By Jake Winfrey
The Cullman Times
HOLLY POND —
Coach Tammy West is all for excitement, but by the end of Friday night’s game against Holly Pond, she’s probably had her fill for awhile.
West and her Cold Springs’ girls basketball team picked up a huge win in thrilling fashion, defeating the Broncos by a final of 41-38.
“I’m very proud of my team,” West said. “That was a big, emotional win for us.”
Emotional might be an understatement considering how the game finished down the stretch.
The two teams were neck and neck all throughout the second half until Eagles’ guard Haley Freeman gave her team their first lead of the fourth quarter on a 3-pointer with just under two minutes remaining.
Holding just a one-point lead with 37 seconds remaining, Cold Springs’ Hayden West stepped up to the line and knocked down both of her free throws to give the Eagles a three-point cushion.
On the ensuing Holly Pond possession, the Broncos had five chances at a tie, including three looks from behind the arc by Natasha Holcombe that could have sent the game into overtime.
However, it was not to be for the Broncos as Holcombe’s last ditch attempt came up just short.
“I thought the horn was never going to sound,” West said. “They were scrapping hard for rebounds there at the end.”
The win moves the Eagles’ overall record to 8-3 on the season.
The player of the game for Cold Springs was far and away Caitlyn Hall, whose 23 points, six rebounds and four blocks were key in the Eagles’ victory.
Freeman was a key contributor as well, scoring eight points while adding seven boards and five assists to her ledger.
With the loss, the Broncos’ (9-1) six-game winning streak was snapped.
Taylor Terry was the leading scorer for Holly Pond with 14 points, while teammates Meg Gambrill and Holcombe each scored seven for the Broncos.
Looking ahead, the Eagles travel to Hanceville next Tuesday while Holly Pond will look to rebound at Fairview on the same day.
% Holly Pond 66, Cold Springs 49
In the boys’ game, Holly Pond (7-2) held off a late Cold Springs’ comeback attempt and held on to increase its winning streak to five.
The Broncos led by 15 points heading into the fourth quarter but the Eagles (9-2) didn’t give up.
Cold Springs’ Triston Chambers drained a 3-pointer to cut the Broncos’ lead to just five points with around four minutes to play.
Unfortunately for the Eagles, they ran out of gas as the Broncos finished the game on a 12-0 run to get the win.
“We played a little panicked there late in the game,” Holly Pond coach Mitch Morris said. “Fortunately for us, we were able to regain our composure and get the win.”
Holly Pond’s leading scorer was Colby Adams, who scored 14 points. Teammates Gunter Morris and Austin Smith each had 11 in the win.
Chambers’ 21 points set the pace for the Eagles, while Layne Rice chipped in with nine.
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