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Hebron earn holiday wins

December 28, 2011

It wasn't pretty, but Hebron survived a fourth quarter comeback and pulled out a 46-45 win over host Immanuel in their holiday tournament on Tuesday in overtime.

The Lady Eagles had a three point lead with seconds to play in the fourth quarter before head coach William Cotton called a timeout to regroup his players and set up on defense. The Lady Rams last ditch effort from 25-plus feet was nothing but net sending the game into overtime.

Hebron outscored the Lady Rams 7-6 in the extra period and leading by four, Cotton emphasized to his players not to get burned on the three-pointer again.

"I told them whatever you have to do, do not foul on a three point shot," he said. "It was a good win for us, even though we came out a little sluggish in the first half. It didn't hurt us."

The scoreboard indicated the game was a little closer as the Lady Eagles trailed by one at the break 18-17. Hebron scored 14-points in the third quarter, but still trailed 33-31 heading into the stretch.

Tori Ellis scored a game-high 19-points while Alaina Hill chipped in with 15 in the ball game.

Boys: Hebron 49-46 Kosciusko

The Eagles earned their second straight win and improved to 8-6 on the year following a competitive ball game after the Christmas holiday.

Will Corben Rogers scored a team-high 21-points as the Eagles controlled the majority of the game although head coach Tri Nason feared they might be a little rusty.

"I expected it a little bit," he said. "We haven't been together since the Starkville Christian game. I told the guys we needed to play loose and get conditioned. There were a few guys that took a while to get into rhythm, but it didn't hurt us early on."

Rotating players as much as possible, the Eagles jumped out to a three point lead after the opening quarter and maintained their style of play though the first half with a 25-20 first half lead. They scored 13-points in the third, but allowed Kosciusko to get back in the ball game late.

Ben Pearson finished with 14 to round out the top scorers.

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