CALHOUN CITY - The Hebron Christian Lady Eagles continued to stay among the top of the MAIS 3A standings Tuesday night with a 42-22 victory over Calhoun Academy on the road.
The Lady Eagles, 16-7, moved to 5-1 in the district behind only Kemper Academy as they look to defend their title and secure a top seed heading into the district tournament with two more games left, both on the road.
Hebron won by a large margin the last time these teams met in December, but Calhoun, who have just one win the 3A, wasn’t going to be a pushover this time.
The Lady Eagles had a two point lead after the first quarter, and by halftime it stretched to six, 17-11.
Head coach William Cotton said he needed to make adjustments.
“It was a win we needed, but if we played the second half liked we did the first half, we would have had a problem getting it,” he said. “We struggled through poor shooting in the first half, but we finally came around in the second and got it rolling a little bit. It was a scary first half.”
Calhoun was doing everything they could to disrupt Hebron’s top scorer in Tori Nichols, and on several occasions, smothered her with three defenders which only left other players wide open for easy baskets.
“I told them at half time that we were the team that was going to win this game and we needed to get it under control,” Cotton said.
Nichols finished with 23-points in the game. Beveral Blake and Alaina Hill rounded out the scoring with eight and seven respectively.
The Lady Eagles responded in the second half with 16-points in the third to give themsleves a comfortable double-digit lead heading into the fourth.
The girls will have a few days off before hosting Immanuel before closing out the season with three straight road games.
Boys: Hebron 57-44 Calhoun
The Eagles picked up a much needed district win Tuesday on the road with only a handful of games remaining on the schedule.
Hebron followed up a 12-5 run in the opening quarter, with a 17-point effort in the second for a convincing 16-point advantage at the break.
Calhoun, winless in the district this season, had the best quarter of the game in third, scoring 21-points to cut the deficit to just two points, 36-34.
“It was a much closer game than the score shows,” head Tri Nason said. “We knew going into the game that they always make a strong second half comeback and we needed to have a good lead built up and be ready not to quit once we had the lead. They never led in the game but they gave us a good scare and played much better than the first game.”
The Eagles moved to 3-3 with 21-points of their own in the fourth to grab the victory.
Nason said he was pleased with the extra guys that don’t get a lot of minutes.
“Our bench came through and stepped up nicely,” he said. “Troy Arnold, Cody Tatum, and James Alan Moore filled in the extra space nicely and helped pulled us through the tough road win.”
Will-Corben Rogers led the team with 19-points followed by David Kinard with 10. Moore and Taylor Coggins each finished with eight apiece.