STEENS - Six minute quarters could have hurt or helped the Hebron Lady Eagles Wednesday afternoon.
Either way, it didn’t matter as the girls notched their third win in a row with a 36-21 win over Vardaman in the Immanuel Center for Christian Education Holiday tournament.
Due to time constraints, the games were played within an hour time limit.
“It really helped us playing in that type of atmosphere,” head coach William Cotton said. “We don’t really have any bench depth and if I get into foul trouble, cutting eight minutes off a whole game gives me a little bit of an advantage. Fortunately we didn’t have much of that.”
The Lady Eagles, 11-6, got off to a solid start, jumping out to an 11-6 after the opening quarter.
Vardaman scored seven points in the second, but still trailed by nine heading into halftime.
Although the Lady Eagles scored just 16-points in the entire second half, they weren’t in any danger.
Toril Nichols scored a game-high 21-points while Aliana Hill and Beverly Blake closed out the scoring with eight and six points respectively.
The girls will get another chance at MAIS Class AAA Heritage Academy when they return from the break on January 5, at home. Home court advantage is in their favor so far this season as they are a perfect 5-0 in front of their fans.
“We’re looking forward to it,” Cotton said.
The last time these two tipped off to start the season, Hebron narrowly pulled out an upset losing 54-44. Nichols scored 25-points in the loss.
Boys: Cahaba Christian 48-33 Hebron
Hebron had a tough time stopping T.J. Cutts. The Cahaba point guard had 13-points including three 3-pointers from way beyond the arch. As a team, they scored nine in the win and halted a two game win streak for the Eagles who fell to 8-7 on the year.
“It was a tough outing for us,” head coach Tri Nason said. “The rust from the break was more apparent yesterday (Wednesday). We missed easy layups and easy baskets.”
Cahaba, playing a loose man defense, allowed Hebron to get some really good looks from long range, they just couldn’t capitalize.
The Eagles trailed early in the ball game 11-6 after the opening quarter before cutting the deficit to four at the break 19-15.
Cahaba took over in the third quarter, holding the Eagles to just four points while extending the lead to 11 heading into the fourth quarter, where despite a shoot out between both schools, Hebron couldn’t close the gap.
Nason said they’re going to have to hit practice hard before their game with Heritage January 5, but says the rest of the schedule should be a confidence booster for them.
Ben Pearson led the team with 10 points.