Hebron Girls lose first game since November

Staff Writer

Hebron Christian played a solid first quarter against Winston Academy, but were unable to come away with a victory, falling 44-30 in the opening round of the East Webster Christmas Tournament.

It was their first loss in over a month and dropped the Lady Eagles to 9-3 on the season.

Hebron got off to a hot start, as Rachael McGrew poured in 10 first quarter points, en route to a 13-9 first quarter lead. However, McGrew found herself in foul trouble midway through the second quarter, picking up her third foul.

Without McGrew’s scoring and defense on the floor, Hebron lost a 19-12 lead and found themselves down 25-21 at halftime.

“Our girls started out good. Rachael hit the first six she shot,” Hebron Christian head coach William Cotton said. “But then she got in foul trouble, and when she gets in foul trouble I’ve got to pull her. We played the rest of the first half without her and it made a big difference.”

McGrew went out with her fourth foul in the third quarter and the game began to get away from the Lady Eagles. Hebron Christian trailed 36-23 after a third quarter where one McGrew basket was the only scoring for the Lady Eagles.

“I thought we got a little tired in the third quarter, which may have had a little to do with the fact that we’ve only practiced one time over the break,” Cotton said. “I’m disappointed, but not discouraged. We can always use this for teaching points and getting prepped and ready to go for the second half of the season.

At that point, Cotton said he decided to put his junior high girls in the game, as Hebron Christian was never able to control the boards with McGrew out of the game in foul trouble. Reserves Amber Wedel and Elisha Carter each got in the books with two points each.

“When Rachael gets in foul trouble we have no way to control what happens on the boards,” Cotton said. “I finally just put the junior high in because we couldn’t make anything work right. They were, by far, the tallest team we’ve played all year and we didn’t handle them well at all.”

McGrew led the Lady Eagles with 14 points, while Lilly Sisson also scored 14 for the Patriots. Bailey Wood added 11 points for Winston Academy, while Eliana Carter was limited to six points for Hebron Christian.

“I didn’t have the game that I expected from any of them,” Cotton said. “When we started out in the first quarter and through the middle of the second quarter, before we got in foul trouble, I thought we were rocking along alright. It just had a way of dissolving, right in front of my eyes.”

Hebron’s last loss was to Oak Hill back before Thanksgiving and Cotton said while he always wants to win, he hopes this was a wake-up call for his team.

“I hate losing, but I’m not afraid to lose, but losing, right now, I think will make us stronger in the long run,” Cotton said. “We haven’t gotten into our district yet, so we haven’t played any 1A schools. We’ve been playing 2A and 3A schools. We’ve been beating some of them and we’ve also been getting beat by some of them.”