- Cullman, Alabama

December 4, 2012

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

Staff Reports
The Cullman Times

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.  

% Cullman Christian 63, Tabernacle Christian 39: The Lions were back in business Tuesday night at home, following their only loss of the season with a one-sided outcome in their favor.

Cullman Christian led by a slim 11-10 margin at the end of the first quarter before buckling down and pulling away for good.

“We had a lot of people working hard on defense,” Lions’ coach Jason White said. “The girls played much, much better tonight than we saw last Friday.”

Haley White had a game-high 24 points to accompany four rebounds, two steals and two assists, while Jordan Canaday tossed in an impressive 18 points, nine assists and four steals.

Coach White said Yancey York was “back to being Yancey York” with a slick 16-point, 15-rebound double-double. York also had three steals and three rebounds.

Other Cullman Christian contributors were Christine Aldijaili, four points, eight rebounds, two steals and two assists; Louanne Stillwell, 10 rebounds and three steals; and Eliza Siegenthaler, six steals and five rebounds.

The 8-1 Lions will take on Lindsay Lane Thursday night at Wallace State’s Wellness Center.

% Hayden 53, Good Hope 52: The Raiders finished the first half one point ahead of the Wildcats but reversed roles 16 minutes later to wind up with their seventh loss of the season.

Kayla Tillman had a game-high 19 points on 5-of-6 shooting from behind the 3-point line in the first half. Kacy Thomas logged nine of Good Hope's points. 

The Raiders, now 4-7 overall and 1-0 in area play, will have another tough test on Friday at home against Class 5A West Point.

% Brewer 70, Cullman 42: Star center Rilee Northway and the defending 5A state champs made easy work of the Bearcats Tuesday night at home.

Cullman, which fell to 1-3, will begin Class 5A, Area 15 action Friday at home versus East Limestone.

Stats from this game were not provided.

% Corner 48, Hanceville 23: The Bulldogs dropped their fifth straight ballgame to start the season on Tuesday night at the Tom Drake Coliseum.

Stats from this game were not provided.

% Danville 38, Vinemont 28: The Eagles’ bid for a fifth win of the 2012-13 campaign came up just 10 points short in a Class 3A, Area 13 battle.

Stats from this game were not provided.

Varsity Boys

‰ Holly Pond 83, J.B. Pennington 39:
The Broncos are off to a five-game win streak after crushing their area opponent Tuesday night on the road.

The Green and White (7-2, 2-0) were extremely effective with the dribble drive and continually fed the post to take a 24-7 cushion into the second quarter and 48-21 lead into halftime.

“We shot the ball really, really well,” coach Mitch Morris said.

The coach was also pleased with his defense’s effort. They made J.B. Pennington run all night while scoring their fair share of points in transition.

Morris said Holly Pond kept its turnover total in single digits for the first time this season.

Colby Adams stayed hot with 20 points for the Broncos, and Austin Smith chipped in 17. Gunter Morris pitched in 11 points, while Jacob Cahoon rounded out the squad’s double-digit scorers with 11.

Holly Pond’s boys and girls will host county rival Cold Springs on Friday.

% Cullman 50, Brewer 30: The Bearcats bested the Patriots for the second time this season, advancing to 5-2 in the process.

Stats for this game were not provided.

% Hayden 40, Good Hope 36: The Raiders nearly eked out a road win Tuesday night on the road.

Alex Cofer packed the biggest punch for Good Hope with 13 points. Andrew Cofer had 10.

The Raiders also came dangerously close to earning their second victory of the season at Danville last Friday. The Hawks edged Good Hope 56-55 in that contest.

% Corner 35, Hanceville 32: The Bulldogs had their lowest scoring output of the year in their second loss of the season.

Hanceville will head to Danville for an area matchup on Friday.

Stats from this game were not provided.

‰ The Times’ sports editor Rob Ketcham contributed to this report.