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December 3, 2012

PREP BASKETBALL: Holly Pond girls, boys secure victories over Good Hope

HOLLY POND — The Holly Pond girls basketball team may have struggled out of the gate, but by the time the fourth quarter drew to a close, it was hardly a photo finish.

The Broncos defeated Good Hope 46-33 on Monday night, extending their winning streak to five games.

With the win, Class 3A, No. 7 Holly Pond (8-1, 1-0) also snapped an eight-game skid against Good Hope (4-7, 1-0).

“I thought it was one of our better defensive performances tonight,” Bronco coach Scott Adams said. “When we weren’t making any shots early in the game, our defense kept it close for us.”

The Raiders raced out to a 9-3 lead midway through the first quarter.

Unfortunately for Good Hope, though, its offense disappeared right when Holly Pond's defense made its first appearance of the night.

Trailing by six, the Broncos went on a 24-5 run to end the half, taking a 13-point lead along the way.

Taylor Terry helped prolong the run with 10 first-half points.

“Our defense really tightened up for us tonight,” Adams said.

Baskets were hard to come by for both offenses in the second half as each teams' defense ratcheted up their intensity.

Holly Pond led by 12 heading into the fourth quarter when Good Hope’s

Kayla Tillman cut the deficit to nine with her first 3-pointer of the game.

The Raiders wouldn’t get any closer, however, as the Broncos found themselves at the foul-line often down the stretch, scoring almost half of their fourth-quarter points from the charity stripe.

“Neither offense played very well,” Adams said. “But our girls settled in and played like they were capable of playing later in the game.”

Terry finished with a game-high 15 points, while Lacy Malone chipped in with 12.

Natasha Holcombe had eight points for the Broncos, and Taylor Rowell netted six.

Tillman poured in 13 points in the defeat, while teammates

Savannah Fendley and Darcie Wilson each had six points.

Holly Pond will travel to J.B. Pennington for an area contest tonight, while Good Hope will host county-rival West Point on Friday.

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