For almost the entire fourth quarter of Saturday's first-round junior varsity clash between West Point and Hanceville, the clock was just like the Warriors to begin the ballgame — it was running.
West Point burst out of the gate, grabbed many timely steals and turned most of them into easy layups, jumping out to an early lead en route to a 60-32 blowout of the Bulldogs.
The Warriors were well on their way to the second round of the Cullman County Basketball Tournament by the end of the first quarter with a 21-8 advantage. It only got worse for Hanceville, which was held to just three points in the second seven-minute stretch.
The triumph didn’t come without a great deal of help from a handful of West Point players. Five Warriors were good for at least seven points, including Will Wrenn and Levi Laney, who led the way with 11 points apiece. Riley Voce and Trent Campbell each scored eight points, and Zack Tilley had seven.
Other West Point contributors were Derrick Sloan, five points; Bryant Farley and Adam Stewart both had four; and Austin Rodgers, two.
Xavier Malcom was top Dawg with eight points. Isaac Weissand and Jose Orozco trailed close behind with seven points. Weissand knocked down two early 3-pointers.
Blake Purifoy popped off six points, while Jordan Peoples and Kyle Roberson both had two.
The Warriors will hope to pick up where they left off next Tuesday at 5 p.m. against Fairview.
% Rob Ketcham can be reached at 256-734-2131, ext. 257 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.