Rebelettes' reign ends with Bowling Green
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 12:00 AM
Leake Academy's seven-year reign as Class AA state champions came to an end Saturday as they dropped a 55-49 decision to Bowling Green (La.) Academy in the title game held at Canton Academy.
"It was a tough loss but it happens," Leake Academy coach Doyle Wolverton said. "We had our chances. We led by four at the half and two going into the fourth quarter. We had one of our starters foul out and we couldn't make some big shots at the end."
It was a rematch from last year's state tournament. Last season, the Rebelettes bested Bowling Green, La., 52-44 to win the MISA Class AA state championship.
The Rebelettes beat Oak Forest (La.) 69-32 in the first round of the 2013 state tournament and Prairie View (La.) 78-40 in the second round. Leake Academy will carry a 39-1 record into the Overall State Tournament. It will be held this week at Mississippi College in Clinton. They were to play Madison-Ridgeland on Tuesday.
"We'll play on and see how we do," Wolverton said.
In their first game, the Rebelettes bounced out to a 20-6 lead at the end of the first quarter. Leake Academy outscored Oak Forest 20-11 in the second quarter and led 40-17 at the half. Mary Grace Key led with 14 points while Anne Evans added 11 points and Hannah Moore scored 10 points.
It was more of the same in game two as the Rebelettes rolled out to a 47-20 half time lead and never looked back. Hannah Peoples led with 21 points while Key added 18 points and Anna Nowell scored 17.
Leake Academy took a 14-6 lead over Bowling Green at the end of the first quarter. Bowling Green battled back to outscored the Rebelettes 14-10 in the second quarter. At the half, Leake Academy led 24-20.
Bowling Green made it closer in the third quarter as Leake Academy led 38-36 heading into the final eight minutes of play. Bowling Green then put in 21 points in the final stanza while holding the Rebelettes to 13. Peoples was the only Rebelette in double figures with 19.
The Leake Academy boys concluded their season with a 66-52 loss to Brookhaven in the consolation game of the boys state tournament. They opened with a 74-72 win over Simpson Academy. But then they lost 79-43 to Central Private (La.) which put them into the consolation bracket.
Alex Shepard scored 23 points and Reed Mayfield added 10 in the loss to Brookhaven Academy. Shepard scored 16 points against Central Private.