SCS, He­bron split varsity out­ings

Starkville Daily News - - SCORECARD - By DANNY P. SMITH sports@starkvilledai­

There may have been some tal­ent miss­ing from last sea­son’s very tal­ented ros­ter for the He­bron Chris­tian School Lady Ea­gles.

He­bron Chris­tian showed Mon­day night that it still had some punch af­ter de­feat­ing the Starkville Chris­tian Lady Cougars 47-26.

Racheal McGrew had 24 points as the Lady Ea­gles pulled away in the sec­ond half against the Lady Cougars.

“I think we still have a few good play­ers,” He­bron Chris­tian coach Wil­liam Cot­ton said. “We lost that state cham­pi­onship bunch from last year. It’s still early in the sea­son and we hope ev­ery­one will come around. We hope to com­pete for an­other state cham­pi­onship.”

Starkville Chris­tian came out hot and took a 4-0 lead on back-to-back bas­kets by Mary Driskell.

McGrew went to work and scored the next four points for the Lady Ea­gles to tie the game at 4-4.

Olivia Moore had a bas­ket and the Lady Cougars held its fi­nal lead of the game at 6-4 with 3:14 re­main­ing in the first quar­ter.

A 3-point play by McGrew gave He­bron a 7-6 ad­van­tage, but a free throw by Car­ley Wells of SCS tied the game at 7-7.

McGrew scored right be­fore time ex­pired in the first quar­ter and the Lady Ea­gles took the lead at 9-7 and never lost it again. McGrew had all nine points for He­bron in the first quar­ter.

The Lady Ea­gles ex­tended the mar­gin to 19-11 at half­time and 28-17 af­ter three quar­ters.

He­bron col­lapsed de­fen­sively in the paint and made it dif­fi­cult for the Lady Cougars to get points in­side dur­ing the course of the game. Wells fin­ished with only five points.

“We kept try­ing to get it in there, but they packed it in and our shots weren’t fall­ing,” Starkville Chris­tian coach Luke Buck­ner said. “They were very good down low on the other end as well and we had a hard time shut­ting that down.”

Tan­ner Smith led the Lady Cougars with 10 points and Buck­ner has been pleased with her progress.

“Tan­ner has def­i­nitely come along as far as jump shot goes,” Buck­ner said. “She con­tin­u­ally works on it over and over. She really wants to be able to shoot the ball.”

Along with McGrew’s point pro­duc­tion for the Lady Ea­gles, McKin­sey Wedel had 11 points and Micah Thomp­son chipped in seven points.

“A cou­ple of my girls were just off bad (Mon­day night), but McGrew fi­nally got heated up there in the fourth quar­ter,” Cot­ton said. “We were forc­ing a lot of shots and took bad shots, but we found a way to win.”

Boys Game Starkville Chris­tian 47, He­bron Chris­tian 19

The Cougars raced out to a 24-2 lead af­ter the first quar­ter and rolled to a vic­tory over their ri­val from Clay County.

Starkville Chris­tian scored the first six points of the game when Sam Fair­ley, Stephen Lane and Isaac Buck­ner scored con­sec­u­tive buck­ets.

Af­ter the Ea­gles got its first points, the Cougars went on a 16-0 run to take con­trol of the out­ing.

Lane was the lead­ing scorer for Starkville Chris­tian (5-1) with 14 points, while Tony Mi­nor added 11 points and Will Lind­ner had 10 points.

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