PREP BASKETBALL: Raiders beat Warriors at the buzzer 56-54, Lady Raiders rout West Point 63-39

Tanner Malin led the Raiders with 28 points and scored the winning basket in their 56-54 win over West Point Monday afternoon. (Nick Griffin/The Cullman Tribune)

GOOD HOPE, Ala. – With schools closed in recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day Monday, the West Point Warriors made the short trip down I-65 for a Monday afternoon matinee against the Good Hope Raiders. The Lady Raiders got things started with a convincing, 63-39 win over the Lady Warriors and the Raiders followed them with a thrilling, last-second, 56-54 victory over the Warriors.

Good Hope 63 – West Point 39 (varsity girls)

Kyndall Seal scored the first five points of the game for the Lady Raiders to give them an early lead and Heather Tetro followed with a couple baskets of her own to make it a 9-2 game with five minutes to play in the first. Ivey Maddox was fouled on a three-point attempt and knocked down all three shots from the foul line to stretch the lead to 12-4 midway through the first. Ryleigh Jones laid one in for West Point to trim the lead to six, but Rudi Derrick responded with a three on the other end to make it 15-6. Another basket from Seal followed by a steal and layup from Bailey Tetro extended the lead to 19-6. Good Hope continued to add to its lead, but Lexi Shadix was able to net a mid-range jumper at the buzzer to hold the deficit to 24-12 going into the second quarter.

Shadix was fouled on three-pointer to the start the second and she hit all three shots from the free throw line to trim the lead to 24-15. The Lady Raiders responded with an 8-2 run led by Maddox and Bailey Tetro to give Good Hope a 32-17 advantage with five minutes remaining in the half. Derrick and Maddox each scored to make it 37-19 with two minutes to play in the second and Maddox added a three-pointer to stretch the lead to 40-19. Shadix knocked down another jumper to cut into the lead but Bailey Tetro laid one in at the buzzer to give the Lady Raiders a 42-21 lead going in the halftime break.

Bailey Tetro and Derrick each scored to get the third quarter started for Good Hope and add to the lead but Summer Mendoza and Shadix stopped the run with back to back buckets that made it a 46-27 game. A pair of Jones free throws followed by another Shadix basket cut the lead to 46-31 with three minutes to play in the third but another Maddox score and a Heather Tetro three gave the Lady Raiders a 51-31 advantage. Good Hope went into the final frame holding a 55-37 lead over the Lady Warriors.

Kylie Quinn laid one in to trim the lead to 55-39 early in the fourth but West Point wasn’t able to get back on the scoreboard for the remainder of the period and the Lady Raiders pulled away to collect a 63-39 win over the Lady Warriors.

Maddox led Good Hope with 20 points in the win, followed by Bailey Tetro with 13, Derrick with 11, Seal with nine and Heather Tetro with eight. Shadix posted a game-high 23 points for West Point in the loss.

Good Hope 56 – West Point 54 (varsity boys)

Tanner Malin and Aubry Cleghorn exchanged baskets to get the opening quarter started and after another Malin basket, Noah Barnette laid one in to give Good Hope an early, 6-4 lead. Malin and Barnette continued to score early, helping build a 12-4 lead for the Raiders before Cleghorn and Will Cochran finished the first with a pair of buckets to cut the lead to 12-9 going into the second quarter.

Cleghorn knocked down a jumper to make it a 1-point game at the start of the second but Good Hope used a 6-0 scoring to extend its lead back out to seven. Back to back inside baskets from Cochran made it a 20-15 game with less than five minutes to play in the half but K’mal Bell and Malin responded with buckets on the other end to build the lead to 24-15 midway through the second quarter. Cochran and Cleghorn continued to dominate inside and each scored to cut the lead to 24-20 late in the period and Cochran added two more baskets to tie the game at 24. A Malin layup, followed by a three-pointer from Lawton Farr put the Raiders in front 29-24 with just a minute remaining in the second and Good Hope managed to stretch its advantage to 31-24 by the end of the half

West Point erased the Raiders’ lead almost immediately at the start of the third quarter. Cleghorn and Cochran each scored inside to make it a 4-point game and Carter Thornton drilled a three-pointer to make it 32-31. Cochran added another basket to give the Warriors their first lead of the game at 33-32 but Barnette responded with a layup on the other end to put Good Hope back on top by one. A pair of Malin free throws extended the lead to three and Farr knocked down a jumper to make it a 38-33 game midway through the third. Kobe Bowers buried a three-pointer for West Point to stop the run and trim the lead to two and Sam Wheeler laid one in just before the buzzer to tie things up at 40 going into the final frame.

Cochran and Malin exchanged buckets to start the fourth and keep the score knotted at 42 but Cade Simmons knocked down a three-pointer to put the Warriors in front 45-42 with five minutes to play. Barnette scored to cut the lead to one and a basket from Farr gave the Raiders a 46-45 advantage midway through the period. Cleghorn scored from the inside and from the three-point line to give West Point a 50-46 lead but Malin answered the scoring run with back to back buckets of his own to tie things up at 50 with just over two minutes to play. Bowers drilled a jumper to make it 52-50 and added a pair of free throws to stretch the Warrior lead to 54-50 with just over a minute remaining. Malin once again had an answer and laid one in with 25 seconds left to cut the lead to 54-52. The Raiders then came up with a steal on the ensuing inbounds pass and Malin put it in to tie the game at 54. West Point looked to win it on its next possession but a big block by Colton Lindsey was scooped up by Malin going the other way and he laid it in just before the buzzer sounded to give Good Hope a dramatic, 56-54 win over the Warriors.

Malin led all scorers with 28 points in the win. Farr added 15 for the Raiders and Barnette added 10. Cleghorn posted 19 points in the loss for West Point, followed by Cochran with 18 and Bowers with nine.

Good Hope will be on the road tomorrow to face Lawrence County and West Point is scheduled to host Russellville Friday.

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