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January 3, 2014

PREP BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Adams, Morris lead Broncos to 71-51 win over Good Hope

GOOD HOPE — Mitch Morris was none too pleased following his team’s lackluster performance against Class 6A Albertville in the Albertville Citivans Christmas Classic last Friday night.

While the effort improved the next day against Pinson Valley, the Broncos blew a 12-point fourth-quarter lead to drop back-to-back games for the first time this season.

That was so last year, though.

Holly Pond was back to its dominant ways on Friday, however, getting big-time production from its three-headed monster — Austin Smith, Colby Adams and Gunter Morris — to come away with a solid 71-51 win over Good Hope.

“First quarter, we were a little sluggish,” coach Morris said. “But the second quarter was really good. We played the way we wanted to play

then. The guys played well. We were able to get all our players plenty of playing time, too. That’ll help us later on.”

The county teams fought tooth-and-nail throughout the first quarter, with the Broncos holding a slim 15-14 lead heading into the second stanza.

Then, it got ugly.

Holly Pond (13-5) outscored Good Hope 29-7 in the frame, forcing numerous Raider turnovers — most of which lead directly to easy baskets for the road team — to race away with a 44-21 halftime advantage.

Adams scored 20 points, while Morris (19) and Smith (14) each contributed to the cause as well.

“Those three played well,” coach Morris said. “If one of them ever has an off game, the other two usually pick him up. I’d still like to see our 3-point shooting improve a little bit, though.”

Dauriel Harwood collected nine points in the win; Cody Jones, five; and Josh Horton and Chase Allbright, two each.

The 3A, No. 2 Broncos will look to build some momentum against New Hope and West Point before heading into the ever-important county tournament in a couple of weeks.

“We are looking to get better every game,” coach Morris said.

Andy Cofer paced Good Hope with 24 points in the loss, while Eli Marty notched 11 of his own.

% Cullman 79, Muscle Shoals 61: Lane Donaldson decided he was tired of close games.

And boy, did he do something about it on Friday night.

The sharp-shooting senior drained six straight treys in the fourth quarter to turn what had been a 51-49 lead into a laugher over the 5A Trojans.

“Lane absolutely went Ray Allen in the fourth quarter,” coach Bobby Meyer said following the game.

The Bearcats improved to 11-6 on the season with the win.

Seth Swalve led all scorers 21 points, while Donaldson’s six 3’s left him with 18.

Other Bearcat contributors included Lawson Schaffer, 13 points; Auston Neal, 10; Chase Slocumb, seven; and Keaton Dean, four.Austin Beck also took a "big charge" during Donaldson's tear.

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