Hebron Christian earned their first conference win of the season in the heels of a defensive effort that netted 22 total steals, 49-39 over Calhoun Academy.
The victory snapped another two game skid for the Eagles who improved to 5-4 on the season and 1-1 in 3A action.
“It was a slow defensive game, both of us were in a zone,” head coach Tri Nason explained. ‘Once we started shooting from the outside, they switched to man and that loosened them up the rest of the game. We started stealing, driving and making easy lay-ups.”
The double digit steals came mostly in the second and third quarters, where this season Hebron has played their best basketball numerous times. Will Corben Rogers and Hayden Carty combined for 14 steals as the
Eagles rebounded from a slow first quarter to take a 24-16 lead at the half after scoring 17 points in the second.
The intermission didn’t seem to have any effect on Hebron’s momentum as the boys continued to shoot well and play defense, leading by 20 heading into the final quarter.
Since the first district loss to Winona, the last thing Hebron wanted to do is get behind the eight ball with so many quality teams that could make a run this season.
“We’ve been focused since that loss, we didn’t want to start 0-2,” Nason said. “They showed up and played. Calhoun has a really good ball team.
For the most part i thought we played a pretty good ball game especially after coming out a halftime, we just came out hot.”
Carty was hot from behind the arch with four of the teams six three pointers in the ball game, all in the first half. he finished with 16-points, matching a season high.
Hebron scored just four points in the fourth quarter, but it was enough to get the win.
“We slacked off a little bit with a delay and put some subs in,” Nason said. “It didn’t bite us this time.”
The Eagles will take a break from district play and hit the road Thursday to Louisville to play Grace Christian School.
The junior high boys picked up a comfortable 52-14 win following a solid defensive performance in the second half, conceding just two points. Drew Myatt scored nine while Collin Moore, Jessie Moore and Landon Hill each scored eight .
Girls: Hebron 49-23 Calhoun
Consistency might not be the right word to describe the Lady Eagles.
Over the last five games, the girls have been unbeatable following their 49-23 win over Calhoun in 3A district action.
“Our shooting percentage is more consistent and our timing is getting better,” head coach William Cotton said after he led the girls to their fifth straight win. “Our defense is stepping up a notch every night. Everything is improving.”
The Lady Eagles jumped out to a 12-3 advantage after the opening quarter before Calhoun go into a little rhythm in the second quarter, knocking down 11-points but still trailed by nine heading into the break.
Hebron dominated the second half putting up 26-points while shutting down almost every Calhoun possession. The girls didn’t shoot from the outside much, instead they fed the ball inside the paint to Tori
Nichols, who on any given night can score 20-points. She finished with 21.
“When you have a 6’3 post girl, you have to tai advantage of it,” he said.
Alaina Hill and Chloe Tapley each finished with eight while Subrina Oswalt scored six.
The girls will get a few days off before traveling to Maben to take on East Webster who have scored at least 50-points in two of their last three games.
The JV girls won a nail biter 29-28 thanks to 10-points by Shelby Arnold and Rebecca Faulkner.View more articles in: