Rebul rolls to 20th straight victory|[1/21/06]

Published 12:00 am Monday, January 23, 2006

The Lady Raiders of Rebul won their 20th straight game Friday night, beating Porters Chapel 51-30 at PCA.

The Porters Chapel boys, meanwhile, clinched the No. 2 seed in District 4-A with a 50-23 romp of Rebul. PCA (13-7, 8-4) will host the district tournament, beginning Jan. 31.

Caroline Blocker scored a game high 24 points to lead Rebul (21-2, 13-0), which clinched the top seed in the girls’ district tournament.

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Rebul coach Richard Elam said his Lady Raiders could contend for the Academy-A state title.

&#8220I’m pleased with our wins and that means we’re doing something right. Of course, we can do better,” Elam said. &#8220Tonight, we missed a lot of easy shots. We should do better because we’re a veteran team.”

Last year, Rebul won both the District 4-A and North Central-A Tournament before getting beaten in the semifinals of the state tournament.

&#8220I’ve got a good group of kids and we have excellent senior leadership,” Elam said. &#8220With Caroline Blocker, we have someone who has a good touch around the rim. We also have good depth because we’ve started eight different girls at one time or another.”

PCA coach E.J. Creel liked her team’s effort against one of Academy A’s top teams.

&#8220I’m definitely happy with our effort. But when you shoot 8-for-41, you can’t expect to win a ballgame,” Creel said.

PCA (6-13, 5-8) had to play without top scorer Lauren Johnson for most of the second half. Johnson suffered an ankle sprain.

&#8220She went out early in the third quarter. It would’ve been closer if she’d been out there,” Creel said.

Johnson scored all six of her points in the second quarter as PCA trailed 22-12 at the half.

Hollie Rials and Courtney Roberts scored five each to pace Rebul to a 38-19 lead after three quarters.

PCA got it to 15 early in the fourth quarter, but 3-pointers from Blocker and Caitlin Walker stopped the rally.

Roberts had 10 points for Rebul. Bailey Williams led PCA with eight.

(B) PCA 50, Rebul 23.

Hayden Hales tossed in 15 points and Jermaine O’Conner had 12 as the Eagles finished up district play.

PCA led 21-4 after one quarter and was never challenged by the outmanned Raiders. Eight Eagles scored with the second-teamers seeing extensive action. It was 35-11 at the half.

Tyler Leech led Rebul with 10 points.

(G) WC 58, Greenville 55.

Brittany Willis scored 13 points and Amanda Doyle netted 10 as the Lady Vikes avenged an earlier loss to the Honey Bees.

Warren Central (14-6, 2-1 Division 6-5A) led 31-28 at halftime and entered the fourth quarter tied at 45.

Tiara Jackson paced Greenville with 14 points.