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ACCS boys, girls sweep Silliman

NATCHEZ — The Adams County Christian School Rebels ended 2013 with a bang as they pummeled Silliman Institute 63-30 in their last game of the calendar year.

Brandon Brooks led the Rebels in scoring with 19 points, and Tyler Stockstill had a productive game with 18 points.

ACCS head coach Richy Spears said he was pleased with his players’ willingness to share the ball, as 10 different players ended up scoring for the Rebels.

“That’s what we stress in practice,” he said. “We have to be a team offensively and defensively. A team is going to go a lot further than what one or two people will take us.”

Adams County Christian School’s Tyler Stockstill shoots the ball over Silliman Institute’s Denver Price during the Rebels’ 63-30 home win Monday. (Ben Hillyer \ The Natchez Democrat)
Adams County Christian School’s Tyler Stockstill shoots the ball over Silliman Institute’s Denver Price during the Rebels’ 63-30 home win Monday. (Ben Hillyer \ The Natchez Democrat)

Silliman opened the game by scoring on a layup by Keith Elkins just one minute into the game.

But that would be the only time the Wildcats would get ahead. The Rebels then went on a 9-0 run, capped off by Stockstill’s corner three-pointer during an out-of-bounds play at the 1:58 mark.

The Rebels’ full-court man-to-man press caused problems for Silliman, but the Wildcats were able to get a breakthrough when J.C. Crain dribbled across court and hit a jumper to inch within nine points, 15-6.

Silliman would score once more before the end of the first quarter, making it 15-8.

The Rebels started the second quarter on a 6-0 run, which was powered by Stockstill, who accounted for four of those six points.

Ahead 26-12, Crain slowed down ACCS’s run with a pull-up three-pointer from the corner to stay within nine points.

The Rebels went into the locker room up 30-15 before extending that lead by almost double in the third quarter. ACCS only allowed three points but managed to score 16 points.

The Rebels started the second half on a 9-0 run, which was started by Ryan Strong’s breakaway layup at the 7:10 mark.

Silliman didn’t score its first point of the half until the 3:10 mark in the third when Will Barnett hit one of two free throws to make it 39-16.

The Rebels scored five more points before the end of the third quarter to reach a comfortable 46-18 lead.

Spears said his players’ defense made a big difference in the game.

“I thought we did pick it up defensively,” Spears said. “We executed what we wanted to do, which was using our quickness. I thought the intensity was there tonight, and that’s what we’re looking for going into January.”

The Rebels play Brookhaven Academy at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

ACCS girls 55, Silliman girls 24

The Lady Rebels were dominant from the start in their match against Silliman Institute Monday, winning their game 55-24.

Tori Laird led the Lady Rebels with 22 points, while Ashleigh Williams added 12 points and nine rebounds.

Despite Laird and Williams leading all scorers, it seemed to be Jordan Petty’s game early on.

She scored the first five points for ACCS on a put back layup and a corner 3-pointer after forcing a turnover during a full-court press.

ACCS was leading 10-0 before Silliman finally scored on two free throws by Kari Overland at the 5:08 mark.

The Lady Rebels went up by 20 points on a post up by Williams. Laird, despite going to the bench with three early fouls, had 14 of the Lady Rebels’ points.

ACCS head coach Melanie Hall said her players know how to handle the pressure even when their starters are out.

“They believe in each other, and they know they have each other’s backs,” she said. “When one of us goes out, we buckle down.”

ACCS laid off of the press because of their foul troubles but still managed to limit Silliman to 10 points in the second quarter.

ACCS had just nine points, as Williams accounted for four of them and went into the locker room ahead 31-12.

The Lady Rebels picked up the tempo in the third quarter as Laird returned to the game. ACCS scored 15 points and allowed only three points to go ahead 46-15 after three.

That breathing room was just what the Lady Rebels needed as they breezed through the fourth quarter.

Hall said she was relieved that her players came out with great intensity despite having several days off because of the holidays.

“When you have a holiday and take a break, you’ll (usually) come out sluggish, but they didn’t,” Hall said. “They came out with a spark, with intensity. It looked like we continued to play during the break.”

The Lady Rebels play at 6 p.m. Friday against Brookhaven Academy.