Rebels move to area lead

Published 12:00 am Friday, January 14, 2005

After coming off a pair of wins, the Lowndes Academy Rebels added another victory to their record when they defeated the Raiders of South Montgomery County Tuesday night.

For the varsity boys, they have now won two in a row to push their record to 4-8. But the impressive part of their record is that they are 2-0 and leading their area.

Against South Montgomery Drew Harrell, Whit Lane and Travis Hammonds proved to be the men in control of things as they all three posted double-doubles en route to the Rebels 66-59 victory.

SMCA took an early lead in the first quarter and actually carried that lead into the locker room at the intermission, Their 34-30 lead was helped when Hammonds and Chastin Cleaver both got into foul trouble early, with three fouls each. Rebs coach Matt Marshall had no choice but to sit his players for a majority of the second quarter.

But, while two of Marshall's biggest rebounders were keeping their chairs warmed, Harrell was running the point guard position to near perfection.

A majority of his points were scored in the first two quarters of the game, with a 15 point scoring spree in the first quarter and then a 16 point scoring run in the second quarter.

The second half, the game was a different story.

"We made some defensive adjustments at the half that gave us better rebounding positions

The Rebels outscored their opponents 20-11 in the third quarter and then

16-14 in the fourth. Basically outscoring them 36-25 in the second half to post the 66-59 win.

In the Lady Rebs last game, nearly every team member and their sister put points on the board.

In this game, the Lady Rebels weren't able to get their offense clicking until the second half.

In the first quarter, the Lady Raiders jumped out to an early 11-10 and then settled for a halftime tie, 24-24.

The second half was all Lowndes.

"At the end of the third period we had several of their key players in foul trouble and we decided to attack those players to get them out of the game," said Marshall.

"The end result was that we became more aggressive and got into the bonus with 7:48 remaining in the game. We hit our free throws to close the game out."

Marshall's Lady Rebs outscored their opponents 26-15 in the second half to claim the 50-35 victory.

That win evens up the Lady Rebels' record at 6-6 and also pushed them to 2-0 in the area.

Mallory Insinga was the leading scorer for the Lady Rebs with 10 pts and five rebounds.

She also shot 80 percent from the charity stripe, finishing the night 8-of-10.

The Kilpatrick sisters, Lauren, senior, and Chelsie, freshman, both posted nine points but the elder sister probed to be one of the team's three dominate players on the board. Lauren recorded 11 rebounds.

She, however wasn't the only Rebel in double digits in rebounds.

Michelle Sims had been battling a back injury all season rose to the occasion and brought down 16 boards and scored seven points. Lynsey Renfroe also got in on the action with 10 rebounds.

As a team, the Lady Rebels shot 19-of-29 free throws.

Jordan Insinga, Renfroe, Sydney Eagerton and Jennifer LePage all recorded baskets in the Lady Rebels' victory.

After defeating the Raiders, the Rebels traveled to Autuaga Academy where they stood toe to toe with the Generals in both games. But, the end result was a split.

The Lady Rebs took the floor first with a 6-0 record against Class A teams. That perfect record nearly came to an end with a late fourth quarter surge by the Lady Generals.

But, having a 6'2" center helps in close games.

The Lady Rebs forced a turnover and called a quick timeout to set up the game's final play. LA had the ball with 1.2 seconds left on the clock. Insinga passes the ball to Sims under the basket for the uncontested lay-in and the 40-39 victory.

"The plan was to set a double screen for Chelsie for the game winner," said Marshall. "It worked to perfection, unfortunately the ball rolled around the rim and we ended up knocking it out of bounds."

Lowndes led for a majority of the game, up until the 21.3 second mark when the Lady Generals used a late surge to push them ahead. However, the Lady Rebels fought back to pick up the victory.

Lowndes was led by Kilpatrick with 12 points and eight reboungs, Insinga with a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds. LePage and Sims combined for 13 points and 16 rebounds in the victory.

That win pushed the Lady Rebel's record to 3-0 in the area.

While the Lady Rebels are sitting in a good position in their area, their younger counterparts, the Lady Rebels Jr. High squad will travel back to Autuaga on Jan. 22 to compete in the State Jr. High Invitational tournament. They will face Prattville Christian in the first round and the winner of that game will faced Crenshaw Christian in the single elimination tournament.

After watching the Lady Rebel's record swell to 7-6 overall, the varsity Rebels took the floor looking to move one game closer to .500.

They, however were unable to do so, falling to 4-9 on the season and 2-1 in the area.

"The difference in the game," Marshall said, "was turnovers. They scored 16 points on eight of our turnovers in the first half."

The Generals jumped out to a 9-5 lead and then went on a second quarter tear to push the lead to 22-8.

That halftime lead remained intact, the Rebs had cut the lead down to nine with two minutes left in the game, but was unable to capitalize as the Generals landed back-to-back treys to push the score back out of reach and put them up by 13. That deficit became insurmountable for the Rebels.

Autauga picked up the 53-40 victory.

Harrell was the leading scorer for LA with 20 points and seven rebounds. Whit Lane and Chastin Cleaver tacked on 15 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.