PREP BASKETBALL: Holly Pond handles Addison 69-18 at Wallace State Thanksgiving Classic

Holly Pond’s Alyssia Mitchell (3) led the Lady Broncos with 12 points in their 69-18 win over Addison Tuesday morning. (Nick Griffin/The Cullman Tribune)

HANCEVILLE, Ala. – The Holly Pond Lady Broncos hit the court at Wallace State’s Tom Drake Coliseum Tuesday morning for a matchup against the Lady Bulldogs of Addison and Holly Pond dominated the game from start to finish. The Lady Broncos built a 37-3 lead in the first half and continued pulling away in the second half, eventually defeating the Lady Bulldogs 69-18.

Kamryn Tankersley laid one in to score the first points of the game and knocked down a three-pointer on the next possession to give Holly Pond a 5-0 lead. A basket from Ava Thomas and a three by Maggie Nail made it a 10-0 game and after another Thomas bucket, Alana Phillips and Madison Butts extended the lead to 16-0. After splitting a pair of free throws, Alyssia Mitchell scored off a turnover in the final seconds of the first to make it a 19-0 game going into the second.

The scoring drought continued for Addison and the shots kept falling for the Lady Broncos. Butts laid one in and Nail hit a pair of free throws to make it 23-0 and baskets by Thomas and Phillips stretched the lead to 27-0 with five minutes to play in the period. Phillips drained a pair of free throws to add to the lead and Holly Pond led 33-0 at one point before Gracie Roberts drilled a three-pointer to finally get the Lady Bulldogs on the board and trim the lead to 33-3 with two minutes remaining in the second quarter. However, Lady Broncos seventh grader Millie McBee scored a pair of baskets in the final minute of the half to give Holly Pond a commanding, 37-3 lead at the break.

Thomas netted a pair of free throws and Lauryn Hoffman buried a three to make it a 42-3 game at the start of the third and Ellie Burks scored back to back buckets to extend the lead to 46-3. Another three-pointer from Hoffman and a pair of McBee free throws put the Lady Broncos in front 51-3 but Kabri Dyson knocked down a three to stop the run and make it 51-6. Dyson drained two more three-pointers and Emma Cleghorn hit a jumper before the end of the period but going into the final frame, the Lady Bulldogs trailed Holly Pond 56-14.

Emma Earl scored inside, and Madeline Hill drilled a three to keep the Lady Broncos ahead 61-14 early in the fourth. Earl and Hill each buried another three-pointer to add to the lead with four minutes to play but Dyson answered with her fourth triple of the second half to make it a 67-17 game. Ava Bartlett split a pair of free throws in the final two minutes but that was the final point Addison could get on the board and Holly Pond went on to win it 69-18.

Mitchell led the way for the Lady Broncos with 12 points in the win. Phillips and Thomas each posted eight and Hoffman, McBee and Hill each added six. 11 different players scored at least four points for Holly Pond.

Dyson led Addison with 12 points in the loss.

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