Mary Grace Key and Anna Nowell close in on a Lamar player as they take the ball in Friday's game. The Rebelettes are off to a 20-0 start and are ranked No. 1 in the state.
Mary Grace Key and Anna Nowell close in on a Lamar player as they take the ball in Friday's game. The Rebelettes are off to a 20-0 start and are ranked No. 1 in the state.
Consistency and pressure defense have been the keys over the years for the success of the Leake Academy Rebelettes.

Leake Academy entered the week ranked No. 1 in the state among AA schools in the Mississippi Independent Schools Association. They have a 20-0 record.

"A lot of what we do with the full court press creates easy shots for us," Doyle Wolverton, of Leake Academy, said. "We don't necessarily shoot the ball any better than the teams we play. It's just that we get more shots and more easy shots.

"When we get over 70 shots in a game and the other team gets around 40, I like our chances. If teams can deal with our pressure and shoot as many shots as we do, it's a lot more even game," Wolverton said.

The Rebelettes picked three wins in the Simpson Invitational tournament as they claimed the first place trophy. They defeated Jackson Victory 78-48, Sylva-Bay 78-42 and Madison-Ridgeland Academy 45-31. The Rebelettes came off Christmas break last week to pick up two more wins, beating Lamar 70-35 and Manchester 55-22.

The Leake Academy boys, meanwhile, have gotten their season on track and have won six of their last seven games. The Rebels went 2-1 in the Simpson Academy tournament. They beat Porters Chapel 65-57 and Vancleave 74-68, and then lost to Simpson Academy in the championship game, 53-45, The Rebels bounced back to beat Lamar 66-43 and Manchester 61-42

Leake Academy has a full slate of games this week. They were to play Heidelberg Academy Monday night and Sylva-Bay on Tuesday night. They will be on the road this weekend, visiting Copiah Academy on Friday and division rival Oak Hill on Saturday.

Rebelettes 77

Jackson Victory 48

The Rebelettes jumped out to a big first quarter lead and held on for the victory.

Leake Academy led 32-4 after the first quarter. Jackson Victory outscored Leake 15-10 in the second quarter and trailed 44-19 at the half. Leake outscored its foe 33-29 in the second half. Hannah Peoples and Mary Grace Key both scored 11 points to lead the Rebelettes.

Rebelettes 78

Sylva-bay 42

Again, the Rebelettes jumped out to a big lead in the first quarter.

Leading 31-8 at the end of the first quarter, the Rebelettes saw the Lady Saints come back to outscore them 21-19 in the second quarter. At the half, the score stood at 50-29. Leake Academy dominated the third quarter, outscoring Sylva-Bay 19-4 during the eight-minute span. Both teams scored nine points in the final quarter.

Chloe Thaggard led the Rebelettes with 17 points while Key added 12.

Rebelettes 45

MRA 31

The Rebelettes took the lead early and held on to knock off their AAA rival Madison-Ridgeland Academy.

Leake Academy led 18-5 after the first quarter. MRA came back to outscore the Rebelettes 10-7 in the second half but trailed 28-18 at the half. Leake Academy outpointed MRA 12-4 in the third quarter and held on for the win.

Hannah Peoples led Leake Academy with 19 points while Mary Grace Key and Anna Nowell added 12.

Rebelettes 70

Lamar 35

The Rebelettes held Lamar in check with their full court press in the first quarter as they led 21-10 at the break.

Leake Academy continued to dominate in the second quarter, outscoring the Lady Raiders 17-12 during the eight minute span. At the half, the Rebelettes led 38-22. Leake Academy limited Lamar to 13 points in the second half as they held on to for the win.

Mary Grace Key led Leake Academy with 17 points while Anna Katherine Nowell added 12 and Hannah Peoples scored 10.

Rebelettes 55

Manchester 22

It was another fast start for the Rebelettes as they jumped out to a 31-4 lead by the end of the first quarter.

Manchester did not score in the second and third quarters and Leake Academy led 53-4 heading into the final eight minutes of play.

No one was in double figures for Leake Academy.

Rebels 65

Porters Chapel 57

Tristan Hernandez scored 19 points to lead the Rebels past Porters Chapel in the first round of the Simpson Academy tournament.

Leake Academy led 23-20 at the half. The Eagles put in 25 third quarter points to carry a 45-40 lead into the fourth quarter. But the Rebels scored 25 points of their own in the final stanza and claimed the victory.

Thomas Tubby and Alex Shepard both added 15 points while Reed Mayfield scored 14.

Rebels 74

Vancleave 68

Leake Academy rallied in the second half to knock off Vancleave.

Vancleave led 30-22 at the half. The Rebels cut that lead by two points in a close third quarter and then outscored Vancleave 25-18 in the final stanza to claim the win.

Shepard and Tubby both scored 22 points while Hernandez added 14 points and Mayfield scored 10.

Simpson Academy 53

Rebels 45

The Rebels got off to a good start but the Cougars took the lead in the third quarter and held on for the win.

Leake Academy led 19-17 after the first quarter. Simpson outscored the Rebels 12-9 in the second period and went up 29-28 at the half. In the third quarter, the Rebels were held to six points while the Cougars put in 11. Simpson then held on for the win in the final stanza.

Shepard led the Rebels with 18 points and Hernandez added 12.

Rebels 66

Lamar 43

It was a tale of two quarters in the first half.

Leake Academy jumped out to a 19-4 start in the first quarter. The Raiders answered with 23 points in the second quarter and Leake Academy held a 29-27 edge at the half.

The Rebels retook control in the third quarter, outscoring the Raiders 21-4, and held on for the win.

Tubby scored 21 points to lead the Rebels while Shepard added 19 points and Chipper Jones scored 13.

Rebels 61

Manchester 42

Shepard closed out the week by scoring 33 points to lead the Rebels past Manchester Academy.

Leake Academy led 39-23 at the half and never looked back. Will Myers added seven points.