Cullman County Junior Varsity quarterfinal
At Tom Drake Coliseum - Hanceville:
# 3 West Point 9 18 14 6 - 47
# 6 Holly Pond 8 8 6 10 - 32
West Point: Jonathan Fell 11, Logan Selby 10, Mason Walls 6, Carter Thornton 8, Brannon Bright 6.
Holly Pond: Casey Brown 14, Jaxon Olinger 1, Shannon Kitchens 1, Jayden Perkins 4, Brody Bagwell 6, Kadin Suryono 1.
SPORTSPAGE PLAYER OF THE GAME: Jonathan Fell of West Point - 11 points, 4-9 FGs, 3-4 FTs, 4 rebounds, 1 assist.
Up next for West Point: Vs. # 7 Hanceville Tuesday 5:00 p.m. (semifinal)
Sportspage photo by Johnny Thornton
AHSAA 5A, Area 14 Basketball
At Jim Boyd Gymnasium - West Point:
Russellville 22 14 30 31 - 87
West Point 21 19 16 29 - 85
RUSSELLVILLE: Lucas McNutt 26, Devin Buckhalter 23, William Bonner 15, Caden Parker 10
WEST POINT: Kolton Sapp 22, Kobe Bowers 18, Tyler Thompson 16, Tyler White 15, Whitt Laney 3, Rylan Jones 2, Will Cochran 4, Aubry Cleghorn 5.
Russellville 13 7 12 2 - 34 (5-15, 2-4)
West Point 25 23 14 10 - 72 (19-4, 6-0)
WEST POINT: Miriam Oldacre 17, Maci Hamby 9, Lexi Shadix 9, Ryleigh Jones 4, Sheridan Bowers 8, Molly Pendley 6, Natalie Trammell 2, Micha Oldacre 3, Mackenzie Carter 8, Kyler Hembree 7.
RUSSELLVILLE: Krista Sikes 15, Autumn Logan 6.
FLASH NOTES: William Bonner's lone field goal in the final period was the difference. The freshman made a double-clutch move on the left side about 15 feet from the basket, landed a shot in mid-air as time ran out, giving the Golden Tigers the victory.
Two weeks ago, these two hooked up to an entertaining game with West Point coming out on top 70-69.
The Warriors and Golden Tigers will have a third meeting, with this one to be in the 5A, Area 14 Tournament at Hamilton the week of February 4.
West Point had the upper hand in the first half, leading 40-36 with four treys by Konbe Bowers and nine second period points from center Tyler Thompson.
But a critical moment occurred for Randy Jones' Warriors when Rylan Jones left the game with a leg injury. According to his mother Regina Jones in speaking to Sportspage and WKUL-FM after the game, Jones' kneecap popped out of place. It was the same kneecap he suffered back in the spring of 2018 in a football jamboree game vs. Holly Pond.
His kneecap popped back into place, but his night was done.
Late in the third, Russellville went on a 16-6 run to break a 50-50 tie and held a 66-56 advantage going to the fourth.
Without Jones and rattled by Russellville's trapping defense, the Warriors regrouped. A team effort was displayed in the fourth as Kolton Sapp came through with 10 points, including a three down the stretch that tied the score.
Kobe Bowers had six points in the stanza, four from the foul line with Whitt Laney and Tyler White getting important three-point shots to go.
With 0:06 left, Russellville set up an out of bounds play from under its basket. The Golden Tigers inbounded and got it into the hands of Bonner, who played well under pressure all night, considering he is just a freshman.
Bonner delivered as the play stunned the Warriors and the Golden Tigers celebrated his effort.
Both teams combined for an amazing 60 points in the final period as they combined for 14 field goals (9 to 5 for West Point) and 18 free throws (11 to 7 for Russellville).
The Warriors adjusted in utilizing their strengths to overcome the Jones' injury. Now that will be something the Warriors can apply if they don't have Jones available for Tuesday's Cullman County Tournament game at Wallace State vs. Cold Springs.
Jones will receive medical analysis from the school's trainer with Jones determined to appear in the game and try to help his ball club get to the semifinals.
Finishing up undefeated in 5A, Area 14 play were the Lady Warriors. After Russellville played them to an 8-8 score around the opening 4:00, West Point put the game into cruise control. The Lady Warriors finished with a 17-5 run in the period and eased in front 25-13.
With a dozen points being scored by his bench in the second, John Welborn's Lady Warriors created a rout with a 48-20 halftime cushion.
As the game reached the final period, West Point led 62-32 with Welborn in a position to keep starters Miriam Oldacre, Micah Oldacre, Lexi Shadix, Mackenzie Carter and Molly Pendley as spectators.
Macy Hamby and Kyler Hembree netted four points apiece in the period from a reserve role and Sheridan Bowers sank a pair from the line.
West Point will host the Area 14 Tournament the week of February 4.
But for the present time, the No. 9 Lady Warriors will play Deshler at 11:15 a.m. Monday in the Martin Luther King Shootout at Wallace State.
Then the Lady Warriors will move on to the county tournament, getting a semifinal game next Thursday at 6:15 p.m. vs. the winner of Cold Springs-Holly Pond.
Cullman 63, Jasper 45 (Lady Bearcats go to 20-6 on season)
Cullman 60, Jasper 59 (Bearcats snap 3-game skid, go to 16-9 on season)
Hanceville 75, J.B. Pennington 60 (Bulldogs clinch 3A, A 12 title, now 18-4)
Hanceville 48, J.B. Pennington 39 (Lady Bulldogs finish 3-3 in area, 12-8 for season)
Holly Pond 45, New Hope 21 (Lady Broncos complete 3A, A 13 at 6-0, 11-11 on season)
Good Hope 50, Ashville 35 (Lady Raiders get 1st win in 4A, A 12, 3rd of the season)
Good Hope 63, Ashville 56 (Raiders head to county tournament with 18-5 record, 1 seed)
Photos of West Point vs. Russellville varsity and girls, courtesy of Heith Yearwood.
West Point Christmas Classic
At Jim Boyd Gymnasium:
Good Hope 59, West Point 52 (championship)
Cullman 81, Hayden 73 (3rd place)
Brewer 57, Priceville 49 (5th place)
Cold Springs 60, Danville 51 (7th place)
FLASH NOTES: Eight days ago, the Good Hope Raiders experienced defeat at Jim Boyd Gym in falling to West Point 65-58.
But on the final weekend before New Year's, the Raiders rebounded with three hard earned victories to head into January with a record of 12-3.
In the title match with West Point, the Raiders utilized a strong perimeter game, getting three treys by Cole Maddox and three from Noah Fendley. Good Hope led after each quarter, 21-12, 37-28 and 49-37.
But West Point, coming off an astounding 79-76 victory in the semis against Cullman, had some life in the final period. With hard play from Rylan Jones, Kolton Sapp and Kobe Bowers, the Warriors drew within three at 55-52 in the final minute.
The comeback was put away by Drew Adams' Raiders as Tanner Malin scored on a jumper and free throws by Cole Maddox sewed up the championship victory.
Maddox ripped the cords for 26 to lead the Raiders, Fendley tallied nine, Malin five, Drew Maddox five, Eli Phares three and Matt Dixon two.
West Point (7-10) got 12 by Jones, nine from Sapp, Tyler Thompson eight, Will Brown five, Whitt Laney and Tyler White four, Bowers four and Will Cochran.
Cullman had the scoring machine going with a 23-point first period, 24 in the second and 22 during the third against Hayden. The mounted to a 47-31 halftime lead and 69-51 at the end of the third.
Tucker Gambrill was on target for Bobby Meyer's Bearcats, scoring 25, with seven treys, Jayden Sullins netted 18, J.T. White 14, Jayden Orr 9, Jimne Chau Le six, Caleb Heatherly five and J.D. Parrish two.
The Bearcats are now 13-4 on the season. Collin Chappell delivered 19 in a losing cause for Hayden.
Cold Springs avoided an 0-3 result in the tournament, breaking a 14-14 first period tie by jumping in front of Danville 31-26 at the half and led 47-37 at the end of the third.
Leading Tim Willoughby's Eagles (11-7) was Landon Freeman with 19, Adam Hill 17, Brody Peppers 12, Mason Harris nine, Rice three and Williams two.
Wren Cole pumped in 19 for Danville.
Photo 1: West Point Christmas Classic champion, Good Hope Raiders.
Photo 2: West Point Christmas Classic runner-up, West Point Warriors.
Sportspage photos by Johnny Thornton
At Jim Boyd Gymnasium - West Point:
Good Hope 14 16 7 21 - 58 (9-3)
West Point 17 16 11 21 - 65 (6-9)
WEST POINT: Kolton Sapp 20, Tyler White 12, Whitt Laney 11, Will Cochran 7, Kobe Bowers 7, Tyler Thompson 4, Aubry Cleghorn 2, Rylan Jones 2.
GOOD HOPE: Cole Maddox 20, Drew Maddox 15, Michael Lowe 11, Tanner Malin 5, Eli Phares 2, Matt Dixon 2, Noah Fendley 3.
Good Hope 11 9 7 9 - 36 (2-10)
West Point 25 20 18 3 - 66 (13-2)
WEST POINT: Mackenzie Carter 18, Lexi Shadix 16, Miriam Oldacre 14, Maci Hamby 3, Sheridan Bowers 6, Molly Pendley 3, Micah Oldacre 5, Sydney Smith 2.
GOOD HOPE: Rudi Derrick 9, Heather Tetro 2, Desiree' Odachowki 4, Abby Neighbors 3, Savanna Derrick 2, Savanna Burney 6, Ivey Maddox 2, Cayleigh Garmon 6.
FLASH NOTES: West Point had not forgotten of what happened on December 11 when the Warriors came up short to the Raiders by a 66-58 margin when they were outscored 19-12 in the fourth period.
On Friday night, the Warriors got their revenge and carry a two-game winning streak into Christmas.
What became valuable to Randy Jones' Warriors was play from his bench in the second as guard Whitt Laney and center Tyler Thompson combined for 10 points on four made field goals. Laney landed two from three-point range and Thompson had two from near the basket.
West Point took advantage of a leg-weary Good Hope team in the third, with the Raiders scoring only seven points and hitting just two shots. Drew Adams' Raiders were playing their fourth game of the week in five days.
The jet lag they experienced caught up to them, trailing 44-37 heading to the final period.
West Point would push the lead to double digits, only to see the Raiders fight back. Good Hope came on with seven field goals in the fourth, but suffered by missing six of their last seven attempts, with several coming from right around the basket.
The Warriors managed to make enough free throws to keep a safe lead in the final stanza. West Point was nine of 16 during the fourth with Sapp three of six, Jones two of four, Laney two of four and White two of two.
Up next for West Point: Vs. Priceville in West Point Christmas Classic Thursday 6:30
Up next for Good Hope: Vs. Brewer in West Point Christmas Classic Thursday 4:00
West Point Lady Warriors played Friday without senior Olivia Ball, who sustained a leg injury in Tuesday's 60-29 win over Fairview.
Ball is scheduled to have an MRI in Huntsville on Sunday, according to her father, Freddie Ball, speaking to Sportspage before game time.
West Point was off and running against Good Hope as Lexi Shadix and Miriam Oldacre had 10 points in the opening quarter with the Lady Warriors ahead 25-11.
Good Hope coach Amanda Swann brought up several players off the Cullman County Middle School tournament champion team and made an impact, despite the Lady Raiders trailing 45-20 at the break.
Heather Tetro, Bailey Tetro, Ivey Maddox, Charly Johnson and Cayleigh Garmon did not make it easy for the veteran West Point team to get it done on the offensive end.
But the experience of Shadix, Miriam Oldacre and Mackenzie Carter proved to be an advantage with the three accounting for 37 points by the half and a 45-20 lead for the Lady Warriors.
Eight made shots in the third was enough for West Point to extend the margin to 63-27 and play the fourth period with the reserves and a running clock.
John Welborn's Lady Warriors are 7-0 at Jim Boyd Gym and 13-2, entering a short time off the hardwood for Christmas.
Up next for West Point: At Etowah Tournament December 27-29
Up next for Good Hope: At Fairview January 3 6:30 p.m.
Photos of West Point vs. Good Hope, courtesy of Heith Yearwood.
At Jim Boyd Gymnasium - West Point
Fairview 4 12 9 4 - 29 (8-5, 5-1)
West Point 21 11 19 9 - 60 (12-2, 6-0)
WEST POINT: Miriam Oldacre 19, Mackenzie Carter 10, Maci Hamby 3, Lexi Shadix 5, Sheridan Bowers 5, Molly Pendley 8, Olivia Ball 4, Sydney Smith 2.
FAIRVIEW: Molly McKelvy 9, Payton Golden 4, Daisy Manasco 6, Lacy Gorham 4, Morgan Wesley 4, Isabella McGukin 2.
Fairview 8 13 11 8 - 40 (4-9, 3-3)
West Point 17 21 17 18 - 73 (5-9, 3-3)
WEST POINT: Kolton Sapp 22, Kobe Bowers 15, Rylan Jones 9, Whitt Laney 3, Tyler White 3, Will Brown 2, Will Cochran 4, Aubry Cleghorn 6, Tyler Thompson 7.
FAIRVIEW: Zane Miller 12, Luke Yarbrough 5, Devan Jennings 5, Caleb White 3, Connor Tipton 2, Austin Jackson 1, Mason Black 7, Devan Gibson 3, Sawyer Daniel 4.
FLASH NOTES: West Point Lady Warriors will enter the 2019 Cullman County Tournament as the No. 1 seed, following their victory over Fairview, who was unbeaten in county play entering Tuesday's contest.
But John Welborn's Lady Warriors are more concerned on the status of senior forward Olivia Ball.
Ball collided with teammate Miriam Oldacre under the basket 2:00 into the game while trying to defend a Fairview field goal attempt. She left the game with a leg bruise and did not return.
Ball is scheduled to receive further examination on Wednesday. Welborn told Sportspage she is doubtful for Friday's game at home vs. Good Hope.
Despite the injury, the Lady Warriors almost shut out Fairview for the opening quarter. Fairview's offense could not connect on a basket until the 1:09 mark when Jacy Gorham scored from near the bucket. Fairview was down 21-2 at that point.
Three pointers by Molly Pendley, Miriam Oldacre and Lexi Shadix sparked the first period surge for the Lady Warriors.
Fairview played the Lady Warriors even in the second quarter, outscoring them by a 12-11 margin. But the deficit was still a large one to overcome, with Fairview trailing at the break, 32-16.
A good start to the third for the visitors got them within 34-21 just 2:00 into the stanza as Isabella McGukin tallied a close range jumper.
From there, West Point finished with a 17-4 run, as a three by Maci Hamby, a three-point play from Miriam Oldacre and two baskets by Oldacre in the final 50 seconds extended the West Point margin to 51-25.
A three-point play by Sheridan Bowers with 6:22 remaining caused the hot clock issue as West Point was on top by a 56-25 count.
The last basket for the Lady Warriors was scored with a minute remaining on a field goal by Sydney Smith. West Point got eight to enter the scoring column. Ball had two baskets before she went down with the injury.
Before the varsity game, Kolton Sapp was recognized for scoring his 1,000th point last Friday against Lawrence County.
In his next assignment, Sapp set the basket on fire and the Warriors said goodbye to a 5-game losing streak.
With West Point jumping to a 28-21 halftime advantage, Sapp had delivered five field goals, three from downtown.
The Warriors got good shooting all evening by Sapp, plus Kobe Bowers and valuable contributions from starters Rylan Jones and Aubry Cleghorn, as they combined for 15 points.
West Point would tally 35 points in the second half, allowing Fairview only 19. The Aggies managed just eight in the final quarter with the Warriors running the lead to over 30 for a running clock in the final 3:00.
Up next for Fairview: Vs. Arab Thursday 6:00, 7:30
Up next for West Point: Vs. Good Hope Friday 5:45, 7:00 (Live on WKUL-FM)
Photo 1: Fairview's Katie Ball attacks pressure from West Point's Molly Pendley (11).
Photo 2: Fairview guard Luke Yarbrough matched up against West Point's Kolton Sapp.
Photo 3: West Point cheerleaders perform at halftime during varsity game in their Christmas sweaters.
Sportspage photos by Johnny Thornton.
At Jim Boyd Gymnasium - West Point:
Lawrence Co 7 12 15 5 - 39 (1-8, 0-3)
West Point 29 18 24 9 - 80 (11-1, 2-0)
WEST POINT: Miriam Oldacre 18, Lexi Shadix 16, Maci Hamby 8, Sheridan Bowers 6, Molly Pendley 9, Olivia Ball 7, Micah Oldacre 3, Mackenzie Carter, Sydney Smith 6.
LAWRENCE CO: Kelsey Montgomery 11, Anna Hutto 9, Jayden Orr 7.
Lawrence Co 21 13 19 15 - 68 (6-6, 1-2)
West Point 14 11 17 11 - 53 (4-8, 0-2)
LAWRENCE CO: Malik Strickland 23, Ty Hutto 18, Sabatian Terry 10, Tayi Strickland 8.
WEST POINT: Kolton Sapp 21, Rylan Jones 12, Levi Farley 2, Whitt Laney 5, Will Cochran 6, Aubry Cleghorn 5, Tyler Thompson 2.
FLASH NOTES: West Point Lady Warriors bettered themselves in scoring field goals on Friday evening than they did the night before in a 76-40 win at Holly Pond.
After getting 30 shots to fall at Felton Easterwood Gym, the Lady Warriors were back at Jim Boyd Gym for the first time in 10 days.
The Lady Warriors remembered the setting, by producing 31 made shots and dropping 80 points on the visitors from Moulton.
Leading John Welborn's squad at the start was Miriam Oldacre with 14 in the first and nine from Lexi Shadix. The duo combined for eight field goals, three treys and set the tone for a 25-4 run to close out a 29-7 advantage after the quarter ended.
Balanced scoring continued in the second with Maci Hamby delivering three field goals in an 18-point outing and a commanding 47-19 spread by intermission.
Coach Welborn began to keep his starters on the bench for much of the third, with reserves Molly Pendley, Sheridan Bowers, Sydney Smith combing for 14 points as the lead for West Point grew to 71-34.
That meant a quick final period with a running clock, the third time this week for the
11-1 Lady Warriors, who have won seven in a row and stand 5-0 at home.
A dreadful opening for the Warriors had them down 15-0 before Kolton Sapp tallied a point from the line at the 3:50 mark of the first. The Warriors were able to allow Lawrence County six points the rest of the period and closed the deficit to 21-14.
Behind 34-25 at the half, the Warriors were able to start strong in the third, going on a 7-2 run and were behind 36-32.
That would be it for Randy Jones' Warriors. Dreams of a comeback victory were put away by the Red Devils hitting five shots from downtown in the third, two each from Malik Strickland and Ty Hutto and the lead was back to double digits at 53-42.
West Point never could raise its scoring status much higher, getting just 11 in the final 8:00 and shooting only 50 percent from the foul line.
Lawrence County's double digit advantage as enough for the Red Devils to leave Cullman County with their first win in 5A, Area 14 play and drop the Warriors to 0-2 in the area. The Warriors have gone through four consecutive defeats in a span of seven days.
Up next for West Point: At Hartselle Monday 6:00, 7:30 p.m.
Cold Springs 76, West End 22 (G)
Cold Springs 55, West End 33
Oneonta 47, Good Hope 35 (G)
Holly Pond 47, New Hope 6 (G)
Oneonta 69, Good Hope 65
File photo of West Point PG Brooke Brownfield (gray shirt) on December 4 vs. Cold Springs. Brownfield had ACL surgery in Huntsville Friday and is doing fine, according to a report from her teammates.
Sportspage photo by Johnny Thornton
AHSAA Girls Basketball
At Felton Easterwood Gymnasium - Holly Pond
West Point 27 18 19 12 - 76 (10-1, 5-0)
Holly Pond 11 13 8 8 - 40 (5-5, 2-4)
WEST POINT: Olivia Ball 17, Mackenzie Carter 10, Maci Hamby 8, Lexi Shadix 13, Ryleigh Jones 2, Sheridan Bowers 6, Miriam Oldacre 9, Molly Pendley 9.
HOLLY POND: Kirtsen Campbell 13, Tess Duke 8, Madison Ham 4, Kara Hollis 3, Maddie Heatherly 8, Liz Miller 2.
FLASH NOTES: A total team effort was shown by visiting West Point Thursday night, with the Lady Warriors' winning streak now at six. The Lady Warriors are 9-0 against teams from the Alabama High School Athletic Association.
The only unfortunate thing Thursday is John Welborn's Lady Warriors did not crack the Top 10 in the 5A state basketball poll. But that is the least of his worries with a game to play Friday back at West Point vs. Lawrence County.
Trailing 7-5 after Holly Pond's Kirsten Campbell scored with 5:50 left in the opening period, the Lady Warriors set their sights on closing out the quarter by a 22-4 blitz.
A three by Olivia Ball, who earlier in the day, signed a softball scholarship with Wallace State, sent the Lady Warriors ahead to stay at 10-7.
A basket from Lexi Shadix with an assist by Mackenzie Carter pushed the lead to 16-7 with 3:00 remaining.
Molly Pendley closed out the first period scoring by tossing in a free throw to make it 27-11, with West Point connecting on 10 shots through 8:00, three coming from 3-point range.
The scoring and assists continued in the second. Carter took a pass from Shadix and dropped in a shot in the paint at 3:30 for a 37-19 advantage.
With time running out in the period, Ryleigh Jones scored off a pass from Ball and the visitors held a 45-24 cushion at intermission.
West Point had converted 19 field goals by the break and handed out 10 assists, showing balance in the offensive phase of the game.
Pendley was a spark off the bench with a field goal coming in the late moments of the third that had the Lady Warriors ahead 58-29. The third closed out with West Point on top 64-32 and a running clock in the final 8:00 for the second time this week for Welborn's team.
Hamby tossed in two treys in the fourth, Bowers made a field goal and a free throw and delivered two assists.
For the game, the Lady Warriors converted 30 field goals, six from long range, 10 points at the foul line and had 16 assists.
The 76 points were the third most the Lady Warriors have scored in a game this season, They produced 82 in the opener at Vinemont November 9 and scored 77 on the final day of November in a win against Hamilton.
The Lady Warriors will go for a 6-0 record in the county when they host the Fairview Lady Aggies Tuesday. Fairview is 5-0 as well with the top seed for the 2019 Tournament hanging in the balance.
West Point will look to go 2-0 in 5A, Area 14 against Lawrence County on Friday. The Lady Warriors are 4-0 at Jim Boyd Gym. Game time is around 6:00 p.m. and will be carried live on WKUL-FM (92.1).
Holly Pond takes a 2-0 record into New Hope Friday evening with the Lady Indians 2-1 in the area standings. Coach Andrew Kelly's Lady Broncos are the only undefeated team in the area at the present time.
Hanceville 41, Corner 27
Winston Co 63, St. Bernard 32
Photo 1: West Point's Olivia Ball about to shoot from the foul line Thursday.
Photo 2: Holly Pond coach Andrew Kelly has a discussion with his team in 1st quarter.
Sportspage photos by Johnny Thornton
WEST POINT - Olivia Ball got a Christmas present Thursday. In something she has dreamed about, Ball will play collegiate softball once she graduates from West Point High School in May.
Ball signed a letter of intent to play at ACCC (Alabama Community College Conference) champion Wallace State Community College.
Ball had been heavily recruited by A.G. Daugherty and committed to the Lady Lions during the summer.
The talent Ball displays got noticed by many in recruiting her.
As a junior for the Lady Warriors, Ball batted .471, hitting third in the lineup. She compiled 21 home runs, second most in Class 5A of the AHSAA and in the Top 5 in all classes.
Ball's slugging percentage was .171 with 31 extra base hits and 59 runs driven in. Ball was on base for an average of .560.
West Point has been the best in county softball since Ball played varsity as an eighth grader. That's a span of four seasons.
The Lady Warriors have made the North-Central regional in three of the past five seasons with Ball a major contributor.
Ball earned all-county honors in 2018, all-area, all-state and was the Sportspage player of the year.
Ball spoke with Sportspage in talking about her strive for perfection on the field. "I always pray for perfection. I am always striving to do better. I give it all I have. I never stop trying to play better on the field."
Ball is delighted to join a program such as Wallace State, that has been superior for a decade and has maintained that level in the last two years with A.J. Daugherty taking over the program after Hall of Fame coach Jayne Clem retired in 2016.
"Coach Daugherty has one of the best programs around," Ball said. "He knows how to do it right."
West Point has had seven players to sign a softball scholarship since the 2015 season.
Hope Shedd and Jeri Beasley inked with Coastal Alabama Community College, Mallory Walker with Snead, Karra Elam with Wallace and Darrana Campbell with Judson College.
Last week, Ball's teammate, first baseman Makayla Brown signed with Snead.
A reception for Ball was held after the signing inside the West Point school library. Her teammates from softball and basketball, plus family members and friends gathered to be a part of the celebration.
Photo 1: West Point assistant softball coach Eric Pendley addresses the crowd during Olivia Ball's scholarship signing. Ball is in the center during this segment.
Photo 2: Olivia Ball (center) with parents Freddie and Michelle Ball, plus brother Wesley Smith and his girlfriend Kayla Smith during her signing of Wallace softball scholarship.
Photo 3: Olivia Ball surrounded by her West Point softball teammates Thursday morning.
Photo 4: Makayla Brown (left) and Olivia Ball. The two West Point softball players have signed letters of intent. Brown with Snead State, Ball with Wallace State.
Sportspage photos by Johnny Thornton
AHSAA Girls Basketball
At Good Hope Gymnasium:
West Point 18 19 18 7 - 62 (9-1, 4-0)
Good Hope 4 8 10 14 - 36 (1-6, 1-3)
WEST POINT: Miriam Oldacre 18, Lexi Shadix 11, Laci Hamby 5, Molly Pendley 6, Olivia Ball 9, Mackenzie Carter 10, Micah Oldacre 3.
GOOD HOPE: Savanna Derrick 13, Rudi Derrick 6, Savanna Burney 7, Abby Neighbors 5, Runge 2, Desire' Odachowski 3.
FLASH NOTES: West Point erased a 2-0 deficit to Good Hope 55 seconds into the game, by putting the next 15 points on the scoreboard.
Miriam Oldacre tossed in six points to set the tone for John Welborn's Lady Warriors as they led 18-4 after the first when Miriam's sister, Micah, landed a three from the wing before time ran out.
Lexi Shadix found her shooter's touch with eight consecutive points in the second period, three field goals and two from the line in a span of 55 seconds. Her spurt allowed the Lady Warriors to move the advantage to 37-12 at halftime.
West Point stayed consistent on scoring in the third period, getting an 18-point effort and taking a 55-22 lead into the final 8:00 with a running clock.
Balanced scoring was shown as Micah Oldacre, Olivia Ball, Miriam Oldacre and Mackenzie Carter scored the team's final four field goals in the frame.
Coach Welborn inserted reserves in the final stanza with Molly Pendley connecting on two shots and Laci Hamby scoring from the field and at the line.
Good Hope had a 14-point fourth period, led by three consecutive treys in the final minute from Abby Neighbors, Savanna Derrick and Rudi Derrick to close out their scoring.
West Point is 4-0 in the county, tied for the top spot with Fairview. They will settle it out next Tuesday in a game to be at West Point.
The Lady Warriors will finish the week with a game Thursday at Holly Pond and at home on Friday in 5A, Area 14 vs. Lawrence County.
Good Hope host Oneonta on Friday in 4A, Area 12 action.
Cold Springs 67, Fairview 45
Hanceville 63. J.B. Pennington 47
Cullman 52, John Carroll 40
Holly Pond 55, Vinemont 27
Good Hope's Savanna Burney trying to inbound the ball against pressure from West Point's Mackenzie Carter Tuesday at Good Hope.
Sportspage photo by Johnny Thornton.
At Jim Boyd Gymnasium - West Point:
Cold Springs 16 8 13 21 - 58
West Point 14 5 19 28 - 66
WEST POINT: Miriam Oldacre 22, Mackenzie Carter 21, Micah Oladacre 10, Olivia Ball 5, Lexi Shadix 6, Ryleigh Jones 2.
COLD SPRINGS: Elizabeth Hill 18, Camryn Crider 15, Toni West 12, Neely Ellison 3, Kyron Hamby 3, Aubrey Negron 4, Lina Lieckfield 3.
Cold Springs 13 17 9 7 5 - 51 (7-3)
West Point 10 15 12 9 9 - 55 (4-4)
WEST POINT: Kolton Sapp 20, Rylan Jones 11, Kobe Bowers 9, Whitt Laney 3, Tyler White 6, Will Cochran 3, Tyler Thompson 3.
COLD SPRINGS: Landon Freeman 19, Adam Hill 11, Logan Rice 6, Micah Calvert 6, Mason Harris 2, Seth Williams 3, Brody Peppers 2, Francisco Ayala 2.
FLASH NOTES: West Point's Lady Warriors offense was very sluggish through the first half, with only five points in the second period and down 24-19 to Cold Springs.
Then shots began to fall for John Welborn's Lady Warriors as they finished the third stanza on a 5-0 run in the final 1:33 to overcome a 35-33 deficit.
Miriam Oldacre delivered two from the line then nailed a trey with 0:28 to play that sent the home team ahead at the end of the period, 38-37.
After Cold Springs tied the score at 40-40 on a three by Kylon Hamby early in the fourth, West Point produced the next 10 points in a span of nearly 3:00. Olivia Ball landed a three and the Lady Warriors were in front 50-40 with 4:47 remaining.
Mackenzie Carter added from three-point land at 2:56 to boost the advantage to 58-47. The best Cold Springs could do was trim the bulge to 59-53 with 1:41 left on free throws by Elizabeth Hill.
Eleven seconds later, victory was very much secured when Micah Oldacre tossed in a three and the Lady Warriors had breathing room at 62-53.
Carter scored twice from the line as did Miriam Oldacre in the final minute to preserve the victory, sending the Lady Warriors to 7-1 and 3-0 in the county standings.
The 28-point fourth consisted of seven field goals, five from downtown and seven of 10 from the line.
Cold Springs' 21 in the fourth was its best effort on the offensive side all evening. Tammy West's Lady Eagles tallied six field goals, two triples and had nine from Hill down the stretch to keep the game close.
Close games have been the motto for the West Point Warriors in three assignments during the past eight days. Pulling out a 55-53 victory over Jasper November 26, was unfortunately followed by a 58-55 area loss on the 30th to the Hamilton Aggies.
Staying on the home floor, the Warriors fought through a 30-25 halftime deficit and 39-36 at the end of the third.
Adam Hill took a pass from Mason Rice and scored at 6:38 in the fourth for a 43-37 leasd by the Eagles. Cold Springs stayed ahead as a pair of free throws from Landon Freeman gave them a 45-41 advantage with 3:18 showing on the clock.
After a Kolton Sapp three cut the lead to 45-44, Freeman missed a front end of a one and one with less than a minute remaining. Rice was able to knock down just one of two free throws with the Eagles up 46-44 and only 23 seconds to play in regulation.
Rylan Jones muscled his way in the paint and tossed in a jumper with 0:07 to go that made it 46-46. Freeman's three from halfcourt bounced off the rim to force overtime.
The lead switched sides three times in the extra period. Freeman stroked two from the stripe and the score was 51-51 with 1:39 to go.
West Point moved ahead on a jumper by Sapp, off an assist by White and led 53-51 with 47 seconds remaining. The Eagles could not regain the lead and then had to foul in order to get a chance at regaining possession.
But Jones came through with an offensive rebound after Levi Farley could not score from the with 13 seconds left. Jones calmly sanked both shots and the Warriors went up by four, with three shots in the closing seconds from the Eagles, failing to connect.
The Warriors ended the Eagles' five-game winning streak in getting their overall record even to 4-4.
The last three games have been decided in the closing seconds by a margin of 2, 3 and 4 points.
Up next for West Point: At Muscle Shoals Friday 6:00, 7:30
Up next for Cold Springs: At Cleveland Friday, 6:00, 7:30
St. Bernard 60, Falkville 53
Cullman 63, Haleyville 55
Hanceville 68, Vinemont 30
Good Hope 66, Fairview 48
Holly Pond 68, Randolph 67
Cullman 59, Haleyville 30 (G)
Fairview 62, Good Hope 38 (G)
Hanceville 60, Vinemont 17 (G)
Holly Pond 53, Randolph 12 (G)
Falkville 61, St. Bernard 21 (G)
Photo 1: Opening tip between Olivia Ball (20) of West Point and Elizabeth Hill of Cold Springs.
Photo 2: Cold Springs Landon Freeman at the line in the 1st period of Tuesday's game.
Sportspage photos by Johnny Thornton