Leake sweeps district tourney
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 12:00 AM
Leake Academy swept the District 2AA championships this past Saturday in prep basketball action played at Winston Academy.
Both teams placed first in the regular season and drew first round byes.
The Rebels opened the tournament with a 68-51 win over Manchester. They came back in the finals to defeat Oak Hill 68-50. Leake Academy, now 26-5, will open the North State AA tournament play on Wednesday against Glenbrook. The tournament will be held at Canton Academy.
The Leake Academy girls captured their 12 straight district championship. They opened the tournament Friday with a 68-35 win over Tri-County and came back Saturday to defeat Winston 82-52. The Rebelettes now stand at 33-1 and will play Indianola Academy Wednesday starting at 6:30 p.m.
"It was a big weekend of us," Leake Academy Coach Phil Shepard said. "Both teams played well. We faced good competition that was playing at their best and there were good crowds. It was a good atmosphere for basketball."
The Leake Academy boys found themselves trailing 17-13 to Manchester after the first quarter. The Rebels bounced back to outscore the Mavericks 27-15 in the second quarter and led 40-32 at the half. After an even third quarter, the Rebels outscored Manchester 16-5 in the final period to ice the win. Tristan Hernandez led with 25 points while Brandon Johnson added 16, Chipper Jones 13 and Alex Shepard 11.
Oak Hill had beaten the Rebels the week before and Leake Academy came back to even the score. Leading 13-10 after the first quarter, the Rebels outscored Oak Hill 14-8 in the second quarter to go up 27-18 at the half. Leake Academy would outscore Oak Hill 41-32 in the second half. Shepard led with 32 points while Hernandez added 18 points and Jones scored 15.
The Leake Academy girls made short work of Tri-County Friday night. Leading 29-16 at the half, the Rebelettes outscored Tri-County 39-19 in the second half. Anna Evans led with 27 points and Katie Webb scored 15.
Leake Academy took over in the second quarter in the championship game against Winston Academy. Leading 17-16 after the first quarter, the Rebelettes outscored Winston 23-7 in the second quarter to go up 40-23 at the half. The Rebelettes outscored Winston 42-19 in the second half.
"The game was very close," Shepard said. "But then early in the second quarter, there was a two-minute span where we really took the game over. We hit several three-point shots and pulled away."
Mary Grace Key led with 2 points while Evans added 18. Victoria Sprayberry added 14 points and Shelly Dowell scored 10.