AHSAA 6A, Area 14 Soccer (G)
At Ogle Stadium - Decatur:
Cullman 3 0 - 3 (13-2-2, 3-0)
Decatur 0 0 - 0 (6-7, 1-2)
Cullman: Abigail Branham goal at 35:17 (1st)
Cullman: Pia Muri goal at 12:25 (1st)
Cullman: Ashlei Bryant goal at 8:53 (1st)
SPORTSPAGE PLAYER OF THE GAME: Gracie Barksdale - Cullman GK: 0 goals allowed, stopped 13 shot attempts.
FLASH NOTES: Cullman claimed the regular season title in 6A, Area 14 Friday in the River City, spreading out the scoring in the first half.
Barksdale then stepped into a key role of keeping Decatur off the scoreboard. She turned away two shots on goal in the final minute of the first half and was able to maintain a shutout during the second half, stopping nine shots near the Cullman goal in the final 40:00.
Decatur's goalie, Mary Pistorius, was able to prevent Cullman from extending the lead by turning back eight shots in the second half. The Lady Bearcats had a great opportunity with 28:00 remaining in the match, when they had three consecutive shots right in front of Pistorius. One bounced off the top of the goal and she turned away turned other good shots.
Cullman's final game of the half, which turned out to be the last for the day, was first shot by Mary Lunsford. It hit the top of goal. Bryant was able to gather the rebound and drive it past Pistorius for a 3-goal advantage.
Aside from the goals by Branham, Muri and Bryant, coach Jacob Brown got a good performance as well by Addie Echols, Lunsford, Jade Sanford, Abby Morrow, Emily Moss, Madisyn Meherg and Hannah Bircheat.
Cullman's undefeated streak is now at 10 games. The Lady Bearcats have eight victories and two ties in this span. The last time Cullman was defeated came on February 25 in a 2-1 setback to Fort Payne.
Up next for Cullman: Vs. Huntsville Monday 6:30 p.m.
Photo 1: Cullman coach Jacob Brown talks to team prior to match with Decatur Friday.
Photo 2: Cullman's Abigail Branham scores a goal to give her team a 1-0 lead.
Photo 3: Cullman's Pia Muri, Decatur's Leah South in first half action at Ogle Stadium.
Sportspage photos by Johnny Thornton
AHSAA 6A, Area 14 Softball
At Cullman High Ball Park:
Decatur 2 2 9 1 0 - 14 (6-11, 2-2)
Cullman 0 0 2 0 1 - 3 (3-7, 0-3)
WP: Madison Murphy
LP: Sydney Holder
TIME OF GAME: 1:43
SPORTSPAGE PLAYER OF THE GAME: Neelie Miller of Decatur, 1B, 3 RBIs.
FLASH NOTES: In a steady shower, Decatur broke a close area game with Cullman by a 9-run third inning, pounding out single after single after single. Miller had a bases-clearing single that was the key hit of the inning.
That was all the Red Raiders needed to finish sweeping the Lady Bearcats. Decatur got a 7-2 victory on the home diamond two days before.
Cullman was able to pick up two runs against Murphy when Alex Stansell doubled, driving in Haley Shannon who singled and MeKenna Kline who reached on a base hit. But a call to the bull pen was made by Decatur as left hander Jenna Russell got Savanna Davis and Ashlon Heatherly on outs to end the inning.
Shannon relieved Holder and allowed Decatur just one run in the Red Raiders' final two innings.
A ground out by Stansell in the fifth plated the third and final run for Cullman. Russell was able to put away the Lady Bearcats, getting the game to end by the run rule at 6:13 p.m.
Up next for Cullman: Vs. Brewer Monday 4:00 p.m.
Photo 1: Cullman's Savanna Davis takes a pitch outside in the 2nd inning.
Photo 2: Cullman's Ashlen Heatherly ready to run from 1st base vs. Decatur
Photo 3: Cullman's Alex Stansell frames a pitch for a strike to Decatur's Raegan McNeill.
Sportspage photos by Johnny Thornton
At West Point Ball Park
Cullman 0 1 1 0 2 1 7 - 12 (12-10)
West Point 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 1 (10-13)
WP: Dylon Wallace
LP: Levi Scott
TIME OF GAME: 1:47
SPORTSPAGE PLAYER OF THE GAME: Dylon Wallace of Cullman, 2-3, 2B, 3 runs scored, 2 SB, 7 innings, 1 run, 5 hits, 6 Ks.
Cullman 1 2 3 0 0 2 2 - 10 (13-10)
West Point 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 (10-14)
WP: Blake Lambert
LP: Aubry Cleghorn
TIME OF GAME: 1:53
SPORTSPAGE PLAYER OF THE GAME: Nicholas Braswell of Cullman, 1-3, 2 runs scored, 7 putouts, 1 assist.
FLASH NOTES: In a rare opportunity for the two schools to tangle on the diamond, Cullman gained a sweep of West Point, cooling off the Warriors on their home turf. West Point was 7-1 at home entering the twinbill.
In the past two days, the Bearcats had been victorious in four decisions on the West Point diamond. The Bearcats split a 6A, Area 14 doubleheader Thursday with Decatur, taking the nightcap 7-3 after losing the opener 5-3.
A 2-1 lead for the Bearcats in game one going into the fifth, got extended thanks to one swing from the bat of Ben Hollis. Hollis entered the fifth zero for two against Scott witjh two strikeouts.
He changed that by taking the first pitch, hitting it into the right-center gap, scoring Peyton Colvard and Wallace. That sent the Bearcats ahead 4-1.
The turning point was the seventh with Cullman sending seven runners in. With one out, Wallace was hit by a pitch from reliever Will Cochran.
Cochran's misfortune continued as he walked Hollis, Cooper Bowen and Easton Dean in succession. The walk to Dean forced home Wallace.
Niklas Fondern followed with a bases-clearing double and a two-run triple by Brady Patterson were the key hits to help break the game open.
Wallace was effective in going the distance, allowing the Warriors one hit in the final four innings, a seventh inning double by Eli Folds.
West Point's lone run gave them a 1-0 run in the lead as Hunter Persall was hit by a pitch, moved to third on a single by Branson Smith and scored when Cleghorn grounded into a 6-4-3 double play.
A pivotal play in game two was in the West Point side of the first. With Cullman ahead 1-0, the Warriors were in a position to tie the game. Persall began the inning getting hit by Lambert. A ground out moved him to scoring position.
However, a base hit from Cleghorn into shallow right field was taken away when Wallace threw a strike to Braswell at home plate, tagging out Persall. The Warriors were never able to recover from that play.
Cullman moved to 6-0 after the third on an RBI double by Hollis and a sac fly by Cole Fuller. The other run scored when the Warriors mishandled a ground ball hit by Wallace, who beat the tag at first.
Bowen pinch hit in the seventh and doubled home Braswell to make it 9-0. The final run dashed home as Dean scored on a sac fly by Beck.
Lambert pitched the first four innings, allowing the Warriors seven hits. But he got out of a pair of potential jams with two strikeouts and a ground out in the second and a ground out to end the fourth with runners in scoring position.
Carter Guest came out of the bullpen for coach Brent Patterson and pitched strong in the final three innings. Guest gave up one hit, a single by Smith in the fifth and struck out four. Guest sent the Warriors down in order in the seventh to complete the sweep with the game ending at 4:16 p.m.
Up next for Cullman: At Grissom Monday 4:30 p.m.
Up next for West Point: At Hamilton Tuesday 4:30 p.m.
AHSAA 6A, Area 14 Baseball (Game 1 of DH)
At West Point Ball Park:
Decatur 2 0 3 0 0 0 0 - 5
Cullman 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 - 3
WP: Lawson Russell
LP: Cooper Beck
S: Turner Stepp
TIME OF GAME: 2:17
SPORTSPAGE PLAYER OF THE GAME: Reed Harbin of Decatur, 3-4, 1B, 2B, 3B, RBI, 2 runs scored.
FLASH NOTES: Things were very different Thursday afternoon than two days earlier when the Bearcats had dominated Decatur by a 13-2 margin.
With the series shifting to West Point while Bill Shelton Field is undergoing installation of an artificial surface, Decatur got three extra base hits in the first three innings that gave the momentum to take a 5-0 lead.
Harbin tripled in the first run for the Red Raiders, doubled in the third and came in on a sac fly by Jackson Hall. A double off the bat of Josh Mann drove in Carter Gannaway who reached base on a walk.
Cullman was handcuffed by Russell. He allowed the Bearcats one hit through three and a third innings. But Russell went through control problems, walking the bases loaded in the fifth as coach John Frost went to the bullpen and brought in Stepp.
Stepp would encounter three consecutive innings of getting out of bases loaded jams.
Cullman finally got a pair of runs off Stepp thanks to three fielding errors from the Red Raider infield in the sixth.
An infield single for Peyton Colvard was credited, due to the hustle of Niklas Fondren, beating the tag at second base. That brought in Cole Fuller and closed the deficit to 5-2.
But the sixth inning rally was stopped when Dylon Wallace struck out with the bases loaded.
Decatur had several opportunities to add runs to its side of the scoreboard. But two runners were thrown out at home plate and a running catch by Wallace in center field ended the seventh with the Raiders having a runner in scoring position.
Cullman's final visit to the batter's box began with Brady Patterson drawing a walk. A walk to AJ Miller put him in scoring position, then Beck doubled to right, scoring Patterson.
With runners in scoring position, the Bearcats' bid for a comeback victory ended when Stepp got Fondren to ground out to first, ending the contest at 7:12 p.m.
Game 2 of doubleheader (Late)
Up next for Cullman: At West Point Friday (DH) 12:00 (WKUL-FM)
Photo 1: Cullman's Brady Patterson heads to the dugout in middle of the 1st inning.
Photo 2: Peyton Colvard takes a pitch inside in the bottom of the 1st inning Thursday.
Sportspage photos by Johnny Thornton
AHSAA 6A, Area 14 Baseball
At Decatur High Ball Park:
Cullman 0 0 0 5 4 4 - 13 (10-9, 1-0)
Decatur 0 0 1 0 1 0 - 2 (8-8, 0-1)
WP: Clayton Colvard
LP: Carter Gannaway
TIME OF GAME: 2:17
SPORTSPAGE PLAYER OF THE GAME: Cooper Beck of Cullman, 3-4, 2 1Bs, 3B, 2 RBI, run scored.
FLASH NOTES: Cullman's victory in the area opener became secondary on the concern of the health of the home plate umpire.
The umpire, who was not identified, became ill prior to the top of the sixth inning with Cullman on top by the score of 9-2. Medical personnel came to the umpire's aid as a 9-1-1 call was made for an ambulance to come across the street from Decatur High School at Decatur General Hospital.
The emergency took place at 6:45 p.m. with the game delayed for 17 minutes. One of the other umpires had to go to the locker room to put on his gear, with the game finished under a 2-man system.
Heading to the fourth, Cullman was down 1-0 and had been held in check by Gannaway. Gannaway allowed the Bearcats one hit through three innings and retired four on strikeouts.
It became a different game when Cullman batted around in the fourth. Colvard led off with a single, moved to second on a wild pitch and scored when Dylon Wallace's single to left field was misplayed. Brady Patterson singled home Wallace to make it 2-1. Cole Fuller delivered a run-scoring single and a two-run single by Brennen Norton completed the hit parade and a 5-1 lead for Brent Patterson's Bearcats.
Cullman added four in the fifth, aided by back to back triples from Beck and Niklas Fondren. Beck's three-bagger sent home Patterson and Nicholas Braswell. Fondren's triple scored Beck, with Fondren scoring moments later when a pick off throw at third sailed into left field.
Fondren had the big hit in a 4-run sixth, a 2-run single, scoring Patterson who was safe on a fielder's choice and Ben Hollis who walked. Braswell and Fuller produced runs batted in on ground outs.
Colvard went the distance, scattering eight hits with three walks and three strikeouts. The game ended at 7:16 p.m. when Josh Gann grounded to Norton at third, who tagged th bag to force out Brady Barnes and put the Bearcats 1-0 in the area standings.
The series will continue Thursday with Cullman using West Point's diamond to play the Red Raiders in a twinbill. Game times are 5:00 & 7:00 p.m.
Photo 1: Culman's Peyton Culvard throws a pitch to Decatur's Brady Barnes in the 1st.
Photo 2: Cullman's Brennen Norton swings in the 1st inning of Tuesday's area game.
Sportspage photos by Johnny Thornton
AHSAA 6A, Area 14 (G) Championship
At Hartselle Gymnasium:
Cullman 15 17 11 15 - 58 (23-9)
Hartselle 17 16 22 16 - 71 (25-4)
Cullman: A.K. Eastman 26, Alexandria Barker 11, Olivia Neal 9, A.G. Murphy 5, Jaden Winfrey 5, Hanna Hoffman 2.
Hartselle: Moriah Taylor 33, Maysn Marchbanks 14, Kalli Cartee 7, Lillyanna Cartee 6.
FLASH NOTES: Having to expand so much energy in the first half for fighting back from a pair of large deficits, the Cullman Lady Bearcats did not have a lot left in the tank when the second half started Friday evening in the Area 14 championship.
Cullman scored just 11 points in period three on four field goals. Hartselle doubled the Lady 'Cats with eight made shots and an 11-point segment from senior Moriah Taylor was too much for Josh Hembree's squad to overcome.
Cullman trailed 14-7 in the first period then went on an 8-0 run and grabbed the lead on a layup by A.K. Eastman. A three from Allie Mayfield pushed Hartselle back into the lead at 17-15 to end the first.
The Lady 'Cats went down 25-15 at the beginning of the second. It was time for another rally. As Eastman delivered 10 points, two huge baskets from A.G. Murphy accounted for five points and a pair of free throws from Olivia Neal pulled the unit to a single point at the break, 33-32.
With Taylor setting the tone in the third, Hartselle got control and kept Cullman at arms length.
The Lady 'Cats went down by 19 points in the fourth, but continued to fight and battle. After not scoring in the third, Eastman was back in her zone with a 12-point final stanza to complete the evening scoring 26 points.
For the tournament, the junior guard tallied 51 points and was perfect from the line in 21 attempts.
Taylor, the senior for Hartselle, who has signed with Georgia State, had a championship game high 33 points on 13 field goals, six treys. She netted 15 by the break and put 18 on the scoreboard in the second half.
Up next for Cullman: At Muscle Shoals in Sub-Regional Monday 7:00 p.m.
Up next for Hartselle: Vs. Athens in Sub-Regional Monday 7:00 p.m.
Photo courtesy of Kim Hall.
AHSAA 6A, Area 14 basketball
At Hartselle Gymnasium:
Cullman 17 14 16 21 - 68 (23-8)
Decatur 14 9 13 14 - 50 (1-26)
Cullman: A.K. Eastman 25, Olivia Neal 12, Jaden Winfrey 7, Reagan Quattlebaum 2, Hannah Hoffman 4, Alexandria Barker 8, Kenslee Borden 3, Mya Parker 2.
Decatur: Ziyah Garth 20, K'Tyln Taylor 8, Jayden Stover 8
Cullman 13 11 9 7 - 40 (18-12)
Decatur 15 10 10 15 - 50 (12-16)
Cullman: Jayden Sullins 19, Jimne Chau Le 4, Noah Bussman 3, Cooper Beck 4, Tucler Gambrill 4, Robert Goolsby 2, JT White 2, Kaleb Heatherly 2.
Decatur: Kenneth Sanders 13, Cade Smith 7, Omar Pointer 5.
FLASH NOTES: Cullman Lady Bearcats will get an opportunity to deal with No. 4 ranked Hartselle Friday for the Area 14 championship after taking care of Decatur Tuesday evening.
Cullman was challenged well by Decatur all evening. But the Lady Bearcats prevailed thanks to their leading scorer, A.K. Eastman. Eastman was accurate from the foul line in going 12 of 12, plus nailing down three treys, two in the third quarter.
A 21-14 advantage in the final period came courtesy of the Lady 'Cats hitting 17 of 20 free throw attempts, led by Winfrey who was seven of eight in the stanza. Their accuracy from the stripe took away from just scoring twice in field goals in the final 8:00 and not knocking down a three-pointer.
The good free throw shooting was divided between Eastman, Winfrey, Hoffman and Neal.
Decatur, with one win on the entire season for first-year coach Grace Newton, got a 20-point performance off the bench by senior Ziyah Garth in keeping the squad in striking distance for much of the night.
Omar Pointer was without any points for Decatur until the final 3:05 of the game. With the Red Raiders leading Cullman by three, Pointer drained a three to make the score 42-36.
Cullman got within 42-38 on a steal and layup by Tucker Gambrill at the 3:00 mark. From there, the Bearcats scored once in their final six possessions and Decatur put the game out of reach.
The Raiders finished with an 8-2 run and knocked the Bearcats out of the playoffs. Cullman struggled offensively with only 119 points in their last three games, giving up 199 points with losses to Hartselle, Athens and to Decatur on Hartselle's floor.
Up next for Cullman girls: At Hartselle Friday in area championship 6:00
Up next for Decatur: At Hartselle Friday for area championship 7:30
Good Hope 57, Fairview 52 4A, Area 12
Cold Springs 51, West End 27 2A, Area 12
Southeastern 75, Cleveland 66 2A, Area 12
Oneonta 83, Ashville 54 4A, Area 12
Russellville 81, West Point 76 5A, Area 14
Glencoe 59, Hanceville 45 (G) 3A, Area 12
Arab 53, Brewer 48 5A, Area 15
Scottsboro 54, Guntersville 51 5A, Area 15
Decatur Heritage 79, St. Bernard 39 1A, Area 13
Susan Moore 71, J.B. Pennington 29 (G) 3A, Area 12
Haleyville 71, Fayette Co 22 (G) 4A, Area 11
Falkville 40, Meek 35 (G) 1A, Area 13
Decatur Heritage 62, Lynn 31 (G) 1A, Area 13
Curry 54, Cordova 33 (G) 4A, Area 11
Sportspage photo by Johnny Thornton
AHSAA 6A, Area 14 basketball
At Hartselle Gymnasium
Cullman 9 9 5 18 - 41 (22-5, 2-2)
Hartselle 26 25 12 3 - 66 (23-4, 4-0)
Cullman: A.K. Eastmon 22, A.G. Murphy 6, Jaden Winfrey 2, Sadie Young 1, Reagan Quattlebaum 2, Hannah Hoffman 1, Olivia Neal 2, Alexandria Barker 2, Kenslee Borden 3.
Hartselle: Moriah Taylor 13, Maysn Marchbanks 10, Kallie Cartee 8, Mackenzie Jackson 10, Lillyann Cartee 6.
Cullman 12 2 16 14 - 44 (18-10, 1-3)
Hartselle 17 28 25 13 - 83 (20-7, 4-0)
Cullman: Noah Bussman 8, Tucker Gambrill 8, JD Parrish 7, Jimne Chau Le 2, Jayden Orr 1, Robert Goolsby 2, Jayden Sullins 6, Brennan Anderson 1, Jacob Heatherly 6.
Hartselle: Brody Peebles 19, Keondre Swoopes 17, Will Stephenson 11
FLASH NOTES: Cullman Lady Bearcats coach Josh Hembree best described what happened Monday evening in one sentence.
"We took it on the chin."
Facing a Hartselle Lady Tiger who was angry after losing in the Morgan County semifinals last Thursday to Brewer on the Hartselle hardwood, the No. 3 team in 6A was ready to release plenty of frustration and the Lady Bearcats were the victim.
Hartselle has two home losses, both coming from schools in the Morgan County system in Priceville and Brewer. That doesn't necessarily set well for Gary Orr's squad.
The Lady Tigers proved their point by taking a 13-0 lead before Cullman got on the scoreboard on free throws from A.K. Eastman with 4:06 to play in the first period.
It never got better. The Lady 'Cats went down 26-9 as Hartselle started strong without it being the main two scorers in Moriah Taylor and Maysn Marchbanks.
The Cartee cousins, Kalli and Lillyanna, combined for the 13-0 assault that inspired the Lady Tigers. Kallie Cartee had the final basket of the first and the home side was in the beginning of a one-sided contest.
A 25-point second period and allowing Cullman just nine points made it 51-18 at halftime.
Cullman's bright spot was the fourth period in an 18-3 advantage with Hartselle starters sitting for the final 8:00 in a running clock affair.
Eastman was the only weapon for Hembree's unit, hitting for 11 in the last period and concluding with 22 points. She had all nine of the team's points through the opening stanza.
The win secured home court for Hartselle for next week's Area 14 tournament. Cullman will play Decatur in the semis with the winner to meet Hartselle for the championship.
A competitive first period for the Cullman Bearcats turned into a nightmare in the second against their arch rival.
Cullman scored one field goal, went in a 7:00 scoring drought, turned the ball over eight times and watched Hartselle drill them for 28 points in the frame and held to the locker room with a very comfortable lead, no one thought that would develop in this rematch from January 11.
Hartselle sophomore Brody Peebles reached the 1,000 mark in his career when he scored on a close range shot at the 5:02 mark of the third. He would score 19 on the night and was honored by his coach, Faron Key, with the gameball, following the Tigers' 20th win of the season.
A 70-30 lead going to the fourth took place on a slam by Will Stephenson that sent the Hartselle student body into a frenzy.
Hartselle finished Area 14 at 4-0 in the regular season and will have home court in the tournament next week.
The dates are to be announced by Wednesday with the teams considering of playing their games together on the same night for it being a 3-team event as the Hartselle squads await the winner of the Cullman-Decatur games.
The regular season finale for the Lady Bearcats and Bearcats takes them to the new gymnasium in Athens on Friday. Both will look to rebound and try to regain momentum that got snatched in aggressive play Monday evening on the road in Hartselle.
West Point 54, Jasper 47 (G)
Jasper 60, West Point 49
Wallace State 87, Snead State 67 (W)
Wallace State 55, Snead State 52
Shelton State 65, Bevill State 63
Lawson State 61, Southern Union 59
Gadsden State 60, Marion Military 57
Southern Union 62, Lawson State 59 (W)
Photo 1: Cullman's A.K. Eastman tries to defend Hartselle's Maysn Marchbanks.
Photo 2: Hartselle's Deondre Swoopes looks to attack Cullman's defense.
Sportspage photos by Johnny Thornton
AHSAA 6A, Area 14 Basketball
At Decatur Gymnasium:
Cullman 26 19 17 15 - 77 (18-6, 1-1)
Decatur 17 13 12 5 - 47 (1-17, 0-2)
CULLMAN: Alexandria Barker 21, Reagan Quattlebaum 12, Olivia Neal 11, A.K. Eastman 9, Jaden Winfrey 9, Sadie Young 9, Cortlin Cueller 3, Kenslee Borden 2, Hannah Hoffman 2
DECATUR: Zoey Sales 14
Cullman 5 8 22 10 - 45 (15-8, 0-2)
Decatur 9 12 16 26 - 63 (10-10, 1-1)
CULLMAN: Tucker Ganmbrill 12, Brennan Anderson 7, Jayden Sullins 11, Jimne hau Le 3, Cooper Beck 5, Robert Goolsby 2, JT White 5
DECATUR: Kenneth Sales 27, Omar Porter 15
FLASH NOTES: Decatur's sparkling new gymnasium has been a very good place for the Cullman Lady Bearcats. In playing there four times, the Lady 'Cats have come out on top three times.
Cullman was 2-1 in the Decatur Orthopedic Clinic Classic December 26-28, whipping up om Homewood, before losing to Austin in the quarterfinals, then defeating Athens in its last assignment at the new place.
Tuesday night, the Lady Bearcats soared to 45 first half points, getting 26 on the scoreboard through the opening 8:00 minutes.
Coach Josh Hembree's unit would display balance as the starters accounted for 43 points and the reserves combined for 34.
It was an unforgettable evening for Alexandria Barker. The senior had her best outing in front of Sportspage, scoring 21 points, including her first three-pointer of the season.
Barker tallied two consecutive field goals in the third period off assists from Hannah Hoffman that sent Cullman to a 62-42 lead at the end of the quarter.
Reagan Quattlebaum tallied two free throws and a field goal in a span of 60 seconds during the fourth, raising the lead to 72-44. The running clock became a part of the final 3:49 on a three-point play from Jaden Winfrey that pushed the advantage to 75-44.
Quattlebaum closed out the scoring on a jumper with 3:00 to play and Cullman had 77 points, the most it has scored in four visits to the Decatur campus.
Cullman has matched its win total of 18 victories from the 2017-18 season. The Lady 'Cats are in good position to add to the victory total before the postseason with half a dozen games still to play between Thursday and February 1.
Cullman's shooting was much colder than the 33-degree temperature outside Decatur's gymnasium.
The Bearcats scored a field goal 30 seconds into the contest by J.T. White. They went on an awful drought, failing to hit another field goal until the 3:32 mark of the second when Cooper Beck scored off an assist from Jayden Sullins and the 'Cats were down 13-9.
Bobby Meyer's squad entered the locker room, looking at a 21-13 deficit. They began the third with a close range shot going in from Sullins and trailed 21-15. Then the Red Raiders went on a 12-2 run and took a 33-17 lead on a tip in with 4:43 remaining in the third.
Down but never out, the Bearcats finally found their shooting eye and also used points from the foul line, cutting the score to 37-35 when the quarter ended.
But another letdown in making shots did them in during the fourth. Cullman's first field goal in the last stanza came at 5:10 by White to trim the bulge to 45-39.
Decatur then regrouped and a slam with 2:43 showing, sent them into a double figure cushion of 51-40.
The Red Raiders knocked down their final 10 attempts from the free throw line to gain a split in area play after two decisions. Decatur fell to Hartselle at home last week. Cullman was defeated by Hartselle last Friday on the home floor.
Up next for Cullman: Vs. Arab Thursday 6:00, 7:30 p.m.
Up next for Decatur: At Hartselle Friday 6:00, 7:30.
Hanceville 53, Vinemont 26 (G)
Hanceville 80, Vinemont 41
Fairview 44, Holly Pond 42 (G)
Fairview 91, Holly Pond 79
Hartselle 42, West Point 34 (G)
Hartselle 94, West Point 68
St. Bernard 38, Lynn 31 (G)
Susan Moore 52, J.B. Pennington 45
West Morgan 77, Priceville 59
Scottsboro 51, Brewer 46
Susan Moore 62, J.B. Pennington 27 (G)
Priceville 62, West Morgan 19 (G)
Albertville 74, Arab 52 (G)
Brewer 56, Scottsboro 52 (G)
Photo 1: Cullman's Alexandria Barker shoots from foul line in 1st half at Decatur.
Photo 2: Tucker Gambrill of Cullman attempts to take the ball toward the basket.
Sportspage photos by Johnny Thornton
HANCEVILLE - Cullman High School's cheerleading squad took home the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) state crown in Class 6A Saturday at Wallace State's Tom Drake Coliseum.
The squad consist of seniors Emily Little, Madison Bates, Megan Flynt, juniors Ashton Story, Emily Brown, Elizabeth Baughn, Elizabeth Jones, Lauren Sumerall, Sophie Harrison, Sydney Ratliff, sophomores Averi Wallace, Katelyn Kress.
Erica Ball is the head coach, with Lacy Stancil and Joshua Stancil serving as the assistants.
Photo 1: 6A state cheerleading champion Cullman High School. Photo by the AHSAA.
Photo 2: Cullman in competition Saturday at Wallace State. Photo by AL.com