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January 20, 2014

CULLMAN COUNTY BASKETBALL TOURNEY (Varsity Girls): Harbison scores 23, Eagles ease past Vinemont 67-8

HANCEVILLE — Last year’s Cullman County Basketball Tournament isn’t such a hot topic for Cold Springs' varsity girls squad.

The Eagles entered the fray as the favorite and  No. 1 seed, only to fall to Good Hope just one game into the annual event.

This season, Tammy West and Co. came in at No. 2 hoping to extend their stay at Wallace State just a little bit longer.

After Monday night’s game versus Vinemont, Cold Springs can go ahead and unpack it bags.

The Blue and Gold wasted no time putting their game on ice, KO'ing Vinemont early and often to runaway with a 67-8 win over their county rival.

“I’m glad that we got to play. I like it,” West said. “I’ve never enjoyed having a bye, so it worked out. I thought we played really well around the basket. We’ve been working on playing stronger inside. We did that tonight.”

It didn’t take too long for Cold Springs to get going, either.

They scored the first 19 points of the game — riding the hot production of Chloe Harbison and Caitlyn Hall — to a 19-2 first-quarter lead.

Harbison continued to muscle her way down low in the second, scoring 13 of her game-high 23 points in the frame to guide her team to an overwhelming 46-2 halftime advantage.

“We’ve been working with Chloe on a few things she has been doing wrong,” West said. “Tonight, she did all those things right. She just puts so much pressure on herself, but she really played a good game and did some good things for us.”

The second half was a mirror image of the first, as the Eagles methodically gashed the Red and White with picture-perfect offensive sets to Hall and others.

Just as impressive was Cold Springs' D, which allowed just two made field goals the entire game to go along with numerous steals and tipped passes.

Joining Harbison in the scoring was Hall (14 points) and Haley Freeman (13). Emme Willoughby and Bailey West both chipped in with six points. McKinnley Davis was good for three. Keegan Johnson made a late two-pointer to get on the board as well.

The Eagles will play the winner of Good Hope and Hanceville on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. for a spot in the title game.

“We’re excited,” West said of the battle between the Raiders and Bulldogs, which is slated for Tuesday at 6:15 p.m. “We plan to come out, watch and see who it’s going to be.”

Casey Westmoreland scored all six of her points in the fourth for Vinemont. Ashley Chambers had a bucket in the first frame to round out the Eagles' scorers.

Vinemont will host West Point next Tuesday night.

% Jake Winfrey can be reached at 256-734-2131, ext. 136 or at jwinfrey@cullmantimes.com.

 

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