Smith finds range from outside as Lady Eagles secure victory

Rachael McGrew (23) checks the sideline before play resumes against Starkville Christian on Monday night.
Staff Writer

Hebron Christian girls basketball coach William Cotton knows what Caralee Smith is capable of doing.

That's why Cotton encourages Smith to take shots when the ball is in her hands.

Smith took the advice of her coach on Monday night and sank five 3-point field goals to score 15 points and the Lady Eagles defeated the Starkville Christian Lady Cougars 49-33.

"I have to push her to make her shoot," Cotton said of Smith. "She can sit there and shoot like that all night long once she finds the spot. Getting her to shoot when she's open, she'd rather pass to someone else and let them do it. She's a very unselfish player, but I keep telling her you've got to shoot more, shoot more and shoot more. Shoot and let (Rachael McGrew) go get the rebound. Rachael will go clean the board if you miss it."

It didn't take long for Smith to find her range as she hit a pair of 3-pointers to give Hebron a 12-4 after the first quarter.

After another successful shot by Smith from long range, the Lady Eagles expanded the margin to 19-9 at halftime.

"They played well on offense and we struggled the entire first three quarters to get anything to go in," Starkville Christian School coach Luke Buckner said. "I'm proud of the girls for not giving up. They kept fighting. I'm looking forward to our game (today)."
Another pair of 3-pointers by Smith gave Hebron a 25-9 advantage early in the third quarter, but the Lady Cougars did not go away.

Starkville Christian went on a 6-0 run to start the fourth quarter to get to within 33-20, but that was as close as it could get.

Olivia Moore hit three 3-point field goal in the second half to help the Lady Cougars and finished with 16 points.

"She finally heated up and changed the game for us at the end, but we've got to get that going in the first quarter," Buckner said.

Along with Smith's production for the Lady Eagles, McGrew led the way with 16 points and Mattie Parrish contributed 10 points.

Hebron Christian improved its record to 2-2.

"We lost a lot of key players off last year's team," Cotton said. "We had one move and one medically disabled. I've still got two really good girls and the rest of these are eighth graders and ninth graders. They are doing good."

Boys Game
Starkville Christian 54,
Hebron Christian 46

Wyatt Johnson started the game with a successful 3-pointer to put the Cougars on top and they did not trail in getting the road win.

A basket by Bradley Scott with 7:22 remaining in the second quarter enabled the Eagles to tie the game at 7-7, but Tony Minor sank a shot from long range 1 minute later to put Starkville Christian back up 10-7.

After Hebron Christian got to within 18-17 with 1:37 left in the second quarter, the Cougars finished the half strong on a 6-2 run to expand the margin to 24-19 at halftime. Minor had two baskets in that stretch.

Minor hit four 3-pointers in the game and led Starkville Christian with 23 points. Johnson finished with 11 points, while Isaac Buckner and Ashton Huxford chipped in 10 points each.

For the Eagles, Adrian Borst had 11 points and Braeden Tripplett added 11 points.