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January 17th, 2012
All three high schools will be in action tonight.
Herbon Christian, who split a pair of games with district foe Winona last Friday, travels to Calhoun for the first of two straight road games and another district tilt.
The Lady Eagles are 4-1 in 3A play, second to only undefeated Kemper Academy while the Eagles, who lost to Winona are currently in third at 2-3.
Oak Hill is also on the road for the second consecutive night at Winston for a 2AA district clash. Both squads lost to Leake last week in Madden and look to remain in the hunt for a top seed in the district tournament.
MADDEN -The drought continued for the Oak Hill Raiders Saturday afternoon as they dropped their fourth game in a row, falling to Leake Academy 63-56 in overtime.
Leake outscored the Raiders, who had two players foul out in the extra period 10-3.
AJ Jones led the team in scoring with 28-points and had a chance to snap the skid with eight seconds left in the ball game, only converting on one of two from the line.
ABERDEEN - West Point had four players finish in double figures Saturday, and despite a tough effort the second time around, Aberdeen still came out on top, 86-83.
â€śWe did a lot of things very well,â€ť head coach Brad Cox said.
The Green Wave (8-12, 1-1) were solid at the line, shooting 23-of-28 and had only 14 turnovers which Cox said was remarkable for a high school game considering Aberdeen was pressing on almost every possession.
The Oak Hill Raiders have dropped four in a row after their 63-56 overtime loss to Leake on Saturday in District 2AA play. The Lady Raiders were handed their first loss in the district, falling to the Lady Rebels 52-44. The girls dropped to 5-1 in the district.
West Point lost in a heartbreaker to Aberdeen, 86-82 in the final of the aberdeen tournament.
Oak Hill once showed why defense is their bread and butter. They can shoot pretty good too.
Friday night, the Lady Raiders had one of their best defensive performances of the season with a 62-19 win over Canton. The victory moves them to 18-5 on the year, but more importantly 5-0 in MAIS District 2AA.
â€śIâ€™ve tried to convince this bunch that thatâ€™s our identity,â€ť head coach Stan Hughey said. â€śOur ability to guard people.â€ť
In the two games prior, especially against Marshall, the girls were able to shut down the opponents top offensive weapon.
ABERDEEN - West Pointâ€™s recent success has come from a lot of factors, but head coach Brad Cox points to his defense.
The Green Wave picked up their third win in four games Thursday, 85-62 over West Oktibbeha.
â€śOur defense has been getting better over the last few games,â€ť he said. â€śJust the effort and intensity has been better and the guys are buying into that. Theyâ€™re starting to see when you play defense well, we can get things in transition and open some things up.â€ť
Hebron continued to move up the district tables on Friday with a 44-23 win over Winona.
The victory, their fourth in a row, moved them to 4-1 in the standings, second to only Kemper.
The Lady Eagles, 15-7, jumped out to a 15-2 lead after the first quarter, really keeping the Stars on their heels offensively.
Winona clamped down in the second quarter, forcing several turnovers with a 3-2 half court trap and scored nine points. They still trailed by double digits at the half, 23-11.
Looking to stay in the hunt for a first place position in the district, Oak Hill needed to defeat Canton, time simply ran out.
AJ Jones drove to the lane with seconds remaining to cut the lead to two, but time ran out before head coach Brian Middleton could call a time-out as Canton Academy held on for a 62-60 win.
It was the third consecutive loss for Oak Hill since their season long seven game winning streak in December.
In a second half that had 12 lead changes, Canton took the lead, 53-51 with less than four minutes left to play and held on for the rough ride.
High schools return to the court Friday, with several playing in key district contests.
The Lady Raiders, 17-5, bounced back from their fifth loss of the season with a pair of victories over Indianola and Marshall earlier this week as they prepare to return to Class 2AA action this weekend.
â€śWe played good perimeter defense,â€ť head coach Stan Hughey said after the 45-32 win over Marshall. â€śWe had talked about can we duplicate what we did against Indianola. And we did better.â€ť
Since suffering a pair of losses at home to Kemper Academy, both the Eagles and Lady Eagles have gotten back in the win column with victories over Macon Central.
Tuesday, the Lady Eagles had a another solid defensive effort in 52-20 win, while the Eagles held off the Vikings, 54-20.
Hebron (14-7, 3-1) shot 55 percent from the floor in the first half and grabbed a 15-4 lead after the first quarter. The girls continued to dominate in the second, while their defense remained solid. The girls led 33-8 at the break.