Hebron boys, girls drop games to Vardaman

Staff Writer

The Hebron Christian girls dropped Thursday’s contest against Vardaman 52-19 after beating the Lady Rams 47-44 at home earlier in the season. Hebron head coach William Cotton said some of his girls were sick during the game and he eventually decided to pull the starters and play the junior high girls.

“We couldn’t even get a shot off, we were just sluggish,” Hebron Christian head coach William Cotton said. “None of the girls had told me they were sick before the ballgame started, but they told me after the ballgame was over.”

The Lady Eagles trailed 7-3 after the first quarter with their only points coming on a basket by McKinsey Wedel and one Rachael McGrew free throw.

Vardaman would increase their lead to 15-8 at halftime, as Hebron was unable to get much of anything to go from the field.

“The one thing we were doing (in the first half) was playing good defense,” Cotton said. “In the third quarter, the defense started going down though. There was nothing working and a lot of frustration.”

The Lady Rams led 25-14 after three quarters and outscored Hebron 27-5 in the fourth quarter for the 52-19 win.

“I pulled them (the starters) with about two or three minutes to go in the third quarter,” Cotton said. “I knew something was wrong because we just couldn’t get anything rolling. It was bad, so I just put the junior high in.”

Wedel led all scorers with eight points for the Lady Eagles, while Sarah Waler led Vardaman with seven. Monica Wright and Arivara Nash added six apiece for the Lady Rams.

Vardaman’s varsity boys swept the season series with Hebron with a 71-44 win over the Eagles.

“We played very hard and we played well, but we just came up short,” Head coach Gary Vaughn said. “I was really pleased with the effort I got from them. They did a good job of fighting hard and I couldn’t be any prouder of them.”

Doug Loden led Hebron with 13 points in only two quarters of action, while Adrian Borst and Dash Turman added seven apiece.

Loden played all four quarters of the junior varsity game, therefore he was limited to playing just two quarters in the varsity game. Eleven of Loden’s 13 points came in the fourth quarter.

“Loden could only play two quarters because I had to have him for all four quarters in the junior high game,” Vaughn said. “He scored 11 in the fourth quarter for us and I thought that was remarkable for that rascal. I was really pleased with him for that performance.”

Hebron’s junior varsity team would come away with a 36-26 win Thursday evening, however, with Turman going for 13 points. Loden finished with nine points in the JV game.

Vaughn believes that the junior varsity players are coming into their own, as they are allowed to play on both JV and varsity teams.

“We’re still going to be the underdog with every team we play at the varsity level, but we’re hoping that it’ll pay dividends later on,” Vaughn said. “I tell the kids ‘Guys, this is a process of building and every game we want to build on.’ I don’t quit coaching, no matter what the score is. What they’re going through right now is helping them for the future.”

Hebron Christian will start district play on Tuesday night when the Eagles host Calhoun Academy.