PREP BASKETBALL: Cold Springs collects varsity wins over Jasper

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Cold Springs’ Malaya Taylor (21) finished with 11 points in the Lady Eagles’ win over Jasper Thursday night. (Sammy Confer/The Cullman Tribune)

BREMEN, Ala. – The Eagles and Lady Eagles returned home to Jesse George Gymnasium to host a pair of varsity matchups against Jasper Thursday night and collected a couple of big wins just before the holidays. The Lady Eagles knocked off Jasper 43-37 and the Eagles put the Vikings down 39-27.

Cold Springs 43 – Jasper 37 (Varsity Girls)

Ciara Calvert hit a layup to put Cold Springs on the scoreboard. After Jasper tied it up on a layup, Ella Bruer drilled a trey to make it a 5-2 game. With three minutes remaining in what was a defensive first quarter, Kenady Graves hit one from long range and later added a free throw to increase Cold Springs’ lead to 9-3 with less than two minutes to go in the first period. The Lady Vikings hit back-to-back baskets to trim the Lady Eagle lead to two at 9-7 and Cold Springs would go into the second period with the two-point lead.

Jasper tied it up at nine to start out the second quarter, but Bruer hit another long-range shot and Malaya Taylor hit a layup to put Cold Springs on top, 14-9, That ended up being their last points of the first half, though, as the Lady Vikings scored the final seven points of the second period and the Lady Eagles found themselves down, 16-14, at the half.

Both teams traded free throws to keep it at a two-point game, but Taylor scored three straight points to give Cold Springs a 19-18 lead with 5:22 remaining in the third period. After Jasper got the lead right back, the Lady Eagles took over after that on both sides of the ball. One of Jasper’s players got a technical and Bruer split a pair from the line to tie the game up at 20. Calvert then hit a shot from long-range and then, baskets down low by Taylor and Calvert broke the tie and gave Cold Springs a 27-20 lead with a little over a minute to go in the third quarter. Bruer hit a pair from the line and Taylor added another basket down as the Lady Eagles would take a 31-20 lead into the final period.

A Bruer free throw made it a 34-23 game, but Jasper would stage a rally to get back in the game as they forced numerous turnovers and turned it into easy baskets. The Lady Vikings scored six in a row to make it a 34-29 contest. A Graves floater pushed the lead to seven, but Jasper wasn’t done yet as another run saw them trim the Cold Springs lead to just two at 36-34 with less than three minutes to go in the game. But with less than a minute to go in the contest, Bruer hit a pair from the line to make it a four-point game, then Mia Light added a pair from the line to make it 40-34. A Jasper trey cut it to 40-37, but Graves and Bruer sealed it at the line as they hit three free throws to help give the Lady Eagles a huge 43-37 win at home over the Lady Vikings.

Bruer led the way for Cold Springs (6-8) with 13 points. Taylor added 11 points. Graves ended up with 10 points. Calvert added seven points and Light chipped in with two points.

Cold Springs 39 – Jasper 27 (Varsity Boys)

Brody Peppers hit a layup off a nice pass from Tanner Kilgo to put Cold Springs on the scoreboard first. Back-to-back baskets by Jasper gave them an early 4-2 lead, but John Mark Smith drilled a three to give the Eagles a 5-4 lead. Later on, a Cody Bales layup made it 7-4 with less than two minutes to go in the first period. Seth Williams hit a pair of free throws with less than a minute to go in the opening period as the Eagles went into the second period with a 9-6 lead.

A driving layup by Williams increased Cold Springs’ lead to 11-6 with less than a minute gone in the second period. With less than five minutes to go in the opening period, back-to-back treys from Seth Ingram and Smith pushed the Eagle lead to 17-10. Jasper, though, scored five straight points to cut the deficit to two at 17-15 and Cold Springs went into the half with the slim two-point lead.

A basket down low by Bales and a Smith three made it a 22-15 game to start out the third period. Both teams traded baskets for a little bit, then Smith hit a pair of threes to help push Cold Springs’ lead to double-digits at 32-21 going into the final period. Another Bales basket made it 34-21, then a free throw from Smith and a pair from Bales increased their lead to 37-25 and the Eagles would go on to win the game, 39-27.

Smith finished the game with 16 points for Cold Springs (11-5). Bales added eight points. Peppers ended up with six points. Williams added four points. Ingram ended up with three points and Kilgo finished with two points.

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