PREP BASKETBALL: Hanceville tips off Thanksgiving Tournament with 67-34 win over Ardmore

Carson Garrett led Hanceville with 14 points in its 67-34 win over Ardmore Monday night. (Sammy Confer/The Cullman Tribune)

HANCEVILLE, Ala. – This year’s Hanceville Thanksgiving Tournament tipped off Monday and after Vinemont and Cold Springs lost their games to Mortimer Jordan and Dora, the Hanceville Bulldogs closed out the night with a 67-34 win over Ardmore.

Hanceville 67 – Ardmore 34 (Varsity Boys)

Eli Clements knocked down a pair of free throws to put Hanceville on the scoreboard first, then a steal and a fast-break layup by Konnor Helms gave them a 4-0 lead. Another Helms steal would lead to a fast-break layup by Noah Jones to make it 6-0. A free throw by Ardmore cut it to 6-1, but another steal later led to a layup by J.T. Davis as that pushed their lead to 8-1 almost halfway through the opening period. A steal and a layup by Braxton Broad made it 10-3, then later on, a basket each by Davis and Jones pushed their lead to 15-3. The Bulldogs took a 15-5 lead into the second period.

Hanceville continued to add onto their lead in the second quarter, scoring the first eight points, as baskets by Clements, Jones, and Carson Garrett increased their lead to 23-5 early in the second period. The Tigers cut it to 23-9 with 3:36 remaining in the first half, but a pair of free throws by Jones, plus a layup by Peyton Twilley, made it a 27-9 game. A rebound and putback by Broad gave them a 29-9 lead. Five straight points by Garrett, plus a basket in the paint by Helms, and a pair of Garrett free throws, pushed their lead to 38-11 at the half.

A free throw by Jones and five straight points by Garrett gave the Bulldogs a 44-13 lead in the third quarter. A trey by Noah Douglas made it a 49-15 lead for Hanceville, and baskets by Broad, Davis, and Twilley increased their lead to 55-23 going into the final period. The fourth quarter was run under a hot clock, and Hanceville would go on to roll past Ardmore, 67-34, to move on to the next round.

Garrett finished with 14 points to lead the way for Hanceville (2-1). Jones added 11 points. Twilley ended up with eight points, while Helms, Broad, and Davis each collected six points in the contest.

Hanceville will face off against Dora Tuesday night at 7:45.