LA teams rolling through district
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 12:00 AM
Once again, the Leake Academy basketball teams have to be on their 'A' game this week as each face two district opponents.
The week started Tuesday with a home game against Canton. They were to host Manchester on Friday and then travel to Copiah Academy for another district game.
The Rebelettes entered the game with a 27-1 record while the Leake Academy boys stand at 20-4.
This week, Leake Academy will host Canton Academy on Tuesday and Manchester on Friday and then visit Copiah Academy on Saturday.
"Both teams are playing well," Coach Phil Shepard said. "We just need to keep improving and playing hard. We can't take anything for granted."
Last week's scores:
Rebels 69, Canton Academy 58
Rebels 70, Tri-County 51
Rebels 69, Winona 60
The Rebels started the week with a win over Canton that Coach Shepard said was closer than the final score indicated.
The Rebels led 16-11 at the end of the first quarter. Both teams scored 20 points in the second quarter and Leake Academy led 36-31 at the half. The Rebels increased their lead throughout the second half and claimed the district win. Alex Shepard led with 31 points which included hitting on 13-of-15 free throw attempts. Tristan Hernandez added 16 points and Chipper Jones scored 12.
It appeared the Rebels' win over Tri-County was going to be a close one as well. Leading 22-20 at the end of the first quarter, Leake Academy outscored Tri-County 15-12 in the second quarter to go up 37-32 at the half. The Rebels outscored Tri-County 19-7 in the third quarter to all but settle the issue. Jones had the hot hand in this game as he put in 36 points. Shepard added 24.
In Saturday's game, the Rebels had to hold off Winona in the final quarter. Leading 22-17 after the first quarter, Leake Academy outscored the Stars 16-6 in the second quarter to go up 38-23 at the half. Winona made a run in the final quarter but it was too little, too late. Shepard scored 34 points to lead the Rebels. Hernandez added 17 and Jones scored 11.
"Winona is one of the top ranked teams in the north and we were expecting them to really give us a tough game," Coach Shepard said. "But we have to keep playing hard. We have another week of tough district games coming up."
Last week's scores:
Rebelettes 69, Canton Academy 28
Rebelettes 78, Tri-County 39
Rebelettes 71, Winona 19
The Rebelettes made a 27-2 run through the last part of the first quarter and most of the second period to post a 45-15 halftime lead. With the substitutes in, the Rebelettes outscored Canton Academy 25-13 in the second half. Anna Evans led Leake Academy with 16 points. Katie Webb added 12 and Mary Grace Key added 10.
Tri-County tried to stall the game and it worked for a quarter as the score was tied at 8-8 at the end of the first quarter. But the Rebelettes overcame that strategy in the second period as they outscored Tri-County 26-13 and went up 34-21 at the half. After a close third quarter with the Rebelettes holding a 24-16 scoring edge, Leake Academy allowed Tri-County only two points in the final quarter as they slammed the door shut. Key led with 19 points while Anna Evans added 14.
The Rebelettes jumped out to a 31-11 lead at the end of the first quarter and never looked back in their win over Winona. Evans led with 18 while Key added 13 and Webb scored 11.
"I think the girls are coming together," said Shepard, who took over as head coach in late 2013. "We didn't change anything when I took over but we had to get used to each other. I think we have gotten comfortable with each other and we are playing better in each game."