PREP BASKETBALL: Bulldogs fend off Raider rally to earn 66-60 win, Lady Raiders rout Hanceville 69-20

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Hanceville’s Zach Campbell finished with 23 points in the Bulldogs’ 66-60 win at Good Hope Friday night. (Martha Needham/The Cullman Tribune)

GOOD HOPE, Ala. – The Hanceville Bulldogs made the short trip over to Good Hope High School Friday night for a pair of varsity matchups and the two local squads split the area battles. The second-ranked Good Hope Lady Raiders dominated Hanceville and collected a 69-20 win while the sixth-ranked Hanceville Bulldogs had to hold off a massive Good Hope scoring run in the fourth quarter to escape with a 66-60 win.

Good Hope 69 – Hanceville 20 (varsity girls)

The Lady Raiders scored early and often during their area matchup with Hanceville Friday night and put the Lady Bulldogs in a deep hole in the opening period. A three-pointer by Ivey Maddox and a pair of baskets from Rudi Derrick made it a 7-0 game right out of the gate and Derrick went on to score six of the next eight points for Good Hope to help make it 15-0. Hanceville was able to get on the board late in the first quarter when Katelyn Boyd knocked down a jumper to make it 15-2 but an 8-0 run by the Lady Raiders stretched the lead to 23-2 at the end of the first quarter.

Baskets from Emma Sterling and Jolee McHan trimmed the lead to 25-4 early in the second but after a layup by Derrick, Maddox drilled back to back three-pointers to give Good Hope a 33-6 advantage midway through the quarter. A couple of baskets by Renee Mcleod made it a 37-7 game with two minutes remaining in the first half but a jumper from Victoria Stanley and a basket by Savanna McAnnally just before the buzzer cut the lead to 39-10 going into the halftime break.

The Lady Raiders continued to widen the gap in the third quarter, extending their lead to 25 with three-pointers from Bailey Tetro and Maddox. Good Hope maintained a comfortable lead throughout the period and after a McAnnally basket just before the buzzer, Hanceville went into the fourth trailing Good Hope 59-16.

With the clock running, Desiree Odachowski and McHan exchanged baskets during the final period and the Lady Raiders went on to collect a 69-20 win over the Lady Bulldogs. Maddox led Good Hope with 19 points in the win, followed by Derrick with 15, all of which came in the first half. Odachowski added 10 points and Bailey Tetro posted nine.

McHan led Hanceville with eight points in the loss. McAnnally and Sterling each finished with four.

The Lady Raiders will be back on the court next Tuesday night when they travel to Curry and Hanceville will look to bounce back next Thursday on the road against Corner.

Hanceville 66 – Good Hope 60 (varsity boys)

Friday’s nightcap between the Hanceville and Good Hope boys’ squads was a fast and physical one that the Bulldogs led big going into the final frame, but the Raiders refused to lay down. A pair of free throws by Colton Lindsey and a Charlie O’Neil basket gave Good Hope an early, 4-0 lead but Hanceville responded quickly. A layup and a three-pointer by Zach Campbell cut the lead to 8-6 and Carson Garrett scored inside to tie the game at 8 midway through the first. A pair of Tanner Malin free throws and a basket by Campbell kept the score knotted at 10 before Tyler Cone drained a three to give the Raider a 13-10 lead. Noah Jones scored to make it a 1-point game late in the period, but Tucker Malin laid one in at the buzzer to put Good Hope in front 15-12 going into the second.

A couple minutes into the second quarter, Tristan Herrera buried a three-pointer of his own to give the Bulldogs a 17-15 lead and Jones followed him with another three to make it 20-15. Tanner Malin hit a pair of free throws and O’Neil scored inside to cut the lead to 20-19 midway through the second, but Garrett finished an and-one play at the line on the other end to make it a 23-19 game. Campbell and Cone exchanged baskets to keep the lead at four but back to back buckets by Brayden Harris in the final moments of the period gave Hanceville a 29-21 lead going into the locker room at halftime.

Campbell and the Bulldogs got red-hot from three-point range in the third quarter. After a three by O’Neil cut the lead to five at the start of the third, Campbell knocked down three consecutive deep balls to stretch the Hanceville lead to 38-24. Harris followed with a three of his own to make it a 41-24 lead before Lindsey was able to score on the other end and stop the Bulldog run. Herrera knocked down another three on the next possession to put Hanceville in front by 18 points and after a pair of steals and baskets by Braxton Broad in the final minute of the third, the Bulldogs went into the fourth quarter with a commanding, 50-28 lead over Good Hope.

However, the Raiders weren’t done yet. Jones drained another three-pointer for Hanceville to start the final period and add to the lead, but Good Hope answered in a big way after that. Jacob Haynes scored through a foul and added the free throw to kick-start the Raider run and O’Neil buried a three to make it a 53-34 game. After cutting the lead to 14, Tanner Malin scored six straight points for Good Hope to cut the lead to 54-46 midway through the fourth and Cone and Weston Hancock each scored to make it a 56-50 game with just under three minutes to play. A pair of Campbell free throws and a jumper by Harris on the other end kept the Bulldogs ahead 60-52 but a basket by K’mal Bell and a pair of free throws from Cone kept Hanceville from pulling away. Harris netted two free throws with 36 seconds on the clock to make it a 10-point game. The Raiders battled until the last possession but couldn’t completely chip away at the lead and the Bulldogs were able to hold and win it 66-60.

Campbell led Hanceville with 23 points in the win, followed by Harris with 16 and Jones with eight. Malin led the way for Good Hope with 18 points. O’Neil posted 14 and Cone finished with nine.

Hanceville will be back in action Tuesday night to host Vinemont and Good Hope will head to the BJCC in Birmingham tomorrow to take on Cordova.

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