GOOD HOPE —
% Holly Pond 54, Good Hope 21: New year, same results.
The Class 3A No. 4 Broncos netted the first 20 points of the contest, received scoring contributions from seven players and moved to 17-2 on the season with a runaway victory over the Raiders on Friday night.
Natasha Holcombe and Rachel Finley led the Green and White in scoring with 15 and 14 points, respectively, while Holcombe contributed four blocks and Finley, several rebounds in the win.
Good Hope cut the deficit to 13 at halftime but couldn’t get any closer, as Holly Pond outscored its county rival 20-6 in the third frame to alleviate any doubt of a victory.
Other Bronco contributors included Meg Gambrill, six points; Melissa Clingman, four, Abby Gambrill, three; and Taylor Rowell and Kristin Sparks, two apiece.
The Raiders (12-6) were paced by Kayla Scott’s nine points. Kacy Thomas was next in line with four.
Scott Adams’s squad will take the week off before hosting New Hope in a crucial area game next Friday. Meanwhile, Good Hope will be back in action against Cold Springs on Tuesday.
% Cold Springs 78, Sulligent 43: Caitlyn Hall scored all of her game-high 23 points in the first half as the Eagles hammered their area foe at home on Friday night.
The No. 4 team in 2A got off to a hot start, grabbing a 29-6 first-quarter cushion before heading into halftime with a salty 55-16 advantage.
Cold Springs (14-5) received double-digit scoring from Haley Freeman (14 points) and Emme Willoughby (12) in the victory.
Other Blue and Gold contribitors included McKinnley Davis, eight points; Chloe Harbison and Camryn Crider, seven; Keegan Johnson, five; and Rilee White, two.
% Cullman 51, Muscle Shoals 47: The Bearcats used a huge third quarter to pull away from — and stay ahead of — the Trojans on Friday night.
Trailing by one at the half, Cullman outscored Muscle Shoals 16-7 in the third — thanks to Baylee Johnson’s 10 points — to grab an eight-point advantage heading into the final stanza.
“I’m proud of the girls for being able to make some halftime adjustments and come out with a win against a good Muscle Shoals team,” said Bearcat coach Jonathan Hayes, whose team moved to 11-6 with the win. “We got the lead and never gave it back up.”
Johnson finished the contest with 24 points, while Oakleigh White (eight points), Hayden Short (six) and Christina Skinner (four) all contributed to the Black and Gold’s win.
Cullman will host Hartselle on Tuesday. The Lady Bearcats have bested their arch-rival twice already this season.
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