PREP BASKETBALL: Cold Springs collects summer wins over Decatur Heritage, Lawrence County

Cold Springs' Ella Bruer finished with 20 points in the Lady Eagles' 54-32 win over Decatur Heritage. (Sammy Confer/The Cullman Tribune)

CULLMAN, Ala. – The Cold Springs Lady Eagles wrapped up their summer schedule with a pair of games at Cullman High School Thursday and they capped things off with a pair of wins. Cold Springs started with a 54-32 win over Decatur Heritage in the morning and finished with a 56-35 victory over Lawrence County.

Cold Springs 54 – Decatur Heritage 32 (Varsity Girls)

Malaya Taylor knocked down a free throw to put Cold Springs on the scoreboard first. Later on, a Maci Brown three gave the Lady Eagles a 5-4 lead early in the first half. Decatur Heritage, though, scored the next 10 points to get the lead right back at 14-5 with less than 12 minutes left in the first half. Cold Springs would respond with a huge run of their own. Bruer hit a free throw to make it 14-7, then knocked down a three to cut it to 14-10. Taylor hit back-to-back shots inside to tie the game at 14 with a little over seven minutes to go in the first half. Bruer broke the tie with yet another three as that gave the Lady Eagles a 17-14 lead, but Decatur Heritage scored the next five points to give them a 19-17 lead. Another Bruer trey, followed by back-to-back baskets by Ciara Calvert, would give Cold Springs a 24-19 lead at the half.

Brown knocked down a shot down low and Abby Livingston drilled a three from the right wing to push Cold Springs’ lead to 29-21 early in the second half. Decatur Heritage cut it to 29-25, but the three-ball helped Cold Springs create some distance from them and Decatur Heritage. Back-to-back long-range shots from Calvert and Bruer gave them a 35-25 lead with 12 minutes left to go in the contest. Both teams went scoreless for almost six minutes before Calvert hit a shot down low to make it 37-25, then Kenady Graves knocked down a three to push Cold Springs’ lead to 40-25. Brown and Bruer each added a pair of threes late and Cold Springs ended up rolling past Decatur Heritage in their first game of the day, 54-32.

Bruer finished with a game-high 20 points for Cold Springs; she finished with six threes in the game. Brown added 11 points. Calvert ended up with nine points. Taylor added six points. Graves and Livingston each finished with three points and Erin Bailey chipped in with two.

Cold Springs 56 – Lawrence County 35 (Varsity Girls)

Cold Springs got off to a very quick start in their second game of the day against Lawrence County. A pair of Brown treys and one by Bruer helped the Lady Eagles jump out to a quick 11-2 advantage. Calvert helped Cold Springs increase their lead in a big way as she scored 15 of the Lady Eagles’ next 17 points to make it 28-6. The Lady Red Devils cut it to 28-14, but a Bruer basket down low made it 30-14 at the half.

Bruer’s hot shooting would continue as she drilled consecutive treys to make it 36-16. Graves added a basket as well to increase the Lady Eagle lead to 38-16. Later on, Brown scored five straight points to push their lead to 43-21. Baskets in the paint by Taylor, Graves, and Calvert made it 51-33 and Mia Light scored the final five points of the game for Cold Springs as they ended up collecting a 56-35 win over Lawrence County.

Calvert finished with 17 points for Cold Springs. Bruer added 13 points. Brown ended up with 11 points. Taylor finished with six points. Light added five points and Graves chipped in with four.

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