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CALHOUN CITY - The Hebron Christian Lady Eagles continued to stay among the top of the MAIS 3A standings Tuesday night with a 42-22 victory over Calhoun Academy on the road.
The Lady Eagles, 16-7, moved to 5-1 in the district behind only Kemper Academy as they look to defend their title and secure a top seed heading into the district tournament with two more games left, both on the road.
Hebron won by a large margin the last time these teams met in December, but Calhoun, who have just one win the 3A, wasnâ€™t going to be a pushover this time.
The Lady Eagles had a two point lead after the first quarter, and by halftime it stretched to six, 17-11.
Head coach William Cotton said he needed to make adjustments.
â€śIt was a win we needed, but if we played the second half liked we did the first half, we would have had a problem getting it,â€ť he said. â€śWe struggled through poor shooting in the first half, but we finally came around in the second and got it rolling a little bit. It was a scary first half.â€ť
Calhoun was doing everything they could to disrupt Hebronâ€™s top scorer in Tori Nichols, and on several occasions, smothered her with three defenders which only left other players wide open for easy baskets.
â€śI told them at half time that we were the team that was going to win this game and we needed to get it under control,â€ť Cotton said.
Nichols finished with 23-points in the game. Beveral Blake and Alaina Hill rounded out the scoring with eight and seven respectively.
The Lady Eagles responded in the second half with 16-points in the third to give themsleves a comfortable double-digit lead heading into the fourth.
The girls will have a few days off before hosting Immanuel before closing out the season with three straight road games.
Boys: Hebron 57-44 Calhoun
The Eagles picked up a much needed district win Tuesday on the road with only a handful of games remaining on the schedule.
Hebron followed up a 12-5 run in the opening quarter, with a 17-point effort in the second for a convincing 16-point advantage at the break.
Calhoun, winless in the district this season, had the best quarter of the game in third, scoring 21-points to cut the deficit to just two points, 36-34.
â€śIt was a much closer game than the score shows,â€ť head Tri Nason said. â€śWe knew going into the game that they always make a strong second half comeback and we needed to have a good lead built up and be ready not to quit once we had the lead. They never led in the game but they gave us a good scare and played much better than the first game.â€ť
The Eagles moved to 3-3 with 21-points of their own in the fourth to grab the victory.
Nason said he was pleased with the extra guys that donâ€™t get a lot of minutes.
â€śOur bench came through and stepped up nicely,â€ť he said. â€śTroy Arnold, Cody Tatum, and James Alan Moore filled in the extra space nicely and helped pulled us through the tough road win.â€ť
Will-Corben Rogers led the team with 19-points followed by David Kinard with 10. Moore and Taylor Coggins each finished with eight apiece.