ACCS boys win, girls lose in OT on Senior Day
Natchez — Adams County Christian School’s senior night featured many emotions as the boys escaped with a 45-35 victory and the girls lost by one point in overtime.
The boys trailed at halftime but rallied around their defense in the second half, keeping the Centreville Tigers from managing a single point until 6:35 in the fourth period.
The strong defensive play by the Rebels ultimately carried them to victory.
“Our defensive intensity really picked up in the third period. We rebounded well in the third, but in the fourth they out-rebounded us,” head coach Rick Fife said.
Senior Alvion Sampson led the Rebels with 16 points in the victory.
“I came out and played to the best of my ability,” Sampson said. “Coach Fife told us to play better defense because it’s our last home game. We’re family.”
Senior Ryan Goddard also contributed to the victory, scoring 11 points.
“I’m really excited to end the regular season on a good note,” Goddard said. “Getting a win tonight will give us confidence heading into the district tournament.”
Confidence and the return of senior Daniel Guedon will be key factors in how far the Rebels will advance in the district tournament.
Guedon, who is suffering from a leg injury, played sparingly in the first half.
“Guedon has a deep thigh bruise,” Fife said. “We pulled him the second half. I expect to have him back for the district tournament.”
The Rebels will host the district tournament beginning on Feb. 1.
Girls — Centreville Academy 37, ACCS 36
Natchez — The Lady Rebels displayed a rare sight on Monday night, losing on their home court and on senior night, of all nights.
The Lady Rebels, tied with the Lady Tigers heading into the fourth period, also tied the game with a few ticks on the clock with a free throw by Shelby Guice, her only point of the night.
The Lady Rebels then allowed an 11-point overtime period to the Lady Tigers. Centreville escaped with a one-point victory after a Taylor Welch three-pointer with just a few seconds on the clock.
ACCS could not get anything going offensively after shutting out Centreville the first quarter. The Lady Rebels led going into halftime, 7-4.
“We were 3-32 the first half,” coach Melanie Hall said. “ Overall we were 11 for 60-something from the floor.”
The Lady Rebels also missed a lot free throws.
“It’s hard to win games when you miss that many free throws and that many field goals,” Hall said. “We played hard, we left it all on the floor. In victory or defeat, to God be the glory.”
Senior Taylor Welch, as well as many other seniors, was teary-eyed as each team met at half court for a post-game prayer.
“We’ve won so many games since seventh grade and we wanted to win this one so bad,” Welch said. “ District tournament is coming up and we’re going to show everyone that nobody should have beaten us.”
Welch scored six points for ACCS; Brandis White led the team with 13.