Summer hoops playday Tuesday
At Hartselle High School Gymnasium:
Game 1 (G):
Hartselle 23 20 - 43
Cold Springs 14 17 - 31
Game 2 (G):
West Point 9 16 - 25
Buckhorn 12 8 - 20
Game 3 (G):
Cold Springs 23 20 - 43
Buckhorn 20 19 - 39
Game 4 (G):
West Point 17 36 - 53
Hartselle 25 30 - 55
Hartselle 30 25 - 55
Ardmore 20 18 - 38
Hartselle 26 34 - 60
Lincoln Co 11 16 - 27
Good Hope 23 29 - 52
Ardmore 23 27 - 50
Decatur Heritage 24 25 - 49
Lincoln Co 11 17 - 28
Late games: Hartselle-Good Hope, Lincoln Co-Ardmore, Decatur Heritage-Good Hope
Hard fought efforts, comeback victories, close encounters were the tale of tales Tuesday in the latest of summer basketball play days.
With Hartselle rolling out the welcome sign for plenty of games inside two gyms on campus, the varsity and girls provided plenty of excitement to be seen by Sportspage for eight games.
West Point's Lady Warriors took to the summer tour for the first time and had difficulty in trying to get into an offensive flow with Buckhorn. Only nine points at the half were produced by John Welborn's Lady Warriors, who return starters and depth on the bench.
In the second half, the Lady Warriors showed signs of coming through in scoring, getting 16 points and pulling out a low scoring affair. The defense raised their level in yielding Buckhorn to eight points in the final 20:00.
Cold Springs stood strong in its game with Buckhorn. The Lady Eagles fought back from a late deficit, getting points by Elizabeth Hill, Toni West, Kylon Hamby and hard working play from Brooke Crider, Aubrey Negron and Shae Sellers to leave Hartselle with a victory and a loss in competition.
West Point went toe to toe with Hartselle as the Lady Warriors had a superb effort by Miriam Oldacre, getting valuable contributions from her sister Micah, plus Olivia Ball, Mackenzie Carter, Brooke Brownfield, Ryleigh Jones, Molly Pendley and Kyler Hembree.
Hartselle won the game with 0:05 left on free throws by PG Moriah Taylor that snapped a 53-53 deadlock.
A game that became huge in regards to entertaining was Good Hope vs. Ardmore. In a rematch of the two that met last Friday in the AHSAA officials' camp at Wallace State, the first half was a similar pattern.
The game went to halftime, tied at 23-23. Last Friday, the score at the break was 26-26.
But in the second half, the Good Hope three-point shot could not maintain consistency and the Raiders fell behind by 14 points.
Coach Drew Adams had his Raiders change their game plan, by attacking the Ardmore defense, drawing fouls, scoring from close range and also at the free throw line.
Down 48-44 with around a minute remaining, the Raiders got their first trey of the final half from freshman Tanner Malin. A foul was called inside on Ardmore during the play, which sent Cole Maddox to the line to shoot the one-and-one.
Maddox missed, but the Raiders were able to get the tip and the second trey in a short span from Malin, put Good Hope up 50-48.
Ardmore evened the score from the line, but in the final 5 seconds, the Tigers fouled, sending Maddox back to the stripe. After missing two previous from the line, Maddox knocked them down, the Raiders took away the inbound pass and ran out the clock for a thrilling comeback triumph.
Hartselle returned to the win column after seeing a 6-game winning streak last weekend get broken in a 56-54 loss to Fairview at Wallace State.
The Tigers used strong second half outings against Ardmore and Lincoln County, Tennessee to claim two wins, prior to a late afternoon matchup with Good Hope.
Up next for Sportspage:
The Wallace State Summer Shootout is Wednesday with half a dozen games on tap inside Tom Drake Coliseum.
Shoals Christian and Belgreen begin the schedule at 10:00, with the Hanceville Bulldogs going to play Oneonta at 10:45.
The Bulldogs will also have assignments against Jasper at 12:50 and Hewitt-Trussville at 2:20. This will be the Bulldogs' first time to visit the Coliseum since they lost to Lauderdale County in the 3A Northwest Regional final on February 21.
Photo 1: Good Hope Raiders
Photo 2: Cold Springs Lady Eagles
Sportspage file photos by Johnny Thornton