By Bryan Davis
Fresh off a season and home opener win over Starkville Academy, the Hebron Christian Eagles were not able to keep the momentum going, falling on Thursday night 70-50 in a home match against Carroll.
The Rebels opened the game up with an offensive surge in the first quarter, scoring 21 points, while holding the Eagles to just 12 in the first period.
The Eagles were able to respond with 15 points in the second, drawing to within two at the half.
The third quarter, however, proved to be the back breaker for Hebron, as the defense allowed 26 Rebel points to be scored, putting the game out of reach.
“That third quarter killed us,” said Hebron head coach Greg Watkins.
In the fourth, Hebron out scored the Rebels 17-14, but the deficit was already to large for a late rally.
Leading in scoring on the night for Hebron was Carlton Clay, who netted 28 points.
Chad Smith was behind him with seven points. Will Corbin Rogers scored six points, and Taylor Coggins scored five. Kevin Simmons added two points to the total.
Tonight, the Eagles travel to Oxford to take on Regents in a boys junior high game.
All of the teams will be back in action on Thursday night to take on Winston. They will be back at home on Friday to take on Winona for the team’s first district game.
“We will have four games under our belt together before we jump into district play,” Watkins said. “Hopefully that will give us a little advantage there.”