PREP BASKETBALL: Hanceville, Vinemont compete in summer play day at Wallace State

Hanceville’s Zach Campbell (24) goes up for a layup during the Bulldogs’ game against Scottsboro Monday. (Sammy Confer/The Cullman Tribune)

HANCEVILLE, Ala. — The Vinemont Eagles and Hanceville Bulldogs each took part in a few play-day games at Wallace State Community College. The Eagles edged past Coosa Christian 39-33 then lost their final two games to Spain Park 63-30 and to Lynn 39-33. Hanceville took both of their games Monday games at Wallace State, coming back late to defeat Scottsboro 43-42 and rolling past Lynn 46-29.

Vinemont 39 – Coosa Christian 33 (Varsity Boys)

Coosa Christian hit a free throw to put them on the scoreboard first, but Vinemont tied it at two on a Toby Hill basket down low. A 7-3 run by the Conquerors gave them an early 9-5 lead. Coosa Christian hit a shot to make it 11-7 with 7:08 remaining in the first half, but the Eagles went on a huge run of their own. Connor Gibbs got fouled while shooting a three, and he made the free throw to cut the deficit to one, then back-to-back-baskets by Colby Miller and Isaac Moody gave Vinemont a 14-11 lead. A Gibbs three and a Miller layup pushed the Eagle lead to 19-11 and they went into the half up, 19-13.

Moody nailed back-to-back shots from deep to give the Eagles a double-digit lead at 25-15 with 14:20 remaining in the game. A Kix Johnson trey stretched Vinemont’s lead to 28-17. A three-point play by Keith Slaton made it 31-19 with a little over 10 minutes to go in the contest, but Coosa Christian started to get back in the game as six straight points cut the Vinemont lead to six.

Later on, the Conquerors added a three from the right corner to make it a 33-28 game with a little over four minutes remaining. But layups by Hill and Johnson pushed the Eagle lead up to nine and they didn’t let Coosa Christian get closer than four the rest of the way as Vinemont ended up taking its first game of the day, 39-33.

Moody finished with 10 points for Vinemont. Johnson added eight points. Miller, Gibbs, and Hill each ended up with six points and Slaton chipped in with three.

Spain Park 63 – Vinemont 30 (Varsity Boys)

After defeating Coosa Christian earlier in the day, Vinemont looked to keep the momentum going into their game against a very talented Spain Park squad. A three by Isaac Moody gave the Eagles an early 3-2 lead, but the Jaguars got the lead right back and then a lot more as they scored 10 in a row to grab a 12-3 lead. Another Moody three made it a 12-6 game, but Spain Park went on an 11-0 run to increase the Vinemont deficit to 23-6. Kix Johnson nailed a three, Colby Miller made the basket and got fouled, but he had to leave the game, so Noah Douglas hit the free throw to complete the three-point play and that made it a 23-12 game.

Six straight points by the Jaguars pushed their lead up to 17 at 29-12, but Vinemont got a three from Jaxon Holcomb and that cut the deficit to 33-15. Spain Park quickly drilled a couple of treys and added another one sandwiched around another Moody trey as the Eagles went into the half trailing, 42-18.

The Jaguars quickly pushed their lead up to 31 to start out the second half and had a 36-point lead at one point, but the Eagles kept battling until the final buzzer. They ended up falling to Spain Park, 63-30.

Moody led the way for Vinemont with 14 points. Johnson added six points. Holcomb ended up with five points. Connor Gibbs and Colby Miller each added two points and Douglas chipped in with a point.

Lynn 39 – Vinemont 33 (Varsity Boys)

Moody drilled a three to start out the game against Lynn, then Miller completed a three-point play to give the Eagles a quick 6-0 lead. The Bears went on a 6-0 run to tie the game, but Moody broke the tie with a three to give Vinemont a 9-6 lead with 13:01 remaining in the opening half. Another Miller three-point play pushed the Eagle lead to 12-8 almost two minutes later. Vinemont didn’t have a lead bigger than four for several possessions before Moody hit a three to give the Eagles a 19-14 lead. Lynn made it a 21-18 game after making a layup, but Miller added a pair of free throws to end the first half as Vinemont went into the half with a 25-18 advantage.

A 6-0 run by the Bears made it a 25-24 game early in the second half, but a free throw by Miller and a layup by Holcomb pushed the Eagle lead back up to five at 29-24. Vinemont had a lot of trouble scoring in the second half due to Lynn’s defense, but their defense looked to keep them in the lead. The Bears, though, had other plans as they scored six straight points to give them a 30-29 lead with 6:22 remaining in the game. The Eagles finally ended their long scoring drought of over six minutes on a Holcomb layup and that gave them a 31-30 lead. 

Lynn, though, got the lead right back as they went on another 6-0 run and Vinemont found themselves down, 36-31, with over two minutes remaining in the contest. A Moody free throw with 1:54 remaining made it a three-point game, but a layup and a free throw sealed the deal for Lynn as the Eagles wound up dropping their final game of the day to the Bears, 39-33.

Miller finished with 14 points for Vinemont. Moody added 11 points. Toby Hill ended up with four points, while Holcomb and Douglas each chipped in with two.

Hanceville 43 – Scottsboro 42 (Varsity Boys)

J.T. Davis drilled a three to put Hanceville on the scoreboard first, but Scottsboro answered right back with one of their own to tie the game up at three early in the first half. Both teams tied or took the lead for several possessions, then after the Wildcats scored to take a 12-11 lead, Drew Campbell hit a layup to give the Bulldogs a 13-12 lead, then Zach Campbell drilled a trey to push their lead to 16-12. Zach Campbell scored seven straight points, then Konnor Helms chipped in with a basket of his own as Hanceville increased their lead to double-digits at 25-15. Six straight points by Scottsboro made it a four-point game, but Carson Garrett hit a huge layup to end the first half as the Bulldogs went into the half up, 27-21.

The Wildcats started out the second half strong as a 10-3 run gave them a 31-30 lead. Neither team could score for several possessions, then Garrett broke the scoreless drought for Hanceville with a layup to give them a 32-31 lead. Later on, Scottsboro hit back-to-back shots to give them a 37-34 lead, but Noah Jones banked in a huge trey to tie the game up at 37 with 2:30 remaining in the contest. A huge three-point play by Zach Campbell gave the Bulldogs a 40-39 lead. The Wildcats got the lead right back on its next possession, but Campbell converted on another three-point opportunity and that gave Hanceville a 43-41 lead with a little over a minute remaining in the contest. Scottsboro split their two free throws with a second remaining, and Hanceville ended up taking the game, 43-42.

Campbell finished the contest with a game-high 21 points for Hanceville. Garrett added 10 points. Davis and Jones each added three points, while Tristan Herrera, Drew Campbell, and Helms each chipped in with two.

Hanceville 46 – Lynn 29 (Varsity Boys)

Hanceville finished out their day against Lynn. Braxton Broad hit a layup to put the Bulldogs on the scoreboard first, but the Bears went on a 7-2 run to grab an early 7-4 lead with 13:05 remaining in the first half. A free throw by Garrett and a three-pointer by Will Calvert gave the Bulldogs a 9-7 lead. Layups by Helms and Calvert pushed Hanceville’s lead to 13-9. After the Bears tied the game up at 13, Hanceville went on a 10-0 run as five different players scored during the run and that helped give the Bulldogs a 23-13 lead. Lynn added a free throw to make it an eight-point game, but Hanceville went into the half with a 23-15 advantage. 

Zach Campbell hit back-to-back shots to push the Bulldog lead to 27-17, then later on, a Broad three, and layups by Calvert and Zach Campbell, made it a 34-21 lead for Hanceville early in the second half. Lynn made it a nine-point game, but that was as close as they would get the rest of the way as Hanceville finished the game on a 12-4 run and ended up rolling past the Bears, 46-29.

Zach Campbell finished with 12 points for Hanceville. Calvert added 11 points. Helms ended up with eight points. Garrett added six points. Broad added five points. Herrera and Davis each chipped in with two points.

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