The Leake Academy basketball teams are entering the core of their District 2-AA prep basketball schedule.

"We are playing well," Coach Phil Shepard said. "Both teams are getting better.

"These are the games that are really going to count. We'll have to take them one at a time."

The Rebel teams were to visit Carroll Academy on Tuesday in a non-district game. Then they have four district games in a row as they visit Manchester on Friday; host Winston on Saturday; visit Canton Academy on Jan. 14 and host Tri-County on Jan. 17.

Girls

The Rebelettes came into the week with a 21-1 record after winning all three of last week's games.

They started last Monday with a 65-46 victory over Copiah Academy in the final game of the Simpson Academy tournament. Leading 12-9 after the first quarter, the Rebelettes outscored Copiah Academy 14-10 in the second quarter to post a 26-19 halftime lead. The Rebelettes carried a 43-31 lead into the final quarter and put 22 points on the scoreboard in the fourth quarter to ice the win.

Anna Evans led Leake Academy with 20 points while Mary Grace Key and Katy Webb both scored 12 points.

The Rebelettes hosted Simpson Friday night and pounded the Lady Cougars 75-40. The Rebelettes went up 41-19 at the half. After a close third quarter, the Rebelettes outscored Simpson 23-12 in the final eight minutes of play to claim the win. Mary Grace Key led the Rebelettes with 12 points while Brandi Quick added 11.

On Saturday, the Rebelettes scored a 66-64 victory over Jackson Prep in the Lady Patriots' own shootout.

Leading 25-21 after the first quarter, the Rebelettes outscored Jackson Prep 14-11 in the second quarter to go up 39-32 at the half. The Lady Patriots battled back in the second half and trailed 51-48 going into the final quarter. Leake Academy pulled away. But toward the end, Jackson Prep hit a couple of three-point shots that made it a two-point game at the buzzer.

Key led the Rebelettes with 25 points and Evans added 23 points.

Jackson Prep is coached by former Rebelette Amanda Hatch.

Boys

Alex Shepard scored 47 points to lead the Rebels past Mendenhall Monday in the final game of the Simpson County Christmas tournament.

Leading 24-10 at the end of the first quarter, Leake Academy outscored the Tigers 17-16 in the second quarter to go up 41-26 at the half. Mendenhall outscored the Rebels 39-37 in the second half but Leake Academy held on to the victory. Tristan Hernandez added 15 points and Chipper Jones added 11.

The Rebels then proved too tough for the Simpson Academy Cougars as they rolled up a 67-53 home victory. Leake Academy led 30-22 at the half and carried a 46-34 lead into the final stanza. Shepard scored 23 points to pace the Rebels while Jones added 17 points, Hernandez 12, and William Johnston scored 10.

In the final game of the week, the Rebels claimed a 76-39 victory over Laurel Christian in the Jackson Prep shootout on Saturday. Leading 37-28 at the half, the Rebels outscored Laurel Christian 22-2 in the third quarter to put the game away. Shepard led with 26 points while Hernandez scored 14 and Jones added 10.

The Rebels entered the week with a 15-4 record.