With the 2011 season just days away, West Pointâ€™s boys and girls basketball teams had their first real taste of competition on Saturday when they traveled to Ripley for a preseason jamboree.
It was a chance for both coaches to really see what they had, and both were very impressed.
â€śI was proud of their effort, they have a lot of heart and character,â€ť girls head basketball coach Murray Woody said. â€śIt took a us a little time to get into a rhythm, but once we settled down and ran the stuff weâ€™ve been practicing and executed, we did a lot better.â€ť
WINONA â€“ An 18-point second quarter performance by Hebron Christian School all but solidified their third round victory over 1A Calhoun Saturday afternoon, 49-20 at the Winona Christian School pre-season tournament.
Using a high-pressure man-to-man defense for most of the game, the Lady Eagles never trailed in the contest, jumping out to comfortable 10-0 lead after the opening quarter and by halftime, the girls had a 23-point advantage.
Oak Hill's freshman class got a pair of touchdowns Friday night, but it wasn't enough to get a victory as the Raiders dropped to 0-10 on the season following a 14-12 district loss to Immanuel in West Point.
The Raiders had the game's first scoring opportunity only to have their field-goal attempt from 27-yards out blocked. Two possessions later and the Rams took the lead with a 68-yard touchdown pass by Darius Jones to Jason Davis. A two-point conversion made it 8-0
Hebron Christian struggled offensively Thursday afternoon, losing a 10 point lead in the third quarter and eventually falling to Delta Academy 49-40 in the second round of the Winona Christian School pre-season tournament.
"It was just a poor shooting performance," head coach William Cotton said. "We were doing what we needed to do, just couldn't get the shots that we wanted."
"Hopefully this will be a little wake up call for us," he added. "This is a lesson learned early in the season."
The Hebron Christian School girls basketball team went back to basics Wednesday afternoon to get their first win on the year at the Winona Christian School pre-season tournament, topping North Sunflower Academy 42-24.
"We just played plain basketball," head coach William Cotton said of his team's victory. "We brought up the court and fed it Tori (Nichols)."
Nichols, the squad's top-rebounder finished with a team high-24 points for the game as the Lady Eagles took a convincing 20-6 advantage into the locker room.