After picking up their first win of the season against Veritas School 71-52 on Monday night, Coach Gary Vaughn and his Hebron Christian Eagles returned home to Pheba, playing host to Winston Academy.
The Eagles took a 7-point lead early in the first quarter and never gave the Patriots a lead of their own the rest of the game. Though the early 7-0 run helped put Hebron Christian in the lead, the first quarter was a tight affair seeing the Eagles holding only a slim advantage, 17-16. An explosion of Hebron offense led by sharp shooter Hayden Carty and a hard driving Will Corbin Rogers helped the Eagles extend their lead out to fifteen, ending the first half 40-25 in favor of Hebron Christian. A sluggish third quarter did not help the Hebron cause as the Patriots were able to shorten the Eagle lead to nine. The score read at the end of the third, 53-44. Hebron Christian survived a four minute scoreless drought from both teams in the fourth quarter to go on to victory 66-54.
In the past two games, Hebron Christian has been led offensively by contributions from Carty and Rogers. The Veritas game saw Carty put up 23 points and Rogers was able to score 19 points. In Tuesday night’s game, Rogers led the scoring column with 21 points and Carty also scored 17 points on the night.
Also scoring for the Eagles on Tuesday night were Taylor Coggins (9 points), Andrew Myatt (8 points), Troy Arnold (6 points), Collin Moore (2 points), and Cameron Smith (2 points).
The early wins bode well for the Eagles, but Coach Vaughn understands that tougher opponents are coming Hebron’s way down the road. “We are just growing as a team, playing with a lot of heart and effort,” said Coach Vaughn on the state of his team, “We just are not as fundamentally sound as we need to be just yet.” But early in the season these mistakes can be corrected and Coach Vaughn will make a big push for that in the coming days.
Coming up for the Eagles is a matchup with a good Immanuel team of Columbus, Mississippi on Friday night. An up-pace tempo and quick athletes are expected from Immanuel which line up well against an athletic Hebron Christian basketball team.
“Immanuel is going to be a tough game,” said Coach Vaughn, “we need to look to be patient and opportunistic [to win this game].”