Hebron Girls hope to keep momentum in playoff run

Hebron Christian’s Caralee Smith shoots a free throw against Delta Academy this last week

The Hebron Christian School Lady Eagles will take on Humphreys Academy on Friday night in the final four of the MAIS Class A North Half Regional Tournament following a victory against Delta Academy earlier this week.

Head coach William Cotton told the Daily Times Leader that the Lady Eagles’ 49-37 win over Delta Academy was made possible by 17 points from Rachael McGrew and 10 points from Micah Thompson.

Cotton has leaned on the pair for big offensive numbers all year, but also got quality minutes from Eliana Carter, who scored 8; Caralee Smith with 6; McKinsey Wedel with 4 and Mattie Parrish with 2.

Thompson led the way on the boards with a double-double, pulling down 12 rebounds, while Wedel grabbed 10.

McGrew also assisted down low with nine rebounds and Carter finished with four.

“Delta Academy came back strong with excellent 3-point shooting, out-scoring us 31-29 in the second half,” Cotton said.

The Lady Eagles’ next opponent, Humphreys Academy in Belzoni, has won its last two games against Kemper Academy and DeSoto County Academy.

Cotton said the Rebels have averaged roughly 45 points a game during tournament play.

“We’re going to do our same offense no matter what, it’s designed to work against anything, but were taking particular care of what we do on defense,” Cotton said. “Everything we play on defense
is different, depending on the tendencies of the other team.”

Cotton has seen Humphreys Academy play twice and said they have a strong rebounding game.

The Lady Eagles will face off at Calhoun Academy on Friday night against Humphreys Academy at 5:15 p.m., with a win guaranteeing Hebron Christian School a seed in the Class A State Tournament next week.