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November 16th, 2011
Oak Hill head coach Brian Middleton preached all night every chance he could to his players to believe in themselves. They did.
The Raiders trailed by nine heading into the fourth quarter Tuesday night, and exploded for 18 points in the final eight minutes to pull off the victory, 45-41.
â€śIt was a big win, a big rivalry winâ€¦ it was awesome,â€ť Middleton said. â€śWe pushed each other and finally we got over that hump.â€ť
The Hebron Lady Eagles picked up their fourth of the season Tuesday night, but it wasnâ€™t easy by any means.
A run late in the fourth quarter gave the girls a seven point lead and enough to hold on for a 56-54 win over Veritas. It was the second victory in the last three games for the Lady Eagles.
Tori Nichols, who finished with 27 points and five blocks, fouled out in the fourth, but the Hebron bench stepped up and held on to the lead. The girls shot 60 percent from the free-throw line in the ball game, with several coming down the stretch.
Hebron was looking for a win Tuesday night.
They needed one bad.
After starting the season 2-0, then dropping their last two, the Eagles got back in the win column with a 55-43 win over New Life Center.
â€śThey had good athletes on the team,â€ť head coach Tri Nason said. â€śThey were by no means going to be a walk over and we knew that as soon as they walked in, we were going to have to battle pretty well.â€ť
The win if anything, improved the morale of the team a little bit.
Oak Hill Academyâ€™s boys and girls basketball teams return to the hardwood tonight when they host regional rival heritage Academy.
The Lady Raiders have won four in a row including back-to-back wins over Kirk in OT, 47-45 and Indianola last week, 42-22.
Heritage had won three straight heading into the game before falling to Kemper Academy last night, 45-35.
The Raiders are 1-2 to start the season and are looking to bounce back after a tough loss from Indianola, 48-39. The Patriots have just started their season with a win, 57-21 over Kemper.
GREENVIILLE â€“Tied at 32 heading into the fourth quarter Monday night, Hebronâ€™s Lady Eagles had a six point lead with a little over five minutes left to play in the ball game, and then went ice cold before falling to MAIS Class AAA Washington School 47-40 on the road.
The Lady Eagles (3-5) failed to score in the last four minutes of the ball game. Hebron was outscored 15-8 in the final period.
KOSCIUSKO â€“ First year head girls basketball coach Murray Woody is pleased with his 2-2 record so far season. After playing their fourth game in eight days Saturday, the girls notched another victory, 57-45 over Kosciusko.
Woody talked about before the game how important it was for the girls to execute, they did that early and often. Each team had a dozen in the slow paced first quarter, but with the Lady Whippets playing in zone, Woody quickly pulled them out to build up a lead.
Tori Eliis had a triple double Friday night as Hebron Christian School snapped a three-game losing skid with a 62-50 win over AA West Memphis.
Ellis knocked down 28 points, grabbed 20 rebound and blocked 10 shots in arguably her most complete performance so far this season.
Head coach William Cotton says the girls are coming around and looking like they should, a playoff ball club.
â€śOur shooting percentage was up tonight, thatâ€™s what we need to have every night,â€ť he said. â€śBut thereâ€™s still room to improve.â€ť
West Point head football coach Chris Chambless got right to point at halftime. The Green Wave led 21-14 at the break over Neshoba Central and Chambless kept it short and sweet.
â€śThis is the playoffs, you better step it up or youâ€™re going home,â€ť he said. â€śWhat else do you say?â€ť
The boys heard it loud and clear.
TUPLEO â€“ Arrington Lenoir and Daryl Thomas combined for 49 points Thursday night, but after four periods of play, West Point just didnâ€™t have enough in the tank as the Green Wave lost in OT to the Tupelo Golden Wave 82-76 in day two of the Tupelo Tip-Off Classic.
West Point had an eight point lead heading into the fourth quarter, before Tupelo began chipping away, and eventually cutting the deficit 67-65 with less than two minutes to play. Antonio Green sank five points including a pair of free-throws with 10 ticks left to play.
Oak Hill opened up the ball game with back-to-back three pointers by transfer AJ Jones.
Fans knew it was a good sign as the Raiders rolled out 20 points in the first quarter on their way to the first win of the season, 54-42 over Kirk Academy.
Jones finished 4-of-4 from behind the arch in the first quarter as the Raiders scored 14 unanswered points to take control 20-6 after the first intermission. Brian Middleton said he was a little surprised by the fast start.