PREP BASKETBALL: Warriors, Lady Warriors split home matchups with Cold Springs

Cold Springs’ Brody Peppers (24) led the Eagles with 24 points in their win at West Point Tuesday night. (Bill Piper/The Cullman Tribune)

WEST POINT, Ala. – Cold Springs traveled to the campus of West Point High School on a chilly Tuesday night for a pair of varsity matchups against the hosting Warriors and Lady Warriors. The Lady Warriors defended their home floor against the Lady Eagles 53-33 but in the nightcap, it was the visiting Cold Springs Eagles that defeated West Point 59-50.

West Point 53 – Cold Springs 33 (varsity girls)

Cold Springs started the game off with a couple quick three pointers but ultimately the lady Warriors overcame the early points and won convincingly 53-33 over the Lady Eagles. 

Ryleigh Jones got the West Point offense rolling early with seven points in the opening quarter. Jones finished with 18 on the night. 

Lexi Shaddix, after being held scoreless in the first, opened up the second quarter with a three pointer. Shaddix protected the paint most the night on the defense side and finished with 12 points. 

Braelee Quinn was the other big scorer for West Point, scoring 13 through the first three quarters. 

Summer Mendoza added eight points for the Lady Warriors. 

Toni West provided most of the offense for Cold Springs throughout the night, finishing with 10. The Eagles struggled much of the night, unable to get the ball into the paint. The Lady Warriors man defense held them in check until late in the fourth quarter when Cold Springs was able to get to the free throw line. 

Cold Springs 59 – West Point 50 (varsity boys)

Brody Peppers’ opening and closing of the game was just what Cold Springs needed to get the county win on the road on a cold Tuesday night. He scored 10 in both the first and fourth quarter, finishing with 24 on the night. 

Down 27-19 in the middle of the second quarter, Cold Springs used two three-pointers of its own by Micah Calvert to spring a 10-0 run. West Point went into the half up 32-31. 

The Cold Springs run ended up being 30-11 after trailing by eight in that second quarter. Tanner Kilgo paced the Eagles’ offense with five points in the third period while Will Cochran added six of his own. Cold Springs took a 45-40 lead going into the quarter. 

That’s when Peppers once again got hot and added just enough to keep Bowers and Cochran at bay. Bowers finished with 20, while Cochran finished with 15. While Calvert finished with 12, all on treys.  Overall, it was a basketball edition of the classic story of the Tortoise and the Hare. It was a live or die by the three kind of night for West Point. And Cold Springs did what it does do best, slow the game down and play disciplined basketball. The streaky Warrior offense ultimately wasn’t enough for the slow, steady offense of Cold Springs and the Eagles pulled away to win it 59-50.

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