HANCEVILLE — Lacey Rice scored a game-high 14 points, Brooke Crider added 13, and Cold Springs’ varsity girls bested Good Hope 51-29 at the Cullman County Basketball Tournament on Thursday night to secure a spot in the championship game.

The Class 2A No. 1 Lady Eagles moved to 22-2 following the win, while the Lady Raiders fell to 16-9.

Cold Springs closed the second quarter with an 11-2 spurt — helped by a trio of treys — to build some separation en route to a 25-14 halftime advantage.

The Blue and Gold then added to — and maintained — that lead in the second half.

Neely Ellison (11) also netted double digits for the top-seeded Lady Eagles in the victory. Toni West added seven points and 12 rebounds.

The No. 4 Lady Raiders received a team-high 11 points from Bailey Tetro. Cayleigh Garmon provided six.

Cold Springs will play West Point on Saturday at 5:30 p.m.

Coach Speak: “Good Hope had a good strategy, and we missed a ton of wide-open shots. I felt like we missed a lot of easy shots and did some uncharacteristic stuff at times, too. But those girls from Good Hope played hard. Fortunately, we were able to hit enough shots to win the game. We’re glad to be playing on Saturday. We missed out on it last year, so we’re excited.” — Tammy West

% Jake Winfrey can be reached at 256-734-2131, ext. 136 or at jwinfrey@cullmantimes.com.​

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