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December 17, 2013

PREP HOOPS ROUNDUP: Swalve, Schaffer help Bearcats best Butler 84-74; Lady Raiders set aside Aggies for 6th straight win

HUNTSVILLE — Cullman made certain the third time was the charm Tuesday night, heading out of town to avenge a pair of early losses to Class 4A No. 5 Butler with a too-fast, too-furious 84-74 triumph.

The Bearcats (7-5) blew late 13-point cushions in both previous battles with the Bulldogs but had no trouble putting the pedal to the metal and never letting off in the second half of the latest contest.

After trailing 13-12 and 38-37 at the first two quarter breaks, the Black and Gold exploded for 31 points in the third frame. Butler was only able to answer with 15 points during the eight-minute stretch, allowing Cullman to cruise to the win.

Seth Swalve and Lawson Schaffer stole the spotlight for the Bearcats with respective sky-high totals of 27 and 26 points. The former was good for 13 points in third quarter and 19 in the second half, while the latter collected half of his points in the second stanza.

Other Black and Gold contributors were Keaton Dean, 10 points; Lane Donaldson, six; Austin Beck, five; Lee Mattox and Auston Neal, four each; and Jason McAfee, two.

Cullman will test its 1-1 area record at heated-rival Hartselle Friday.

% Fairview 43, Good Hope 29: The Aggies found their rhythm — and the win column — for the second time in as many nights Tuesday at home versus the Raiders.

Elijah Garrison and Chance Hill contributed the bulk of the points with 11 and 10, respectively, in the Purple and Gold’s fourth victory of the season. Other Fairview scorers were Hunter Brewer, seven points; Ethan Widner, six; Tyler Yearwood, four; Sid Smith, three; and Devan Parker, two.

“We have to keep pushing ourselves to the limit every day,” first-year Aggie coach Kurt Knight said. “We have to be the best practice team possible to put us in a situation to be successful come tournament time.”

Tyler Vanderburg paced Good Hope with 10 points, while Andy Cofer chipped in nine. Eli Marty and Kainan Smith both added three points.

% Oakman 58, Cold Springs 51: The Eagles came out on top in the first meeting, but the Wildcats won the rematch between area rivals Tuesday night.

Cold Springs, which debuted as the eighth-ranked team in 2A of last week’s Alabama Sports Writers Association rankings, dropped to 8-5 overall and 1-1 against area foes.

Stats for the Eagles were unknown.

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