Hebron girls win opener in Winona tournament

Brian Hamilton
Daily Times Leader

The Hebron Christian Eagles were able to hold off Lee Academy 40-35 on opening day of the Winona Girls Basketball Tournament. The Eagles had a rough night from the field and only made 33 percent of their free throws, going 13-for-42, which almost cost them the game as the Colts came back from 20 points down in the second half.

“We usually shoot 50 percent on the floor during practice and they couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn,” said Hebron head coach William Cotton. “We’ll start doing our conditioning before we shoot free throws to make sure they’re tired when they practice shooting them.”

​Hebron Christian jumped out to a 21-10 halftime lead and would expand that lead to 32-12. That’s when the Colts started fouling and sending Eagles players to the foul line. That’s when the Eagles’ lead started evaporate.

“We did pretty good in the first half, but got kinda ragged in the second half,” Cotton said.

Cotton had put some of his younger players in the game to give his team some rest and when Lee Academy began to foul, he had to re-insert his starters late in the game.

“They kind of managed to work their way back in, but we managed to hold them off enough to survive it,” Cotton said.

Junior Racheal McGrew led the way, finishing with a double-double of 10 points and 14 rebounds. Senior Eliana Carter would finish with seven points and seven rebounds, along with four steals, while McKinsey Wedel added six points, 10 rebounds, and three steals. Sophomore Micah Thompson scored five points and grabbed seven rebounds and four steals.

​Hebron Christian Academy played their second game of the tournament at 3:15 p.m. Tuesday afternoon against Greenville Christian School. The Eagles will also play another game in the Winona Tournament on Saturday.