Leake Academy basketball teams wrap up with District 2-AA wins
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 12:00 AM
Both Leake Academy basketball teams have wrapped up first place in the District 2-AA regular season standings.
This week, they are wrapping up the regular season as they look forward to the district tournament which will be held next week at Winston, and then the state playoffs.
Weather permitting, Leake Academy was to take on Oak Hill Tuesday and then visit Lamar on Friday. The district junior high tournament is also being held this week at Oak Hill.
The Rebelettes entered the week with a 30-1 record while the Leake Academy boys stand at 24-4.
Again, both teams went 3-0 last week. The Leake Academy girls crushed district rivals Canton Academy 67-17 and Manchester 78-16. Then on Saturday, they defeated Copiah Academy 77-47. The Leake Academy boys defeated Canton Academy 83-53 and Manchester 81-48 in district games, and then beat stopped Copiah Academy 92-73.
Though pleased with the victories, Coach Phil Shepard said the run-away games are not what his girls need right now.
"Both teams are playing very well," Coach Phil Shepard said. "But we need to be getting playing time. And when we are going up by 30 and 40 points, you have to pull your starters after the first quarter and a half. You feel bad for the other team but this is not helping us."
Leading 26-3 after the first quarter, the Rebelettes outscored Canton Academy 21-1 in the second quarter to go up 47-4 at the half. No one on Leake Academy scored in double figures. Jaycie Malone led with nine points while Mary Grace Key, Shelly Dowell, Anna Evans, Brandy Quick and Hayley Slay all added eight points.
The Rebelettes led Manchester 40-13 at the half. Katie Webb led with 12 points while Evans and Slay both scored 11 points.
The Copiah game started a little closer as the Rebelettes would lead 22-18 at the end of the first quarter. But then Leake Academy put in 33 points in the second quarter while holding Copiah Academy to four points. The Rebelettes led 55-22 at the half. Key led with 24 points while Evans added 19 and Webb scored 12.
The Leake Academy boys' game with Canton started out close. The score was tied at 19-19 after the first quarter. The Rebels then outscored Canton Academy 24-17 in the second quarter to go up 43-36 at the half. Then the second half belonged to Leake Academy as they outscored the Panthers 40-17 during two quarters of play. Alex Shepard led with 25 points while Chipper Jones and Tristan Hernandez both added 19 points.
The Rebels jumped out to a 25-10 lead in the first quarter of their game against Manchester and never looked back. Leading 47-28 at the half, Leake Academy outscored the Mavericks 33-20 in the second half. Shepard put in 26 points while Jones added 17 and Hernandez scored 16.
Against Copiah Academy, the Rebels would lead 22-13 at the end of the first quarter. Copiah outscored Leake Academy 23-18 in the second quarter and the Rebels led 40-36 at the half. But again, the second half belonged to Leake Academy as they allowed the Colonels 35 points while putting in 52. Shepard led the Rebels with 25 points while Hernandez added 22 and Jones scored 18.