Hebron Girls finish 7th at East Webster Tournament

 Hebron Christian's Mattie Parrish is double-teamed by J.Z. George defenders.
Staff Writer

After falling to Winston Academy and Baldwyn on the first two days of the East Webster tournament, Hebron Christian was able to come away with a victory in the seventh-place game against the J.Z. George Lady Jaguars. Hebron jumped to an early lead and never let up, cruising to a 58-29 win.

The Lady Eagles lost 44-30 to Winston Academy on Thursday afternoon, followed by a 54-43 loss to Baldwyn on Friday. Against Baldwyn, Rachael McGrew finished with 12 points, while Micah Thompson added 11. Caralee Smith also contributed nine points in the loss.

“We were down 24-9 at halftime. We came back and outscored them in the second half, but it was too little, too late,” Cotton said. “If we had played the first two quarters like the last two, it may have been a different ball game.”

On Saturday morning, Hebron came out with more of a spark, jumping out to a 23-6 first quarter lead after only scoring two points in the first quarter against Baldwyn.

Cotton mentioned that his team has been in a shooting slump recently and looked to have snapped out of the slump against the Lady Jaguars.

“We’re not used to playing that early, plus we’ve been in a shooting slump,” Cotton said. “We’ve had two pretty tough games this week and needed to snap out of the slump we’ve been in. When we came out, they stepped up to the challenge and moved the ball well, worked the ball in, and made shots.”

Cotton decided to substitute his reserves early in the second quarter and continued to rotate them with his starters in platoons, throughout the game.

The Lady Eagles would take a 33-16 lead into the half, behind 12 points from McGrew and two Eliana Carter three-pointers.

Hebron would carry that momentum into the second half, as a steal and lay-up by Elisha Carter increased the lead to 42-18 with 1:48 left in the third quarter. The Lady Eagles would lead 44-20 at the end of the third, en route to a 58-29 win.

McGrew led all scorers with 17 points, while Eliana Carter and McKinsey Wedel each added 10. Reserve center Mattie Parrish scored eight points for the Lady Eagles.

Hebron improves to 10-4 on the season and will travel to face Starkville Academy on Thursday, Jan.4.