JA sweeps ACCS in South AAAA

Published 12:00 am Friday, January 21, 2000

The first meeting between MPSA South AAAA rivals ACCS and Jackson Academy varsity girls teams ended with a 30-point plus win by the Lady Raiders.

The second meeting between JA and the Lady Rebels ended with a JA victory, but by a much closer margin – nine points, 50-41.

&uot;I thought we played extremely hard. If we can work on execution a little more, we’ll be in good shape,&uot; said Lady Rebels head coach Bruce Pickle.

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The Lady Rebels could not contain the Lady Raider duo of Sara Clark and Carolyn Hartline.

Clark finished with a game-high 19 points and hit two three-pointers and Hartline had 10 points for the Lady Raiders (16-3).

The Lady Rebels (16-9, 4-3) had a tough time getting any offense going as the JA used a full-court press through much of the game.

The press defense helped the Lady Raiders jump out to a 20-9 lead after the first quarter and 26-14 at halftime.

&uot;I was proud of how hard and how well the kids played tonight,&uot; coach Pickle said. &uot;When we’re playing our best, we can beat anybody in our district. We’ve got to get more confidence and make better decisions against the press.&uot;

The Lady Rebels were led by Rebecca Rabb with 10 points and Bethani Gamberi with seven points.

In the boys game, the Raiders scored at least 20 points in all four quarters on their way to easy 90-37 win over the Rebels.

Ryan Henderson led JA with 13 points and made three of the team’s seven three-pointers.

Ty Smith led the Rebels with 17 points and 10 rebounds and Hayden Wadsworth had eight points and nine rebounds.

ACCS hosts WCCA on Saturday beginning at 1 p.m.