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MABEN - Despite a season high for Tori Nichols, Hebron's five game winning streak was snapped Monday night following a 52-46 loss to East Webster.
The Lady Eagles, 8-6 had a tough time adjusting to the height difference early in the ball-game, but that didn't keep them from finding the basket. However they still trailed by four at the half.
After the intermission, Hebron came out hot offensively scoring a game-high 18 points in the third quarter and was rewarded with a one point lead heading in the fourth, 40-39. The momentum quickly stopped as Hebron went cold in the final eight minutes, especially at the line, missing 14 free-throws.
"We just went into a shooting slump,," head coach William Cotton said. "We just couldn't put it away. When you miss 14 free-throws and lose by six, you be at yourself on the line."
The Lady Eagles were held to just six points in the final eight minutes.
"I can't take anything away from them," Cotton said. "They're a good ball club. The last time we faced someone with that kind of height was Starkville Academy."
Nichols finished with 32-points, both a game and season-high to lead the Lady Eagles. Alaina Hill had eight.
"She's not afraid to carry the load on her shoulders," Cotton said. "The girls depend on her."
Cotton says he and the girls are still positive despite the loss, knowing that playing better teams will only make Hebron a better club down the stretch.
"We learned some things from last night (Monday) that's going to help us" he said. "January is the month that counts."
Boys: East Webster 59-45 Hebron
The Eagles quickly jumped out to a 15-7 lead over the Wolverines, but after both teams settled down, East Webster had the advantage at the half, 28-25. East Webster, 2A Region 5, had a 20-point fourth quarter that solidified the win.
Head coach Tri Nason said he thought his team might be a little intimated; they proved him wrong.
"Our guys fought the whole game,"Nason said. "Obviously it's disappointing with a loss, would have loved to get that win under our belt. But just the fact the guys showed up and played as well as they did. It speaks a lot about the team as a whole."
East Webster had an early lead in the ballgame before the Eagles (6-5) bounced back, but it got a little tougher in the fourth quarter. Nason says there was a distinctive height advantage the Wolverines had.
"Their shortest guy was taller than our tallest guy," he said.
East Webster utilized their post players offensively and switched up several times on defense from man to zone to keep the Eagles in check. Hebron did have success on the press, and were able to drive the ball to the lane for layups. However, didn't shoot as well from the perimtor as they have been so far this season, scoring just three 3-pointers all night.
Will Corben Rogers led the Eagles with 21-points and Hayden Carty finished with 11-points.View more articles in: