Thursday and Friday night were the final regular season games for head coach William Cotton and his Hebron Christian Lady Eagles in Pheba as they closed out MAIS district 3-A play before the district tournament.
Thursday was a must win game for the Lady Eagles hosting Calhoun Academy as Hebron sat with a 2-4 district record after a narrow 42-41 victory over Kemper Academy Tuesday. In another tightly contested match-up, the Lady Eagles used a gutsy third quarter to pull away from the Lady Cougars picking up the needed win 48-41.
Hebron opened the start of the game against Calhoun with a 6-0 run as Holly Hudson and Victoria Ferguson picked up their opening baskets of the game. The Lady Cougars soon found a way to answer the Lady Eagles and only trailed 8-7 by the midpoint of the first. At the end of quarter, Hebron found a way to retake the lead 13-11 after trading baskets with Calhoun. Starting the second quarter, the Lady Eagles rushed out to a 19-14 lead under the guidance of Rebekah Falkner as she scored all 6 points opening the second. Hebron though was unable to hold onto the five-point lead as Calhoun answered with a 9-4 scoring stretch ending the first half with a narrow lead 23-22.
Having played another tight game earlier in the week, Hebron seemed to embrace the challenge on the other side of the halftime interval. Trading baskets with the Lady Cougars to start the third quarter, the Lady Eagles found the lead again with an 8-2 run to the 5:10 mark. The run put Hebron up 32-27. Calhoun once again was able to answer the Hebron run closing the Lady Eagle lead to 36-33 before the end of the third. Yet Falkner saw an opportunity to make an impact and took the shot at the buzzer draining the three-pointer and giving Hebron a 39-33 lead heading into the fourth quarter. In the fourth, the Lady Eagles outscored Calhoun 9-8 and iced the game from the free-throw line, giving Hebron the important district win 48-41.
Holly Hudson led the scoring for the Lady Eagles Thursday night with 17 points. Falkner picked up 16 points and Ferguson also got into double figures with 10 points. Rounding out Hebron’s scoring was Subrina Oswalt with 5 points.
Entering into Friday night against Central Academy of Macon, the Lady Eagles knew a win would clinch the second seed in the district 3-A tournament. Hebron was able to remain unbeaten on the week and take the second seed, beating Central 61-49.
The Lady Eagles after this week have won three consecutive ballgames and may be peaking at the right time during the season. After many ups and downs, the Lady Eagles have learned valuable lessons throughout the season and seem to put the pieces together. Hebron will have a full week off from varsity play and will not know their first round opponent until this upcoming Monday.