HOLLY POND — Elizabeth Hill scored a team-high 26 points, Camryn Crider tossed in 18, and the Lady Eagles squeaked past Holly Pond 58-51 at Felton Easterwood Gymnasium on Friday night.
Cold Springs (5-3) led by just one point at halftime but outpaced the Green and White 20-9 in the third quarter to put some distance between it and a potential road loss.
Hill bullied her way into the paint for eight of her 11 points in the decisive frame, while Crider knocked down three treys for coach Tammy West's squad to help build a 12-point advantage heading into the final eight minutes.
The Lady Broncos (1-5) didn't go away, though, drilling four treys during that stretch — they made 11 in the matchup — to keep victory within their grasp.
But the Blue and Gold made important free throws in the waning moments of the game to come away with the superb win.
"We've got to do a much better job defensively," West said. "When passes are made, we aren't moving. We're all standing around. We're also not rebounding very well. Thanks goodness we made that run in the third quarter. We're having to play close games, and we're still searching for our identity. It's early in the season, though, and all we can do is get better as the year goes on."
Kolby Holcombe and McKenna Folds each had 15 points for Holly Pond, which heads to West Point next Monday.
Cold Springs, meanwhile, hosts the Lady Warriors on Tuesday night.
% Fairview 46, Hayden 38: Payton Golden (12), McKinna Yearwood (10) and Abbi Taylor (10) amassed double digits for the Lady Aggies in Friday night's area win.
Fairview (7-3) forced 24 turnovers and picked up the close victory despite shooting just 41 percent from the field and only 16 percent from beyond the arc.
Coach Mary Hartline's squad will host Good Hope next Tuesday.
% West Point 71, Curry 22: The Lady Warriors were simply too good for their area foe on Friday night.
Miriam Oldacre paved the way with 18 points, while Brooke Brownfield (10), Lexi Shadix (10), Olivia Ball (nine) and Kyler Hembree (nine) were also involved offensively for 5A, No. 7 West Point (8-0) in the triumph over the Lady Yellow Jackets.
% Hanceville 69, Oakman 48: Kelly Pickett's game-high 24 points helped the Lady Bulldogs notch a victory in their area opener on Friday night.
Karmen Johnson delivered 19 points of her own for Hanceville (4-4), while Malia Howell was good for 14.
The Purple and Gold will take on Vinemont next Tuesday.
% Good Hope 64, Cordova 15: Kate Kent scored 23 points, Erika Woodall tallied 18, and the Lady Raiders demolished the Lady Blue Devils in their area opener on Friday night.
Amber Sterling (nine) and Leyton Seal (seven) also claimed points for Good Hope, which improved to 3-5 on the season.
% Brewer 60, Cullman 47: The Lady Bearcats dropped to 5-5 this season and 0-1 in area play following Friday's defeat.
Anna Evans (14), Anna Katherine Eastman (12), Kennedy Wren (nine), Alexandria Barker (six) and Anna Grace Murphy (six) provided all the points for coach Josh Hembree's group.
Cullman will look to get back on the winning track next Tuesday at Randolph.
% Cold Springs 51, Good Hope 49: Elizabeth Hill's late basket lifted the Lady Eagles to a tight road win Thursday night.
Camryn Crider (22 points), Hill (12) and Toni West (10) were the top contributors for Cold Springs.
Leyton Seal (15 points) and Erika Woodall (12) led Good Hope. Savanna Derrick — who tied the contest with a 3-pointer prior to Hill's heroics — and Kate Kent tossed in eight apiece.
% Other score(s): Carbon Hill 51, Vinemont 12; Winston County 51, St. Bernard 23
Junior Varsity Girls
% Cold Springs 39, Holly Pond 18: The Lady Eagles improved to 8-0 this season following Friday's blowout victory.
Kyla Aaron led all scorers with 15 points, while Emma Chambers (10), Lacey Rice (eight) and Brooke Crider (six) crafted buckets for Cold Springs as well.
Holly Pond's Maddie Ham tallied seven points in the loss.
% Cold Springs 33, Good Hope 16: Shay Sellers poured in a game-high 19 points to propel the Lady Eagles to the win Thursday night. Four other Cold Springs players scored at least three points.
Good Hope's Emily Speegle spearheaded her team's offensive output with six points.
% Holly Pond 83, Cold Springs 53: Griffin Morris and Kyler Chaney each netted 19 points to lead the Broncos past the Eagles on Friday night.
Holly Pond (5-2) also earned scoring contributions from Jake Harris (15), McKinley Garrett (10) and Zack Shaw (nine) in the runaway victory.
Cold Springs (1-5) was paced by Hunter McClendon's 18 points.
% West Point 77, Curry 58: Kolton Sapp (20 points) and Rylan Jones (14) headed up a nice offensive explosion for the Warriors in Friday night's area triumph.
Eight other West Point players scored at least three points in the team-oriented win at home.
The Maroon and White is now 4-3 this season and 1-0 in area play.
% Fairview 84, Hayden 61: Bryson Fletcher had 20 points, Cameron Guthrie tallied 13 and Luke Yarbrough provided 12 during Friday night's area victory versus the Wildcats.
Jacob Hill (eight points), Austin Turner (seven) and Sawyer Daniel (seven) also delivered for Fairview, which improved to 5-1 this season.
% Hanceville 87, Oakman 56: The Bulldogs got buckets during Friday night's home and area victory.
RJ Evans (25 points and 11 rebounds), Josh Stanley (16 points and 10 rebounds), Zeke McDonald (14 points) and Brendan Flanigan (11 points) had their way with the road team's defense.
Hanceville is now 4-2 on the season.
% Cordova 65, Good Hope 50: The Raiders weren't able to keep pace with the Blue Devils in the second half of Friday night's area clash.
Isaac McDonald and Kallen Sharpton each had 15 points for Good Hope (3-4), while Cole Maddox crafted 12.
% Brewer 62, Cullman 58: The Bearcats turned in a 28-point fourth quarter in Friday night's area opener but couldn't close the gap quite enough to pick up the road victory.
Nick Williams (16 points), Jayden Sullins (12) and Trey Tucker (nine) spearheaded the offense for Cullman, which fell to 5-4 this season.
% Good Hope 59, Cold Springs 34: The Raiders pulled away in the second half to secure the road win Thursday night.
Isaac McDonald (14), Cole Maddox (12), Kallen Sharpton (11) and Landyn Freeman (10) all amassed double figures for Good Hope.
Hunter McClendon scored a game-high 15 points for Cold Springs, while Adam Hill tossed in eight.
% Other score(s): Addison 34, Lynn 33