By Jake Winfrey
The Cullman Times
COLD SPRINGS —
This year’s prep basketball season may be in its infancy, but don’t say anything to Triston Chambers.
The sophomore continued to show midseason form, scoring 26 points to lead Cold Springs (3-1) to a 67-48 home victory over county-rival Fairview (0-2) on Friday night.
Chambers’ production didn’t come via the jump shot, either, as the Eagle guard made his home inside the paint on post-ups and dribble penetration. His aggressiveness also paid off at the free-throw line, where Chambers was 15 of 16 on the night.
“I wanted to get to the rim and get kickouts to my team,” he said. “We all know we can shoot, but we want to be the kind of team that grinds out wins in the paint and at the charity stripe. We also want to play really good defense.”
The Eagles accomplished both those goals on Friday — they were 28 of 30 at the foul line and forced a number of Fairview turnovers using a press defense often in the game — to all but take the life out of the Aggies midway through the third frame.
Kurt Knight’s squad trailed by 13 points entering the second half and never got any closer despite a number of almost runs.
Chambers’ and the Cold Springs’ defense was just too much, limiting the Aggies’ half-court offense all evening long.
“Coach (Tim Willoughby) emphasizes getting down and dirty on defense,” Chambers said. “If you don’t go after all of those loose balls and play hard, then how can we expect to play well on defense for the easy ones?”
Josh Freeman poured in 18 points — including back-to-back treys in the second quarter to begin the Eagles’ rout — while Layne Rice added seven of his own.
Chance Hill and Devan Parker each netted 10 points for the Purple and Gold in the loss.
Cold Springs will head to Hanceville on Monday, while Fairview will hop on a bus to Vinemont on Tuesday.
% Cold Springs 59, Fairview 22: It took a full frame for Tammy West’s squad to get going against the Aggies on Friday night.
Once the Eagles found their groove, however, it soon became apparent they were the best squad on the floor.
Caitlyn Hall led a balanced scoring attack — all Cold Springs’ players scored — with 15 points, while McKinnley Davis netted 10 of her own in the easy win. Chloe Harbison and Bailey West each collected seven points; Emme Willoughby and Haley Freeman, six apiece; Karlee Perdue, five; and Keegan Johnson, three.
Taylor Yeager led all Aggie scorers with 10 points.
Cold Springs moved to 3-1, while Fairview dropped to 0-2.
Junior Varsity Girls
% Cold Springs 42, Fairview 39: The Eagles improved to 5-0 this year with a razor-thin victory over the Aggies on Friday.
Camryn Crider led all scorers with 18 points for Cold Springs. Other contributors included Rilee White, 11 points; Destiny Campbell and Hannah Wilson, five each; and Kaleigh Merring, three.
For the Aggies, Aladie Howse collected 11 points, while her teammates, Jada Golden and Katie Glover, both had seven.
% Jake Winfrey can be reached at 256-734-2131, ext. 136 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.