HANCEVILLE — Maddie McKenney converted a crucial three-point play with less than 30 seconds remaining in the game, and Good Hope’s junior varsity girls outlasted Holly Pond 41-37 at the Cullman County Basketball Tournament on Friday night.
With the No. 2 Lady Raiders trailing 37-35, McKenney pulled down an offensive rebound following a missed free throw and finished a layup through contact to tie the outing. She then sank her subsequent shot from the charity stripe to put Good Hope up 38-37.
Desire’ Odachowski drilled a trio of free throws down the stretch to help pad the cushion for the Lady Raiders, who came up with some key defensive stops late to secure a spot in the title matchup.
Kyndall Seal netted a game-high 14 points for Good Hope.
Odachowski (nine) and Charly Johnson (seven) provided buckets as well.
Bai Widner was the top scorer for No. 3 Holly Pond with 13 points.
Samantha Giles (nine) and Raeleigh Olinger (eight) also contributed.
Good Hope will play No. 1 West Point for the championship on Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
Coach Speak: “It’s huge. This is the goal my girls set at the beginning of the season. They wanted to be in the championship game at the county tournament. They put in the work, and they did it. I’m so proud of them.” — Natasha Holcombe