The Lady Eagles on Tuesday night played host to the visiting MAIS AAA Washington Lady Generals. In a game that saw Hebron Christian only trail by three points in the first half, Washington was able to pull away in the second half going on to win 54-36.
“We kept it close through the first, we just don’t have the depth that they [Washington] have,” said Head Coach William Cotton after the Lady Eagle defeat, “I knew it would be a topsy-turvy game but I am just proud of our girls.”
In a physical match-up, Hebron Christian fell behind the Lady Generals 9-2 midway through the first quarter. Yet the Lady Eagles would not lie down lightly as Hebron clawed back into the game outscoring the Lady Generals 8-4. Hebron Christian’s Rebekah Falkner closed out the quarter with two steals and four points bringing the game within reach for the Lady Eagles at 13-10.
The Lady Eagles came out hungry in the second quarter, Hollie Hudson provided two steals keeping the game close early in the quarter at 17-14. But as expected from any AAA school, the Lady Generals used their depth from their bench to go on a 6-0 run taking their lead to 23-14 in the middle of the second. After Washington outscored Hebron 9-4 to close out the quarter, it was the Lady Generals leading 32-18 at halftime.
The physicality in the ballgame picked up in second half as both teams were allowed to play hard by the referees. Though the Lady Eagles were behind by double digits, they continued to play hard as Hollie Hudson and Brooke Griffin help lead the way for Hebron Christian scoring the majority of the baskets in the third quarter. At the end of the third, the Lady Eagles trailed 46-28. As the game was well out of reach, the Lady Generals slowed the pace of the game down in fourth quarter and went on to win 54-36.
Hebron Christian was led by eighth grader Hollie Hudson contributing a strong 16 points. Also helping in the scoring column were Brooke Griffin (8 points), Ferguson (6 points), Falkner (4 points), and Millie Hudson (2 points).
Though the Lady Eagles dropped the game to Washington, Hebron Christian can hold their heads high as they battled hard against a school much bigger than them. Now 6-8 on the year, Coach Cotton and his Lady Eagles will hope to reach five hundred by the end of this week before the Christmas break. Next up for Hebron is a road trip to Victory Christian of Columbus Thursday December 13. In the previous match up, the Lady Eagles fell in a heartbreaker to Victory 39-38 off a final second shot.