GREENVIILLE –Tied at 32 heading into the fourth quarter Monday night, Hebron’s Lady Eagles had a six point lead with a little over five minutes left to play in the ball game, and then went ice cold before falling to MAIS Class AAA Washington School 47-40 on the road.
The Lady Eagles (3-5) failed to score in the last four minutes of the ball game. Hebron was outscored 15-8 in the final period.
“The biggest thing about those AAA schools is they have depth,” head coach William Cotton said. “We got tired in the fourth quarter. I’m limited on subs and their bench depth helped them out a lot.”
The Lady Eagles had a two point lead after the opening quarter and the teams were tied at 22 at the break. Once again Cotton said, the shooting percentage was poor.
Tori Nichols who had a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds missed 13 from inside the paint. In the win against West Memphis she shot 52 percent from the floor. Sophomore Alaina Hill scored 13.
Cotton said they need to improve on the post play.
The schedule hasn’t been easy by any means. Washington is the third Class AAA team this season Hebron as faced so far, including Heritage and Starkville. Two of those three games were winnable.
“I still think once we fall into our Class A schedule, we’ll zip right through it,” said Cotton. “Hopefully all the struggles that we’ve had will pay off when we get down to the playoffs. I still think we will get better b playing these stronger folks.”
Beverly Blake knocked down five points with four rebounds while Ruth Foster chipped in with a basket and had a team-high eight assists.
Boys – Washington 62-36 Hebron
After starting off the season with back-to-back victories, Hebron dropped their second in a row Monday, falling to Washington 62-36.
The Eagles were held to just 13 points in the first half, their lowest of the season so far.
“They could shoot the lights out,” head coach Tri Nason said of Washington School who scored 40 points in the first half. “It was pretty unreal how they were shooting.”
“We haven’t played anybody with that kind of speed this season,” Nason said.”They were just faster and quicker than us.” Eight of their 10 players were fresh off the state championship football team.
The game toned down a little in the second half, with each team scoring 10 in the third and Hebron taking a slight edge on the scoreboard 23-22.
Nason said the Eagles didn’t have near as many shots as they did in the second half, as Washington’s defense really stepped up and not giving any open looks. Hebron played under the basket most of the night, scoring just four 3-pointers in the entire game.
Ben Pearson finished with a team-high 13 points followed by Will-Corben Rogers with 12.
The Lady Eagles will host Veritas tonight while the boys host New Life.View more articles in: