By Bryan Davis
Cathryn Moore led an explosive Hebron Lady Eagle offense on Tuesday night, as her team jump started the home portion of the 2010-2011 season against Starkville Christian Academy.
The Lady Volunteers got down big and got down early to the Lady Eagles, trailing by 18 points at the end of the first quarter, and the Lady Eagles cruised to a 62-24 victory.
“You kind of have to pick your poison when Hillary (Arnold) and Cathryn (Moore) are on outside,” said Hebron head coach Greg Watkins. “You have to spread and extend the defense, and when you do that, it’s hard to double the post player when you have girls shooting on the outside.”
It was the junior Ruth Foster who put Hebron on the board first, netting a two-point basket. Moore followed with her first points, three of them from the outside, and she gave the Lady Eagles a 7-2 lead with another jump shot.
Tori Nichols got in on the scoring, getting back-to-back shots into the ocean for her first four points and a 12-3 Hebron lead.
Later in the first period, Hillary Arnold got in on the action, scoring five points late to give her team a 26-8 lead going into the second.
In that second quarter, sophomore Chloe Tapley sunk a two-point shot to make it 28-8. That was followed by five straight points out of Arnold to raise the lead to 33-11.
Beverly Blake and Moore put in back-to-back three point shots, making it 39-15 with 2:42 remaining in the first half. Moore would close out the half with a couple of free throws to make it 41-17.
That half time score prompted the officials to run the clock in the second half, but things did not get any better for Starkville in the third and fourth quarters.
It would be another 12 minutes before the Lady Volunteers would sink another basket, a free throw shot that made the score 57-18 in the middle of the fourth quarter.
Magen Tapley was able to sink a pair of free throws herself in the fourth, and senior Rachel Spressao got a two-point shot to make it 59-18.
Blake would be the last to score for Hebron, a three-point shot that made it a 38-point deficit for Starkville Academy.
Moore finished the game with 23 points on the night. Arnold was second in scoring with 10 points.
“We did a good job of hitting the outside shots and opening that up for her,” Watkins said. “We did a good job of running the court too.”
Hebron will be back on the home court again tonight, taking on Carroll Academy. All of the action starts at 4 p.m.