By Jake Winfrey
The Cullman Times
Four players scored in double figures, and Holly Pond hit 15 free throws, spoiling Hanceville’s Homecoming and Senior Night with a 68-51 victory on Friday evening.
Colby Adams led a balanced scoring attack with 18 points.
“For the most part, I thought we played well,” Bronco coach Mitch Morris said. “We got our offense going in the second half a little bit. When we do things the right way, we are pretty good.”
Holly Pond (20-5) got off to a fast start, riding three Gunter Morris 3-pointers in the first half en route to a 10-point lead heading into halftime.
The Bulldogs’ Brontae Harris made it a game, however, scoring 11 of his 26 points in the third quarter, including a long-distance 3 to cut his team’s deficit to six.
The Broncos responded with two baskets of their own — a shot in the paint by Adams and a 3-pointer by Blake Black — to right the ship and take a 13-point advantage into the final frame.
“We have good players that can score on any given night,” Morris said. “We were able to do that inside and outside tonight.”
Harris didn’t give up, though, draining two more treys midway through the fourth.
Unfortunately for Harris, Adams has game, too.
The junior guard drained 3’s on back-to-back Bronco possessions to extend his team’s lead back to 16 points and eliminate any chance of a Harris-led comeback.
Morris finished the game with 16 points, while teammates Jacob Cahoon and Black netted 13 and 11, respectively.
Both Carter Hays and Austin Smith added four points. Center Ben Wilson was good for two.
Keith Twitty finished with eight points for Hanceville, and Dant’e Reese added seven.
Holly Pond will play a home game against Cullman on Monday night before gearing up to host its area tournament next Friday. Hanceville will travel to Hayden.
Morris thinks his team is beginning to play better as a squad at the right time.
“We strive for balance and good team basketball,” he said. “When we share the ball like we did tonight, we play pretty well.”
% Holly Pond 49, Hanceville 10: The Lady Broncos flexed their muscles early and often, dominating the Bulldogs by a 39-point margin on Friday night.
Holly Pond (23-4) used runs of 9-, 13- and 14-0 to take a commanding lead early in the game that it never thought about relinquishing.
Meg Gambrill was tops for the Broncos with 12 points, while Rachel Finley and Lacy Malone added eight and seven points apiece.
Other Holly Pond contributors included Kaitlyn Stephens, six points; Taylor Terry, five; Lexi Lynn, four; Abby Gambrill, three; and Taylor Rowell and Natasha Holcombe, two each.
Hanceville’s Taylor Hollingsworth had four points to lead her team.
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