PREP BASKETBALL: Fairview, Cullman, Good Hope compete in Fairview Tip-Off Classic

Kabri Redding scores for the Lady Aggies in their 43-32 win over Fyffe Saturday night. (Sammy Confer/The Cullman Tribune)

FAIRVIEW, Ala. — The Fairview Lady Aggies hosted the Tip-Off Classic Saturday and they, along with the Cullman Lady Bearcats and the Good Hope Lady Raiders, were three of the local teams that took part in this year’s event. Cullman and Good Hope dropped their games by single digits to Rogers and Pisgah, respectively while Fairview ended the night by taking down Fyffe 43-32.

Fairview 43 – Fyffe 32 (Varsity Girls)

Jayla Gorham hit the first basket of the game for Fairview. Another Gorham basket gave the Lady Aggies a 6-3 lead, but a pair of Fyffe free throws cut it to one. Emma Garcia drilled one from deep to make it 9-5, but later in the period, a basket down low by the Lady Red Devils made it a 11-8 lead. The Lady Aggies finished the quarter out strong, though, as Somer Harris hit a three just before the buzzer to give them a 14-8 lead after one.

The Lady Aggies’ suffocating defense gave Fyffe fits in the second quarter and that helped them increase their lead even more. After a Lady Red Devil free throw cut the Fairview lead to 14-9, Morgan Lindsay got the steal and then hit a layup on the other end; that started an 8-0 Lady Aggie run and a pair of Sadie Smith free throws helped Fairview increase their lead to 22-9. Later on, baskets by Allison Davis and Jaycee Aleman made it a 26-11 game and the Lady Aggies took a 27-11 lead into the locker room. Fairview held Fyffe to just one made basket in the second quarter.

A Smith trey increased the Lady Aggie lead to 32-13 and their defense continued to play lights out as they forced the Lady Red Devils to take tough shots and they forced their fair share of turnovers as well. A Gorham basket down low, later followed by another Smith three, pushed Fairview’s lead to 37-18 going into the final period. A huge fourth quarter run by Fyffe saw them cut the Lady Aggie lead to 41-30, but it would be too little, too late, as Fairview ended up taking their first game of the season, 43-32.

Smith finished with 13 points, nine rebounds, three steals, and a block for Fairview (1-0). Gorham ended up with eight points, four rebounds, and a pair of steals. Lindsay added seven points, three rebounds, two steals, and a block. Davis ended up with four points and five rebounds. Harris finished with three points, three rebounds, and a trio of steals. Aleman added three points, three rebounds, and two steals. Garcia also finished with three points as well, while Kabri Redding chipped in with two points, three rebounds, and a steal. The Lady Aggies will host Holly Pond Tuesday.

Rogers 44 – Cullman 39 (Varsity Girls)

Cullman couldn’t have asked for a better start to their game against the reigning Class 4A champions, Rogers. Regan Quattlebaum got the scoring starting for the Lady Bearcats with a free throw less than a minute into the game, then Maci Brown drilled a three. That followed with back-to-back baskets down low by Ella Collum and Ava McSwain and that gave Cullman a quick 8-0 lead with a little over five minutes to go in the opening period. Rogers scored the next seven points to make it a one-point game, but Brown drilled another one from deep and Quattlebaum added another free throw to push the Lady Bearcat lead to 12-7 and Cullman went into the second quarter with a five-point lead. 

Back-to-back baskets by Collum and McSwain increased the Lady Bearcat lead to 16-7 to start out the second period. A three by the Lady Pirates cut the lead to six, but another layup by McSwain made it 18-10. It would be all Rogers after that as they went on a 15-0 run to end the first half and Cullman quickly found themselves down, 25-18, at the half.

The Lady Bearcats started out the second half the same way that they started out the game as they scored the first seven points of the period to tie the game up at 25. Rogers quickly broke the tie as they scored the next eight points to take a 33-25 lead. Baskets down low by Quattlebaum and Stella Smith cut the deficit to four at 33-29 and the Lady Bearcats found themselves down by four going into the final period.

The Lady Pirates pushed their lead to 38-33 to start out the fourth quarter, but later on, back-to-back tough shots down low by Winfrey made it a 40-38 game with 2:54 remaining in the game. Three free throws later, the Lady Bearcats trailed 42-39 with 13 seconds left in the contest, but Rogers hit a pair from the line to seal the 44-39 win over Cullman.

McSwain led the way for Cullman (2-2) with 10 points and three rebounds. Brown added nine points and three rebounds. Quattlebaum (seven rebounds), Collum (four rebounds), and Winfrey (five rebounds and two steals) all ended up with six points, while Smith ended up with two points. The Lady Bearcats will travel to Decatur Heritage Christian Academy Tuesday. 

Pisgah 54 – Good Hope 48 (Varsity Girls)

Good Hope got off to a slow start against Pisgah as the Lady Eagles jumped out to a quick 10-0 lead in a little over three minutes. The Lady Raiders finally got on the scoreboard to fall as Heather Tetro hit a layup with 4:25 to go in the first quarter, then later on, Charly Johnson hit a shot down low to make it a 11-4 game. Back-to-back treys by Pisgah quickly pushed the Good Hope deficit to 13 at 17-4. Another Johnson basket made it a 17-6 game after one. 

Good Hope got off to a red-hot start in the second quarter as an Ivey Maddox trey got their offense jump-started, then Johnson and Bailey Tetro hit the next three baskets down low to make it a 17-15 game with a little less than six minutes to go in the first half. Later on, another Maddox shot from deep gave the Lady Raiders a 20-19 lead with 4:37 remaining in the half. The Lady Eagles got the lead right back and later on, increased it to 25-22. Johnson continued her red-hot shooting as she hit yet another basket down low and Bailey Tetro drilled a three to give Good Hope a 26-25 lead at the half.

A pair of Bailey Tetro free throws made it 28-25, but the Lady Eagles went on another one of their runs as they scored the next eight points to take a 33-28 lead. Another Maddox trey made it a two-point game, but later, a Pisgah three helped pushed their lead to eight at 42-34. A Bailey Tetro trey trimmed the deficit to five as Good Hope went into the final period trailing, 42-37.

The Lady Raiders got red-hot from deep to start out the fourth quarter as Bailey Tetro and Maddox hit a trio of treys combined; Maddox then added a shot down low to give Good Hope a 48-42 lead. But sadly, they couldn’t hold onto the lead as the Lady Eagles scored the final 12 points of the game and Good Hope ended up losing a heartbreaker to Pisgah, 54-48.

Maddox led the way for Good Hope (0-1) with 17 points, nine rebounds, and a steal. Bailey Tetro added 16 points, seven rebounds, and a block. Johnson had a huge game off the bench for the Lady Raiders as she ended up with 12 points, nine rebounds, and a pair of steals. Heather Tetro added two points, three rebounds, and a steal, while Rudi Derrick chipped in with a point, five rebounds, two assists, and a steal. The Lady Raiders will be back in action at home next Friday against Susan Moore.

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