PHEBA - What better way to bounce back from a poor shooting performance than to post a triple-double.
Tori Nichols did that. She scored a career-best 40-points including 12-blocks and 14-rebounds to help the Lady Eagles earn 60-37 win over Winston.
“It was a good defensive ball game,” head coach William Cotton said. “I had talked to them about consistency and told them if they want to be a state champion, you have to play like you know you can. They answered that call.”
The Lady Eagles, (13-7) who had lost in the previous meeting 71-64, found themselves trailing after the opening quarter 12-11. They followed with a 17-point effort in the second quarter to take a 28-19 lead heading into the break and didn’t let off the gas.
They continued to spread the margin in the second half, with 15-points in the third quarter while to go up by 17-points while the defense gave up just five.
Winston saved their best offensive performance for the fourth quarter, but the gap was too wide to close.
Alaina Hill also finished in double figures with 11-points to round out the top scorers.
The Lady Eagles had a much better shooting percentage from the floor, 45, compared to just 12.7 in their loss on Friday.
“That was a big difference in the outcome of the game,” Cotton said.
And for Nichols effort.
“She was just a dominant force on the floor.”
A complete recap of Tuesday’s district game will be in the Thursday edition of the DTL.
Boys: Hebron 59-38 Winston
The Hebron Eagles were desperate for a win.
Luckily they still had a little fire burning from that one point loss to Kemper Academy just three days earlier.
Monday’s 59-38 win over Winston Academy snapped a three-game skid for the Eagles, their longest drought of the season so far.
Winston has a very good football program, but so far basketball hasn’t been a priority.
“We were pretty confident we were going to get the win last night,” head coach Tri Nason said. “I was real glad to see us come out of the gate in the first quarter.”
Hebron (9-9) had a slow night against Kemper, scoring just three points in the opening period. Not Monday.
The Eagles were hot from long range, their first 12-points were from behind the arch as they opened the first quarter with a 20-7 run.
Hebron continued to shoot the ball well, stretching the lead to 17-points at the half, 37-20.
“We shot well the whole game,” Nason said. “We just took off and never looked back.”
Will Corben Rogers led the team with 19-points while David Kinard finished with 15.
Hebron continued to find the net, scoring double-digits while their defense shutdown Winston to just seven points.
Nason said hopefully this win would be an eye opener for the boys as they head into the thick of district play.
“After that loss to Kemper, it just kind of hit us that we have to go out every night and play it wide open from the beginning,” Nason said. “That loss helped us more because it kind of woke everybody up.”