Daughter coaches against mother, ACCS coach for first time in Natchez
Published 11:52 pm Tuesday, December 5, 2017
During a game, Adams County Christian School girls basketball coach Melanie Hall doesn’t notice much except for the happenings of her team.
Tuesday night, Hall watched the Lady Rebels defeat Centreville Academy 50-43 as her daughter watched from the opposing bench.
As an assistant coach for the Lady Tigers and head coach of the junior varsity program, Brandy Hall lost her first game coaching against her mother in Natchez.
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“I don’t like coaching against my daughter, because I love to watch my daughter coach,” Melanie Hall said. “We are both competitors, and we want to go out there and win.
“I didn’t watch her. My concern is what my team is doing, but it is fun. I’d rather not, but it was fun.”
Brandy Hall and her twin sister, Sandy, moved through every stage of the game with their mother.
Beginning as ballgirls when Melanie Hall was coaching at Trinity Episcopal, the duo moved up to play for their mother as Lady Saints. They graduated in 2008.
Melanie Hall began coaching the Lady Rebels in the fall of 2008 where she has been ever since, and Brandy Hall followed — finding her passion for coaching.
“I helped my mom with a team camp that summer, and I realized I really liked it,” she said. “I’ve always loved the game.”
Brandy Hall began coaching a group of AYA players that same year — most of which stuck with basketball and are seniors this year at ACCS. She moved up to coaching the ACCS junior varsity girls in 2013, sticking with the program until 2016 and coaching the group to undefeated record for two years.
“I was hesitant because I didn’t know how I would do,” she said. “Mom gave it to me because she said she thought I could do it. I just said OK, and I did it.”
Last school year, Brandy Hall taught first grade at Trinity but didn’t coach.
“I thought I was going to get out of it, and I didn’t realize how much I did miss it,” she said.
Brandy Hall then got a call from Centreville’s athletic director this past summer.
“As soon as I walked in the door, it felt immediately like I was meant to be there,” she said. “It was the most amazing feeling. It completely threw me off, but I missed the connection with the girls.”
Since making the transition back to coaching, Brandy Hall said she has loved every minute — especially the chance to be back on her “home court” in Natchez.
“It’s been wonderful. I have great support,” she said. “I’m very happy.”
The mother-daughter series is now split after Centreville defeated ACCS last Tuesday in Centreville, 46-45.
Brianna Henson led the Lady Rebels with 25 points Tuesday, and Caitlyn Gamberi added 12. Savannah Hailey scored 21 points for Centreville.
In junior varsity matchups, Brandy Hall has now has the edge, 2-0, including a 21-13 victory Tuesday.
“I’ve always loved ACCS, and it will be my first home,” Brandy Hall said. “Being in the gym and coaching against my mom, it made me a little nervous and I don’t get nervous. Everything I learned I got from her, so it was exciting.”
If anything stuck, it was Melanie Hall’s faith.
“Without Him, we wouldn’t be here,” Brandy Hall said. “That started from a very young age.”
For Melanie Hall, she said it’s surreal for the experience to come full circle.
“I never thought I would coach against my daughter,” she said. “I’m just so proud of her. Win or lose, to God be the Glory.”
ACCS (boys) 78, Centreville 37
Three Adams County Christian School players scored in double digits Tuesday to defeat Centreville, 78-37.
Josh Day led the Rebels (2-1) with 22 points, Darius Demby scored 11 and Julian Wilson added 10.
Despite the win, ACCS coach Richy Spears said he still sees room for improvement.
“Three games in, they are still trying to iron out some kinks,” he said. “I saw some good transitions, but we still aren’t where I think we can be.”
Centreville’s BJ Parent led the efforts for the Tigers with 14 points.