By: Jim Steele
McKenzie sweeps district pair from West Carroll
Lilly Bennet and Lucas King had big nights for the Lady Rebels and Rebels respectively as McKenzie claimed a pair of District 13A victories at West Carroll Friday night. Bennett had 26 points to lead the Lady Rebs while King complemented her effort with 27 in the nightcap.
McKenzie's Lady Rebels jumped to a big first-quarter lead and never looked back as they defeated West Carroll 67-24.
Lilly Bennet had a huge night for McKenzie, scoring 14 of her 26 points in the first frame. The Lady Rebels were content to feed it to her down low and let the freshman do her job. The Lady War Eagles struggled with turnovers and a lot of unforced errors in the opening canto. The Lady Rebels surged to a 26-8 lead in the first.
West Carroll struggled with cold shooting and McKenzie controlled much of the tempo in the second frame. Bennet continued her tear and the Lady Rebels were in command at the break. Camille Travis's triple at the buzzer lifted MHS to a 47-10 advantage.
The Lady Rebels kept the pressure on in the third and took a 64-18 lead into the final frame. McKenzie didn't seem to care who was in the game, it enjoyed production up and down the lineup.
The understudies earned some quality floor time in the final frame as the clock ran continuously. West Carroll was plagued by 24 turnovers.
Katie Holt led the Lady War Eagles with six points, Alyssa Butler scored four.
Following Bennet's 26, Jacey Davis and Shelby Butler each had eight, Camille Travis scored six and Shelby Davis added five.
In boys' action, McKenzie connected for 11 threes and shot extremely well from the floor for three quarters as it topped host West Carroll 67-52.
The Rebels, riding a four-game winning streak, seemed to find the mark early. Lucas King and Lazarik Hill each rang the bell from the arch. West Carroll stayed close with buckets from Jeremiah Bryant and Carson Lee Robinson. The Rebels led 17-13 after one. King had the hot hand for the Rebels early, scoring 20 first-half points. Ben Austin scored 13 in the first half.
In the second frame, King collected 10 points, marking twice from the rainbow and complementing the three-point efforts of Austin, who scored from the inside and outside. The Rebels began to put distance between them and the War Eagles. Luke Moore, however, kept West Carroll in it. His last three, late in the second, cut a 14-point MHS lead to nine. But the Rebels shot 50 percent from the floor in the first half and led 40-28 at the half. Turnovers plagued the War Eagles in the first 16 minutes.
The Rebels continued to separate themselves from the War Eagles, leading by 22 mid way in the third. Chase Colotta came off the bench to pitch in a three for MHS, but Bryant's triple late in the quarter cut the margin to 19, 57-38.
Early in the fourth, the Rebels suffered through some sloppy play as the War Eagles cut the margin to 17 on buckets by Bryant and Moore. The Rebels tried to melt the clock in the fourth frame. The War Eagles got as close as 15 twice in the final frame, but the issue had long been settled.
Moore and Bryant each led the War Eagles with 15 points apiece.
King scored 27 to lead the Rebels. Ben Austin had a good night with 17 and Micah Austin came off the bench to collect 17. The Rebels were 25-53 from the floor and hit 11 triples.
West Carroll will host Trinity Christian on Dec. 21. McKenzie won't play again until Dec. 27 when it takes part in the Point Guard Classic at Huntingdon. The Lady Rebels will head to Middle Tennessee to face host Summertown in the Summertown Classic on Dec. 29.