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January 12th, 2012
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.
HOLLY SPRINGS- A 15-point third quarter by Oak Hill helped the Lady Raiders grab another victory Tuesday night, 45-32 over Marshall.
The game could have gone either way early on, both teams refusing to relinquish any big lead, but Oak Hill, (17-5) had a slight 12-10 advantage at the half.
The second quarter was more of same for the Lady Raiders, by halftime they led 22-19.
â€śWe played good perimeter defense,â€ť head coach Stan Hughey said. â€śWe had talked about can we duplicate what we did against Indianola. And we did better.â€ť
West Point knew ahead of time that the Oxford game would be huge, especially at home.
Fresh off a loss to New Hope, the visiting Chargers didn't want to get behind the eight ball early in district play and on Tuesday night, pulled out a tough road win over the Green Wave 58-42.
The Green Wave, (7-11, 1-1) already with a district victory over Saltillo, went toe-to-toe with the Chargers for three quarters. Down three with 2:57 left to play, Oxford closed out the third quarter on a 6-0 run to end it, and was able to carry over that momentum into the fourth.
PHEBA - What better way to bounce back from a poor shooting performance than to post a triple-double.
Tori Nichols did that. She scored a career-best 40-points including 12-blocks and 14-rebounds to help the Lady Eagles earn 60-37 win over Winston.
â€śIt was a good defensive ball game,â€ť head coach William Cotton said. â€śI had talked to them about consistency and told them if they want to be a state champion, you have to play like you know you can. They answered that call.â€ť
VARDAMAN - For the second consecutive game, Rico Robinson came off the bench to lead West Point in points with 17.
It just so happens the Green Wave won again 77-45 over North Pontotoc Saturday, giving them plenty of momentum heading into tonightâ€™s district battle with Oxford.
Using the same philosophy from Friday nightâ€™s win over Caledonia which snapped a three-game losing skid, the Green Wave stayed true to being aggressive on defense with the press and forcing turnovers which in turn led to points.
GRENADA - Fridayâ€™s loss to North Delta really gave the Oak Hill Raiders a bad attitude. So bad, they put up their best defensive performance of the season on Saturday in a 53-12 victory over Indianola.
â€śIt was the best we defended all year,â€ť head coach Stan Hughey said. â€śWe didnâ€™t defend very well Friday, we talked about that and we came out really intense on defense.â€ť
The Lady Raiders 16-5, led by Tori Ellis with 14 points, quickly grabbed a 15-6 lead in the first quarter. And by halftime, the girls had a 35-10 lead.
VARDAMAN - West Point so desperately needed a spark, but more importantly, some momentum heading into Tuesdayâ€™s district game with Oxford. They found it off the bench.
Transfer Rico Robinson scored a team-high 24 points to lead the Green Wave to a 73-54 win over Caledonia Friday night at a tournament hosted by Vardaman. They move on to play North Pontotoc.
â€śI feel like weâ€™ve been playing well, we just havenâ€™t won,â€ť head coach Brad Cox said. â€śWe lost a couple of close ones in those three games and this win gave us a little more confidence for Oxford.â€ť
GRENADA - Oak Hill Raiders head coach Brian Middleton said the biggest thing that has helped his team going over the last few weeks is â€śconsistency from everyone.â€ť
That consistency has triggered into a seven game winning streak after Friday nightâ€™s win over Kirk, 47-28.
The streak almost ended at six after the Raiders found themselves trailing at the half 18-17.
â€śWe had given up seven offensive rebounds in the half, and they were getting a few put backs,â€ť Middleton said. â€śAnd in a low scoring game like that, it was making a big difference. We just werenâ€™t playing aggressive.â€ť
PHEBA - Hebron didn't have their first lead of the ball game until two minutes left in the third quarter, setting up a very exciting finish Friday night.
With five seconds on the clock, the Eagles (8-9, 1-2) have the ball at mid-court and Hayden Carty drives to basket hoping to draw some connect and a whistle, but it never came. Kemper Academy handed the Eagles their third straight loss, 45-44 in district action.