Eagles stretch win streak to five

Published 12:00 am Friday, January 16, 2004

Porters Chapel guard Allison Horn attempts a shot over Rebul’s Carolina Blocker in the Lady Eagles’ 40-34 win on Thursday night. (Jenny SevcikThe Vicksburg Post)

[1/16/04]All it took was one sharp-shooting quarter for the Porters Chapel Academy boys basketball team to beat Rebul on Thursday night.

The Eagles (9-10) spread the ball around and shot 8-for-10 in the first quarter to take a 16-8 lead that they sat on for the rest of the game en route to a 44-33 win. Dan Ivey and Allen Cassell each scored 10 points to lead PCA to its fifth straight win.

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“They outplayed us,” Rebul coach David Glasgow said. “They did what they wanted to on offense and made us play like they wanted on defense.”

Rebul (8-12) shot a woeful 25 percent (14-of-55) in the game, including a 19 percent (7-of-37) second half. Cody Phelps scored a game-high 14 points, and Tyler Gatewood added 11. The remaining four players combined to shoot 9 percent (3-of-32).

The Eagles dropped off considerably after their blistering first quarter, shooting 33 percent for the rest of the game to finish at 49 percent (19-of-39). Porters Chapel also committed 25 turnovers in the game to Rebul’s 19.

PCA coach Kevin Griffin was disappointed with his team’s effort following the first quarter.

“We stopped moving the ball,” he said. “We started floating passes, and we weren’t attacking the gaps in the zone.”

On the shoulders of Cody Phelps’ 10 first-half points, the Raiders clawed their way back into the game. In the second quarter, they outscored the Eagles 10-8 to enter the half down 24-18.

“We had a lot of lapses on defense,” Griffin said of the second quarter. “We didn’t play good help defense.”

With only six players in uniform, the Raiders predictably wore down in the second half.

“We’ve fought that all year long,” Glasgow said. “I like to press, but we can’t because we’ll get too tired.”

Cassell gave a strong effort in the third quarter, scoring six of the Eagles’ nine points as they extended their advantage to nine.

Rebul again fought back, cutting the lead to 37-31 late in the fourth quarter, but Porters Chapel finished with a 7-2 run to close out the game.

The Eagles return to conference play as they host Humphreys tonight at 6 p.m.

(G) PCA 40, Rebul 34

Griffin set a goal for his girls team heading into the game for the players around Annie Beaugh to step up and limit her shot attempts to a range of 12-15.

They responded to the challenge with their second win over Rebul in three tries this season. The victory also ended a four-game slide for the Lady Eagles.

“We finally got some contributions from someone other than Annie Beaugh,” Griffin said.

Beaugh did score 21 points, but she only needed 13 shot attempts to do so. She also added nine rebounds, a couple of assists and one crushing block as the Lady Eagles improved their record to 13-9.

Despite a size advantage, Rebul could never make good on their rebounds, shooting 26 percent (14-of-54) in the game. Carolina Blocker used her inside game for a team-high 17 points and 13 rebounds. Courtney Roberts grabbed 11 boards, but shot 1-of-15, including 1-of-9 from behind the arc.

After a slow start, Porters Chapel went on a 10-3 run for a 12-9 first-quarter lead.

The Lady Eagles built their advantage to 25-19 at halftime and extended it to 11 points midway through the fourth quarter before Rebul began to chip away during the final minutes.