HBHS sweeps Edward BellPublished 6:04pm Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Kendall Thomas scored six of his 18 points in overtime to lead a Horseshoe Bend comeback at Edward Bell on Tuesday night.
Thomas made four free throws and a field goal to propel the Generals to a 43-41 victory over the defending Class 1A champs in the Bears’ home opener.
After a tough season last year, HBHS head coach Mike Boyd said it was nice to be on the right end of the scoreboard in a close contest.
“We took some lumps last year,” Boyd said. “But these boys worked hard all summer and the fall, and it’s good to see them get rewarded for their effort.”
Edward Bell owned the lead for the majority of the night and carried a 28-22 lead into the final quarter. But, good outside shooting and good execution against a man-to-man defense was the difference for the Generals in the fourth.
“They were in a zone and Kendall, Jay Glenn and a couple of guys made some long shots, so they switched to man-to-man,” Boyd said. “I didn’t know how we would respond, but we ran the offense well and ended up with some easy baskets. We played well on defense and Josh (Martin) and Damien (Milliner) had some big rebounds for us.”
Eddie Webb had 14 points for the Bears (0-2), who led 8-2 after one quarter and 18-9 at halftime. Glenn finished with 13 points for HBHS (1-1), while Martin and Brandon Thomas had four each.
In the girls game, the Lady Generals had the advantage for most of the night, and they held on for a 36-33 triumph to improve to 6-0 on the season.
HBHS jumped out of the game and scored 16 in the first quarter, but the Lady Bears held the visitors to one bucket in the second and trailed by two at halftime.
“We came out and did a good job of working the ball around,” Boyd said. “Jessica Williams did well down low and got some points in the paint. We just hit a drought in the second quarter. We gave away most of our possessions.”
The Lady Generals kept a three-point edge entering the fourth, and both teams were even in fourth. HBHS has had a different player lead the team in scoring nearly every game, and that trend continued Tuesday as Katie Martin led Boyd’s team with 11 points. Brittney Keel had nine, and Williams scored six.
EBHS head coach Nancy Shealey said Horseshoe Bend’s defense was the difference.
“They played a very tight defensive game against us and limited our offense,” Shealey said. “We, in turn, had a very bad defensive game.”
The Lady Bears’ Kierra Billingsley was the game’s top scorer with 13 points. Desharte Edwards poured in nine, and Natalie Copeland had five. Jessica Harden had four for HBHS, and Carlie Vickers nailed a big 3-pointer down the stretch for her only basket.