Cullman basketball playday Monday
At Cullman High Gymnasium:
Good Hope 22 32 - 54
Hayden 20 21 - 41
Cullman 22 24 - 46
Jasper 10 23 - 33
Jasper 30 19 - 49
Good Hope 25 18 - 43
Cullman 21 27 - 48
Hayden 20 22 - 42
Jasper 18 24 - 42
Hayden 23 22 - 45
GAME 6 (G):
Brewer 24 25 - 49
Locust Fork 16 22 - 38
Cullman 33 30 4 - 67
Good Hope 32 31 0 - 63
GAME 8 (G):
Cullman 32 32 - 64
Jasper 9 10 - 19
GAME 9 (G):
Locust Fork 17 11 - 28
Cold Springs 24 14 - 38
GAME 10 (G):
Brewer 20 25 - 45
Cullman 15 11 - 26
Plenty of excitement was held inside Cullman High School Gymnasium to begin the second week of summer hoops, that's allowed by the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) for June.
Cullman Bearcats would go 3-0 on the day, completing their agenda by coming from behind to get by the Good Hope Raiders in the best game in the varsity division.
Good Hope started Monday's play, sluggish in trailing Hayden 17-7 before the Raiders went on a 15-3 run and grabbed a 22-20 lead at halftime. A 32-point second half with a lot of scoring coming from outside, carried the Raiders to a double digit win.
Teams that lost, then had to play back to back, found the way of getting things turned around in a positive fashion.
After falling to Cullman 46-33, the Jasper Vikings took down Good Hope 49-43, holding on when the game entered crunch time.
Hayden took it on the chin to Cullman in a close loss 48-42 and was able to regroup in a battle with future area opponent Jasper, edging the Vikings by the final of 45-42.
Brewer's Lady Patriots paid a visit and compiled two hard fought victories. It began by a 49-38 defeat of Locust Fork and in the early evening, knocking off pesky Cullman 45-26, ending the game on a 15-0 run.
For Cullman, it was a chance for Josh Hembree to work alongside new assistant Mary Hartline for the first time when the Lady Bearcats played Jasper in the early afternoon.
Cullman's pressure was too much for Japser to handle and the Lady Bearcats displayed balanced scoring with 32 points per half in a 64-19 runaway.
Hembree has experience returning in guards Hannah Hoffman and A.K. Eastman, plus forward Olivia Neal.
A newcomer that provided a spark in the Jasper victory was incoming freshman Ragan Quattlebaum. Quattlebaum scored some points in the post, plus rebounded well, defended well and hustled throughout the game inside a muggy gymnasium with no air condition.
Cold Springs had to play without Camryn Crider, who is recovering from a concussion she suffered in the AHSAA officials camp June 8 against Wilson. The Lady Eagles also didn't have Neely Ellison available who is recovering from surgery and Kinley Campbell was unavailable by attending Girls State.
But against Locust Fork, the Lady Eagles got a stellar performance from Elizabeth Hill, Toni West, Aubrey Negron, Kylon Hamby and Shae Sellers to topple the Lady Hornets, leading 24-17 at the break and finishing with a 38-27 decision.
Late games were Cold Springs girls vs. Jasper and Cullman girls vs. Locust Fork.
Up next for Sportspage:
A trip Tuesday back to Hartselle for their next assignment in this summer playday series.
Girls games will be up first, starting at 9:00 a.m. between Cold Springs and Hartselle, then West Point vs. Buckhorn, Buckhorn vs. Cold Springs and Hartselle vs. West Point.
Varsity play will tip off around 1:25 as Hartselle meets Ardmore, followed by Hartselle-Lincoln Co, Good Hope-Ardmore, Lincoln Co-Decatur Heritage, Hartselle-Good Hope, Ardmore-Lincoln Co and Good Hope-Decatur Heritage.
Photo 1: Cullman coach Josh Hembree, assistant Mary Hartline and forward Ragan Quattlebaum during a timeout vs. Jasper.
Photo 2: Cullman Bearcats defend in their game vs. the Jasper Vikings.
Photo 3: Good Hope's Matt Dixon at the foul line in game vs. Jasper.
Photo 4: Cold Springs' Shae Sellers defends a Locust Fork ball handler.
Photo 5: Cullman Lady Bearcats at the line in game with Brewer Lady Patriots.
Sportspage photos by Johnny Thornton