Cullman County JV Girls quarterfinal
At Tom Drake Coliseum - Hanceville:
# 5 Holly Pond 8 6 12 9 - 35
# 4 Good Hope 5 11 8 9 - 33
Holly Pond: Kaylee Stallings 19, Kennedy Twilley 4, Raeleigh Olinger 5, Quincey Marks 2, Abigail Kusz 3, Brooke Hill 2.
Good Hope: Kyndall Seal 10, Renee McLeod 5, Addie Stripling 4, Madison Speegle 2, Maddie McKenney 4, Aaliyah Smith 3.
SPORTSPAGE PLAYER OF THE GAME: Kaylee Stallings - Holly Pond 19 points, 7-15 FGs, 2-6 treys, 3-6 FTs, 7 rebounds, 1 assist.
Up next for Holly Pond: Vs. # 1 seed West Point Thursday 5:00 p.m. (semifinal)
Sportspage photo by Johnny Thornton
At Felton Easterwood Gymnasium - Holly Pond:
West Point 12 18 16 14 - 60
Holly Pond 19 17 27 13 - 76
HOLLY POND: Kyler Chaney 34, Tyler Boatright 11, Cooper Jones 9, Garrett Rowell 9, Devyn Tankersley 5, Parker Sellers 3, Jordan Allbright 6.
WEST POINT: Kolton Sapp 18, Rylan Jones 11, Will Cochran 10, Aubry Cleghorn 5, Tyler Thompson 5, Tyler White 3, Kobe Bowers 2.
FLASH NOTES: With Holly Pond coach Mitch Morris in the hospital for a stomach ailment, the Broncos played with great emotion in picking up their fifth consecutive victory.
Morris was admitted to Cullman Regional Thursday morning, according to a report from his son, Griffin. Griffin, a member of the Wallace State Lions, was on the sideline, assisting acting coach Bob Kusz in the quest to remain undefeated so far in December.
West Point fell behind by as many as eight points, twice in the second period, but was able to get a field goal from Will Cochran as time ran out, closing the deficit to 36-30.
The Warriors got two field goals at the beginning of the third and were in business, down by the score of 36-34.
Then the night belonged to Kyler Chaney. The talented 6'2" junior produced six made shots in the quarter to spark a 27-12 run as the Broncos went into the final stanza, up by a 63-46 margin when Chaney landed a deep three from the right wing as the buzzer sounded.
Chaney got 14 points in the third, with help from Tyler Boatright with four and an important shot made late in the period by Cooper Jones.
West Point gave it an effort early in the fourth, cutting the margin to 66-55 with 5:28 left on a shot by Tyler Thompson, off an assist from Kolton Sapp.
Then the Broncos sent the lead back to a respectable distance on the Warriors, when Jones knocked down a trey at 1:58 to make it 73-58. Boatright landed from long distance 30 seconds later and the victory was well in hand, with Holly Pond ahead 76-57.
The Broncos outscored the Warriors 40-30 in the final half, converting 15 shots in the remaining 16:00 of play, five from downtown.
The Broncos are currently scoring 75 points a contest in this winning streak, getting 70 or better for the third game in a row.
Holly Pond completes county regular season play at 3-3, having them in the middle of the seeding when it will be announced January 9.
The Warriors have lost three in a row and will try to break that skid Friday at home vs. Lawrence County in a 5A, Area 14 assignment. The game will be carried live on WKUL-FM.
Holly Pond will have to go without coach Morris, who is expected to be in the hopsital for the rest of the weekend, his son told Sportspage.
Former assistant coach Mitch Jones is reported to handle the assignment Friday when the Broncos visit New Hope in 3A, Area 13. Holly Pond is 2-0 in the area standings going into this matchup.
Hanceville 61, Corner 48
St. Bernard 52, Winston Co 45
Photo 1: Holly Pond's Kyler Chaney (22) at center court against West Point's Rylan Jones (5)
Photo 2: Holly Pond's Devyn Tankersley tries to make a move against WP's Tyler White.
Sportspage photos by Johnny Thornton
Boaz Girls Thanksgiving Classic
At Boaz Gymnasium:
Holly Pond 6 9 9 14 - 38 (0-1)
Boaz 16 19 10 23 - 68 (2-2)
FLASH NOTES: Two categories were the difference on Monday afternoon in which Boaz got its early season record even and the Lady Broncos fell in their opener.
Boaz shot 70 percent in the first quarter to grab a 16-6 advantage while the Lady Broncos managed just three made shots. Boaz put 19 on the board in the second with three coming from downtown and holding a comfortable 35-15 advantage at the break.
For the game, Boaz would score eight times from three-point range and had eight baskets off attacking Holly Pond's full court press.
The Lady Broncos slowed up the Lady Pirates scoring in the third, allowing them only 10 points. But Boaz regrouped with a solid final eight minutes in getting 23 points and turning the game into a 30-point victory.
Coach Andrew Kelly did have some positive moments in inside scoring from Elizabeth Miller to start the contest and aggressive scoring in the fourth period by Maddie Heatherly.
A few made outside shots by Kara Hollis and Lili Harris showed potential for the ball club. But unable to display consistency on offense and not keeping Boaz from scoring well in the perimeter and executing the press offense, the Lady Broncos ended the opening day of this tournament looking to get things corrected for Tuesday.
The tournament played at a very good looking Boaz gymnasium had one side affairs for the three games on schedule.
It started with Albertville pulling away from Gadsden City 55-36, by a strong second half.
DAR romped over Jasper 65-31, putting on a solid second half by a 31-13 spurt as the fourth period was played under the running clock with the Lady Patriots ahead 55-25 at the end of the third.
Tuesday's schedule has Albertville playing Jasper at 12:00, Holly Pond facing DAR at 1:30 and Boaz vs. Gadsden City at 3:00 p.m. to complete the two-day holiday event.
Photo 1: Holly Pond's Lili Harris (22), Kirtsen Campbell (20) at center court for tip off.
Photo 2: Holly Pond's Lili Harris (22), Liz Miller (40), Kirsten Campbell try to defend Boaz guard Emily McDuffie in the 1st quarter of Monday's Thanksgiving Classic at Boaz.
Sportspage photos by Johnny Thornton
AHSAA Class 3A, Area 13 Volleyball Tournament
At Vinemont Gymnasium:
Holly Pond over East Lawrence 25-11, 25-11, 25-14 Time of match: 0:56
Holly Pond over Vinemont 25-6, 25-17, 24-26, 25-22 Time of match: 1:37
FLASH NOTES: Postseason play can be so different than during the regular season. That was what the Holly Pond Lady Broncos experienced Monday evening.
Playing to a level coach Emily Brown felt they could, Holly Pond cruised past East Lawrence, then gave an all-out effort against top seed Vinemont on its floor.
The Lady Broncos qualified to go to Huntsville for the AHSAA Super Regional in defeating East Lawrence. But they took a step further for winning Area 13 and will be recognized as an area champion, despite only 10 victories for the season.
"The players decided it was all or nothing," Brown said afterwards. "We were ready to play. That's the team I knew that could show up."
Steady play by the likes of Tess Duke and Makenna Folds in regards of attacking at the net and good serves by Sydney Dunkin, Kyndell Hays and Kara Hollis, the Lady Broncos needed less than an hour to eliminate East Lawrence.
Brown's squad was efficient in serves, receiving serves, digs, kills and blocks. They created sizeable leads and never allowed East Lawrence to contend with them.
Facing Vinemont, the confidence continued to soar for Holly Pond. Dominating the first set, the Lady Broncos turned a 5-2 advantage into a comfortable lead with Maddie Heatherly, Duke, Dunkin and Lili Harris stepping up and contributing all over their side of the court.
Cassie Carter tallied three straight service points and a block from Duke, plus service winners by Hollis ended the first set in about 15 minutes.
Holly Pond looked at a 14-10 deficit in the second set and got momentum by three straight kills from Folds, four service winners by Carter and the final four service points by Folds, grabbing a 2-0 lead in the match.
Game three was a Holly Pond comeback from being down 7-3 to leading 24-22 and seeming to be in a position for a possible sweep.
However, Vinemont responded by aggressive play up front from Liv Johnson and some important serves by Mikayla Golden. Golden got help from a kill by Rachel Hall that pushed them in front at 25-24. They ended the third set on a kill from Hall off of Golden's fourth straight service point.
Vinemont was breathing some life into its group. But Holly Pond changed the course in the fourth set. Trailing 20-16, Vinemont got the score netted at 21-21 when Johnson landed a kill off a Gracie Kennedy serve.
But a kill by Dunkin sent Holly Pond up 22-21. Service points from Dunkin moved the margin to 24-21 as a kill by Johnson broke service and had the Lady Eagles down 24-22.
Then a serve by Hall was too far, landing out of bounds. Holly Pond claimed the area championship at 7:40 p.m.
ALL-AREA: Kara Hollis, Sydney Dunkin, Tess Duke, Kyndell Hays - Holly Pond.
Rachel Hall, Maddie Oliver, Liv Johnson - Vinemont.
UP NEXT FOR HOLLY POND: Vs. Area 15 R-U Thursday in Huntsville 9:00 a.m.
UP NEXT FOR VINEMONT: Vs. Area 15 winner Thursday in Huntsville 10:15 a.m.
Photo 1: Holly Pond celebrates winning 3A, Area 13 Tournament with trophy.
Photo 2: Holly Pond Lady Broncos, 3A, Area 13 champions.
Photo 3: Vinemont Lady Eagles, 3A, Area 13 runner-up.
Photo 4: All-Area: Bottom row from Vinemont, Liv Johnson, Rachel Hall, Maddie Oliver.
Holly Pond (L-R), Kara Hollis, Kyndell Hays, Tess Duke, Sydney Dunkin.
Sportspage photos by Johnny Thornton.