PREP BASKETBALL: Raiders race past Warriors 88-67, Lady Raiders pull away from West Point 65-49

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The Good Hope Raiders defeated West Point at home 88-67 Thursday night. (Nick Griffin/The Cullman Tribune)

GOOD HOPE, Ala. – The Good Hope Raiders and Lady Raiders both returned home to host a pair of varsity matchups against West Point Thursday night and both Raider squads earned wins over the Warriors. After a tight opening half, the Lady Raiders pulled away in the second half to collect a 65-49 win over the Lady Warriors and in the boys’ game, Good Hope scored early and often on its way to an 88-66 win over West Point.

Good Hope 65 – West Point 49 (Varsity Girls)

Bailey Tetro put in a layup for Good Hope’s first points of the game, then Ivey Maddox drilled a trey from the top of the key to give the Lady Raiders an early 5-0 lead. West Point got on the scoreboard with 5:53 remaining in the opening period on an and-one by Liberty Shadix, then later on, back-to-back treys by Jaelyn Faulkner and Liberty Shadix gave the Lady Warriors a 9-7 lead with a little over four minutes to go in the first quarter. A pair of Heather Tetro free throws tied it up at one, then Hallie Wheeler and Heather Tetro each traded a trey to keep the game tied up at 12 going into the second period.

The Lady Warriors broke the tie early in the second period as Ella Minck found a cutting Jaelyn Faulkner down low to give them a 14-12 lead. The Lady Raiders tied it up at 14 on a steal and layup by Bailey Tetro, but West Point broke the tie and then some. A pair of Jaelyn Faulkner free throws, back-to-back treys by Wheeler, and a driving layup by Liberty Shadix gave the Lady Warriors a 24-14 lead almost halfway through the second quarter. The Lady Raiders stopped the cold streak in a big way, as a three by Heather Tetro and five straight points by Maddox, cut it to 24-22 late in the first half. A trey by Emma Thompson made it a 26-25 game, but a free throw by Jaelyn Faulkner gave West Point a 27-25 lead at the half.

There were three lead changes to start the third period. A rebound and put-back by Jaelyn Faulkner gave the Lady Warriors a 29-28 lead, but Good Hope got the lead right back on a layup by Bailey Tetro. A pair of free throws by Ava McSwain and one by Maddox gave the Lady Raiders a 33-29 lead, then another steal and layup by Bailey Tetro pushed their lead to 35-29. A made basket down low by Wheeler cut it to 35-31, then later on, a pair of free throws by Laklin Shadix made it a 37-33 game. A huge and-one by McSwain increased Good Hope’s lead to 40-33 with 4:18 remaining in the third period.

West Point trimmed the deficit to just two at 40-38 on a Laklin Shadix three and a driving layup by Camryn Faulkner, but it was Good Hope that would end up finishing out the quarter strong. Baskets by Bailey Tetro, Jolee McHan, and a pair of McSwain free throws saw Good Hope take a 48-38 lead into the final period.

A trey by Wheeler cut it to 48-41 early in the fourth quarter, but a big run by the Lady Raiders saw them start to pull away from the Lady Warriors. A pair of treys by Maddox, a pair of layups each by Bailey Tetro and Charly Johnson, saw Good Hope swell their lead to 62-41. The Lady Raiders would end up collecting a 65-49 win over the Lady Warriors.

Maddox led the way for Good Hope (9-1) with 20 points. Bailey Tetro added 16 points. Heather Tetro ended up with 10 points and McSwain collected seven points in the contest. For West Point (6-3), Wheeler finished with 14 points. Liberty Shadix added 12 points. Jaelyn Faulkner put up 10 points and Laklin Shadix ended up with seven points.

Good Hope 88 – West Point 67 (Varsity Boys)

Good Hope got off to a fast start in their game against West Point. Tucker Malin put in a basket off an alley-oop pass from Dakota Overton to put the Raiders on the scoreboard first, but a rebound and putback by Jaxon Shelton tied the game up at 2 early. Back-to-back treys by Overton and Malin gave Good Hope an 8-2 lead. A slam dunk by Malin, followed by a rebound and putback by Tyler Cone, pushed their lead to 12-2.

Kolten Perry stopped the bleeding with a made basket in the paint to cut it to 12-4, but six straight points by K’mal Bell quickly increased Good Hope’s lead to 19-4 almost halfway through the opening period. Three straight points by J.D. Cochran cut it to 19-7, but a trey by Cone made it a 22-7 game. Baskets each by Jay Lamar and Shelton cut it to 24-11 going into the second period.

A trey by Brier Taylor from the left corner cut it to 26-14 early in the quarter, then back-to-back baskets by Maddox Chapman saw the Warriors cut it to 26-18. A made basket by Cone made it a 30-20 game, but a made jumper by Shelton and a layup by Taylor made it a 30-24 game more than halfway through the period. Good Hope, though, countered with a 10-0 run, as Cone started to get red-hot from the field, collecting eight of their 10 points, and Bell added a pair from the line, to push their lead to 40-24. The Warriors trimmed into the deficit a little bit to end the first half, as baskets by Perry and Shelton made it a 43-30 game at the half.

Malin drilled a trey to give Good Hope a 46-30 lead early in the third period, but another made basket by Shelton, and three free throws by Lamar cut it to 46-35. Bell put in a pair of shots from long-range, and Malin added a steal and a layup, to push the Raider lead to 54-37 with 4:30 remaining in the quarter. Another trey by Bell and a made basket by Weston Hancock gave Good Hope a 59-40 lead, but a free throw by Perry, a made basket by Taylor, and an and-one by Lamar kept West Point around the neighborhood as that made it a 59-46 game with less than two minutes to go in the third period. A Perry trey made it a 62-49 game, but Malin put in one from long-range, and Bell would add two more treys in the third period, as the Raiders took a 71-52 lead into the final period.

Another Bell three made it a 74-52 game early in the fourth but Taylor drilled a trey, and back-to-back made shots by Shelton and Taylor, made it a 74-59 game. Unfortunately, the Warriors wouldn’t get any closer than that as baskets by Cone, Jacob Haynes, Bell and Hancock helped Good Hope push their lead to 82-61. The Raiders would go on to knock off the Warriors 88-67.

Bell led all scorers with a game-high 31 points for Good Hope (6-3). Cone added 21 points and Malin ended up with 20 points. For West Point (8-3), Taylor and Shelton each finished with 14 points. Perry put in 11 points and Lamar added 10 points.

Good Hope and West Point will both be on the road Tuesday to take on West Morgan and Brewer, respectively.

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