- Cullman, Alabama

December 12, 2012

PREP ROUNDUP: Holly Pond boys stay hot, win 64-61 thriller on the road against Fairview

Staff Reports
The Cullman Times

— The Holly Pond boys’ basketball team has performed one, simple task during their current seven-game winning streak.

The task? Find a way to win games.

That’s exactly what they did again on Tuesday night as the Broncos went on the road to Fairview and escaped with a 64-61 victory over the Aggies.

The win moves the Broncos record to 9-2 overall, including a 2-0 mark in Class 3A, Area 12 play.

“It was an exciting game between two long-time county rivals,” Holly Pond coach Mitch Morris said. “It was just an old-fashioned physical game.”

Fairview led after the first quarter by a score of 15-12, but the Broncos took a 34-29 lead going into the halftime.

It was a lead they wouldn’t relinquish again.

“When we got the lead, we were able to maintain it,” Morris said. “We were up by 10 or so in the fourth, but they were able to claw back and make it close. There’s no quit in their team.”

Fairview coach Greg Boatright said, despite the loss, he was proud of his team’s effort.

“That’s our second-straight tough loss,” he said. “But I’ve got faith in my boys. I’m proud of the fight they showed tonight.”

Fairview drops to 5-3 overall with the loss.

Three players led the scoring for Holly Pond as Gunter Morris, Colby Adams and Jacob Cahoon all had 14 points apiece.

Austin Smith added 12 for the Broncos.

Luke Bailey was valiant in defeat for the Aggies, scoring 19 points and collecting four rebounds.

Elijah Garrison put up 15 points for Fairview and Peter Kessler scored 14, while Blake Parker, who narrowly missed out on a double-double, contributed 13 points and nine boards.

Holly Pond’s next game comes on the road against Brindlee Mountain on Friday night, while Fairview hopes to right the ship against Hanceville tonight.

Varsity Girls

% Holly Pond 70, Fairview 15:
The Broncos had no trouble with Fairview, rebounding big following their tough loss to Cold Springs last Friday.

Holly Pond led at the quarter breaks 22-0, 48-6 and 61-10.

Every player for Holly Pond scored in the game.

Taylor Terry collected 15 points, while teammates Natasha Holcombe and Lexy Malone tallied 14 and 10 points, respectively in the win.

Rachel Finley netted nine, Meg Gambrill, eight, Kristen Sparks, six and Taylor Rowell, three.

The Aggies’ leading scorer was Kennedy Trimble with seven.

The win brings the Broncos’ record to 10-2 overall.

Varsity Girls

% Cullman Christian 56, Bethel Baptist 22:
The Cullman Christian girls continued their winning ways by putting the hammer down on Bethel Baptist Tuesday night.

The Lions (11-1) took a 34-5 led into halftime and were never threatened the rest of the way.

Yancey York played a tremendous game, scoring a career high 30 points while also collecting 15 rebounds in the process.

Haley White did a bit of everything, collecting 15 points, 10 assists, six rebounds and four steals.

Jordan Canaday added six points, three assists and two steals, while Louanne Stillwell put up four points, five boards and three steals in the easy win for the Lions.

Cullman Christian travels to Lindsey Lane tonight.

J.V. Girls

% Good Hope 27, West Point 22:
In a game that took place last Friday night, the Raiders were able to squeak past the Warriors to garner a five-point victory.

For the Raiders, Celest Whisenant put up 15 points, while teammates Kaylee Maddox and Aylssa Harlin each netted five.

West Point’s top scorer was Tanner Quick with eight.

Daeshia Smith also put up five points in the loss.

% The Times’ sports writer Jake Winfrey contributed to this report.