PREP BASKETBALL: West Point sweeps Good Hope at home

West Point's Will Cochran finished with a game-high 30 points in the Warriors' 63-58 win over Good Hope. (Sammy Confer/The Cullman Tribune)

WEST POINT, Ala. — West Point returned home to face Good Hope Tuesday night after splitting a pair of Monday nights by Fyffe. Good Hope was fresh off a sweep of Fairview on Friday, but the Warriors and Lady Warriors wound up taking both games at home. The Lady Warriors held off a late rally from the Lady Raiders to win the game 72-61 while the Warriors edged out the Raiders in the end 63-58.

West Point 72 – Good Hope 61 (varsity girls)

Rudi Derrick got the scoring started for Good Hope with a three-pointer. The Lady Raiders held West Point without a field goal for the first 3 1/2 minutes of the first quarter until Braelee Quinn tied the game up at three with a basket down low. Consecutive threes by Ivey Maddox and a layup gave Good Hope an 11-5 lead. The Lady Warriors made it 13-11 on a basket down low by Lexi Shadix, but another Maddox trey pushed the Lady Raider lead to 16-11. West Point finished the quarter on an 8-0 run to take a 19-16 lead into the second period.

Threes by Braelee Quinn and Ryleigh Jones helped the Lady Warriors stretch its lead to 25-17, but Good Hope answered right back with consecutive threes by Bailey Tetro and Derrick as they made it a 27-26 contest. Baskets by Bethany Minck and Jones increased the lead to five and they would go into the half up 31-28.

A Shadix three made it a 34-28 advantage in what would be the start of a huge second half for her. A Derrick trey cut the deficit to 36-32, but the rest of the quarter was all West Point as Shadix wound up scoring 13 third-quarter points and the Lady Warrior defense held Good Hope to just four points the rest of the quarter as West Point went into the final period up by 14 at 50-36.

Good Hope looked to get back in the game to start out the final quarter and they did just that as Derrick and Bailey Tetro scored the first eight points to make it a 50-44 contest. They later made it 54-49 on a Bailey Tetro trey and a pair of Maddox free throws with 4:39 remaining in the game. The Lady Warriors looked to shrug off the slow start to the quarter as they pushed the lead to nine at 60-51 after another Shadix made layup. Another Derrick trey made it a six-point game, but Good Hope wouldn’t get any closer after that as Shadix and Jones proved to be too much at the end as they scored the final 12 points for West Point as they pulled away at the end, 72-61.

Shadix finished with a game-high 31 points, 15 rebounds, and three blocks for West Point (9-4), with 25 of those points coming in the second half. Jones added 17 points and Braelee Quinn ended up with 16 points. Good Hope (9-5) was led by Derrick, who finished with 24 points. Bailey Tetro wasn’t far behind as she ended up with 21 points and Maddox finished with 13 on the night.

West Point 63 – Good Hope 58 (varsity boys)

West Point got quick baskets from Will Cochran and Kobe Bowers to take a quick 4-0 lead. Good Hope made it 4-3 on a Colton Lindsey three, but the Warriors made it an 8-3 game on a pair of Samuel Wheeler free throws. The Raider defense tightened up after that, allowing just a Cochran basket the rest of the quarter and Noah Barnette finished with seven points in the period as Good Hope took a 15-10 lead into the second period. 

Cochran quickly scored five in a row to tie the game up at 15. Later on, Good Hope took a 20-16 lead after another three by Lindsey and a layup by Tanner Malin. Another Cochran made basket made it 22-20 and Malin added a free throw to make it a 23-20 game at the half. Cochran finished with 16 of West Point’s 20 first-half points.

A Carter Thornton three gave the Warriors a 27-25 lead early in the third quarter. Back-to-back made baskets by Lindsey and Barnette gave the Raiders the lead right back at 29-27 and both teams would either swap the lead or tie for a few possessions before baskets by Cochran and Kobe Bowers gave West Point a 37-32 advantage. A Lawton Farr three cut the deficit to 39-38 after three quarters.

Another Farr trey tied it up at 41 with 7:33 remaining in the game, but West Point answered right back as Logan Selby drilled one from deep and Bowers scored the next five points, including a huge three-point play, to help push the Warrior lead to 49-44 with 5:21 remaining in the contest. Farr continued his red-hot shooting in the second half as he drilled yet another shot from deep to make it a 50-49 game and Malin gave the Raiders a 52-50 lead with a shot from long range. Cochran and Bowers helped give the Warriors a 55-52 lead as they scored five in a row, but Lindsey tied it up at 55 on a three-point play.  

Back-to-back baskets down low by Thornton and Bowers gave West Point a 59-55 lead. A Barnette short jumper, later followed by a Farr free throw, cut the Raider deficit to 61-58, but it was only fitting that Cochran would make the clutch basket at the end as his layup helped seal the 63-58 win for West Point (10-5).

Cochran had a monster game for West Point, finishing with a game-high 30 points and 13 rebounds. Bowers added 18 points and Wheeler ended up with seven points. For Good Hope (9-3), Farr led the way with 18 points and seven rebounds, with 16 of those points coming in the second half. Lindsey added 14 points and nine rebounds. Barnette ended up with 13 points and seven rebounds and Malin added eight points and a pair of steals.

Good Hope’s varsity girls and boys teams will travel to West Morgan for their respective Christmas tournaments, while West Point’s varsity boys will host their annual Christmas tournament starting Saturday and running through Monday.

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