The Cottondale Hornets were eager for a win Friday night when they traveled across the county to take on the Sneads Pirates. After their December 15 win, when they handed the Pirates a 72-49 loss, they may have taken the game a little too lightly when the Pirates refused to give up the fight. After four quarters of play, the Hornets were more than glad to hear the final whistle and walk away with a low scoring 41-37 win. On the flip side of the coin, Sneads was more than happy with the improvement over the last month’s game against the Hornets.
The Hornets jumped on the scoreboard with six unanswered points before Ryder McDaniel put the Pirates on the board with a two-point shot. Dayron Garrett answered for the Hornets with a bucket to make it an 8-2 game. Sneads answered right back with a shot by Jay-Nathan Hayes and it was an 8-4 game. Amari Banks brought the Hornet fans to their feet with a shot from outside and the Hornets had an 11-4 lead. The Pirates’ defense shut down the Hornets for the remainder of the first quarter while Sneads tied it with a pair of baskets from Xzavier White and a Hail Mary shot from near center court from Chase Harrell. At the end of one quarter of play, it was a dead even game at 11 points each.
The second quarter went to Sneads 10-5 to give them a 21-14 lead at the half. Sneads put up six points before Qui’darius Henderson answered with a bucket to make it 17-13 game. Jalen Johnson answered for the Pirates and it was a 19-13 game with 3:52 left in the first half.
The third quarter was all Cottondale with the Hornets scoring 19 points, and their defense holding Sneads to seven points. After three quarters of play, it was a 33-28 ball game in Cottondale’s favor.
Sneads answered first in the fourth quarter on a shot by DIII Darbyshire and added two more points from the hands of Chase Harrell to make it a 33-32 lead for the visitors with 5:11 left in the game. Cottondale answered with back-to-back shots by Qui’dairus Henderson increasing their lead to 37-32. Jya’meer Williams countered with a basket but Cottondale’s Amari Banks made good on two shots from the charity stripe to keep the game at 39-34 with 1:50 to go until that final buzzer. Jya’meer Williams made one of two from the line and it was a four-point lead. Cottondale’s Dominique Pittman picked a great time to nail a basket with moving the lead 41-35. Sneads put up the last shot from the hands of Jay Nathan Hayes to make it a 41-37 final win for the Hornets.
Sneads was led in scoring by Chase Harrell with seven points, followed right on his heels by Jay Nathan Hayes with six points. Jya’Meer Williams was on board with five points.
Leading the Hornets was Cameron Brooks with 18 points, followed by Qui’darius Henderson with nine points. On board with six points was Amari Banks.