi Shadix scored the first five points for West Point to give her team a 5-0 lead. Kate Sterling got the first basket for Hanceville with 5:48 remaining in the opening quarter to make it 5-2. Ryleigh Jones then jumpstarted an 8-0 Lady Warrior run with a layup, which was followed by back-to-back treys from Shadix and Braelee Quinn, as West Point increased its lead to 13-2 and a Cassidy Campbell basket made it 13-4 and that was the score after one.

A Victoria Stanley trey got Hanceville to within six at 13-7. Shadix nailed a pair from the line to push West Point’s lead to 17-7, but the Lady Bulldogs made it 17-13 on consecutive threes by Stanley and Savanna McAnnally. Shadix nailed one of her own on the Lady Warriors’ next possession to make it 20-13. Four straight points by Campbell cut the West Point lead to 20-17, but Shadix hit a short jumper just before the buzzer to give the Lady Warriors a 22-17 lead at the half.

Hanceville continued its red-hot shooting from deep to start out the third quarter as Stanley nailed back-to-back shots from there to make it a 24-23 game, but a three by Summer Mendoza and a three-point play by Shadix pushed the Lady Warrior lead to 30-23 with 4:20 remaining in the period. The Lady Bulldogs made it a two-point game once again after five straight points from McAnnally and West Point finished the quarter strong, scoring the final five points of the third, to make it 35-28 after three.

The final period saw West Point finally start to pull away from Hanceville, as a Nikki Tyree three-point play made it 38-28, and the Lady Warrior defense held the Lady Bulldogs to just four free throws by Campbell. West Point outscored Hanceville 17-4 in the fourth quarter and wound up taking the game 52-32.

Shadix finished with a game-high 27 points, 14 rebounds and a pair of steals for West Point (4-0). Jones added six points and three steals. Tyree and Mendoza each ended up with five points. Lexi Kimbril added four, Braelee Quinn chipped in with three and Kylee Quinn added two. For Hanceville (1-2), Stanley led the way with 12 points and five rebounds. Campbell finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds, McAnnally ended up with eight points and six rebounds and Sterling finished with two points.

West Point will take on Phil Campbell (10 a.m.) and Hazel Green (2 p.m.) on Saturday at home, while Hanceville will face Addison at 6 p.m. at West Point.

West Point 77 – Hanceville 58 (varsity boys)

Each team was matching shots to start out the game until back-to-back shots by Zach Campbell and Izayah Glenon gave Hanceville a 9-8 lead. A Carter Thornton trey gave West Point the lead at 11-9 and they started to pull away late in the first quarter as a 10-2 run pushed its lead to 21-12. A Logan Selby layup gave the Warriors a 26-14 lead before Campbell nailed a three before the buzzer to cut it to 26-17 after one.

A pair of treys by Kobe Bowers made it a 32-19 West Point advantage in the second period, but there wasn’t much scoring after that as the Bulldogs were held to just five points and the Warriors went into the half up 39-22. A Glenon shot made it 39-24 early in the third period, but West Point quickly pushed their lead to 46-24 on baskets by Will Cochran and Aubry Cleghorn. West Point was matching Hanceville basket for basket for several possessions, until seven straight points by Glenon made it a 58-43 contest and the Warriors went into the final period up 59-43.

An Adam Cooper trey cut the Hanceville deficit to 62-46 early in the fourth quarter, but West Point always seemed to have an answer as an 11-1 run pushed its lead to 73-47 and that ended any hopes of a late Bulldog run. The Warriors won the game with ease over the Bulldogs 77-58.

Bowers finished with a game-high 26 points and five rebounds for West Point (4-0). Cochran wasn’t too far behind as he ended up with 25 points and snagged 17 rebounds. Logan Selby added nine points and Aubry Cleghorn finished with five points and 10 rebounds. Glenon led the way for Hanceville (0-3) with 21 points and 10 rebounds, while Campbell added 15 points and three steals. Cooper ended up with nine points and a steal.  West Point will take on Danville Saturday, while Hanceville will prepare to host its annual Thanksgiving tournament starting Tuesday.

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