HOLLY POND —
The number 13 lived up to its unlucky reputation for Holly Pond in the first half of its in-county rivalry with West Point on Tuesday night.
With that lofty amount of turnovers by the midway point, the Broncos found themselves down three to a strong Warrior bunch before cleaning up their act in the third and fourth quarters to waltz away with a 57-52 win.
“We took care of the ball a lot better, so that gave us more looks and more opportunities,” Holly Pond coach Mitch Morris said.
Gunter Morris set the tone for the Broncos with 19 points, while Colby Adams cut in for 14. Jacob Cahoon and Austin Smith were both responsible for nine points.
After opening the season with a 24-point outburst versus Cold Springs, Adams is averaging a slick 19 points through two games.
Kris Keller was West Point’s top scorer with 16 points. Wesley Smith tossed in 10 points, and Tristan Dubberly had eight.
“West Point has got a good team,” Coach Morris said. “We’re getting there. We’re still trying to figure some stuff out. Once we do that, we can be pretty good ourselves.”
West Point will open Holly Pond’s Thanksgiving tournament versus Locust Fork at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday. The hosts will take on Arab at 8 p.m.
% Holly Pond 59, West Point 45: Natasha Holcombe picked up 13 of her game-high 18 points in the first quarter, and the Broncos pulled away early to dispatch their cross-town rival.
Nine of Holcombe’s opening-quarter points came from behind the arc.
All 11 of Rachel Finley’s points came in the second quarter for Holly Pond. Taylor Terry rounded up six points, while Taylor Rowell cashed in five.
Madison Rusk and Kari Williams led West Point with 15 and 11 points, respectively.
The 2-0 Broncos will play Priceville at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the first round of the Danville Thanksgiving Tournament.
% The Times’ sports editor Rob Ketcham contributed to this report.