HOLLY POND – Cullman’s varsity boys used a dominant first half to build a commanding lead en route to a 67-41 win against Good Hope at the 61st annual Holly Pond Thanksgiving Tournament on Wednesday.
The Bearcats closed the first quarter strong and outscored the Raiders 20-8 in the second frame to take a 36-17 advantage into halftime. Coach Bobby Meyer’s squad forced numerous turnovers with its stout defense and parlayed them into transition baskets on the other end of the court.
Drew Morton, Dylan Finch and Noah Bussman earned 12 points apiece, while Zane Manley (nine), Nick Williams (eight) and Trey Tucker (six) also got in on the action for the Black and Gold (3-3).
“Good Hope gave us a ton of effort, but I think our depth got to them a little bit,” Meyer said. “We really haven’t had a lot of practice time on the floor, so we’re trying to get better at being us. We’ve had a few breakdowns defensively, and we’re working on it offensively. This game was good for us.”
Cole Maddox led all Good Hope (1-1) scorers with 17 points. Kallen Sharpton tossed in eight.
% Holly Pond 84, J.B. Pennington 59: Griffin Morris secured a game-high 30 points for the Broncos, who improved to 2-1 this season following Wednesday’s blowout victory.
Kyler Chaney was next in line with 12 points, while Jake Harris, Cooper Jones and McKinley Garrett each had nine.
The two teams were tied after the first frame, but Holly Pond led by 15 points at halftime and 26 points at the end of the third quarter.
% Editor’s Note: Pick up Sunday’s print edition or visit www.cullmantimes.com for results from the 61st annual Holly Pond Thanksgiving Tournament.
Hanceville Thanksgiving Tournament
% Hanceville 72, Tarrant 53: The Bulldogs strolled past the Wildcats on Wednesday night and straight into the championship game of the 35th annual Hanceville Thanksgiving Tournament.
The Purple and Gold moved to 2-2 this season with the win. Stats were unavailable.
% Curry 49, Cold Springs 36: The Eagles fell to 1-3 this season following Wednesday’s loss against the Yellow Jackets.
Dylan Byrd racked up eight points for Cold Springs, while Mason Harris and Hunter McClendon came up with six apiece.
% Hanceville 72, Jefferson Christian 38: Brendan Flanigan (16 points), RJ Evans (14), Zeke McDonald (13) and Josh Stanley (12) all contributed double figures in the Purple and Gold's first victory of the season on Tuesday night.
The terrific quartet also notched 24 rebounds, nine assists, five steals and two blocks against the Eagles.
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Priceville Thanksgiving Tournament
West Point lost to Brewer 59-49 on Wednesday night to fall to 1-3 this season.
The Warriors dropped Tuesday night’s tilt against Priceville 64-58 in overtime.
Stats were unavailable.
West Point Thanksgiving Tournament
% West Point 80, Phil Campbell 66: The Lady Warriors wrapped up a perfect week with a tremendous victory against the Lady Bobcats on Wednesday night.
West Point (5-0) claimed double-digit point contributions from Miriam Oldacre (16), Mackenzie Carter (15), Micah Oldacre (14) and Brooke Brownfield (14). Olivia Ball (seven) and Lexi Shadix (six) were also involved in the offensive fireworks.
Though the Maroon and White collected a 4-0 record in their tournament, Florence did the same and ultimately took home the title by allowing fewer overall points than coach Richie Penn’s squad.
% West Point 81, West Morgan 60: The Lady Warriors had no trouble scoring in Wednesday's opener against the Lady Rebels.
Miriam Oldacre tallied 23 points, while Micah Oldacre (16), Lexi Shadix (11), Brooke Brownfield (nine) and Mackenzie Carter (nine) also ripped the cords for the Maroon and White.
% West Morgan 47, Cold Springs 43: Despite 21 points from Camryn Crider and 14 points from Toni West, the Lady Eagles couldn’t get over the hump in Wednesday night’s loss.
Cold Springs, which wrapped up the tournament 2-2 overall, is now 3-3 this season.
Neely Ellison and Aubrey Negron rounded out the scoring with six and two points, respectively.
% Cold Springs 62, Lawrence County 39: Camryn Crider (17), Elizabeth Hill (15), Toni West (11), Kinley Campbell (10) and Neely Ellison (nine) provided the points for the Lady Eagles in Wednesday's opener.
% Cold Springs 45, East Lawrence 27 (JV Girls): Kyla Aaron's 15-point bout allowed the Lady Eagles to close out Wednesday's tournament with a win. Emma Chambers (eight points), Lacey Rice (eight) and Shay Sellers (six) were other top contributors.
Cold Springs took home the team title as well by winning the tiebreaker over West Point.
% Cold Springs 33, Guntersville 12 (JV Girls): Lacey Rice (nine points), Shay Sellers (eight), Brooke Crider (seven) and Emily Williams (five) put up wonderful numbers for the Lady Eagles in Wednesday's opener.
Lady Tiger Thanksgiving Classic
% Colbert County 69, Cullman 67: Olivia Neal’s 3-pointer gave the Lady Bearcats a one-point lead with 25 seconds remaining, but the Lady Indians came up with the plays down the stretch to deny the Black and Gold their sixth win of the season on Wednesday night.
Anna Evans secured 16 points for Cullman (5-4), while Anna Katherine Eastman and Alexandria Barker scored 14 apiece. Kennedy Wren added nine.
% Cullman 64, Hanceville 26: Anna Katherine Eastman had a team-high 24 points, while Alexandria Barker (11 points) and Olivia Neal (10 points) also performed admirably during Wednesday's opener.
Malia Howell, meanwhile, was the top scorer for the Lady Bulldogs with 10 points.
% Hanceville 51, Good Hope 39: The Purple and Gold wrapped up their tournament outing with an impressive showing against the Lady Raiders on Wednesday.
The Lady Bulldogs (2-4) were paced by Kelly Pickett’s 21 points. Cassidy Campbell (11) and Karmen Johnson (nine) also provided multiple baskets.
Erika Woodall corralled 17 points for Good Hope (2-3). Savanna Derrick (eight), Kate Kent (six) and Amber Sterling (five) contributed the rest.
The Lady Raiders lost to Colbert County earlier in the day. Stats from the contest were unavailable.
% Danville 46, Fairview 43: The Lady Aggies couldn’t quite pull off a comeback victory in Wednesday night’s tournament finale.
Fairview (5-3) trailed by nine points entering the final frame. The Lady Aggies were spearheaded by Taylor Ann Yeager (14 points), Valentina Klocker (eight points and 12 rebounds), Abbi Taylor (seven points and 10 rebounds) and McKinna Yearwood (seven points).
% Fairview 69, Midfield 46: Taylor Ann Yeager collected 23 points, seven assists and six steals to lift the Lady Aggies to an opening triumph on Wednesday.
Abby Schnittker (13 points), Valentina Klocker (11 points and 11 rebounds), Payton Golden (nine points) and McKinna Yearwood (seven points) capped off Fairview's triumph with superb performances as well.
% Hanceville 59, Russellville 52: Kelly Pickett balled out for 32 points to lead the Lady Bulldogs to a fine triumph on Tuesday night.
Malia Howell (10 points) and Karmen Johnson (nine) also provided key buckets throughout the matchup.
Jacksonville Thanksgiving Tournament
% Holly Pond 53, Sacred Heart 49: The Lady Broncos held on for their first triumph of the season on Wednesday night.
Maddie Heatherly was key for Holly Pond, netting a team-high 18 points. Kolby Holcombe (nine) and Kirsten Campbell (eight) came up large as well, while six other players had at least two points.