By Jake Winfrey
The Cullman Times
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.
% Holly Pond 55, Good Hope 24: The Broncos (6-2, 1-0) extended their win streak to four with a hammering defeat of the Raiders (1-7) on Monday.
Holly Pond's on-the-ball pressure caused multiple turnovers, leading to easy lay-ins on the other end of the court. Good Hope’s half-court offense was never able to find its rhythm.
Colby Adams led the way for the Broncos with 13 points.Gunter Morris was next in line with 10 points, while Jacob Cahoon added nine and Austin Smith, eight.
The Raiders’ leading scorers were Eli Marty and Zack Sloan. Both poured in five points.
% Holly Pond 52, Good Hope 25: The Broncos' JV squad picked up a victory over the Raiders on Monday afternoon.
Stats from this game were not available.
If it were up to St. Bernard's basketball teams, Whitesburg Christian would be on the schedule at least once a week.
Six days after sweeping both Warrior squads on the road, the Saints once again pulled double duty, this time on their home floor, blasting Whitesburg Christian 40-12 in Monday's varsity girls game and 72-56 in the varsity boys matchup.
Michayla Brown, Aymee Chauvin and Katherine Gamble led a balanced scoring attack for St. Bernard's girls with 13, 12 and 10 points, respectively. The team's remaining points came from Zana Wilson, three, and Alli Messick, two.
Sean Moriarty picked up right where he left off the last time the Saints' boys faced the Warriors, recording a massive double-double with 27 points and 20 rebounds. His offensive effort was bested only by teammate JaDavian Roland, who piled on 32 points to go with six assists.
St. Bernard's other contributors were John Gurtowski with six points, Jacob Grey with four and Dean Smith with three.
The Saints' girls improved to 4-3 (1-1 in Class 1A, Area 14), while the boys' current three-game win streak has them back at .500 with a 4-4 (0-2) mark.
Both teams will host Class 2A West End Thursday night.
% The Times' sports editor Rob Ketcham contributed to this report.