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West Point snaps skid in 73-54 win

January 7, 2012

VARDAMAN - West Point so desperately needed a spark, but more importantly, some momentum heading into Tuesday’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.
“I feel like we’ve been playing well, we just haven’t won,” head coach Brad Cox said. “We lost a couple of close ones in those three games and this win gave us a little more confidence for Oxford.”

Oak Hill splits at Kirk tournament

January 7, 2012

GRENADA - Oak Hill Raiders head coach Brian Middleton said the biggest thing that has helped his team going over the last few weeks is “consistency from everyone.”
That consistency has triggered into a seven game winning streak after Friday night’s win over Kirk, 47-28.
The streak almost ended at six after the Raiders found themselves trailing at the half 18-17.
“We had given up seven offensive rebounds in the half, and they were getting a few put backs,” Middleton said. “And in a low scoring game like that, it was making a big difference. We just weren’t playing aggressive.”

Kemper takes two from Hebron in district play

January 7, 2012

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.

Hebron splits with Heritage

January 6, 2012

PHEBA - Hebron's offense had a tough time clicking Thursday night, fortunately, their defense wasn't.

The Lady Eagles (12-7) overcame a two point second quarter slump to pull out a 37-29 win over Class AAA Heritage Academy. It was the fourth consecutive win for the girls who are now 6-0 at home this season.

"I was most pleased with how we played on defense tonight," head coach William Cotton said. "Our offense wasn't near up to snuff. We tired to switch it up between man to man and zone and box out their best shooter. All the defensive strategy worked."

Hebron set to host Heritage Academy

January 4, 2012

After having a week off from competition, the Hebron Eagles and Lady Eagles return to the basketball court to tip off the second half of the season Thursday night.
Both the girls and boys teams will take on regional rival MAIS Class AAA Heritage Academy at home. Games are slated for 4 pm.
The Lady Eagles have had this game marked on their calenders since the season opening loss to the same Lady Patriots by 10-points. Hebron had Heritage on the ropes for the majority of the ball game as Rachel Hollivay and Tori Nichols battled in the crease all game long.

Wave drop a pair to Louisville

January 4, 2012

West Point was handed their third consecutive loss Tuesday night. And at 5-10, it’s tough to really tell how well the season is going.
“We still haven’t put it all together, and we’re still not playing as good as we should have,” head coach Brad Cox said. “But we’re very close. The record looks a lot worse than it really is.”
The Green Wave lost a heartbreaker, 52-49 on the road at Louisville. It’s their first game back since December 20.
Leading 23-21 at the half, the Green Wave found themselves down six points in the first two minutes of the third quarter and really never recovered.

Oak Hill heads to Kirk this week

January 3, 2012

Oak Hill’s Raiders and Lady Raiders look to continue their hot winning streaks later this week when they make the trip to Grenada to play in the Kirk Academy tournament.
The Raiders are entering the second of the 2011-12 season riding a season-best six game winning streak after picking up a pair of victories over Desoto (Ark.) and Benton in the holiday tournament hosted by Carroll Academy last week.
The boys 11-6, used a second half 40-point performance to score their second-highest point total of the season, 70-37.

Lady Raiders earn fourth straight victory, 61-26 over Benton

December 30, 2011

CARROLLTON - Oak Hill Academy continued their impressive mid-season run Thursday with a 61-26 victory over Class A Benton in the Carroll Academy Christmas tournament.

The Lady Raiders, 15-4, had three players finish in double digits, led by Tori Ellis who bounced back with 18-points for the game including 16 in the first half alone.

“We played a whole lot better than we did the day before,” head coach Stan Hughey said. “We were really intense on our defense and we shot the ball well.”

Second half surge nets six straight win for Oak Hill

December 29, 2011

CARROLLTON - A second half onslaught Thursday night helped the Oak Hill Raiders to a 70-37 win over Benton Academy in the Carroll Academy Christmas tournament.

Leading 26-24 at the half, the Raiders 11-6, outscored Benton 44-13 in the second half to lead them to victory.

"We looked a little sloppy in the first half," head coach Brian Middleton said. "We went on a run midway throughout the third quarter and played a lot better defensively."

Lady Eagles win three straight, Eagles fall

December 29, 2011

STEENS - Six minute quarters could have hurt or helped the Hebron Lady Eagles Wednesday afternoon.
Either way, it didn’t matter as the girls notched their third win in a row with a 36-21 win over Vardaman in the Immanuel Center for Christian Education Holiday tournament.
Due to time constraints, the games were played within an hour time limit.

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