By: Jim Steele
HUNITNGDON, Tenn. - McKenzie's Lady Rebels broke open a close game in the second half to defeat host Huntingdon 20-14 while the Rebels exploded in the third quarter for a 47-29 victory.
In the girls' game, McKenzie and the Fillies dueld to a 6-all tie in the first and held a scant 12-8 lead in the second frame. But one could sense an onslaught coming. McKenzie missed 20 of 26 shots while the Fillies managed just eight field goals. Additionally, the Lady Rebels played a baseline-to-baseline game, forcing 18 Huntingdon turnovers. They also outrebounded Huntingdon 18-6 in the first half.
In essence, McKenzie spent a lot of time on its half of the court for most of the night.
That spelled an 8-0 run in the third, led by Courtney Broadbent. McKenzie led 20-10 at that point and forced five more turnovers in the process.
McKenzie cooled off in the fourth and Huntingdon tossed in a couple of buckets to draw closer, but McKenzie was never in danger.
Broadbent led the Lady Rebels with 10 points. Kelsey Spivey scored four, Infinity McClerkin, Alecia Barrileaux and Casi Lowrance each had two.
Kelly Bowlin scored six, Libby Maxwell had four.
In the nightcap, the Rebels started strong, then streamrolled with a 21-2 run in the second frame, hitting nine of 15 field goals and forcing seven turnovers. McKenzie was off to the races and led 30-7 at the half.
That run continued in the third as the Rebels outscored the Mustangs 9-0 to start the third. Huntingdon got off the schneid and posted six points late in the frame. But McKenzie still led by 30, 43-13. The Mustangs mounted a rally late as both junior varsity teams saw plenty of time, but by then the issue had long since been settled.
Tyree Owen led the Rebels with 11 points. Breshaun Oglesby scored nine, Keenan Taylor eight, Noah Lowrance six, Reed Austin four, Janson Davis three, Chase Kelley and Braden Nanney two each.
Kolton McClerkin led the Mustangs with 10,