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PHEBA - Hebron didn't have their first lead of the ball game until two minutes left in the third quarter, setting up a very exciting finish Friday night.
With five seconds on the clock, the Eagles (8-9, 1-2) have the ball at mid-court and Hayden Carty drives to basket hoping to draw some connect and a whistle, but it never came. Kemper Academy handed the Eagles their third straight loss, 45-44 in district action.
"I have to credit them to keeping their cool, composure and they fought back after a terrible first quarter," head coach Tri Nason said. "We got a little loose in the fourth quarter and it gave them a big lead, but it was too much for us to fight back from."
Trailing all game, Hebron had a three-point lead heading into the fourth quarter. It was long before Kemper, who dominated the first quarter 13-3, quickly tied the game and took the lead before Will Corbin Rogers tied it at 34. The Rams, with a full student section cheering every possession, scored six unanswered points to really spread the margin.
Trailing 45-41, Rogers drained a three with less than 10 seconds remaining and Hebron would get the ball back after the officials called a jump ball after Troy Arnold tucked the ball from the defender.
Kemper Academy got off to a hot start, routing the Eagles with a 7-0 run to start the ball game. Hebron quickly responded in the second with a 5-0 run of the own and cut the lead to within five, but they still trailed by a huge margin at the half, 27-18.
Ben Pearson led the team in scoring with 17-points followed by Rogers with 11. David Kinard finished out the scoring with seven.
Girls: Kemper 49-30 Hebron
Kemper Academy did something Friday night no other team had done this season, and that was defeat Hebron at home.
The Lady Rams outscored the girls 37-12 in the second and third quarters to really take control of the ball game and pull out a 49-30 victory. The loss snapped a five game winning streak for the Lady Eagles in front of their home fans and four game streak overall.
"It was just poor shooting and poor rebounding, they just didn't play ball," head coach William Cotton said. "We got into foul trouble early. It was a just a bad night, and hopefully it's the only one we have the rest of the season."
The Lady Eagles, (12-8, 2-1) looking for their fifth consecutive win, had a battle early on as both teams looked evenly matched but Kemper had a slight edge 6-5 after the first quarter. The Lady Rams found a spark in the second, scoring 21-points to grab a 27-12 half-time lead.
Hebron scored five points in the third quarter, as Kemper continued to find the basket closing out the third on an 8-0 run and put the game out of reach.
The Lady Eagles scored a game-high 13-points in the fourth quarter.
Tori Nichols finished with 22 on the night while Beverly Blake had seven.
The girls return to action Monday afternoon for a double header with Winston Academy.View more articles in: