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January 23, 2013

PREP BASKETBALL: Raiders overcome slow start, ease past Eagles with 55-24 win (PHOTO GALLERY)

HANCEVILLE — It took the Good Hope varsity girls a while to get going, but once they did, it was off to the races, as the Raiders eased past Vinemont 55-24 on Wednesday night at the Tom Drake Coliseum.

"We definitely came out flat in the first half," coach Michael Oldacre said. "But, I thought we played with a lot more energy in the second half. We were able to step up our pressure and that was good for us."

The Raiders held just a six-point lead after one quarter of play but quickly lost it after the Eagles' Jordan Melton drained a 3-pointer early in the second to give her team a 16-15 advantage.

Unfortunately for Vinemont, that was the last lead they saw, as Good Hope went on to outscore the Eagles 42-8 the rest of the way.

All nine players for the Raiders scored at least two points in the Cullman County Basketball Tournament's varsity girls semifinal.

"We have a lot of shooters that are capable of hitting," Oldacre added. "If you are going to win games, especially in this tournament, you are going to have to have contributions from everyone on the team."

Cara Goodwin hit three 3-pointers for Good Hope and finished with 11 points. Her teammate, Savannah Fendley netted 10 as the squad's only other double-digit scorer for the Raiders.

Kami Calvert was next in line with eight points, while Darcie Wilson poured in seven. Kacy Thomas, Kayla Scott and Katelyn Bishop each added five. Kayla Tillman contributed four and Alannah Henke, two.

"I'm proud of them," Oldacre said. "For it being our first game in the tournament and our first game here (Wallace State) all season, I thought we responded well."

Syndey Wallace knocked in 13 points for Vinemont, while Melton added four. Katie Speer hit a trey, and McKenzie Newman and Katie Fuller each scored two.

Good Hope will face top-seeded Cold Springs tonight at 6:15 p.m. The Raiders have lost both contests with the Eagles this season, including a one-point defeat at home in their season opener.

% Jake Winfrey can be reached at 256-734-2131, ext. 258 or at jwinfrey@cullmantimes.com.

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