ACCS rallies to beat St. Al
Published 12:56 pm Monday, December 18, 2023
VICKSBURG — Playing their first game in eight days, Adams County Christian School’s varsity boys’ and varsity girls’ basketball teams traveled up U.S. Highway 61 North to Vicksburg to take on St. Aloysius High School in the MAIS District 4-5A opener for both teams last Friday night.
In the varsity girls’ game, the ACCS Lady Rebels overcame a terrible performance from the free-throw line to rally past the St. Aloysius Lady Flashes 32-31 for their second win in a row during their four-game road swing.
D’Kiyah Davis finished with a game-high 16 points and Makenzie Campbell added seven points for the Lady Rebels, who rallied to defeat the Lady Flashes despite struggling from both the field and especially the foul line in the first quarter, which ended with ACCS trailing St. Aloysius 8-4.
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“We missed six free throws (in the first quarter). Scoring doesn’t come very easy for us, so we have to make our free throws,” Lady Rebels head basketball coach Matthew Freeman said. “We missed 22 free throws in that game, so we’ve got to get better at the free-throw line.”
ACCS got back in the game by outscoring St. Al 15-12 in the second quarter to go into halftime down just one point, 20-19. Freeman noted that Davis had a big second quarter for the Lady Rebels, scoring nine of her 16 points.
Freeman added that defense and rebounding were the keys to the Lady Rebels’ comeback win over the Lady Flashes. And that showed after halftime as ACCS outscored St. Aloysius 6-5 in the third quarter and 7-7 in the fourth quarter. Lusby (no first name given) led the Lady Flashes with 11 points.
“Defensively, able to finish the game up. We played good defensively the whole game. We rebounded well on their missed shots in the fourth quarter,” Freeman said.
The Lady Rebels improved to 4-5 overall and 1-0 in district play. They step out of play on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2024 when they travel to Liberty to take on the Amite School Center Lady Rebels at 6 p.m.
ACCS boys 50, St. Aloysius 49
VICKSBURG — Tyson Young not only led the ACCS Rebels with 16 points, he showed up big when they needed it the most as they rallied in the fourth quarter to defeat the St. Aloysius Flashes 50-49 to keep their momentum going this season.
Landon McGuire added 11 points and sophomore Lance White gave ACCS some unexpected scoring help with 11 points of his own. Braxton Hunt chipped in with eight points. Just like in the varsity girls’ game, ACCS started off slow offensively and trailed St. Aloysius 15-10.
However, the Rebels had to wait longer to mount their comeback against the Flashes. A low-scoring second quarter resulted in ACCS only outscoring St. Al 7-6, giving the Flashes a 21-17 halftime lead.
Both teams scored 13 points in the third quarter to make it a 34-30 game, and it looked like the Rebels’ chances of rallying in the fourth quarter appeared bleak. That was until Young went off for the visiting team.
“We had a good fourth quarter from Tyson. He scored 11 in the fourth quarter that helped us come back and win the game,” Rebels head coach Matthew Freeman said. “We just had a poor-shooting night from three-point range.”
Not only did ACCS have to overcome its struggles from behind the 3-point line, it also had to offset a game-high 22-point performance by the Flashes’ Anthony McCloud. Carson Gleese chipped in with 17 points.
The Rebels improved to 8-1 overall and 1-0 in district play. They travel to Liberty on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2024 to take on the Amite School Center Rebels at 7:30 p.m.