LAUREN WOOD / THE NATCHEZ DEMOCRAT — Adams County Christian School’s Abby Givens goes up for a layup against Wilkinson Country Christian Academy’s Kierra Thompson during Tuesday’s ACCS Tip-Off Tournament game at ACCS. The Lady Rebels won the game 57-31.

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Girls’ basketball: Worthey, Adams led ACCS to win

Published 12:23am Wednesday, November 7, 2012

NATCHEZ — Nikki Worthey and Skylar Adams each fell one rebound shy of a double-double for the Adams County Christian School girls’ basketball team Tuesday night.

But their performances were enough to push the Lady Rebels to an easy, 57-31, victory over Wilkinson County Christian Academy in the ACCS Tip-Off Tournament.

Worthey and Adams each finished with 14 points and nine rebounds in the game, and stepped up to lead the Rebels after starting point guard Tory Laird went down with an injury early in the game.

“I thought we battled hard after our point guard went down,” head coach Melanie Hall said. “We had some people make some shots, and they really stepped up.”

Hall said the ability to overcome the injury to Laird would help the Lady Rebels down the road this season.

“It teaches perseverance and overcoming regardless of what happens,” she said.

ACCS took control of the contest in the first half and took a 30-11 lead into the locker room at halftime.

The Lady Rams struggled to get things going against a tough ACCS defense in the first half, and first-year head coach Dani Wright said she learned some things about her team in its first game.

“We had tremendous effort, and I realized a lot of things that we need to work on,” Wright said. “ACCS is a wonderful team and good competition to start with.”

Brandi Norwood finished as the leading scorer for the Lady Rams with 11 points.

Abby Givens also reached double-digit points for the Lady Rebels with 12. Ashleigh Williams finished with seven points.

Both coaches said the first game was an opportunity to play a lot of players, try a variety of different plays and learn about their teams to help prepare for the rest of the season.

ACCS (1-0) will play Central Private at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Tip-Off Tournament, and WCCA (0-1) will play Oak Forest on the final day of the tournament at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.