° empty

ACCS boys ousted by Brookhaven, 50-46

Brookhaven Academy’s Drake Flowers, left, and Zach Smith tries to block Adams County Christian School’s Brandon Brooks’s shot during the boys basketball against Brookhaven Academy Friday. (Brittney Lohmiller/ the Natchez Democrat)
Brookhaven Academy’s Drake Flowers, left, and Zach Smith tries to block Adams County Christian School’s Brandon Brooks’s shot during the boys basketball game against Brookhaven Academy Friday. (Brittney Lohmiller/ the Natchez Democrat)

NATCHEZ — Adams County Christian School head coach Richy Spears said there was a sheer lack of execution in the Rebels’ performance Friday night as they lost to Brookhaven Academy 50-46 at home.

Brandon Brooks was able to put up 16 points for the Rebels as their leading scorer, but it was no match for Zach Smith’s 20 points and Travis Thornton’s contributing 11 points for Brookhaven.

ACCS got off to a great start, leading Brookhaven 16-7 early in the first quarter. But the lead started to slip from the team’s hands in the second quarter as the Rebels allowed Brookhaven to outscore them 19-8 and take a two-point lead into halftime, 26-24.

The Rebels didn’t go down easily as they were able to tie the game up in the third quarter at 37 apiece.

But mental breakdowns did the Rebels in, in the fourth quarter as they were only able to generate nine points to Brookhaven’s 13.

“We just had some lapses tonight that got us,” Spears said.

Spears said there wasn’t much his players did to his liking on the court Friday.

“We just didn’t execute, we didn’t offensively or defensively,” he said. “We missed some easy shots. Defensively, we didn’t rotate sometimes, and they got some looks at the basket.”

ACCS returns to the court at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in a district match against Central Hinds Academy.

ACCS girls 44, Brookhaven 39

Inconsistent play by the Adams County Christian School Lady Rebels allowed Brookhaven Academy to stay in the game, but ACCS was able to pull out the win 44-39 to go 2-0 in district.

Ashleigh Williams had a big night for the Lady Rebels, scoring 17 points as the team’s only double-digit scorer.

Skylar Adams added on nine points, and scored eight of those in the opening minutes of the game.

Adams scored the Lady Rebels first seven points as they led 7-3 before Tory Laird got involved with a break away lay up to propel ACCS to a 9-3 lead.

Adams County Christian School’s Tory Laird dribbles around Lindsey Winbourne of Brookhaven Academy during the girls basketball against Brookhaven Academy Friday. ACCS defeated Brookhaven 44-39.
Adams County Christian School’s Tory Laird dribbles around Lindsey Winbourne of Brookhaven Academy during the girls basketball game against Brookhaven Academy Friday. ACCS defeated Brookhaven 44-39.

ACCS only allowed three points in the first quarter as the team saw an early 16-3 lead.

What looked to be a potential blowout turned into a competitive game as Brookhaven fought its way back into contention, though never leading.

Brookhaven outscored the Lady Rebels 17-12 in the second half to go into the locker room 28-20 at halftime.

Brookhaven got as close as five points by implementing a full-court press that gave ACCS problems sporadically in the fourth quarter.

ACCS fans held their breath with less than two minutes to go when a Brookhaven steal turned into a Hilary Wilson lay up plus the foul that brought Brookhaven within 37-32.

The Lady Rebels began to use time management and pulled out the win 44-39.

Lady Rebels head coach Melanie Hall said there was a lesson to be learned from the game, and she hopes the match only makes her team better.

“Win or lose, to God be the Glory,” she said. “When we executed, I saw some good things, but if we will take this film and learn from it, we’ll be stronger.

“If we can play four quarters together, we will be fine in the post season.”

The Lady Rebels play against Central Hinds Academy at 6 p.m. Tuesday.