PREP BASKETBALL: West Point falls to Cordova at Holly Pond Thanksgiving Tournament, Broncos, Knights collect wins

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West Point’s Ashton Rodgers (14) finished with 14 points in the Warriors’ loss to Cordova Monday afternoon. (Nick Griffin/The Cullman Tribune)

HOLLY POND, Ala. – The 66th annual Holly Pond Thanksgiving Tournament tipped off at Felton Easterwood Gymnasium Monday afternoon and several local teams are competing in this year’s field. West Point tipped things off with a tight game against Cordova, Arab followed with a 72-41 win over Susan Moore and in the nightcap, Holly Pond downed Curry 50-38. Tournament action will resume Tuesday afternoon at 2:00 when West Point takes on Susan Moore. Arab will face Cordova at 5:00 and the Broncos will wrap things up against Decatur at 6:30.

Cordova 58 – West Point 52

The Warriors fell behind 6-0 in the first quarter before Kanaan Sutter laid one in to get West Point on the board midway through the period and a basket from Jacob Hardison made it an 11-4 game going into the second quarter.

Buckets from Ashton Rodgers and J.D. Cochran trimmed the lead to 17-10 early in the second and Jay Lamar knocked down a three-pointer to make it 17-13. Harbison followed with a three of his own to cut the lead to 21-16 with three minutes to play in the half and a layup and a pair of free throws from Rodgers, the Warriors trailed just 21-20. Lamar netted a pair of free throws to keep West Point within one and a free throw from Rodgers tied the game at 23 with less than a minute remaining in the period. Lamar was fouled on a three-point attempt, and he knocked down all three from the line to put the Warriors in front 26-25 going into the locker room at halftime.

A Harbison jumper extended West Point’s lead to 28-25 early in the third and Cochran later scored inside to keep the Warriors on top 30-28. However, the Blue Devils put together a 7-1 scoring run to move back in front 35-31 midway through the third quarter. West Point battled back to chip away at the lead and after baskets by Sutter and Lamar, the Warriors went into the fourth trailing 42-38.

Pressley Burtis and Lamar each scored quick buckets to tie things up at 42 but the Blue Devils answered with a couple quick buckets of their own and retook a 47-42 advantage. Turnovers made it tough for West Point to get back into a rhythm offensively and led to some easy point for Cordova on the other end. A pair of Harbison free throws trimmed the lead down to 54-50 with two minutes on the clock but the Warriors weren’t able to get any closer and the Blue Devils held on to win it 58-52.

Lamar led West Point with 15 points in the loss, followed by Rodgers with 14 and Harbison with 12.

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