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The concrete-floor was dangerously slick as the humidity level in the old Vaiden High School gym was too high for safe play as Hebron Christian and Winona Christian took each other on Friday night in MAIS district 3-A action. It was the card dealt though to the Lady Stars as their home gym on campus at Winona Christian was unfortunately lost to a fire back in October 2012 only a few weeks prior to the start of basketball season.
In the previous meeting between Hebron and Winona in Pheba, the Lady Stars were the far superior team as Winona defeated the Lady Eagles soundly 56-28. Unlike in the other meeting, Hebron was an improved ball club which has gained much needed confidence over the 2012-2013 campaign and was able to compete with Winona.
Though Hebron trailed 10-0 in the first quarter with only 2 minutes remaining, it was offensive catalyst Rebekah Joy Falkner knocking down two free throws and starting a Lady Eagle comeback. Hebron used a 10-0, five minute run to bring them even with Winona in the second quarter. Yet, the experienced Lady Stars answered, outscoring Hebron 13-1. The scoring stretch put the Lady Stars into the driver seat and a 23-11 lead at halftime.
The concrete floor had grown increasingly slick as the varsity girlsâ€™ game was the third contest to be played on the surface. Many of the athletes from Hebron and Winona were having difficulty getting their feet to remain under them in the third quarter as conditions worsened. The third quarter was played as Winona used a 7-0 run to bring their lead to 30-13. In a slowed-down game, Hebronâ€™s Subrina Oswalt knocked down a two-point jumper and a three pointer helping the Lady Eagles stay competitive. At the end of the period, an executive decision was made by both coaching staffs that the floor was too dangerous to play on and the game was called at the end of the third quarter. Winona was the victor in an abbreviated game 38-18.
Falkner and Oswalt led the Lady Eagles with six points apiece. Also contributing baskets for Hebron were Holly Hudson (4 points) and Victoria Ferguson (2 points).
â€śThe floor was just dangerous for both teams,â€ť commented head coach William Cotton about the game against Winona, â€śit really was not a productive night for us though.â€ť
The unproductive night can be somewhat attributed to the playing surface which was unwilling to cooperate. Neither team could ever get much going as the wet-concrete made true athletic movement impossible.
The loss to Winona brings Hebronâ€™s district record to 1-4 on the season. The trip to Vaiden was the final road trip for the Lady Eagles as Hebron will have a three-game district home stand closing out the regular season.
â€śI get three games at home which I consider winnable,â€ť commented Coach Cotton about the upcoming slate of games, â€śif we can somehow find the second seed for the district tournament, Iâ€™ll be excited.â€ť
Cotton will hope to find success Tuesday January 15 when the Lady Eagles play host to rival Calhoun Academy. It will be an all-important match-up as Hebron will want to gain another win in district and maybe spark a winning streak to close out the regular season.