The Lady Eagles dominated, while the Eagles had to battle back, but both teams came out of district tournament and are headed into the first round of North Central playoffs this week.
Lady Eagles fly through district
The Hebron girls came off a JV district championship last week and carried their momentum into varsity tournament, letting no one stand in their way of a title.
Coach Bruce Franks said his young team played above their years.
“I think they saw just how good they really could be,” Franks said. “They got pressed a little and had to recover. They weren’t shooting well and had to work through that and they weren’t making free throws and they had to work through that.”
The work paid off as the Lady Eagles blasted Kemper County, 56-21, in their first game and followed up with a 61-36 win over Central Academy for the district championship.
In the Kemper game, Victoria Hudson led for the Lady Eagles with 14 points while Holly Hudson, Mille Hudson and Brooke Griffin all scored ten each.
In the championship game, Rebekah Joy Falkner and H. Hudson split the lead with 15 each, followed by Alaina Hill with 13 and Ferguson with ten.
“They made improvements through each game and that’s what you’ve got to have,” Franks said.
The boys struggled in tournament, falling to Kemper, 54-65, in their first game, but staged their comeback in the consolation round, downing the hosting Cougars 73-29.
“We had a thorough practice and went back and made some corrections,” Franks said.
Channing Tapley led for the Eagles in their first game with 20 points, followed by Landon Hill with 15 and Clay Faulkner with ten.
In the win over Calhoun Academy, all 12 team members played and nine put points on the board. Leading for Hebron was Hill with 24, followed by Hayden Carty and Collin Moore with 11 each and Faulkner with ten.
“They haven’t really played like I know they can, but I think they got a glimpse of what they can do,” Franks said.
On to playoffs
The girls will open on the playoff road Thursday at 4 p.m. against Humphreys Academy and the boys will follow with Central Holmes at 5:15 p.m.
“They put them out last year, so there will be a revenge factor there,” Franks said of the boy’s game.
North Central Division A tournament will be held at Benton Academy in Yazoo County.