Leake snaps Lady Raiders’ winning streak, Raiders down Rebels

Will Nations
Staff Writer

The Leake Academy Rebelettes jumped out to an early advantage and never relinquished it on Saturday afternoon.
Victoria Sprayberry netted 22 points, and Leake snapped the Oak Hill Lady Raiders’ 10-game winning streak 70-50 on the campus of Oak Hill Academy in West Point.
The Lady Raiders (14-4) were led by Sarah Dill’s game-high 28 points. Dill scored 17 during the opening two quarters. The senior guard elated the home fans with a half-court, buzzer-beater in the third quarter, cutting Leake’s advantage to 11 points.
“They jumped on us early,” Oak Hill Head Basketball Coach Brian Middleton said. “We kept the score the same way throughout the game until the very end when we pressed them. We could never get over the double-digit hump.”
The Rebelettes, at the end of the first three quarters, built leads of 25-12, 41-28 and 53-42.
Sprayberry scored a 3-pointer, the game’s first basket, at the first period’s 7:08 mark. Midway through the quarter, Anna Evans tallied two free throws for a 12-5 lead. Dill brought the lead back to seven on a successful jump shot, but Leake scored the next six points before the quarter concluded.
Leake and Oak Hill were neck and neck during the second quarter. The Rebelettes stretched their advantage to as much as 15, but the Lady Raiders seemed to have an answer to keep the game in reach.
Oak Hill outscored Leake 22-19 in the final 16 minutes. However, the Lady Raiders never got their deficit below double digits.
The Lady Raiders are ranked No. 4 in this week’s Clarion-Ledger Mississippi Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) Class-AA rankings. Leake (12-3) is the No. 2 team in the Class-AAA rankings.
“Leake is a measuring stick. We hope the girls are better at that point,” Middleton said. “We made a lot of mistakes tonight. We turned over the ball a lot. We didn’t rebound as well. We’ll look at film and try and do a better job the next time out.”
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