Hebron girls improve to 6-2 with win over Winona Christian

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BRIAN HAMILTON
Staff Writer

The Hebron Christian girls basketball team improved to 6-2 on Monday night with a 44-24 win over the Winona Christian Stars. The Stars implemented a press for much of the game to try and force Hebron into mistakes and turnovers. Point guard Elaina Carter and teammates continuously broke the press, however, leading to some easy baskets by the Lady Eagles.

“We still need to make some improvements, offensively. We forced a lot of shots,” Hebron Christian head coach William Cotton said. “We were in bad position to take some shots, but we’re going to work on that this week. If we can get our offense in the same shape as our defense, we will be in excellent shape to make a run in January.”

Mackenzie Wedel finished with 11 points and eight rebounds, while Elaina Carter and Rachel McGrew finished with 10 apiece. Micah Thompson also added eight points and six rebounds. McGrew pulled down six rebounds and had two steals, while Carter had three rebounds and two steals.

The Lady Eagles started out by playing solid defense and used a balanced scoring attack to control the game from start to finish. Hebron Christian led Winona 24-9 at halftime

“I loved watching that ball game last night. We played defense so well,” Cotton said. “Last night we could have played with anybody, I think. When you’ve got that balanced scoring attack, nobody really stands out so you’ve got to guard everybody.”

The junior high girls defeated Winona Christian 20-19 behind Amber Wedel’s eight points.

“I have three seventh graders who start and their defense has improved tremendously,” Cotton said. “We’ve still got a lot of offensive work to do, but I was very pleased with what I saw, overall.”

The Eagles will play at home Friday night against Strider Academy.

HEBRON BOYS

The Hebron Christian varsity boys did not fare as well, falling 53-14 to Winona Christian.

John Garrett Lowe finished the game with four points, while Braeden Triplett finished with three, despite only being able to play two quarters because of playing the JV game. Adrian Borst also added three points for the Eagles.

“We’re proud of the effort they gave us. They never quit although the score was down,” Hebron Christian head coach Gary Vaughn said. “What we’re trying to do is improve, so they get out there and fight and give me everything they’ve got. That showed a lot of heart and I was very proud of them.”

The boys junior high team won 43-37, with Doug Loden leading the Eagles with 20 points. Dash Turman finished with 10 points, while Bradley Scott had seven points and Braeden Triplett added six. Vaughn said while the varsity has taken its lumps due to playing so many freshmen, he does think the experience is going to play dividends down the road.

“They’re getting valuable experience and they’re learning to win at the junior varsity level,” Vaughn said. “They play those four quarters (on junior high) and the turn around and play two quarters on varsity. Right now, we’re taking it on the chin, but it’s going to pay dividends later on. Maybe eventhis year.”

The junior high improved to 3-1 on the season, while the varsity remains winless. Both teams will host Strider Academy Friday night.

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