ACCS varsity hoops teams manage to split with Rams

Published 1:15 pm Friday, December 8, 2023

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WOODVILLE — For the second time this week, Adams County Christian School’s varsity basketball teams ended up with a split of their competition. Last Thursday night, it was Wilkinson County Christian Academy.

Landon McGuire and Tyson Young each scored in double figures as the ACCS Rebels took care of the WCCA Rams 50-32 to salvage that varsity doubleheader split after the WCCA Lady Rams used a big first quarter to take care of the ACCS Lady Rebels 59-37.

ACCS boys 50, WCCA 32

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McGuire led all scorers with 20 points and Young finished with 10 points. ACCS was only up 7-6 on WCCA at the end of a first quarter in which both teams struggled to get shots to fall. Then the Rebels pulled away thanks to an 18-7 advantage over the Rams in the second quarter for a 25-11 halftime lead.

The Rebels then outscored the Rams 13-9 in the third quarter for a 38-22 lead. Despite the win, ACCS head coach Matthew Freeman said the outcome could have been even more lopsided had the Rebels made more shots from behind the 3-point line.

“Landon had another big game for us offensively. We didn’t shoot the 3-pointer as well as we had for some reason. That allowed WCCA to stay in the game early on,” Freeman said. “We played good defensively. But it was probably the worst we’ve shot 3-pointers this season.”

Freeman noted that the Rebels used a press defense and got some steals from that to make up for their shooting woes.

“Just got to shoot the ball better than we did (Thursday) night,” Freeman said.

WCCA was led by Easton Buteaux with 13 points while Jacob Sessions poured in seven points.

ACCS (7-1) doesn’t play again until Friday, Dec. 15 when it travels to Vicksburg to take on St. Aloysius High School in the Rebels’ MAIS District 4-5A opener at 7:30 p.m. WCCA (no record given) played at Cathedral High School at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

WCCA girls 59, ACCS 37

Cheylin Bolden led Wilkinson County Christian Academy with a game-high 18 points while Kylie Bolden and Ava Randall contributed with 14 points apiece as the Lady Rams got a rare win over the ACCS Lady Rebels.

ACCS was without three of its starters for a variety of reasons, head coach Matthew Freeman said. Having that many key players out for the visiting team was of the key contributors to the outcome of this game. Another was the kind of defense WCCA played in the opening quarter.

“We’re still missing two of our starters who are in Hawaii cheerleading and another starter is out with the flu,” Freeman said. “Our girls played hard. They just got outmatched. WCCA has some really talented players. They just pressed us and we didn’t handle it early. Settled down and played better after that. Just had a rough first quarter.”

The Lady Rams led the Lady Rebels 21-5 after one quarter of play. As Freeman put it, after that ACCS really hung tough with WCCA over the final three quarters. The Lady Rams outscored the Lady Rebels 14-12 in the second quarter for a 35-17 halftime lead.

After both teams scored 13 points in the third quarter, WCCA scored 11 points while holding ACCS to just seven points in the fourth quarter. The Lady Rebels were led by D’Kiyah Davis with 16 points and Carley Beach had 10 points.

“Carley Beach and DJ had good games for us offensively,” Freeman said.

ACCS (3-5) plays at St. Aloysius High School at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 15 in the Lady Rebels’ MAIS District 4-5A opener. WCCA (no record given) traveled to Natchez to take on Cathedral High School at 6 p.m. Friday.