Leake Academy’s Ashley Smith battles to get past an opponent in an earlier game.
Leake Academy’s Ashley Smith battles to get past an opponent in an earlier game.
The Leake Academy Lady Rebels improved to 19-1 last Friday as they open 2019 with a 74-49 victory at Heritage Academy in Columbus.

During the Christmas holidays, the Lady Rebels rolled through the Kirk Academy tournament as they defeated Indianola Academy 57-20, Washington School 65-12 and Lewisburg High School 58-24.

The Lady Rebels have won 19 games while playing without different starters over the course of the season due to injuries. Currently, Sydney Tangle, the team’s leading scorer, has been sidelined with a leg injury and did not play in the last four games.

“She will be back,” Coach Amanda Hatch said. “We have ordered a knee brace and she should be back this week. But that is the thing about our team. Someone has gotten hurt, others have stepped up. We are eight or nine players deep with girls who can step up and score double figures on any given night.

The Lady Rebels are ranked No. 7 in the state according to Max Preps.

The Leake Academy boys dropped a 56-46 decision at Heritage. They went undefeated in the Kirk tournament as they defeated Indianola 52-49, Washington School 71-40 and Lewisburg 71-67.

Leake Academy entered the week with a 13-2 record.

The Leake Academy teams play three games this week. They host Winston on Tuesday, Columbia on Friday and at Simpson Academy on Saturday.


Lady Rebels 74

Heritage 49

Molly Davis scored 22 points and Miriam Prince added 12 as the Lady Rebels picked up a District 2AAA win over Heritage.

Heritage jumped out to an 18-11 lead in the first quarter. The Lady Rebels bounced back, outscoring the Lady Patriots 27-7 in the second quarter. At the half, Leake Academy led 38-25. Leake Academy limited Heritage to one point in the third quarter while scoring 16. Leake carried a 54-26 lead into the final quarter and took the win.

Hannah Smith scored 11 points for the Lady Rebels.


Kirk tournament

The Lady Rebels went up 40-4 by the half in their game with Indianola Academy. Maybrey Mayfield led with 16 points.

Leake Academy limited Washington School to seven first half points while scoring 29 in the first quarter and 13 in the second period. Davis led with 10 and Prince scored eight,.

The Lady Rebels led 43-6 at the half in their game with Lewisburg. Prince led with 15 while Emmi Harkins scored 10.


Heritage 56

Rebels 46

The Rebels fell behind early as they dropped a district game to Heritage.

The Patriots led 12-5 after the first quarter. Heritage outscored Leake Academy 13-11 in the second quarter to go up 25-16 at the half.

The Rebels got back in the game as they outscored the Patriots 18-8 in the third quarter. Leake led 34-33 heading into the fourth quarter. Heritage took control of the game again, outscoring the Rebels 23-12 in the final eight minutes.

Will-Lawson Harkins led with 13 points while Clayton Malone added 10 points.


Kirk tournament

The Rebels battled past Indianola Academy in the first game of the tournament. Leake Academy trailed 22-19 at the half. They came back to outscore Indianola 14-11 in the third quarter and the score was tied at 33-33 heading into the final quarter.

Leake Academy would outscore Indianola 19-16 in the final quarter to take the win.

Harkins and Malone both led with 15 points.

The Rebels got off to a fast start against Lewisburg. Leading 23-11 after the first quarter, Leake Academy outscored Washington 12-7 in the second quarter to go up 35-18 at the half. That lead held up through the second half. Matt Clair led with 17 points while Malone scored 16 and Sam Wilder scored 11.

Daniel Young scored 20 points to lead Leake Academy past Lewisburg. Malone added 16 points and Harkins scored 14 points.