2/5/2014 6:00:00 AM Leake teams enter district tournament
By STEVE SWOGETINSKY Sports Editor
Leake Academy swings into post season play when both teams enter the District 2AA tournament as the No. 1 seeds Friday night at Winston Academy.
Both finished first in the regular season standings and earned first round bids. The girls entered the week with a 32-1 record when they take on the winner between Canton Academy and Tri-County starting at 4 p.m. The boys, now 27-5, play at 5:15 p.m. against the winner of Manchester and Tri-County. The finals will be Saturday.
"You have to win at least one game to advance to North State," Coach Phil Shepard said. "Neither team can take anything for granted but both are playing well at this point in the season."
The Rebelettes started last week with a 58-28 romp at Lamar School in Meridian and then closed out the season by defeating Oak Hill 80-71. The Leake Academy boys defeated Lamar School 84-71 but lost their final game, 67-60.
Leake Academy led 15-4 at the end of the first quarter, and then outscored Lamar 30-6 in the second quarter to go up 45-10 at the half. Mary Grace Key led Leake Academy with 12 points while Jaycie Malone added 10 points.
Oak Hill proved to be a tougher test for the Rebelettes. Leake Academy led 17-12 after the first quarter. But Oak Hill battled back in the second quarter to outscore the Rebelettes 16-14 and trailed 31-28 at the half.
Both teams scored 21 points in the third quarter. Then Leake Academy outscored Oak Hill 25-22 in the final stanza to claim the win. Mary Grace Key led Leake Academy with 28 points while Anna Evans added 13, Shelly Vowell scored 11 and Katie Webb scored 10.
The Rebels took the momentum during the first quarter of their game with Lamar. Leading 26-12 at the end of the first quarter, the Rebels outscored Lamar 19-17 in the second period to go up 45-29 at the half. The second half was closer as the Rebels held on for the win. Alex Shepard led with 35 points. Chipper Jones added 19 points while Tristan Hernandez added 13 and Brandon Johnston scored 10.
Oak Hill was playing for second place in their game with Leake Academy. The Rebels went up 34-29 at the half. Then Oak Hill took control in the second half to end the Rebels' 13-game winning streak. Shepard scored 29 points to lead the Rebels.