PREP BASKETBALL: West Point downs Cold Springs 29-25 at Falkville

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West Point's Summer Mendoza finished with nine points in the Lady Warriors' 42-26 win over Thompson. (Sammy Confer/The Cullman Tribune)

FALKVILLE, Ala. — The Cold Springs Lady Eagles and West Point Warriors traveled to Falkville Friday to play in their final two play-day games of the summer. West Point took both games over Thompson 42-26 and Cold Springs 29-25 while the Lady Eagles dropped their games to the Lady Warriors and to Thompson 27-21.

West Point 42 – Thompson 26 (Varsity Girls)

West Point couldn’t have asked for a better start to the game as Summer Mendoza’s three-point play, followed by a Braelee Quinn made basket, gave them a quick 5-0 lead. Then five straight points by Ryleigh Jones pushed the Lady Warrior lead to 10-0 and Hallie Wheeler drilled a three to make it 13-0 with 13:18 remaining in the first half. Thompson scored seven in a row to cut the West Point lead to 13-7, then later on, they cut it to 17-13 after a layup. After a Thompson three made it 19-16, West Point scored the final six points of the first half, including baskets by Wheeler and Jaylen Faulkner, as they pushed their lead up to nine at 25-16 at the half.

A Laklin Shadix made basket, followed by a Quinn trey, increase West Point’s lead to 30-16. Quinn later followed that up with back-to-back baskets down low to make it a 36-21 score and West Point would go on to take their first game of the day, 42-26.

Jones finished with 11 points for West Point. Mendoza and Quinn each added nine points. Wheeler ended up with five points. Jaylen Faulkner added four points and Laklin Shadix chipped in with two points.

West Point 29 – Cold Springs 25 (Varsity Girls)

Mendoza scored on a layup to put West Point on the scoreboard first, but Cold Springs’ Kennedy Graves nailed a three to give them a 3-2 lead. A three-point play by Malaya Taylor gave the Lady Eagles a 6-4 lead, then a Ciara Calvert trey made it a 9-6 score. After a Mendoza free throw cut the the Lady Warrior deficit to one, Ella Bruer drilled three straight treys to push Cold Springs’ lead to 18-10 with 6:59 remaining in the first half.

The Warriors started to cut into the Lady Eagle lead as Mendoza and Laklin Shadix each hit a free throw and Quinn hit one from deep to make it a one-point game with 3:08 remaining in the half. A Taylor three-point play increased Cold Springs’ lead to 21-17 and a Bruer free throw gave the Lady Eagles a 23-19 lead at the half.

Neither team scored for almost four minutes in the second half until Wheeler drilled a trey with 16:20 remaining in the contest to make it a one-point game again and Jones added a basket down low to give West Point a 24-23 lead. Quinn then drilled a three to increase the Lady Warrior lead to 27-25, then it quickly turned into a defensive affair as neither team gave up a basket for almost 13 minutes until a Jones layup just before the buzzer put the final score at 29-25.

Quinn and Mendoza each finished with 10 points for West Point. Jones added four points. Wheeler ended up with three and Laklin Shadix chipped in with two. For Cold Springs, Bruer led the way with 11 points. Taylor added eight points, while Calvert and Graves each ended up with three.

Thompson 27 – Cold Springs 21 (Varsity Girls)

Thompson jumped out to a quick 9-2 lead, but a Dickerson floater, followed by a Graves trey, quickly made it a two-point game with with 11:20 remaining in the first half. Five straight points by the Lady Warriors pushed Cold Springs’ deficit back up to seven. Mia Light hit a free throw and Taylor added a basket down low to make it a 14-11 game and the Lady Eagles went into the half down, 16-11.

A Thompson trey made it 19-11, but a Bruer free throw, later followed by five straight points from Taylor, cut the deficit to 21-18. A Thompson layup pushed their lead up to five with 11:10 remaining in the contest, but neither team scored for over eight minutes until a Lady Warrior free throw increased their lead to 25-18. Another Taylor three-point play made it a four-point game with 2:38 remaining, but they didn’t get any closer after that as they ended up falling just short at the end, 27-21.

Taylor finished with 12 points for Cold Springs. Graves added three points, while Bruer, Dickerson, and Light each chipped in with two points.

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