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PREP ROUNDUP: Cold Springs tops Locust Fork 58-49 for area tournament title; Cullman outlasts Decatur in OT thriller

Feb. 5—Cold Springs' varsity girls had their backs against the wall Monday night.

Clinging to a two-point lead midway through the fourth quarter — and with Locust Fork riding a wave of momentum — the Class 2A No. 4 Eagles needed to steady the ship quickly against the No. 3 Hornets.

And like the resilient group they are, that's exactly what happened.

Ella Bruer drained five first-half 3-pointers en route to a team-high 19 points, Ciara Calvert registered 14 points and Cold Springs capped the Area 11 Tournament championship with big play after big play to defeat Locust Fork 58-49 and improve to 24-4 on the season.

"I'm so proud of them," said Eagles coach Tammy West, who earned her 24th area tournament title with the program. "These girls do exactly what you ask them to do. If you draw it up, they're going to go out there and run it just like you drew it up. Their execution is great and they work extremely hard."

The Eagles produced 17-4 and 33-18 cushions in the first 16 minutes, but the Hornets (19-5) slowly chipped away at that deficit during a back-and-forth second half — thanks in large part to a 25-point performance from Faith Evans — and trailed just 46-44 with a little less than five minutes remaining.

But it was all Cold Springs from there.

West's squad, which went 8 of 10 from the free-throw line in the final quarter, scored the next eight points and closed the contest on a 12-5 run — Locust Fork hit a 3 just ahead of the buzzer — to secure the hardware.

"I thought we regained our composure late and ran a couple of sets to take advantage of some mismatches inside," West said. "We also hit a crucial shot or two late and got some stops defensively when we had to have them."

Added Bruer: "It was just great to come together as a team and not get too upset, even when they were coming back."

Maci Brown (13) and Malaya Taylor (10) joined Bruer and Calvert in double figures, and Kenady Graves rounded out the scoring with two. All five players were named to the All-Tournament Team.

Cold Springs will host a sub-regional matchup this Friday against a yet-to-be-determined opponent. A victory would send the Eagles back to the Central Regional Tournament in Birmingham as defending champions.

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Class 6A, Area 14 Tournament

Cullman 63, Decatur 62 (OT)

Ally Sharpe hit a game-winner floater with 2 seconds left to lift the Bearcats to a huge win on Monday night.

Sharpe, who scored a team-high 25 points, also made a clutch shot at the end of regulation to force the extra period, where the Black and Gold trailed by as many as seven points before completing the comeback.

Kadence Hanback added 13 points for Cullman, which improved to 15-14 on the season and will face Hartselle in the championship game on Wednesday at 6 p.m.

"We've been a team that's been in close games all season," Cullman coach Jessica McBrayer said. "In 90 percent of those, we've fought to the end and haven't figured it out. Tonight, we did. Our core values all season have been empty the tank, leave it all on the floor and make them earn it. We did that tonight. Our bench was amazing and our energy was good. Ally came up huge for us as well. When the lights come on, she just shows up. We're glad to continue our season and we're looking forward to playing Hartselle on Wednesday."

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Varsity Girls

Class 1A, Area 13 Tournament

Meek 48, Addison 36

Sumiton Christian 42, St. Bernard 26

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Class 2A, Area 13 Tournament

Decatur Heritage 58, Holly Pond 45

Ava Thomas: 13 points

Madison Butts: 12 points

Emma Earl: 11 points

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Class 5A, Area 14 Tournament

Scottsboro 65, Fairview 39

Jayla Gorham: 16 points

Lexi Golden: 9 points

Darby Nichols: 8 points

Fairview finishes season 6-19

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Varsity Boys

Class 2A, Area 13 Tournament

Decatur Heritage 60, Holly Pond 44

Kollin Brown: 23 points

Sawyer Olinger: 15 points

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Class 5A, Area 15 Tournament

Lawrence County 69, West Point 59

Jay Lamar: 20 points

Jacob Harbison: 13 points

Kolten Perry: 11 points

West Point finishes season 18-11

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See below for scores and stats from local area tournament games played Friday and Saturday.

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Varsity Boys

Class 2A — Area 11 Tournament

Southeastern 84 — Cold Springs 75

Cole Bales: 25 points

Josh Winfrey: 15 points

Matt Williams: 12 points

Ethan Day: 11 points

*Cold Springs finishes season 6-19

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Class 2A — Area 13 Tournament

Holly Pond 52 — Falkville 47 (OT)

Kollin Brown: 28 points

Cade Allbright: 9 points

Sawyer Olinger: 8 points

*Holly Pond (12-13) earns sub-regional berth

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Class 3A — Area 13 Tournament

Vinemont 51 — Brindlee Mountain 33

Jaxon Holcomb: 18 points

Jeremy Harbison: 15 points

*Vinemont (14-10) earns sub-regional berth

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Class 4A — Area 11 Tournament

Etowah 75 — Hanceville 45

Braxton Broad: 14 points, 8 rebounds

*Hanceville finishes season 10-15

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Class 4A — Area 13 Tournament

Good Hope 71 — East Lawrence 43

Kmal Bell: 25 points

Weston Hancock: 12 points

Jacob Haynes: 10 points

*Good Hope (19-9) earns sub-regional berth

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Class 5A — Area 14 Tournament

Guntersville 57 — Fairview 45

Kobe Payne: 18 points

Cade Yeager: 15 points

*Fairview finishes season 12-16

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Varsity Girls

Class 2A — Area 11 Tournament

Cold Springs 71 — Cleveland 34

Maci Brown: 27 points

Ella Bruer: 15 points

Kenady Graves: 10 points

Ciara Calvert: 10 points

*Cold Springs (23-4) earns sub-regional berth

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Class 2A — Area 13 Tournament

Holly Pond 46 — Falkville 18

Madison Butts: 14 points

Maggie Nail: 14 points

Emma Earl: 8 points

Ava Thomas: 8 points

*Holly Pond (13-9) earns sub-regional berth

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Class 3A — Area 13 Tournament

J.B. Pennington 38 — Vinemont 34

Reagan Robinson: 13 points

Caroline Miller: 7 points

Addison Holcomb: 6 points

*Vinemont finishes season 17-11

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Class 4A — Area 11 Tournament

Etowah 25 — Hanceville 23

Aaliyah Twitty: 13 points

*Hanceville finishes season 8-15

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Class 4A — Area 13 Tournament

Good Hope 86 — West Morgan 33

Ivey Maddox: 29 points

Bailey Tetro: 16 points

Ava McSwain: 14 points

*Good Hope (27-2) earns sub-regional berth

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Class 5A — Area 15 Tournament

West Point 73 — Brewer 43

Jaelyn Falkner: 23 points

Liberty Shadix: 16 points

Hallie Wheeler: 8 points

*West Point (22-5) earns sub-regional berth