Hebron underclassmen come up big in girl’s road win


Despite foul trouble early in the game for the Hebron Christian School Eagles, the girl’s basketball team leaned on youth to pull out a 48-45 victory at Columbus Christian Academy on Tuesday night.

Sophomore Micah Thompson led the way for the Lady Eagles on the offensive side, after top scorer Rachael McGrew drew four fouls by halftime.

“(Columbus Christian) worked to keep the ball out of (McGrew’s) hands,” head coach William Cotton said. “But (Thompson) stepped up hitting free throws.”

The Rams led the Eagles 21-15 at halftime, but Thompson’s hot hand ultimately saw Hebron claw its way back from the deficit.

Thompson came away with 14 points on the night, with half of her scoring coming from the free throw line.

Sophomore Caralee Smith also aided in the winning effort with nine points and finishing a perfect 4-4 from the free throw line.

“We have a good future for basketball here in girls for the next two or three years,” Cotton said. “We’ve only got one senior but I have some other girls that will be able to step up and take her place.”

Eighth grader Mattie Parrish - who also plays post for the junior high team - got substantial playing time on Tuesday night. Cotton said she came away with four points in critical spots late in the game.

“It kept us in the lead,” Cotton said.

While Cotton said his squad has been in the midst of a shooting slump lately, he said the team exploded for 17 points in the third quarter of Tuesday’s contest and 16 in the fourth quarter.

On the defensive side of the ball, Cotton was impressed with the play of his squad.

“We run a pressure zone defense and we put a lot of pressure on guards, then try to squeeze out post players and they did a pretty good job on that,” Cotton said. “We did get in foul trouble in the second half and McGrew was carrying four fouls at halftime, so that kind of let their post play a little bit easier ball.”

McGrew might not have been on the floor, but that didn’t stop the Eagles from holding the Rams to only seven points in the third quarter.

Hebron Christian School (12-7) will face off against Kemper Academy on the road at 6 p.m. Friday.