Hebron Christian boys snap losing streak

Staff Writer

Hebron Christian’s varsity boys basketball team had not won a game since the 2015-16 season. The Eagles were winless last season and 0-4 to start the 2017-18 season.

That all ended on Friday night.

Hebron won 51-44 against Strider Academy to improve to 1-4 on the season.

Sophomore Adrian Borst led the Eagles with 18 points, while Dash Turmond added 13 points. Braeden Triplett finished with nine.

“I was just tickled. The kids were so ecstatic,” Hebron Christian head coach Gary Vaughn said after the game. “It took such a monumental effort, playing at the level they did, in order for them to win that thing. I’m just so proud of them.”

Strider jumped out to a 10-0 lead and the Rams led Hebron Christian by four at halftime. Vaughn inserted his starters back into the game in the third quarter and they were able to keep up with Strider, but trailed by four points once again at the end of the third quarter.

Borst scored 12 points in the fourth quarter, paving the way for an Eagles win. Vaughn played a mixture of varsity and junior varsity players in the fourth quarter.

“Adrian just caught fire,” Vaughn said. “We were pressing them and he made steals, layups, and drew some fouls. He did really good from the foul line too.”

Girls Varsity - Hebron Christian 38, Strider Academy, 21

The Lady Eagles defeated Strider Academy 38-21 on Friday night to improve their record to 7-2. Hebron Christian head coach William Cotton was not pleased with his girls’ effort after the game, however.

“It was probably the worst game we’ve played all year long,” Cotton said. “We didn’t play well offensively at all. Our defense did pretty good. I don’t know what was wrong with our offense, but we’re going to have to find some way to straighten it out.”

Foul trouble limited star center Rachael McGrew to just two points, as she picked up three fouls in the first quarter. With McGrew spending an extended period of time on the bench, the Lady Eagles were not able to get much to go, shooting 30-percent from the field.

“Our shooting percentage was absolutely horrible,” Cotton said. “The only thing that saved us was that Strider’s shooting percentage was probably worse than ours.”

Hebron Christian led the Lady Rams by nine at halftime. Strider stayed within 10 points for most of the game, but Hebron Christian finally separated themselves in the fourth quarter to win by 17.

“I was not satisfied at all with our play. We didn’t handle the ball well and got called for traveling,” Cotton said. “I don’t know what was the problem. We have not played like that all year long.”

Senior Eliana Carter finished with 14 points, while Caralee Smith added nine points. McKinsey Wedel pitched in with seven points, while Micah Thompson had six.

The Hebron Christian boys and girls teams will host Starkville on Monday night.