Boyd, ACCS girls outlast Bowling Green at home, 63-57

Published 12:00 am Sunday, January 15, 2017

The Adams County Christian School Lady Rebels (17-2) proved just how much they could handle Saturday afternoon as they grasped a 63-57 victory over Bowling Green School in MAIS action.

The Buccaneers, ranked No. 1 in District 5-AAA, didn’t go down without a fight, but ACCS found its rescue in senior Bailey Boyd who scored 21 points, with 15 coming in the second half.

“She stepped up, which is what you would expect from the seniors,” ACCS coach Melanie Hall said. “You always love to play good opponents. I was thankful to get the win … Win or lose to God be the glory”

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Continuing to show its championship potential, the Lady Rebels overcame multiple obstacles. They led by 11 points to end the third period, 49-38, but gave up a 9-1 run in the first half of the fourth allowing Bowling Green to come within striking distance.

Leading by just one point with 1:17 remaining, Boyd took the reins and sank 5 of 6 free throws within the final minute to seal the victory.

“To take on that responsibility and get everyone else to settle down is what you want,” Hall said. “She just recognizes the situation and what the defense is doing, while being cool, calm and collected. We just have to stay under control, and that’s what she did.”

It also didn’t help that Brianna Henson, who scored 12 points, fouled out in the fourth quarter. Also, Caitlyn Gamberi went out injured in her first game back since an early-season leg injury.

“I thought it was another good team win,” Hall said. “Our girls that didn’t play were encouraging the ones that were on the court and taking care of each other.”

Alongside Boyd, senior Anna McDaniel added a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Shelby Mason also added 11 points.

ACCS will be back in action on Tuesday vs. Columbia Academy for a district matchup at home.

ACCS (boys) 42, 

Bowling Green 36

After a disordered start to the game, the Rebels found a focus down the stretch to top the Bucs, 42-36.

Julian Wilson made one free throw with 37.9 secondsremaining to make it a two-possession game, 39-35. With 14 seconds to go, Darius Demby then followed with a layup inside, ultimately leading to the win.

“The end of the game was a plus,” ACCS coach Richy Spears said. “I thought we did some things better, but we still aren’t where we want to be.”

Demby led ACCS with 11 points on the night, and Wilson added seven. Cade Wells and Marshall Edmonds also ended with seven points.

Problems for the Rebels rose, however, when they had trouble keeping the ball within their possession. They also had a tendency to miss rebounds early in play.

“We had too many turnovers for sure,” Spears said. “We have to take advantage of when people get to the hoop, but when people collapse we have to have people getting there and finishing.”

Although it was not the prettiest win, Spears noted that his team never gives up.

“I know we are always going to bust our tail to hustle,” he said.