Hebron girls edge Kemper despite poor shooting

Hebron's Micah Thompson attempts a free throw against Kemper Academy Thursday night. Thompson finished with nine points, including 5-of-6 from the foul line.
Staff Writer

Hebron Christian took the floor for the first time in a week Thursday night and had to shake off the rust early against Kemper Academy. The game remained scoreless until Micah Thompson hit a layup with 5:49 left in the first quarter to give the Lady Eagles a 2-0 lead.

The Lady Rams answered, as Jena Bobo nailed a three pointer to take a 3-2 lead. Another Kemper three-pointer would give the Lady Rams a 6-4 lead, but Rachael McGrew and Eliana Carter each hit baskets to tie the game at 10 apeice. Hebron led 11-10 after one quarter of play.

The second quarter was a back and forth affair. Both teams were knotted at 14-14 after Thompson made two free throws with 4:48 left in the second quarter. Kemper went in front again, but Caralee Smith grabbed a steal and hit a jumper to tie the game at 16. Two more Thompson free throws gave the Lady Eagles an 18-16 lead, en route to a 21-16 halftime advantage. Hebron closed the half on a 7-0 run.

The teams remained close throughout the third quarter. A jumper by McGrew and a steal and layup by Smith would give the Lady Eagles their largest lead of the game at 27-20 with 2:20 left in the third quarter. Hebron would lead 27-22 going into the fourth.

The Lady Eagles led by eight with 4:48 remaining, but Kemper’s Allie Redmond and Libbie Dudley hit baskets to cut the Hebron lead to 31-27 with 1:45 left in the game. However, the Lady Eagles played good enough defense to hold on for a 32-27 win.

Kemper Academy’s Bobo led all scorers with 12, while McGrew, Thompson, and Smith each finished with nine points for the Hebron Christian. McGrew also pulled down 12 rebounds, while Thompson corralled eight boards.

Kemper Academy Boys, 56 Hebron, 46

Kemper Academy jumped out to an early 7-0 lead as it looked like the Rams were going to blow Hebron Christian out in the first quarter. However, the Eagles settled down, as Doug Loden made two buckets to help Hebron cut the deficit to 7-6 at the end of the first quarter.

Two Adrian Borst free throws, followed by a steal and layup by Loden capped a 10-0 run for Hebron, giving the Eagles a 10-7 lead with 6:03 left until halftime. Hebron would go up by as many as seven in the second quarter, but Kemper would fight back to cut the deficit to 21-19 at intermission.

A layup by Chase Cawthorn would tie the game at 21 to start the third quarter. The Rams’ River Keaton would drain a three late in the third to extend the lead to 30-25, but Thomas Gable would answer with a three of his own, to cut the deficit back to two.

However, Kemper’s Brody Thomas responded with another three-pointer to give the Rams a 33-28 lead. Kemper would push their lead to 36-28 after three quarters.

The Rams soon went up 47-30 and it looked as if they would blow the game wide open, going away. However, Hebron went on an 8-1 run, aided by a couple driving layups by Borst, splitting two defenders and getting to the rim with ease. Two Dash Turmond free throws would cut the Kemper lead to eight, but that is as close as the Eagles would get, falling 56-46.

Kemper’s Cawthorn led all scorers with 19, while Hebron’s Borst and Loden each finished with 15 each. Thomas added 14 for the Rams.

Hebron Christian will travel to Columbus Christian next Tuesday for their second district contest of the season.