By Jake Winfrey
The Cullman Times
GOOD HOPE —
Vinemont went into Tuesday night’s game with Good Hope thinking it was playing its long-time county rival, the Raiders.
However, after Tuesday night’s narrow 49-47 win, the Eagles might have thought they were playing the Good Hope Energizer Bunnies.
“We didn’t play very smart and I’m not very happy with our execution,” Vinemont coach Todd Johnson said. “But, I will take the area win.”
It was anything but easy for Vinemont.
Vinemont held a 10-point lead with just over two minutes left in the game, but the Raiders never quit, storming back to cut the lead to two points on an Andrew Cofer 3-pointer with a little under a minute to go in the fourth.
From there, though, the Eagles calmed the storm, got some key offensive rebounds and held on to the two-point victory.
“Give credit to Good Hope,” Johnson said. “They fought all the way to the very end. They outhustled us tonight for sure.”
The victory brings the Eagles’ record back to .500 at 6-6, with a 2-1 mark in Class 3A, Area 13 play.
Garrett Sipe and Jacob Smith set the pace with 10 points each, while teammates Duncan Hopper and Lance Stanley came in with nine points for Vinemont.
On the other side, Andrew Cofer netted 16 points for the Raiders, with 11 of those points coming in the first quarter.
Alex Cofer was next with 12 points.
Vinemont will take to the road on Friday as the Eagles head off to face Decatur Heritage, while Good Hope will travel to Hanceville to take on the Bulldogs in another key area game.
% Good Hope 52, Vinemont 21: The Raiders were just too much for Vinemont on Tuesday night as Good Hope coasted to an easy victory.
Good Hope hit eight 3-pointers in the game, stretching their lead to 21 points at halftime.
From there, it was only a matter of running out the clock.
“I thought we played good defense tonight,” Good Hope coach Michael Oldacre said. “We got open looks, took better shots and didn’t turn the ball over as much.”
Kayla Tillman led all scorers with 16 points, while Alannah Henke came off the bench to pour in 10.
Both Katelyn Bishop and Kacy Thomas each had six points in the Raiders’ victory.
Vinemont was without top-scorer Jordan Melton due to a foot injury, but the Eagles were led by Sydney Wallace’s nine points.
Teammates McKenzie Newman and Hannah Adamson each tallied four points on the night for Vinemont in the loss.
The win for Good Hope betters its record to 5-9, including a squeaky clean 2-0 mark in its area.
% Good Hope 39, Vinemont 7: The junior varsity Raiders team had no issue dispatching of Vinemont, defeating the Eagles by 32 points.
Good Hope’s leading contributor was Celest Whisenant, whose 13 points led all players.
Sydny Phares and Kaylee Maddox teamed up with nine points apiece for the Raiders.
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