Rebels sting Hornets; Lady Rebels fall short
By Chris Quebedeaux
HATHAWAY – Road games in District 7-B are always difficult regardless of the opponent.
That was certainly the case Tuesday for No. 4-ranked Midland when the Rebels took on No. 12 Hathaway on the Hornets’ home court.
Fortunately, the Rebels were able to shake off a somewhat average shooting night and an uncharacteristic 16 turnovers to claim a 54-35 victory.
The Rebels improved to 27-5 overall with the victory and 7-0 in league play. Hathaway fell to 19-12 and 4-3.
“This was a big game for us and I was worried about it coming in,” said MHS coach Todd Briley. “It’s always tough playing here and they (Hathaway) are good. This was a good win for us. Now we need to get ready for the next one.”
Midland broke open a tight game midway through the second quarter after Hathaway cut the lead to 14-12. The Rebels went on a 10-1 run to end the frame to take a 24-13 advantage at the break behind consecutive layups from Miles Sonnier and back-to-back 3-pointers from B.J. Cormier.
Cormier hit six 3-pointers on the night, finishing with a game-high 23 points. Sonnier followed with 14.
“They dropped back in a zone and let us shoot. Fortunately we were able to knock some shots down,” said Briley.
The Rebels led by as many as 14 in the third quarter before Hathaway cut the lead back to 10 (36-26) entering the final stanza.
Hathaway got within eight (43-35) with just under two minutes remaining courtesy of five Midland turnovers.
But that was as close as they would get.
The Rebels went on a 11-0 run to end the game converting on seven of eight free throw attempts in the final minute and a half. Colby Gantt added the finishing touches, draining a 3-pointer from halfcourt at the buzzer.
Gantt finished the game with 13 points. T.J. Gautreaux and Allen Fontenot each scored two.
“Offensively, we got a little discouraged tonight,” said Briley. “We need to be mentally tougher offensively. We didn’t handle the ball well and we made some bad decisions. We just have to be mentally tougher than we were tonight.”
Although Midland’s turnovers didn’t prove to be costly, the same wasn’t the case for the ninth-ranked Lady Rebels in the opener against seventh-ranked Hathaway.
Midland (21-12) committed 31 turnovers, 19 in the second half alone, in a 52-39 loss to the Lady Hornets.
The loss dropped Midland into second place in the league standings at 3-2. Hathaway leads the district race at 5-1 and is 23-7 overall.
The Lady Rebels led for most of the first half before five turnovers in the final three minutes led to Hathaway taking a 24-20 edge into the half.
Hathaway took advantage of 10 more turnovers in the third quarter to jump out to a 41-30 lead before outscoring the Lady Rebels 11-9 in the fourth.
Ramsey Falcon led the Lady Rebels with 11 points and Sharae Primeaux scored eight.
Courtney LeJeune and Carisa Richard each pitched in six points, Patricia Garrie added five, Mollie Vincent scored two and Katie Primeaux scored one.
Both the Rebels and Lady Rebels will travel to Grand Lake Friday for another key district matchup.