Despite cold temperatures, prep basketball returned to action Tuesday night following the holidays with a series of games in and around the Sportspage coverage area.
Most of the teams did play after Christmas, finishing up the 2017 portion of the schedule between last Thursday and Friday.
The teams are looking to get into a flow of games with the Cullman County Tournament scheduled for the week of January 22-27, while area games are also a part of the schedule as many are hoping to finish strong in their respective area and host in early February when postseason gets under way.
From Tuesday's local basketball - GIRLS:
Hanceville 50, J.B. Pennington 39: In Blountsville, the Lady Bulldogs played a makeup game with the Lady Tigers, coming from a 20-15 halftime deficit, outscoring J.B. Pennington 35-19 in the second half.
Hanceville improves to 9-6 on the season. Christina Watson's Lady Bulldogs have gone 6-2 since December 1.
UP NEXT FOR HANCEVILLE: Vs. Cold Springs Thursday 6:30 p.m.
West Point 64, Good Hope 44: In West Point, the Lady Warriors trailed Good Hope 10-8 after the opening quarter, then erupted for 22 points in the second to gain a 30-20 halftime lead. West Point never slowed down in breaking the game open with a 34-24 second half advantage on the Lady Raiders.
West Point is 13-6 overall, coming off finishing in the Top 8 of the Keith Davis Memorial Classic at Lauderdale County. West Point is 4-1 at Jim Boyd Gymnasium, playing at home for the first time since a December 11 loss at the buzzer to Hartselle.
Good Hope dropped to 6-11 on the season.
UP NEXT FOR WEST POINT: Vs. Fairview Friday 6:00 p.m. (WKUL-FM)
UP NEXT FOR GOOD HOPE: Vs. Dora Thursday 6:30 p.m.
Fairview 53, James Clemens 37: In Fairview, the Lady Aggies started the January schedule with a huge victory against a strong 7A program from Madison that visited Joe Shults Gym for the first time.
James Clemens was 10-4 entering the game, but Mary Hartline's Lady Aggies slowed down the Lady Jets throughout the contest. Fairview used a good balance attack to lead 23-15 at the half and never allowed James Clemens to make a second half rally.
Taylor Yeager tossed in 16 points, McKinna Yearwood added 15 and Payton Golden delivered 12 for the Lady Aggies, now 12-6 on the season. Fairview is 5-0 on the home floor and avenged an early season loss to James Clemens.
Destinee McGhee scored 24 points to lead James Clemens, but was the only offense the Lady Jets had the entire evening. The rest of the team managed just 13 points, shooting 37 percent for the game. Valentina Klocker gathered nine rebounds for Fairview with guard Abby Schnittker pulling down six.
Fairview was 11 of 21 from three-point range, led by Yearwood knocking down five treys and Yeager hitting four.
UP NEXT FOR FAIRVIEW: At West Point Friday 6:00 p.m. (WKUL-FM)
Cullman 62, Guntersville 30: In Guntersville, Cullman controlled the game early and pulled away from Guntersville, sweeping the regular season series.
Cullman moved its record to 13-6 with the victory. Josh Hembree's Lady Bearcats have gone 8-3 on the hardwood since December 4. Cullman has won three straight after playing for the first time in 2018.
UP NEXT FOR CULLMAN: At Albertville Friday 6:00 p.m.
Hanceville 53, J.B. Pennington 50: In Blountsville, the Bulldogs played for the first time since December 21, fighting back from a 22-20 disadvantage to the Tigers at halftime.
Hanceville delivered 33 points in the second half, moving on top and holding on when time expired.
The Bulldogs are 9-4 for the season, winning six of their last seven games. Daniel Wakefield's squad picked up their second victory over an opponent in Blount County this season.
UP NEXT FOR HANCEVILLE: Vs. Cold Springs Thursday 7:45 p.m.
Image of West Point's Miram Oldacre (10), courtesy of West Point High School.