PREP BASKETBALL: Cold Springs collects area sweep at Addison

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ADDISON, Ala. — Cold Springs traveled to Addison Tuesday night to take on the Bulldogs in a pair of area games. The excellent Lady Eagles’ team rolled the Lady Dawgs 72-37 in the opener while the Eagles men’s team won a great basketball game with an epic comeback 54-51.

Cold Springs 72 – Addison 37 (varsity girls)

The Cold Springs Lady Eagles continued their domination of their Area 13 foes. Tonight’s victim was the young Addison Lady Dawgs who fell by the score of 72-37. It was an improvement from their earlier meeting when the Lady Eagles won by 38 points.

The opening frame began with high hopes as Bailey West’s young pups kept the game close as the Lady Eagles led 15-11. Cold Springs was led by their all-everything senior point guard Toni West who Addison had no answer for. The second period saw the Lady Eagles out-score Addison 16-11 to take a 31-22 halftime lead. West had 11 points at the half while Brooke Crider chipped in 10 points of her own. Addison was led by Gracie “Bug” Manley and Addisyn Smothers with five points each.

The Lady Dawgs had to feel good about themselves for how well they played in the first half. They were within striking distance of the Cold Springs Lady Eagles dynasty but apparently, the Lady Eagles weren’t in a giving mood and absolutely dominated the second half to show the Lady Dawgs that they were still the queens of Area 13.

The second half was all about the Eagles and their offense with constant movement and the Lady Eagles draining threes. Addison wilted under the intense pressure of the veteran Lady Eagles. Addison was outscored 41-15 in the second half for a final score Cold Springs 72, Addison 37.

Cold Springs locked up the Area crown with the win while Addison will need to win their final two area games with Falkville and Double Springs and get some help to finish in second place.

The Lady Eagles were led by West with a game high 23 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Crider had 19 points and three boards. Anna Kate Voce had nine points, five boards an assist and two steals. Shay Sellers had seven points, eight boards, two assists and two steals.

The Lady Dawgs were led by Manley who had 16 points and five boards. Bracey Rodgers had eight points, five boards and five assists. Smothers had five points and three boards. Hadley “Shooter” Butler had three points, three boards, three assists and a steal. Anna Grace “The Glove” Luker had three points and four boards.

Cold Springs upped their record to 9-3 (4-0 area) while Addison fell to 5-9 (1-3 area).

Cold Springs 54 – Addison 51 (varsity boys)

The men’s game was an excellent example of two evenly matched teams who aren’t overly fond of each other, that includes the fans. The earlier meeting between these two teams was a classic with Addison winning on a game ending three-pointer to win 48-47. This game would be no different.

The opening period had each team going on mini runs and the period ended with the score tied at 15. Addison outscored the Eagles 15-11 in the second period to take a slim 30-26 lead. Eagles junior Brody Peppers led the team with eight points and Micah “Spud” Calvert had seven. Addison was led by Eli “Curly” Howse with 11 points while Cannon “TNT” Hiller chipped in eight of his own.

The second half promised to be amazing and for once the game didn’t disappoint. Addison came out fired up and dominated the third frame. The Dawgs played with emotion and the home crowd fed the Dawgs intensity. Addison led 45-35 at the end of the third and it looked like the hometown Dawgs would pull away for an easier than expected win. But just like any good sports movie there was a twist to come before the credits rolled. Somebody forgot to tell the Cold Springs Eagles that they were supposed to roll over and play dead for the home team.

At the 7:47 mark of the fourth period, Addison had a comfortable 49-35 lead and were in total control of the ballgame. Then the Eagles said enough is enough and went on a game ending 19-2 run to come away with a 54-51 victory. Cold Springs pressed Addison and forced numerous turnovers, some forced and some unforced. It seemed every time the Dawgs turned the ball over, the Eagles were able to turn that into a three pointer, a basket in the paint or hit a free throw. Cold Springs was also able to knock down 16 out of 20 free throws. Addison wasn’t bad hitting 10 out 12 of their free throws.

The Dawgs had an opportunity to tie the game on their last possession, but the Eagles defense wouldn’t allow them to get off a good shot and the game ended with Cold Springs on top by three

The Eagles had a balanced attack with four players scoring in double digits. Adam Hill had 13 points and two boards. “Spud” Calvert had 13 points, two boards and two assists. Peppers had 11 points and three blocks. Seth WIlliams had 12 points,three boards and 2 steals.

The Dawgs were led by “Curly” Howse who had a game high 15 points, nine boards and three assists. Logan “Baby Shaq” Wilkins had 13 points, four boards and four assists. “TNT” Hiller had 11 points, two boards and two steals.  

The Eagle win throws the Area into turmoil. Both teams go to 3-1 in Area 13 with the teams splitting the two games between them. Addison has to travel to Falkville and Double Springs to end area play while Cold Springs travels to Falkville and hosts Double Springs. It should be interesting to see how it turns out. Addison and Cold Springs are poised to finish first and second in area but what in what order who knows.

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