Rebelettes go for another North State title
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 6:00 PM
The Leake Academy Rebelettes swept two games last week to win the District 2AAA championship in prep basketball action.
Leake Academy's Anna Evans (21) scores a basket during the district tournament.
Now the Rebelettes turn to the North State AAA which they will host this week. The Rebelettes drew a first round bye and won’t play until Thursday when they take on the Bayou Academy girls at 6:30 p.m.
Leake Academy is seeking to claim its 15th straight North Division championship but faces a tough foe in No. 1 ranked Kirk Academy. Last year, the Rebelettes defeated Kirk Academy 47-45 for the North State championship. Kirk has beaten the Rebelettes twice during the regular season.
“We can’t overlook Bayou Academy, but we are hoping to get another shot at Kirk,” Coach Amanda Hatch said. “I thought we played well in the district tournament and we are looking forward to hosting the North State tournament.”
The Rebelettes dominated the district tournament last week, defeating Heritage 76-26 and Winston Academy 66-26. In the regular season finale, the Rebelettes dropped a 55-45 decision to Jackson Academy.
Jackson Academy, the No. 1 AAAA team in the state, led 21-13 after the first quarter. Leake Academy fought back, outscoring the Lady Raiders 15-9.and trailed 30-28 at the half. Jackson Academy would outscore Leake 25-17 in the second half to take the win. Anna Evans led the Rebelettes with 18 points.
Against Heritage in the first round of the district tournament, the Rebelettes went up 38-14 at the half. They outscored Heritage 19-1 in the third quarter as they took the win. Robin Sessums led with 14 points while Evans added 12 points. Sydni Tangle and Summer Martin both added 11 points.
The championship game saw the Rebelettes bolt out to a 44-16 halftime lead. Evans led with 20 points and Annika Jones added 10.
The Rebelettes entered the week with a 27-5 record. They are ranked No. 2 in a statewide poll of Class AAA teams.
The Leake Academy boys placed second overall in the district tournament.
The Rebels opened the tournament with a 56-55 win over Heritage. The Rebels then dropped a 66-50 decision to Starkville Academy in the championship game. Earlier in the week, the Rebels lost a 62-52 decision to Jackson Academy.
Leake Academy was to open the North State AAA tournament on Monday against Park Place.
The Rebels jumped out to a 19-13 lead in the first quarter against Jackson Academy. The Raiders battled back, outscoring the Rebels 13-7 in the second period. At the half, the score was tied at 26-26.
Jackson Academy outscored the Rebels 21-11 in the third quarter and that would be the difference. Both teams scored 15 points in the fourth quarter.
Keric Estep led Leake Academy with 17 points while Daniel Young and Jarrett Allen both scored 15 points.
Allen sank a free throw with a second left in the game to lift the Rebels past Heritage Academy. Heritage led 10-7 after the first quarter. Leake Academy would outscore the Patriots 16-10 in the second quarter to take a 23-20 halftime lead.
Heritage took the lead in the third quarter as they carried a 42-40 edge into the final quarter. Leake Academy went up by eight points midways through the fourth quarter but Heritage hit a pair of three points and came back to lead the lead in the last seconds. The game was tied up with eight seconds left. In a scramble for the ball, Allen was fouled and came through for the winning free throw.
Estep led with 20 points and Allen finished with 11 points.
In championship game, Starkville went up 35-17 at the half and held on for the win. Allen led with 17 points and Estep finished with eight.