WINONA- Another 20-plus point performance Thursday night by Hebron Christian’s Tori Nichols, helped the Lady Eagles secure their first district victory, 44-37 over Winona.
It also extended their winning streak to a season-best four games.
Head coach William Cotton said this type of momentum will surely help them heading into December as they get set to close out the first half of the year.
“That’s what we’re working towards right now, “he said of the team whose heading into a majority 1A schedule. “Hopefully we can keep this going heading through the holidays so that we can come back, we can start that run towards the playoffs. If we can stay injury free, I think we can accomplish that.”
Leading 11-6 after the opening quarter, the Lady Eagles continued their
strong start in the second quarter and by the half had a seven point lead. Winona cut the lead to four after the break knocking down a game-high 15, but the Lady Eagles stood firm and kept their streak intact.
Nichols finished with 29 in the win while Alaina Hill also finished in double-digits with 10. Beverly Blake had three and Ruth Foster chipped with two.
“They’re playing a little more confident and are a little more comfortable out there,” he said adding their defense was extremely effective all night.
They were 42 percent from the floor, but they’re passing Cotton said was an issue however it didn’t stop them from getting the win.
The junior high girls lost a close battle 38-25. Down 18 at the half, the girls had their best quarter of the night in the third with 11 points, but the deficit was too great to overcome.
Victoria Ferguson led the team with eight while Rebecca Falkner and Shelby Arnold finished with six and five respectively.
Boy- Winona 47 Hebron 43
The Eagles are looking for a little bit of consistency this season.
After Thursday night’s 47-43 loss to Winona to start district play, the Eagles moved to 4-4 on the season, following their second consecutive loss. Before that they had won two in a row.
“We got to try and figure out how to break those two win spots,” head coach Tri Nason said. “There’s some things we need to improve on and the guys knew we were in the game from the start. Either way, this game is a confidence booster for us.”
Winona, labeled by many as the team to bet this season in the MAIS 3A district, went toe-to-toe the Eagles for the entire night. Several lead changes throughout half led to a 26-25 Hebron lead at the break.
Haden Carty, who finished with a season-high 16 points, was 4-of-4 from three point range but the rest of the team struggled from behind the
“We missed a lot of threes,” Nason said. “We have to get better at shooting from the outside and spreading out the defenses so we can drive the ball to the basket.”
In the third quarter, Hebron went cold, scoring a game-low six points while the Stars jumped out to a 38-32 lead headlining into the fourth.
Hebron outscored Winona 11-9, but it wasn’t enough for the victory.
Will Corben Rogers led the Eagles with 18 in the loss.
Hebron will continue district play next Tuesday, Dec. 6 when they host Calhoun.View more articles in: