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Lady Eagles back over .500 with win over Carroll

November 29, 2011

Hebron girls head basketball coach William Cotton said he would have liked to have won by double digits but a nine point margin is still a victory. The Lady Eagles went on a 10-point run in the last four minutes to seal their sixth win on the season Monday night, 52-43 over MAIS AA Carroll Academy.

Cotton admits the girls were a little rusty coming off the Thanksgiving break.

“Our timing was off, our speed passes were off,” he said. “We just weren’t clicking on all cylinders, but we played good enough to win.
That counts I guess. Hopefully we’ll have a much better game against Winona.”

Hebron got off to a hot start, jumping out to a nine point lead after the first quarter. The Lady Rebels kept the game close, reaching double figures in the second quarter, but still trailed by 10 at the half, 28-18.

After the break, the visitors got a little more aggressive defensively, forcing several bad passes in the paint before transitioning down the court for easy baskets. Hebron however, never lost their lead despite getting outscored in the third quarter 14-10.

The squads traded baskets early in the fourth and Carroll cut the deficit to as many as four with 4:02 left to play. Hebron’s Alaina Hill knocked down a pair of free-throws and the Lady Eagles never looked back, holding the Lady Rebels to just a basket in the final three minutes and 50 seconds.

Tori Nichols led the girls with 27 on the night followed by Hill with nine and Subrina Oswalt with six. Ruth Foster and Beverly Blake each contributed with four a piece while Chloe Tapley had just two.

The Lady Eagles kick-off district play when they make the trip to Winona on Thursday. Cotton said it’s important for Hebron to get a
win. After all, they have the target on their backs.

“Everybody is going to love to get us if they can,” he said. “And it seems like everyone plays their absolute best ball game when we play them.”

Cotton isn’t too worried about the their 6-5 record thus far, they’ve had a brutal schedule to start the season which he believes will make them a stronger 1A school as the season continues.

The junior high girls moved to 6-5 following a 35-21 win. After scoring a combined 14-points in the first three quarters, Hebron knocked down 21 in the fourth to grab the win. Victoria Ferguson paced
the girls with 10-points.

Boys - Carroll
Although Hebron outscored Carroll 15-11 in the fourth quarter, it wasn’t enough to extend their winning streak to three games as the Eagles dropped a tough one 57-47.

The Eagles found themselves in a huge hole early in the ball game, down 14-1 with 4:30 left in the first quarter as Carroll scored 11 unanswered points. But the Eagles (4-3) quickly found some momentum, going on an 8-0 run to close out the quarter.

The second quarter was a little more competitive as each team knocked down five baskets from the floor, but the Rebels were still clinging to a six point lead at the half, 26-20.

“We got off to a really slow start, but credit to my guys, they didn’t stop,” head coach Tri Nason said. “They could have thrown in the towel, but they battled back and brought it in close. We played a heck of a team a team and we battled all the way through it.”

Twice Hebron cut the deficit to within two baskets, but Carroll took advantage of some open looks from behind arch and drained threes when they needed to. After the break, the Rebels stretched the lead to 11 early in the third quarter, and led by 14 heading into the final
period of play.

The Eagles went on a 9-2 run to start the fourth quarter to cut the lead to eight, but it wasn’t enough as the Rebels sank four free-throws to seal the win.

Ben Pearson led the team with 17-points while Will-Corben Rogers finished with 10. Nason said the difference in the ball game probably could have been at the line for the Eagles, but he was impressed with the way Carroll was effective from distance.

The Eagles tipoff district play this Thursday against Winona and Nason said it’s important to get that first win out of the way.

“Winona will be the team to beat in district,” he said. “So if we can jump out beat them, it makes a statement that we’re here to play and it’ll boost our confidence for the rest of those games.”

The junior high boys dropped a nail biter 31-28 Drew Myatt and Colin Moore each finished in double figures with 13 and 12 apiece.

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