By Bryan Davis
Last week started out very well for the Hebron Christian Eagles, who defeated the Central Academy Vikings to begin the 2011 district tournament at Central.
That win guaranteed the Eagles a spot at today’s Central State Tournament in Winona. The boys returned to the court on Friday night to play the next round, only to fall to Kemper for the second time this season.
After the loss to the Rams, however, the Eagles rebounded with a district tournament finale win over Winona Christian, by a 53-38 score.
“Everybody stepped it up a notch on Saturday,” said Hebron head coach Greg Watkins.
The Eagles came out with the momentum, scoring 13 points in the first quarter against the Stars. Winona’s offense was only able to scrape a half dozen points together in the first period.
In the second quarter, Hebron continued to out-score Winona, this time getting them 14-8, taking a 27-14 lead into the second half.
Hebron senior Carlton Clay scored all 15 of his points in that first half, leaving the rest of the Eagle squad to pick up the slack.
“Taylor Coggins had a real good night,” Watkins said. “He scored 10 in the second half, and he really picked up a lot of the slack.”
Coggins would finish the game with 12 points.
In the second half, Winona kept it tight, but they were already trying to dig themselves out of a first-half hole. Hebron came out of the frame, out-scoring the Stars 12-11.
In the final eight minutes, the Eagles put together a 14-13 period over the Stars, securing the win and a third-place finish at the district tournament.
They will go on to play at Central State tonight, in Winona, against Sharkey-Issaquena Academy. That game will start at 5:15 p.m.