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Brooks, Fleming lead ACCS as Rebels hang on vs. Parklane

Matthew Artigues, center, and Jack Dumas of Parklane jump to block  Adams County Christian Schools' Lester Wells in the first half of the boys basketball game Thursday night. (Brittney Lohmiller \ The Natchez Democrat)
Matthew Artigues, center, and Jack Dumas of Parklane jump to block Adams County Christian Schools’ Lester Wells in the first half of the boys basketball game Thursday night. (Brittney Lohmiller \ The Natchez Democrat)

NATCHEZ — Brandon Brooks and Trey Fleming led Adams County Christian School with 13 points each as the Rebels held on for a 55-52 win over the Parklane Academy Pioneers Thursday night.

“Brandon had 18 points the last time we played them (Nov. 19). They were determined to make sure he didn’t get 18 again,” ACCS head coach Richy Spears said. “They packed it in. That’s how Trey got some open looks.”

Neither team was able to pull away from the other in the first half. Parklane led ACCS 16-15 at the end of the first quarter, but the Rebels outscored the Pioneers 16-14 in the second quarter to take a 31-30 halftime lead.

“Parklane’s a (Class) AAA school. They always play tough. They always play hard. They are well-coached,” Spears said.

It looked like the Rebels were going to break the game wide open after outscoring Parklane 20-9 in the third quarter for a 51-39 lead. The Pioneers, however, would not go away quietly and without one last rally of their own.

“We’ve got a flair for the dramatics. We came out kind of flat at the beginning and then we picked it up on defense toward the end of the third quarter. That was our big quarter,” Spears said. “We held on at the end. We were trying to be a little patient (in the fourth quarter). They had the momentum.”

Lester Wells scored 10 points for ACCS. Quartez Brown led Parklane with a game-high 18 points and Sanders Ott added 14 points.

ACCS (6-1) plays at Silliman Institute at 7:30 p.m. Monday.

ACCS girls 34, Parklane 15

Parklane Academy made sure the Adams County Christian School duo of Tory Laird and Ashleigh Williams was not going to beat them. The Lady Pioneers, however, were not expecting a couple of other Lady Rebels to step up.

Skylar Adams led ACCS with a game-high 12 points and Rachel House added 10 points to lead the Lady Rebels to a 34-15 win over the Lady Pioneers in a surprisingly low-scoring contest.

“Rachel House had probably her best game of the season,” Lady Rebels head coach Melanie Hall said. “At times we did some good things and at others we didn’t. We missed a lot of free throws, and we got out-rebounded.”

ACCS led Parklane 9-3 after one quarter of play and 16-5 at halftime. Both teams scored four points in the third quarter before the Lady Rebels put the game away with a 14-6 advantage over the Lady Pioneers in the fourth quarter.

Despite their struggles at the line and on the boards, the Lady Rebels’ defense more than made up for that, as well as some shooting woes from both the field and the free-throw line by the Lady Pioneers.

“We made more shots. They missed a good many free throws, also,” Hall said. “Hopefully we take the things from each ball game and learn (from them).”

ACCS (9-2) next plays at 6 p.m. next Monday at Silliman Institute.