PREP BASKETBALL: Eagles, Lady Eagles down Vinemont at home

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Cold Springs’ Lacey Rice (11) makes a pass inside to Brooke Crider (10) during the Lady Eagles’ 64-34 win over Vinemont Monday night. (Nick Griffin/The Cullman Tribune)

BREMEN, Ala. – Both the Vinemont Eagles and Lady Eagles traveled to Jesse George Gymnasium for a pair of varsity matchups with Cold Springs and it was the Eagles in blue that managed to come away with a pair of victories. The Cold Springs Lady Eagles outscored Vinemont 23-5 in the fourth quarter to pull away and take the girls’ contest 64-34 while the Eagles put together a dominant defensive effort to defeat Vinemont 57-22.

Cold Springs 64 – Vinemont 34 (varsity girls)

Toni West knocked down a three-pointer to give Cold Springs an early lead but back to back buckets from Madysen Hacker on the other put Vinemont in front 4-3 with six minutes remaining in the opening period. Lacey Rice buried a mid-range jumper to put Cold Springs back on top by one and after a Rice steal turned into an easy layup for AK Voce, the lead was up to 7-4. West added another three in the final seconds of the quarter to give Cold Springs a 10-4 advantage going into the second.

Maggie Burks drilled a shot from beyond the arc to cut the lead to three at the start of the second and Abby Young scored inside to make it a 10-9 game. A three from Berkley Gable and another bucket by Hacker gave Vinemont a 14-10 lead midway through the second and another Burks score kept them in front 16-13 with three minutes to play in the half. That’s when Cold Springs responded, ending the half on a 12-3 run to take a 25-19 lead into the locker room at the break.

Cold Springs maintained its momentum to start the third quarter, stretching its lead with three-pointers from Rice and West to make it a 31-19 game. Another Young basket trimmed the lead to 32-21 with five minutes to play in the third but three-pointers by Rice and Brooke Crider on the other end extended the lead to 38-21 midway through the period. Burks drained another three-pointer for Vinemont to stop the run, but Crider answered with her second deep ball of the quarter and kept Cold Springs in front 41-27. Vinemont was able to get on the board one more time in the third when McKenna Kline turned a steal into two points, but Cold Springs maintained a 41-29 advantage going into the final frame.

Cold Springs’ offense came alive in the fourth quarter, starting with a three-pointer from Kyla Aaron and a pair of free throws from Voce that made it 46-29. Back to back buckets by Shay Sellers added to the lead midway through the period and Aaron knocked down another trey to give Cold Springs a commanding, 54-29 lead with three minutes to play. Crider dropped in another three-pointer to help Cold Springs continue to pull away and the hometown Lady Eagles were able to pull away and topple Vinemont 64-34.

The Lady Eagles used a balanced scoring effort to outpace Vinemont, led by Crider with 14. West finished just behind her with 13, followed by Rice with 11, Sellers and Aaron with nine and Voce with six. Burks led the way for Vinemont with 14 points in the loss, followed by Hacker and Young with six and Gable with five.

Cold Springs 57 – Vinemont 22 (varsity boys)

Will Rhodes and Brody Peppers traded baskets to tie things up at 2 early in the game but it wouldn’t stay close for long. Buckets by Adam Hill and Tanner Kilgo helped Cold Springs pull ahead 7-2 midway through the opening quarter and Hill added two more baskets, one just before the buzzer, to stretch the lead to 11-2 at the end of the first.

Cold Springs didn’t slow down as back to back three-pointers from Seth Williams stretched the lead to 17-2 at the start of the second. Hill converted a three-point play at the free throw line to add to the lead and a steal by Roberto Ayala turned into an easy layup for Kilgo that made it 23-2 midway through the period. Cody Bales scored inside to add to the lead and Peppers collected a block on one end and a layup on the other put Cold Springs in front 27-3 with three minutes remaining in the half. A Collin Teichmiller basket stopped the bleeding for Vinemont and trimmed the lead to 29-5 but Cold Springs ultimately went into the locker room with a commanding, 31-9 lead at the break.

A three-point play by Peppers and back to back treys from Ayala stretched the lead to 40-10 with just under five minutes to play in the third and another basket by Hill kept Cold Springs in front 42-12 midway through the quarter. Caleb Sharpe knocked down a jumper for Vinemont to cut into the lead and he and Teichmiller exchanged threes on the next two possessions to make it a 47-20 game late in the third. Brodi Williams laid one in build the lead up to 29 but Sharpe got another shot to fall just before the buzzer to make it a 49-22 game going into the fourth quarter.

After Hill went to the rack for two more baskets to start the final period, Cold Springs pulled ahead 53-22 and the running clock was activated. Brodi Williams and Kilgo each scored again for Cold Springs to help put things out of reach for Vinemont and the Eagles of Cold Springs were able to cruise to a comfortable, 57-22 win.

Hill led Cold Springs with 15 points in the win, followed by Peppers with 13, Seth Williams with nine, Ayala and Kilgo with six and Brodi Williams and Bales with four. Teichmiller led Vinemont with nine points in the loss. Sharpe posted seven, Curtis Kennedy added four and Rhodes finished with two.

Cold Springs will travel to Addison for a pair of varsity matchups with the Bulldogs tomorrow night while Vinemont returns home to take on Hanceville.

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