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January 29, 2013

PREP BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Lady Bearcats, Eagles, Raiders and Lions all pick up out-of-county wins

MUSCLE SHOALS —  Baylee Johnson and Morgan Smith once again carried Cullman’s varsity girls on their back, but the dynamic duo did receive a nice chunk of help from Hayden Short on Tuesday, propelling the Bearcats to a decisive 47-32 road victory over Muscle Shoals.

The Black and Gold trailed 21-20 at halftime before shifting defenses and limiting the Trojans to just six points in the third quarter and five in the fourth.

On a night where his squad’s shots weren’t falling as much as coach Jonathan Hayes probably would’ve liked, Short and Smith more than made up for it by completely dominating the boards. Short racked up 17 rebounds to go along with nine points and two steals, while Smith tallied a double-double with 12 points, 13 rebounds, six assists and four steals.

“We were able to get some shots to fall late and hit some free throws, and that really helped us win,” Hayes said. “It was back and forth there for awhile, but we stayed true on the boards.”

Johnson led all scorers with 20 points.

Cullman will head to Arab on Thursday before staying on the road to close out the regular season next Monday at Holly Pond. The Bearcat-Bronco game was originally scheduled for next Tuesday.

% Cold Springs 46, Walker 35: The Class 2A Lady Eagles improved their record to 17-6 overall with a road win over the 5A Vikings on Tuesday night.

Chloe Harbison finished with 13 points, eight rebounds and five assists for No. 5 Cold Springs.

Haley Freeman added 11 points, while Caitlyn Hall was good for 10 and nine rebounds. McKinnley Davis scored seven; Hayden West, five; and Keegan Johnson, three.

Cold Springs will get the next five days off before hosting West Point next Monday night.

% Good Hope 59, Priceville 48: The Lady Raiders improved to 17-11 on the season with home victory over the Bulldogs on Tuesday night.

Kayla Tillman notched 24 points to go along with five rebounds and three steals, while Darcie Wilson added 11. Savannah Fendley added nine points and five boards, while Cara Goodwin finished with five points and nine boards.

Good Hope will host Hayden on Thursday night.

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