Dominant Rebels

Published 12:01 am Friday, November 4, 2011

NATCHEZ — The Adams County Christian School girls’ basketball team played stifling defense Thursday night and cruised to a 70-9 victory over Central Private in the ACCS Tip-Off Tournament.

The Lady Rebels allowed just five points in the first quarter and four in the fourth quarter to cruise to victory over an overmatched Central Private team.

All 10 Lady Rebels scored in the game, and head coach Melanie Hall said she was proud of the way her team played together.

ERIC SHELTON | THE NATCHEZ DEMOCRAT — Brandis White fights off Central Private defenders as she goes up for a shot during ACCS’ 70-9 win over Thursday afternoon at ACCS.

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“They all play with unity, and they compliment each other,” she said. “They all bring something positive to the team. They are a very unified group that bring out the best in each other.”

Hall said it was the Lady Rebels’ second game of the season, and they looked calmer the second time around.

“One thing (that was different) is we didn’t have the first-game jitters tonight,” Hall said.

The Lady Rebels jumped out 27-5 after one quarter of play behind Jessica Reynolds’ 13 first-quarter points. Reynolds led all scorers in the game with 17 points.

ACCS won the second and third quarters by a combined score of 28-0. Valerie Forman led the way in the second quarter with 12 points. She finished the game with 14.

After sitting in the second quarter, the ACCS starters came back to start the second half and scored 12 points in the third quarter. The Lady Rebels then outscored Central Private 15-4 in the fourth quarter to finish the game.

Tori Laird also finished the game in double-digits with 10 points and was the Lady Rebels’ third-leading scorer.

Ashton Mason and Katie Russ each chipped in 6 points of their own for ACCS.

Hall said she is just glad to see her girls enjoy the game and then give credit to God when it’s all over.

“They come out and you can see the fire, excitement and intensity in their eyes on the court, and they are having a good time playing basketball,” she said.

“And in the locker room the first thing I hear is them thanking God for the (game) and the unity they have as a team, and I don’t have the words (to describe) that.”

Hall said she is pleased with the way the Lady Rebels have played in their first two wins, but she still expects improvement in every aspect as the season progresses.

ACCS (2-0) will host Copiah Saturday in the tournament.