Rebels top Hathaway

HATHAWAY – The Midland Rebels used a 14-4 surge in the third quarter to pull away from host Hathaway and claim a 48-40 victory in the final game of the Hathaway Round Robin Saturday.

“We didn’t play real well in the first half, but in the third quarter, we really got after them,” said Midland coach Todd Briley, whose team improved to 5-1 on the year.

“We had a little intensity coming out of the half and we got a few steals that we were able to capitalize on.

“They turned the ball over and we were able to get some easy ones and that kind of swung the momentum our way.”

Sparked by the third-quarter surge, Midland took a 37-27 lead heading into the final period. But Hathaway chipped away early in the fourth before the Rebels were finally able to put the game away.

“They (Hathaway) bothered us some with some pressure and we didn’t take care of the ball real well,” said Briley of the fourth quarter. “But you have to give it to Hathaway, they play well and they try hard.”

Andrew Hains scored eight of his game-high 24 points in the fourth quarter to help seal the victory. Darren Arceneaux and Alan Vondenstein also aided in the paint, tossing in 10 and eight points, respectively.

“Andrew really had a good game for us,” said Briley. “And Vondenstein also had a big game. He didn’t have as many points as usual but he played well. We just have to get everybody on the same page. We haven’t had everybody clicking at the same time yet. We just have to keep working hard.”

Midland suffered its lone loss on the season on Friday.

With the score tied at 43-43 entering the fourth quarter, Fairview outscored the Rebels 23-16 to walk away with a 66-59 victory.

Hains scored 15 points in that contest and Jake Gautreaux followed with 13.

Arceneaux added 10 points; Michael Primeaux scored seven; Vondenstein and Cody Stutes each had six and Chase Vincent finished with two.

The Lady Rebels weren’t as fortunate.

After topping Northside Christian in their first game on Thursday, the Lady Rebels dropped a 57-27 decision to Academy of Sacred Heart on Friday before falling to Hathaway, 51-29, Saturday.

In the Sacred Heart game, Midland scored just one point in the opening frame and trailed 26-4 at the break.

Melody Hebert scored 12 of her team-high 14 points in the second half.

Sacred Heart’s Ashley Aune led all scorers with 28 points.

Midland’s Katie Woods pitched in six points in the loss while Tori Craigen, Kalli Benoit and Nakia McZeal each scored two. Haley Guidry added one point.

In Saturday’s loss, the Lady Rebels struggled early again, scoring just two points in the first quarter.

Midland trailed 22-14 at the half only to see Hathaway pull away with a 13-3 spurt in the third quarter to put the game out of reach.

Kristen Breaux led the Lady Rebels with seven points and Hebert added five.

Guidry, McZeal and Brooke Comeaux each scored four points, Craigen had three and Maci Premo added two.

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