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Cold Springs 52, G.W. Long 36


   BIRMINGHAM – Cold Springs’ 3-point shooting expertise has preceded the team for years – like 1999, 2008 and 2009 when the Eagles won its three Class 2A state girls’ basketball titles.
    Coach Tammy West’s 2019 team, which had 327 this season coming into the semifinals versus G.W. Long, found the treys difficult to come by Monday afternoon at the AHSAA Class 2A Girls State Basketball Championships being held at the spacious BJCC Legacy Arena. The Eagles (27-6) turned to a defense that forced 18 turnovers and some dead-eye free-throw shooting to beat the Rebels 52-36 to advance to Friday’s Class 2A girls’ state championship game of the 97th AHSAA State Tourney.
    Cold Springs’s 2008 state championship team set the AHSAA state single-season record (336). The Eagles managed 5-of-19 Monday with Kinley Campbell and Neely Ellison sinking two each. Senior 3-point shooting leader Camryn Crider, who had 153 coming into Monday’s semifinal contest, was 1-of-7. She finished the game with a team high five steals and was 6-of-8 at the foul line to finish with 11 points.
     Elizabeth Hill finished with 16 points, including 8-of-8 free throws. Cold Springs was 15-of-18 for the game (83.3%) including 13-of-15 in the final quarter.
    Campbell totaled 11 points and Toni West had nine rebounds, three steals and three assists.
    G.W. Long (26-6), coached by Jody Hughes, was 7-of-18 from the 3-point arc with Emmaline Hughes nailing 4-of-8 to finish with a team-high 14 points. Mary Beth Long added 11 points and 14 rebounds and Makenna Long had six points, seven assists and two steals.
    The AHSAA State Basketball Championships continues Monday with the remaining the Class 2A boys’ and girls’ semis. Classes 3A and 4A play Tuesday. Classes 5A and 6A play Wednesday and Class 7A semis will be Thursday morning. The remaining schedule will be the state finals.
    All semifinal games are being live-streamed over the NFHS Network’s subscriber-based program and broadcast over the AHSAA Radio Network. The finals will also be produced by the NFHS Network and AHSAA Radio Network with the live video also being shown over the Alabama Cable Network.

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