HBHS boys fall to Rebels, girls winPublished 6:42pm Wednesday, December 18, 2013
The Horseshoe Bend Lady Generals basketball team seems to have rediscovered its footing, having claimed it’s second win in a row following a five-game losing streak.
However, the boys squad continues to struggle on the hardwood, as the shorthanded Generals were unable to defeat Reeltown. The Lady Generals improved to 5-6 on the season at the expense of the Reeltown Lady Rebels.
HBS 29, Reeltown 49 (boys)
The Generals fell to 1-10 on the season following a loss to the Reeltown Rebels. Kurtis Smothers was the lone Generals player in double figures, leading the team in points with 10.
Antwan Hardnett scored seven, and Jacob Mayhew added six.
“They jumped out on us quickly,” said HBS basketball coach Mike Boyd on Reeltown. “We weren’t able to get back into it, and we ran out of gas.”
The Rebels roared out to a fast start, heading into the second quarter with a 21-7 advantage. That deficit ended up being too much for the Generals to overcome.
“We got everything we could out of our guys,” Boyd said.
Cody Denham did not play for Horseshoe Bend due to illness, and the Generals have discovered that starting point guard Red Lewis has been lost for the year due to a broken ankle.
For Reeltown, Bradley McKeithen filled up the stat-sheet for the Rebels. McKeither led the Rebels with 14 points, five swats, six boards, three steals and three assists. Korey Edwards added nine points and three pilferings of his own for the Rebels.
HBS 39, Reeltown 35 (girls)
Zakkia Lyons scored 12 points as the Lady Generals fended off the Lady Rebels to earn consecutive victories for the first time since the start of the season.
The Lady Generals headed into intermission up 21-12, but the Lady Rebels made their charge in the third quarter to claim a 25-24 lead heading into the final period.
“We played probably as good of a first half as we’ve played all season long,” Boyd said. “We didn’t really do much in the second half, but a win is a win is a win.”
Amber Hardnett scored eight points to help the Lady Generals’ cause. Asia Stowes netted six points, and Brooke Karr scored five points.
“I think that simplifying things is working for us,” Boyd said of the girls team. “We have to learn to be more consistent with our shots. But we have four fewer turnovers than we did in our last game, so I think we may have found our niche.”
For the Lady Rebels, Jaslia Heard was the high point-woman with 15. Jasmine Heard scored 10, and Cheryl Bell scored eight.
Both teams will return to action in the Central-Clay County tournament, which starts Thursday afternoon. The HBS boys will face Reeltown again in the opening round, and the Lady Generals will take on Central-Clay County to begin their tournament.