The Leake Academy Rebelettes mowed down the competition last week to claim the Mississippi Independent Schools Association's Class AA girls basketball state championship for the 11th year in a row.

The North Half tournament was held at Leake Academy.

The Rebelettes improved to 37-0 as they picked up victories over Carroll Academy 71-32; Indianola Academy 56-23; and, Oak Hill 69-30.

The Leake Academy boys placed second in the tournament. The Rebels went 3-1, losing 80-53 to Marshall Academy in the finals. Victories came over Riverdale 78-52; Oak Hill 57-48; and, Indianola 60-53.

Both teams were to open play in the Class AA state tournament on Tuesday. The Rebels play Simpson Academy at 5:15 p.m. while the Rebelettes take on Oak Forest (La.) starting at 6:30 p.m. The state tournament is being held at Canton Academy.

Rebelettes

The Leake Academy girls basketball team will be seeking its eighth straight State Class AA tournament championship this week.

The Rebelettes opened with a 71-32 win over Carroll Academy. Leake Academy led 59-24 at the half. Eighth grader Anna Evans led the Rebelettes with 24 points while Mary Grace Key added 18.

The Rebelettes took a 56-23 win over Indianola Academy in the next round. Leading 37-14 at the half, Leake Academy outscored Indianola Academy 17-3 in the third quarter to put the game away. Anna Nowell led the Rebelettes with 20 points and Evans added 11 points.

The Rebelettes bested district rival Oak Hill 69-30 in the championship game.

Hannah Peoples led Leake Academy with 19 points while Nowell added 16, Key scored 13 points and Hannah Moore scored 11.

All four were named to the North Half all-tournament team.



Rebels

Leake Academy opened the boys half with a 78-53 win over Riverdale (La.) Academy. Alex Shepard scored 27 points to lead the Rebels while Tristan Hernandez added 16.

In game two, the Rebels outscored Oak Hill 20-14 in the fourth quarter to take a 57-48 victory. Shepard led the way with 26 points while Reed Mayfield added 16.

In the semifinals, Shepard led the Rebels with 29 points in their win over Indianola Academy. Leake Academy led 26-23 at the half and held on for the win. Mayfield added 12 points.

Marshall Academy proved too much for the Rebels in the championship game as it took an 80-55 victory. The Patriots led 45-24 at the half. Mayfield led the Rebels with 18 points while Shepard added 15 and Chipper Jones scored 13.

The Leake Academy boys entered the week with a 26-8 record.