1/16/2013 6:00:00 AM Rebels get hot as season winds down
By STEVE SWOGETINSKY Sports Editor
The Leake Academy boys basketball team has won 10 of its last 11 games and now the Rebels are hoping to keep the momentum going as they prepare for the post-season.
"We are really playing well at this time," Rebels coach Phil Shepard said. "We have a young group but they have played a lot of basketball. That experience is paying off."
The Rebels entered the week with a 15-6 record. They went 4-0 last week as they beat Heidelberg Academy 59-38, Sylva-Bay 87-59, Copiah Academy 68-63, and Oak Hill 77-68.
The LA Rebelettes also went 4-0 last week and stand at 24-0. They started the week with a 69-35 win over Heidelberg Academy, and then stopped Sylva-Bay with a 68-37 victory. After taking a 64-30 win at Copiah Academy on Friday night, the Rebelettes defeated District 2-AA rival Oak Hill 68-51 on the road Saturday.
Leake Academy has three district games scheduled for this week. They were to host Canton Academy on Tuesday, Immanuel Christian School on Friday and then visit Winston Academy on Saturday.
Heidelberg Aca. 35
Leake Academy bounced out to a 30-12 lead by the end of the first quarter and never looked back.
The Rebelettes outscored the Lady Rebels 18-9 in the second quarter and led 48-21 at the half.
Hannah Peoples led the Rebelettes with 14 points and Mary Grace Key added 13.
Again, the Rebelettes put 30 points on the scoreboard in the first quarter as they dominated the Lady Saints.
Leading 30-14 after the first quarter, Leake Academy outscored Sylva-Bay 16-11 in the second period to go up 46-25 at the half. Leake Academy limited Sylva-Bay to three points in the third quarter while putting in 18.
Mary Grace Key scored 14 points to lead the Rebelettes while Anna Nowell and Brandi Quick both added 12 points.
Copiah Academy 30
Hannah Peoples scored 22 points to lead the Rebelettes past Copiah Academy.
Leake Academy led 33-5 after the first quarter. They outscored the Lady Colonels 20-13 in the second quarter to go up 53-18 at the half.
Oak Hill 51
Oak Hill, the No. 3 team in the state among Mississippi Independent Schools Association AA schools, fell behind 20-6 by the end of the first quarter to the No. 1 ranked Rebelettes.
Leake Academy outscored Oak Hill 24-12 in the second quarter to lead 44-18 at the half. Oak Hill played the Rebelettes closer in the second half but didn't challenge for the lead.
Peoples scored 26 points to lead Leake Academy while Nowell added 17 and Hannah Moore scored 13.
Heidelberg Academy 38
The Rebels dominated this game from the start.
Leading 13-9 after the first quarter, Leake Academy outscored Heidelberg Academy 17-8 in the second quarter to post a 30-17 halftime lead. The Rebels scored the rest of their 29 points in the third quarter while holding HA to six points. Leake Academy then backed off and didn't score again.
Alex Shepard scored 23 points to lead the Rebels. Thomas Tubby added 17 and Tristan Hernandez scored 10.
The Rebels took over in the second quarter as they rolled past Sylva-Bay.
The score was tied at 22-22 after the first quarter.
But in the second quarter, the Rebels held Sylva-Bay to 12 points while scoring 24 of their own. At the half, Leake Academy led 46-34. It was more of the same in the second half as Leak Academy pulled away from the Saints.
Alex Shepard scored 25 points to lead the Rebels while Reed Mayfield finished with 17 points. Chipper Jones added 14, Tristan Hernandez 12, and Thomas Tubby 11.
Copiah Academy 63
The Rebels battled to take a close road win over Copiah Academy.
The Colonels led 23-22 after the first quarter. Both teams scored 17 points in the second quarter and Copiah Academy led 40-39 at the half. The Rebels took the momentum in the third quarter, outscoring Copiah Academy 15-12 - to lead 54-52 going into the final quarter. Leake held on for the win.
Hernandez and Shepard both scored 21 points to lead the Rebels. Mayfield scored 11 and Thomas Tubby added 10.
Oak Hill 68
Alex Shepard scored 40 points to lead the Rebels past district rival Oak Hill.
This game went down to the final quarter. Leake Academy led 17-12 after the first quarter. Oak Hill had a 20-18 scoring edge in the second quarter but the Rebels led 35-32 at the half.
Both teams scored 17 points in the third quarter. Then the Rebels outpointed Oak Hill 18-12 in the final eight minutes of play to claim the win.