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December 4, 2012

PREP BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Broncos blaze by area foes to extend win streaks

BLOUNTSVILLE — Holly Pond’s varsity girls basketball team held J.B. Pennington to only four first-half points and used a pressure defense to perfection en route to a dominant 69-20 victory Tuesday on the road.

The No. 7 Broncos’ sixth straight win improved their record to 9-1 and 2-0 in Class 3A, Area 12 play.

Holly Pond’s defense smothered its opponent and forced quite a few early turnovers to jump out to a 28-2 lead after one quarter and 45-4 advantage by halftime.

“We were playing really well early on and got it flowing,” Bronco coach Scott Adams said. “It was nice we were able to play everybody.”

Every Holly Pond player on the roster pitched in at least two points. Natasha Holcombe was the high scorer with 18, while Meg Gambrill and Taylor Terry both reached double digits with 13 and 12 points, respectively.

Other Bronco contributors were Lexi Lynn, eight points; Madison Hicks, six; Lexy Malone, five; Kristin Sparks, three; and Taylor Rowell and Rachel Finley, two each.



% Cold Springs 60, Sulligent 47: Chloe Harbison had 21 points, and the No. 8 Eagles went 27 of 33 from the charity stripe to open Class 2A, Area 14 play with a victory Tuesday night at home.

“I was proud we were able to hit our free throws,” Cold Springs coach Tammy West said. “That’s where half our points came from. We’ve been struggling on our free throws all year long. It’s a good thing we hit them tonight because that’s how we were able to win the ballgame.”

Three different Eagles (7-3, 1-0) combined to go 12-of-12 from the gimme distance. Hayden West drained six, Karlee Perdue netted four attempts and McKinnley Davis made two.

The Blue Devils weren’t strangers to the charity stripe either with 20 shots from the free-throw line. They found the bottom of the net on 14 of them.

“It was just a rough game,” West said. “And a long one.”

West concluded the night with 11 points. Caitlyn Hall was a force to be reckoned with in the paint, compiling 10 points, six blocks and six rebounds. Perdue rounded up nine points, Haley Freeman scored seven and Davis had two.  

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