ACCS girls overcome deficit to win

Published 11:42 pm Monday, November 21, 2011

NATCHEZ — Just when it looked Oak Forest Academy was on its way to handing Adams County Christian School its first loss of the season, the Lady Rebels decided that was not going to happen.

Led by Brandis White and Tori Laird, ACCS rallied from a double-digit deficit in the second half to defeat the Lady Yellow Jackets 58-55 Monday night to improve to 8-0 on the season.

Lady Rebels head coach Melanie Hall said it was good for her team to play a tough opponent this early in the season. She said she was also pleased with the way her team responded after being down by 13 points in the third quarter.

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“It was good to have a game like that early because Oak Forest played good. They played pretty well,” Hall said. “Our girls fought back and fought hard and won it in the last two minutes of the ball game. They showed a lot of heart and character.”

The Lady Yellow Jackets also handled the Lady Rebels’ press defense quite well during the first three quarters. Oak Forest grabbed a 14-12 lead at the end of the first quarter, but ACCS took a 29-28 lead at halftime by outscoring Oak Forest 17-14 in the second quarter.

With Lindsey Neal and Shelbi Ballard leading the charge for the Lady Yellow Jackets, they appeared well on their way to an upset win putting up 16 points in the third quarter while holding the Lady Rebels to a mere eight points for a 44-37 lead. Ballard and Neal finished with 14 points apiece.

But ACCS had other ideas. The Lady Rebels turned up the defensive pressure on the Lady Yellow Jackets. That forced Oak Forest into either turnovers or tough shots, which translated into transition baskets for ACCS.

“The girls kept fighting back, kept battling back and came back with their defensive intensity. The kids never hung their heads. They kept supporting each other and they believed,” Hall said. “They thank God for it. They did a super job.”

ACCS ended up outscoring Oak Forest 21-11 in the fourth quarter to escape with the three-point win. White led the Lady Rebels with a game-high 21 points and Laird finished with 19 points.

Oak Forest boys 41, ACCS 29

NATCHEZ — The Oak Forest Academy Yellow Jackets jumped out to a 10-4 lead after one quarter of play and never looked back as they defeated the Adams County Christian School Rebels Monday night.

The Yellow Jackets took a 24-14 lead at halftime and by the time the third quarter was over, they led the Rebels 35-22.

ACCS (0-4) was led by Brandon Walker with 10 points and Ben Moffett had six points.

ACCS plays host to Tallulah Academy today.