At Jesse George Gymnasium:
Good Hope 10 14 16 19 - 59 (3-2)
Cold Springs 10 6 14 4 - 34 (1-4)
GOOD HOPE: Issac McDonald 14, Cole Maddox 12, Kallen Sharpton 11, Landon Freeman 10, Drew Maddox 6, Michael Lowe 6.
COLD SPRINGS: Hunter McClendon 15, Adam Hill 11, Logan Rice 2, Mason Harris 2, Dylan Byrd 2, Mical Calvert 2.
FLASH NOTES: Cold Springs knew its chance at winning depended on from keeping Good Hope to play an up-tempo contest.
With Adam McKinnon running the Eagles while coach Tim Wiloughby was in Atlanta with his wife Regina receiving treatment for her pancreatic cancer, the game plan was executed for the entire first quarter and most of the second.
Good Hope managed just four field goals in the opening period, not able to get the Eagles out of running a set half court offense. The Eagles matched them point for point with the game locked up at 10-10 through eight minutes.
Free throws from Dylan Byrd gave the Eagles a 16-12 with 4:27 remaining in the period. That was the last time the Eagles scored in the quarter as the Raiders tallied a 12-0 run to end the half and get the tempo where they wanted it, up by a 24-16 margin.
But in the third period after the Raiders led 30-16, the Eagles showed patience and stayed in striking distance, trailing 40-30.
The fourth quarter belonged to Drew Adams' Raiders, with Kallen Sharpton scoring on a layup via a steal and a 51-34 lead with 4:00 remaining. Good Hope allowed Cold Springs two made shots in the fourth by Logan Rice and Adam Hill and shut them out for the final 4:00.
The last basket for the Raiders was on a shot by Landon Freeman off an assist from Drew Maddox with less than a minute to go. The 19-point fourth quarter for the Raiders was the best of the game and allowed them to end a two-game losing streak.
Good Hope was coming off a 70-67 loss at home Tuesday to West Point.
Cold Springs returned to Jesse George Gym for the first time since November 17, but was not able to finish off a good start and lost for the fourth consecutive assignment.
Up next for Cold Springs: @ Holly Pond Friday (WKUL-FM)
Up next for Good Hope: Vs. Cordova Friday.
Photo 1: Cold Springs' Adam Hill takes it to the basket, while Good Hope's Isiah Lemus (0) tries to block the shot.
Photo 2: Issac McDonald of Good Hope at the line in the 1st period vs. Cold Springs.
Sportspage photos by Johnny Thornton.
Encore Girls Classic
At Hartselle Gymnasium - Consolation bracket:
Good Hope 8 18 20 18 - 64 (2-1)
Decatur 12 6 11 8 - 37 (0-5)
FLASH NOTES: Good Hope encountered Decatur, getting control of the consolation game Tuesday afternoon by halftime with a 26-18 lead, thanks to 18 points in the second period.
The second half was dominated by Amanda Swann's Lady Raiders with 38 points, scoring 20 in the third and finishing it with 18 in the final period.
Good Hope used the combo of point guard Savanna Derrick and shooting guard Erika Woodall who combined for 30 points with Kate Kent getting 14 in the post.
The Lady Raiders' largest lead of the game came in the final seven seconds on a three-pointer from the left wing by Leyton Seal. Good Hope produced 56 points in the final three quarters and became the third school from Cullman County in the early part of the season to hand Decatur a defeat.
Good Hope had eight to earn scoring honors, with 16 by Woodall, Kent and Savanna Derrick 14 each, Seal with six, Abby Neighbors and Amber Sterling four and Rudi Derrick two.
Decatur was led by Ashley Townsend with 11 and Janeisha Mathews seven.
Up next for Good Hope: Vs. Colbert County/Hatton winner Wednesday 2:00 p.m. in the auxiliary gym.
Photo 1: Decatur's Janeshia Mathews (22) tries to advance the ball against Good Hope defenders Erika Woodall (1) and Savanna Derrick (21).
Photo 2: Savanna Derrick sets the Good Hope offense in motion vs. Decatur Tuesday.
Photo 3: Decatur's Montana Cowan tries to drive by the trap from Good Hope's Bobbi Johnson (23) and Kate Kent (14) in the first half of consolation game in Hartselle.
Sportspage photos by Johnny Thornton.
Encore Girls Classic Game # 2
At Hartselle Gymanisum:
Good Hope 6 7 7 8 - 28 (1-1)
Brewer 16 19 9 14 - 58 (4-1)
FLASH NOTES: Good Hope met a Brewer team that came into Saturday's classic angry after losing to Hartselle the night before.
The Lady Patriots started with a 12-0 lead before the Lady Raiders got on the scoreboard and closed the deficit to 16-6.
Brewer went on a 19-7 run in the second to grab a comfortable 35-13 haltime lead.
Shyan Flack and McCarley Northway paced the Lady Patriots with 11 points each.
For Good Hope, Leyton Seal scored eight, Erika Woodall six, Bailey Swann five, Kate Kent three, Savanna Derrick, Abby Neighbors and Bobbi Johnson scored two apiece.
Amanda Swann's Lady Raiders opened the season Friday night by romping over Vinemont 47-18.
Up next for Good Hope: Consolation bracket game Tuesday 4:00 p.m. (Auxiliary Gym)
Up next for Brewer: Quarterfinal game Tuesday 4:00 p.m.
Good Hope PG Savanna Derrick (21) tries to get away from Brewer's McCarley Northway.
Sportspage photo by Johnny Thornton
Sportspage Game of the Week
At Ray Talley Stadium - Hanceville
Good Hope 8 13 8 0 - 29 (4-6)
Hanceville 0 0 0 0 - 0 (1-9)
GH - Will Dickerson 21 run (Kyle Carlton run) 6:21 in 1st
GH - Colton Bagwell 7 run (Carlton kick) 7:09 in 2nd
GH - Bagwell 4 run (kick failed) 2:11 in 2nd
GH - Bagwell 3 run (Preston Bagwell pass to Matt Schwaiger) 2:40 in 3rd
FLASH NOTES: Good Hope showed improvement on the gridiron in 2017, capturing its fourth victory and third shutout vs. a Cullman County opponent.
The Raiders put the ball into the hands of freshman Colton Bagwell who responded with 123 yards on 22 carries and three touchdowns. This comes a week after Bagwell rushed for 121 yards in a loss to Dora.
Bagwell's performance was effective with regular starter Matt Dixon not able to be 100 percent healthy. Dixon gained 33 yards on six rushes, but turned his ankle late in the second quarter.
He was not needed as Colton Bagwell, with Matt Schwaiger, Hudson Leverett combining for 199 yards vs. the Bulldogs to close out with a positive ending and optimism heading into 2018 with plenty of talent returning in the backfield, plus at receiver and in the offensive line.
Good Hope's defense put a wrap on the Bulldogs' allowing them 90 yards total offense, 52 in the second half. The Hanceville passing game with freshman Bo Joles getting the start, gained 32 yards on the night. Joles was held to three of six for 10 yards in the final quarter. His longest completion of the night was 20 yards to Antonio Bautista in the second quarter.
The Raiders ran for 325 yards with eight carrying the ball. The final play was special with senior lineman Tucker Putman getting into the backfield and taking the football for a seven-yard advancement to the Hanceville 43 as time expired.
Good Hope netted 20 first downs, 12 in the first half, to take a 21-0 lead to the locker room.
Hanceville managed just four first downs for the game, giving up possession three times on the night on fourth down plays.
R.J. Evans was the bright spot in the final quarter for Craig Flanigan's squad with 30 yards on five runs, his longest gain being nine yards.
Kyle Carlton intercepted a Hanceville pass in the second period that set up a 55-yard TD drive, enabling the Raiders to move the advantage to 21-0. Colton Bagwell got the final three TDs for the Raiders.
The Good Hope-Hanceville series since 2010 has been controlled by the visitor. Six of the eight games played has been conquered by the road team with four straight wins coming by the visitor.
In 2015, Alan Scott brought his team to Talley Stadium and were led on that night by a freshman named Matt Dixon who ran strong in a 41-21 Raider victory.
In 2017, a freshman named Colton Bagwell anchored a strong performance in good old fashion running football with the Raiders getting the most wins (4) in a season since 2013.
The game was played with a 70 degree temperature at kickoff, a full moon and also patches of fog hanging above the field for the evening.
The game was over by 9:00 p.m. and never effected by rain, with a thunderstorm at West Point at that time that forced the Warriors' game with Lawrence County to go under a delay.
Photo 1: Good Hope QB Preston Bagwell takes the snap vs. Hanceville.
Photo 2: Raider RB Will Dickerson turns the corner in the fog in the 1st half.
Photo 3: Will Dickerson gets surrounded by Hanceville Bulldogs in the fog.
Sportspage photos by Johnny Thornton
Friday, November 3
Ray Talley Stadium - Hanceville
RADIO: WKUL-FM (92.1)
GOOD HOPE: 3-6
SERIES: Hanceville 26-15
2016: Hanceville 32-13
LAST WEEK: Good Hope lost to Dora 35-7
Hanceville was idle
FLASH NOTES: Good Hope improved in the victory column in 2017 with three so far, after having an 0-10 time on the gridiron last season.
The Raiders have been dealt some injuries in the last month that has kept them from progressing in the win category. Matt Hancock has been out for half of the season with torn ligaments in the knee, QB Bailey Quick and RB Matt Dixon were injured in the October 20 game with West Point.
Having them available will be a plus for Alan Scott with the Raiders trying to get to the four-win total for the first time since 2014.
The last time the Raiders visited Hanceville was 2015 in which Dixon, a freshman then, ran roughshod through the Bulldogs in a 41-21 victory.
This series since 2010 has been controlled by the road team. The visitor has gone victorious in five of seven meetings, including three straight.
Good Hope was the last team in this series to win at home, coming out with a 28-22 victory in 2013.
These two schools had their middle school units meet each other last week in the Cullman County championship. Good Hope controlled the game and rolled to a 50-16 decision.
HUNTSVILLE - Good Hope was successful in the opening round of the AHSAA Class 4A Northwest Volleyball Regional at the Von Braun Center.
The Area 10 champion took care of Sardis in straight sets Thursday afternoon 25-16, 25-22, 25-8.
In the quarterfinals in the evening time, the Lady Raiders got swept by Danville 25-15, 25-18, 25-19.
Good Hope wraps up its first season under coach Natasha Holcombe with a 28-15 record.
4A, Area 10 Volleyball Tournament at Good Hope Gymnasium
Cordova 20 22 16
Good Hope 25 25 25
Good Hope (15-12) wins championship 3-0
TIME OF MATCH: 1:03
FLASH NOTES: All season long, Good Hope has been given good play from the likes of Kate Kent, Chrissi Smith and Abby Knight.
Others have made strides in recent weeks to provide this unit with balance when it comes to serving, receiving and attacking.
Alee Jackson was ready to go when called upon for quality play Monday night. Jackson provided the team a spark with eight consecutive service points, the best by any Lady Raider in the championship during game three.
That enabled Good Hope to go from an 11-9 lead in a matter of moments to 19-9 and never lead up in taking the championship without a loss on the Good Hope floor in just over an hour.
Jesse Kent was superb in the first set with three kills, two blocks and a volley in her time to come in and replace her older sister, Kate.
A kill from an assist by Knight pushed the advantage to 17-8. Cordova was able to overcome Good Hope's aggressive play and mount a comeback with Raven Clark scoring three times on serve, plus two kills that pulled the Blue Devils to 24-20.
It was Knight on a reverse volley that landed untouched on Cordova's side of the floor, ending the first set and putting Good Hope in a position to fight off Cordova the next two games.
In game two, Cordova fell behind then worked itself into the lead, upping the spread to 20-18. A kill by Sadie Fendley was huge for Good Hope with another kill by the left hander putting them on top to stay at 22-21.
Knight followed with a service ace then Cordova cut it to 23-22 before a serve into the net scored a point for the Lady Raiders.
A service point from Jackson, thanks to a return volley by Kate Kent, concluded the second set.
With Jackson serving well to give Good Hope breathing room in the third set, Cordova again, whittled at the deficit and made the Lady Raiders work hard to take home the championship trophy.
Fendley got a point on serve and a kill that got them within striking distance of a title. Coach Natasha Holcombe inserted junior Rebekah Crauswell into the game and she responded with a kill off a pass from Knight to complete the sweep.
"We wanted to play for a county championship, we wanted to be the area champs, we wanted to go to the regionals. We have come together and I am very proud of them," Holcombe said.
Good Hope failed to make it out of the area playoffs in 2016, losing to Dora in an elimination game at Cordova.
This time the Lady Raiders have peaked at the right time, winning seven of their last 10 assignments.
Now the Lady Raiders move on to the North Regionals at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville with an assignment at 12:45 p.m. Thursday vs. an opponent to be announced later.
Abby Knight, Kate Kent, Chrissi Smith, Leyton Seal - Good Hope
Camri Tubbs, Kaitlyn Swindle, Kaitlyn Reed - Cordova
Deja Pendleton, Kera James - Dora
MVP: Chrissi Smith of Good Hope
Photo 1: Lady Raiders celebrate a positive play in Area 10 finals vs. Cordova.
Photo 2: Good Hope breaks huddle after a timeout in the Area 10 finals.
Photo 3: 2017 Class 4A, Area 10 All-Area Team.
Photo 4: Good Hope Lady Raiders, 2017 4A, Area 10 champions.
Photo 5: Area 10 MVP Chrissi Smith of Good Hope.
Sportspage photos by Johnny Thornton
Friday, October 20
James Shabel Stadium - Good Hope
RADIO: WKUL-FM (92.1)
GOOD HOPE: 3-4
WEST POINT: 4-3
SERIES: West Point 22-16-1
2016: West Point 50-6
FLASH NOTES: Good Hope plays in front of the home fans for the final time this season. The Raiders have one victory (34-0 over Cold Springs) in four games, coming off a close 20-13 loss to the Haleyville Lions that eliminated them from playoff contention for 4A, Region 6.
Home field has not been an advantage under Alan Scott. The Raiders are just 2-12 at Shabel Stadium since 2015. The Raiders have been competitive as a home team this year, but not able to put together a complete game against ball clubs that come to Good Hope with success.
The Raiders lead the county schools with 2 wins by shutouts and are 2-0 vs. county teams, defeating Vinemont and Cold Springs so far. Good Hope plays West Point this week and ends the regular season November 3 at Hanceville.
Good Hope has improved on the gridiron after going 0-10 in 2016 with three wins and three games left on the schedule.
Friday, October 13
James Shabel Stadium - Good Hope
4A, R 6
REGION 6 STANDINGS: Fayette Co 3-0, Dora 2-1, Winfield 2-1, Cordova 2-2, Haleyville 1-2, Good Hope 1-3, Hamilton 1-3.
GOOD HOPE: 3-3, 1-3
HALEYVILLE: 2-4, 1-2
SERIES: Haleyville 3-0
2016: Haleyville 56-21
LAST WEEK: Good Hope lost to Winfield 28-12
Haleyville lost to Madison Academy 52-0
FLASH NOTES: Two teams that remain alive for a possible berth to the playoffs, come calling on one another Friday night at Good Hope.
The Raiders were on the heels of Winfield for the first half last week, trailing 7-6 at the half before the Pirates put the game out of the Raiders' grasp.
Haleyville visited Shabel Stadium in 2011, winning by a score of 52-7. This is the fourth meeting between the two, all of them regional assignments.
Raiders have back to back assignments at home vs. Haleyville and a non-regional game the following week with West Point. The rest of the season has Alan Scott's squad traveling to Dora October 27 and at Hanceville on November 3.
Raiders looking for their second straight win at home after a 34-0 defeat of Cold Springs on the final Friday in September.
At Vinemont Gymnasium
Good Hope 25 26 25
Vinemont 15 24 10
Good Hope (11-9) wins match 3-0
TIME OF MATCH: 0:59
FLASH NOTES: Good Hope wrapped up the first week of October by taking an hour to turn back Vinemont Thursday evening.
The Lady Raiders finished the week at 4-1, completing a three-game defeat of county opponents Cold Springs, West Point and Vinemont.
Good Hope opened the match with a challenge early, then getting control of the game midway. An 11-9 advantage for the Lady Raiders quickly became 19-9 on seven service points by Chrissi Smith.
Kate Kent converted six kills and had two blocks in the first game. The senior middle hitter also scored on a jump serve that made it 24-14. Vinemont broke service then Good Hope was done for the first set on a kill by Jesse Kent from an assist by setter Abby Knight.
Vinemont was determined to give Good Hope a challenge and did so in the second set. The Lady Eagles went up by a margin of 15-7 when a kill from Kate Kent, assisted by Knight, began to turn the momentum to the side of the Lady Raiders.
Good Hope patiently narrowed the margin and stopped Vinemont when a Kent kill got the score even at 24-24. Knight finished with consecutive service points, thanks to a volley by Kent and a block from Kent to overcome the deficit and move to 2-0 for the match.
Smith and Knight were dominant at the service line in the third game. They helped Good Hope go up 10-2 with Kent getting three straight kills to extend the lead to 13-3.
Vinemont never recovered from the Lady Raiders' fast start as Skylar Tucker stepped into the spotlight role with a kill then two service points. Jesse Kent added a kill to her statistics with Sadie Fendley serving well in scoring from the line five consecutive points.
A serve into the net for Vinemont ended the contest at 6:36 p.m.
UP NEXT: Good Hope at Dora October 6
Photo 1: Good Hope's Kate Kent goes with a jump serves in 1st set at Vinemont.
Photo 2: Jesse Kent (16), Abby Knight (25), Leyton Seal on the Good Hope front line.
Photo 3: Coach Natasha Holcombe writes out her lineup for Game 2 vs. Vinemont.
Sportspage photos by Johnny Thornton