By Jake Winfrey
The Cullman Times
COLD SPRINGS —
Fairview may have just won the county championship, but on Monday night, Cold Springs proved to be the better team, defeating the Blake Parker-less Aggies 54-50 and snapping their seven-game winning streak.
The victory moved the Eagles' record to 14-8 on the season.
“It was a nice win,” coach Tim Burleson said. “The kids played hard, but we are certainly not where we need to be.”
Cold Springs led for the majority of the game, riding a solid performance from its starting five, which accounted for all but nine of the Eagles’ points.
Trailing by four heading into the fourth quarter, Fairview’s Peter Kessler took over for his team, scoring eight of his 12 points to give the Aggies a fighting chance down the stretch.
An Ethan Widner free throw cut Cold Springs’ advantage to just one point with 3:40 left to play.
The Eagles’ Layne Rice responded, though, draining a big-time 3-pointer from the wing to up the lead back to four.
After each team swapped a free throw, Fairview’s Elijah Garrison cut his team’s deficit to one once more, burying a 3-pointer with 1:30 remaining on the clock.
But, like he has throughout his prep basketball career at Cold Springs, Chayse Elliott made a play when his team needed it most.
The UAH-bound senior drove the lane, scored a layup and was fouled. Elliott missed the free throw, however, giving Fairview one more chance to tie the game.
Unfortunately for the Aggies, their efforts were fruitless, and the Eagles made just enough late attempts from the charity stripe to seal the deal.
“Earlier in the season, we had a lot of people contributing,” Burleson said. “Since Chayse got hurt, we’ve kind of struggled getting back into that.”
Cold Springs made some progress in that department on Monday, with Rice scoring 14 points, Elliott, 13; and Triston Chambers, 10.
Elliott also pulled down 14 boards.
Mason Harris added seven points for the Eagles, while Terry Campbell, Josh Freeman and Austin Moore all contributed three apiece. Brandon Whaley netted one to complete the scoring.
Cold Springs will look to build off this win as the Eagles head to Walker tonight.
“We’ve got three more games before area,” Burleson added. “Hopefully by then, we’ll be where we need to be.”
Luke Bailey led Fairview with 14 points, including four 3-pointers in the first half. Garrison tallied 12, while Ethan Widner had five. Andy Hendrix contributed three. Austin and Tyler Yearwood each poured in two.
The Aggies (19-7) will travel to Holly Pond tonight.
% Cold Springs 64, Fairview 21: The Lady Eagles rebounded from a disappointing showing at this year’s county tournament with a blistering win over the Aggies on Monday night.
Leading 6-5 early in the first, Cold Springs went on a 41-4 stretch that spanned until midway in the third quarter to run away with an easy victory.
The Eagles (16-6) were paced by Chloe Harbison’s 18 points, while teammates Haley Freeman and Caitlyn Hall each produced 11 in the win.
Emme Willoughby and Keegan Johnson each netted six points, while Bailey West added five. Both Karlee Perdue and McKinnley Davis knocked down a trey. Rilee White hit a free throw as well.
Fairview’s Sarah Harper scored nine points, while Alli Harris chipped in five. Other Aggie contributors included Alley Raper and Julia Creel, three points; and Marlana Johnson, one.
% Jake Winfrey can be reached at 256-734-2131 or at firstname.lastname@example.org