PREP BASKETBALL: Raiders, Lady Raiders claim area wins at Hanceville

Noah Barnette (10) led the Raiders with a game-high 25 points in their 75-47 win at Hanceville Friday night. (Nick Griffin/The Cullman Tribune)

HANCEVILLE, Ala. – Good Hope made the quick trip over to Lane Horton Gymnasium at Hanceville High School for a pair of area clashes with the Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs and returned home with a pair of area wins. The Lady Raiders gave Hanceville fits defensively, forcing an insurmountable number of turnovers and pulling away in the second half to beat the Lady Bulldogs 54-39. The Raiders made it difficult for the Bulldogs to score in the boys’ matchup as well, holding them to just 15 points in the first half and eventually putting them away to collect a 75-47 area win.

Good Hope 54 – Hanceville 39 (varsity girls)

Heather Tetro got things off to a good start for the Lady Raiders, scoring the first seven points of the game before Rudi Derrick and Ivey Maddox added buckets of their own to make it an 11-0 game right out of the gate. Hanceville’s Cassidy Campbell helped end the scoring drought when she connected with Jessica Thompson on a perfect half court pass and Thompson laid it in to get the Lady Bulldogs on the board. Derrick and Campbell traded baskets to make it a 13-4 game late in the first quarter, but Victoria Stanley buried a three-pointer just before the buzzer to cut the lead to 13-7 going into the second.

Stanley knocked down her next three-point attempt to start the second quarter and trim the lead to just three and a Thompson jumper brought the lead all the way down to 13-12 early in the period. Maddox responded with a three on the other end to build the lead to four. Stanley answered with her third three-pointer of the game and cut the lead back down to one before her fourth three of the night tied the game at 18 with four minutes to play in the half. Another Maddox score gave Good Hope a two-point lead but back to back buckets by Thompson put the Lady Bulldogs in front 22-20 with less than two minutes to play in the second. A Heather Tetro three-pointer gave the Lady Raiders a one-point lead late in the half, but Campbell responded with a jumper on the other end that gave Hanceville a 24-23 lead at the break.

Maddox knocked down a jumper and Bailey Tetro drilled a three to put Good Hope in front 28-24 at the start of the third and the scoring run continued when another Maddox three made it 31-24. Maddox scored again to keep the Lady Raiders ahead 33-26 midway through the third and they were able to stretch their lead to 10 with three minutes to play in the period. Maddox’s hot shooting continued and she scored on back to back possessions to make it a 43-30 game late in the third. Campbell knocked down a three and Stanley hit yet another three at the buzzer to cut into the lead, but Good Hope still led the way 45-36 going into the final frame.

Derrick and Campbell traded scores to make it a 47-38 game early in the fourth, but the Lady Bulldogs weren’t able to get any closer than that the rest of the way. Derrick scored on back to back possessions to extend the lead to 12 midway through the fourth quarter and Maddox netted her fourth three-pointer of the game with two minutes remaining to put it away. Good Hope went on to win the game 54-39.

Maddox led all scorers with 24 points in the win. Derrick finished with 12, Heather Tetro posted nine and Bailey Tetro added six. Campbell led the Lady Bulldogs with 16 points, followed by Stanley with 12 and Thompson with 11.

Good Hope 75 – Hanceville 47 (varsity boys)

Not unlike the Lady Raiders before them, the Raiders got off to a fast start against the Bulldogs. Noah Barnette netted a free throw and a mid-range jumper to make it 3-0 early and a Michael Owens three-pointer later stretched the lead to 7-0. Izayah Glenon scored inside to get Hanceville on the board, but Owens answered with another trey on the other end to give Good Hope a 10-2 lead midway through the first. Zach Campbell and Adam Cooper each scored for the Bulldogs, but Barnette and Tanner Malin were able to match those baskets and keep the Raiders in front 14-6 late in the first. However, Carson Garrett was able to knock down a pair of free throws in the final seconds of the period to trim the lead to 14-9 going into the second.

Charlie O’Neil buried a three-pointer to start the second and put Good Hope in front 17-9 and Barnette added another bucket to make it a 10-point game. Glenon converted a three-point play at the line to cut the lead to 21-12 but another long ball from O’Neil built the lead back to 12. Malin scored at the rim to add to the lead and Lawton Farr scored four straight to make it 30-12 with three minutes to play in the opening half. Barnette knocked down a pair of free throws in the final seconds of the quarter to give the Raiders a 34-15 advantage at the break.

Good Hope was able to create more separation in the third quarter, getting things started with back to back Barnette baskets and a three-pointer from Colton Lindsey that made it a 42-20 game. Barnette turned a big block into a three-point play on the other end to continue adding to the lead and after a pair of scores by Malin and another trey from O’Neil, the Raiders led the way 52-20 midway through the third. Glenon and Campbell each scored inside for Hanceville and after an Eli Pugh basket on the other end, Tristan Herrera netted back to back three-pointers in the final minute of the period to trim the lead to 58-32 going into the fourth quarter.

K’mal Bell and Herrera exchanged three-pointers at the start of the fourth, but the Bulldogs were unable to continue answering Good Hope’s scoring possessions. Farr and Malin each scored to make it a 67-39 game and a three from Ethan Anderson put the Raiders up by 31 with four minutes to play. Campbell and Glenon each found the basket again and Herrera added another three for Hanceville, but the lead was too much to overcome and after the late dagger came on a three by Tyler Cone, Good Hope pulled away to win it 75-47.

Barnette led all scorers with 23 points in the win. Malin posted 13, O’Neil added nine and Farr and Owens finished with six. Herrera led the way for the Bulldogs with 12 points in the loss, followed by Glenon with 11, Campbell with eight, Braxton Broad with seven and Garrett with six.

Good Hope will hit the road the road next Tuesday for another area showdown with Curry while Hanceville stays home to take on Oneonta.

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