Hebron Girls score big; Boys drop ‘heartbreaker’ at Calhoun Academy

By: 
RYAN PHILLIPS
DTL EDITOR

The Hebron Christian School Eagles split boys and girls varsity games on the road at Calhoun Academy on Tuesday night.

William Cotton’s Lady Eagles had the most productive start to a game the team has seen all season, scoring 29 in the first quarter on the way to a 54-11 victory over the Cougars.

McKinsey Wedel led the way offensively with 12 points, while Eliana Carter and Caralee Smith finished each with 10 points.

Rachael McGrew, who pulled seven rebounds and had two assists on the night, finished with nine points for the Lady Eagles.

Despite the explosion of offense from the Lady Eagles’ regular starters, Cotton said he was also impressed with the play of some of his younger players.

Mattie Parish finished the game with four points, Alyssa Clerk scored three and Madison Foster and Aubrey Eaton both scored two points each. Elisha Carter also added a point in the winning effort.

“(Tuesday) night, I impressed on the girls that we had to come out and attack their defense, score early and score fast,” Cotton said. “I think we’re coming along at the right time.”

Along with an explosive offense, Cotton praised the defensive performance that blocked the Cougars from making it into the teens on offense.

“We played exceptional defense, played defense as good as anybody,” Cotton said. “We’ve had several close ballgames, defense kept us in them.”

The Lady Eagles (14-7) will play Calhoun Academy again on the road Tuesday, Feb. 6.

BOYS GAME

Hebron boys head coach Gary Vaughn described Tuesday’s 50-46 loss at Calhoun Academy as “a heartbreaker.”

Despite keeping the game close, Cotton said leading scoring Adrian Borst, who had 18 points on the night, fouled out late and his team wasn’t able to close out the contest with a win.

“(Borst) hit 8 for 13 from free throw line, but overall shot 59 percent,” Vaughn said. “We need to always shoot over 65 percent. But we didn’t quite do that.”

Borst, who got into foul trouble early, was put back in for the third quarter, but picked up a fourth foul late in the last quarter.

“He’s our leader and catalyst, and kind of makes the rest of them go, although we did fight hard,” Vaughn said. “We kind of fouled hard there and they were able to capitalize on those.”

Despite the close loss, Vaughn praised his team for the effort they put in.

“They showed a lot of heart,” Vaughn said. “The way we fought all the way through, I was proud of them.”

The youth on the Hebron boys team has been a big focus for Vaughn, and while wins have been few for the young varsity squad, the junior varsity has come up big with many of the same players.

The Hebron junior varsity boys team (10-3) came away with a 36-24 win on Tuesday night, behind Dash Turman’s 16 points.

The Hebron Christian School Eagles boys team will travel back to Calhoun Academy next Tuesday.

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