After having a week off from competition, the Hebron Eagles and Lady Eagles return to the basketball court to tip off the second half of the season Thursday night.
Both the girls and boys teams will take on regional rival MAIS Class AAA Heritage Academy at home. Games are slated for 4 pm.
The Lady Eagles have had this game marked on their calenders since the season opening loss to the same Lady Patriots by 10-points. Hebron had Heritage on the ropes for the majority of the ball game as Rachel Hollivay and Tori Nichols battled in the crease all game long.
The girls have rebounded well after a slow start, improving to 11-6 in what has been a brutal schedule facing several AA and AAA schools along the way.
Hebron heads into the game with a three-game winning streak after a pair of wins at the Immanuel Holiday Tournament.
“We scheduled the first half to be much more difficult than the second half,” head coach William Cotton said. “And I see our play improving when we open back up against Single A competition.”
“Hopefully playing this tough schedule will get us ready for what we have to face in the playoffs,” he said. “The second half is much easier than the first, but we can still get beat if we don’t come to play. I think we can answer the call.”
The girls are 5-0 in front of their home crowd this season.
Meanwhile the Eagles are hoping to get off to a better start in the second half of the season after what has been an inconsistent first two months.
They are winning and are above .500 with an 8-7 record, but they have yet to pull together more than two wins in a row this season. After defeating Starkville Christian, the Eagles went 1-1 at the Immanuel tournament including a 48-33 loss to Cahaba (Ala.)
“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.”
Prior to the start of the season, Nason said their success was going to have to be a complete team effort, and so far it has with a different player stepping up each night - Will Corben Rogers, Ben Pearson or Hayden Carty.
The Eagles will look to string together a few more wins in a row, hopefully that will give them a little extra push down the stretch and enough momentum to take them into the postseason once again.
Heritage will kickoff a five-game home stand for Hebron which includes games against Kemper, Central, Winston and Winona.