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LEXINGTON (December 14) — McKenzie traveled to Lexington High School Saturday for a pair of non-district basketball contests and came home with a sweep. After struggling in the first quarter, …
LEXINGTON (December 14) — McKenzie traveled to Lexington High School Saturday for a pair of non-district basketball contests and came home with a sweep. After struggling in the first quarter, the Lady War Eagles took control and won a defensive bout 37-26. The Rebels had a similar night, recovering quickly from a slow start to dominate late for a 50-40 victory.
McKenzie Lady Rebels 37, Lexington Lady Tigers 26
The Lady Tigers jumped out to a 12-7 lead after the opening frame, led by Sarah Simmons with seven points, including a three-pointer. Haley Scott also hit a three, and Makayla Herndon had a pair. Lady Rebels Dani Dyer, Lilly Bennett and Anna Callahan each had a pair, and Shelby Davis hit a free throw.
McKenzie took the lead with a 12-5 advantage in the second quarter, led by Camille Travis with five points, including a three. Dyer scored three points, and Callahan and Brooke Hobson each had a pair. Simmons hit another three for Lexington, and Herndon added a pair. At the half, McKenzie led 19-17.
The Lady Rebels stifled the Lady Tigers 10-2 in the third, led by Dyer with five points. Travis hit another three, and Kylie Reynolds had a pair. Herndon had Lexington’s two points. Entering the final frame, the Lady Rebels led 29-19.
McKenzie sealed the win with an 8-7 edge in the fourth, led by Bennett with four points. Dyer and Briley Auvenshine each had a pair. Simmons hit a three for the Lady Tigers, and Herndon and Diamond Holland each had a pair.
Lexington’s Sarah Simmons led all scorers with 13 points, including a trio of three-pointers. Makayla Herndon scored eight points.
Dani Dyer led McKenzie with a dozen points. Camille Travis scored eight with a pair of threes.
Rebels 50, Tigers 40
Lexington had a 13-7 lead after the first frame, led by Justin Russell with nine points on a trio of three-pointers. Tanner Neisler scored four points. Nate Whitsell led the Rebels with five points, including a three. Lazarick Hill had a pair.
McKenzie cut into the deficit with a 14-12 edge in the second quarter, led by Lucas King with seven points. Caleb Gill hit a three, and Lane Horton also scored three points. Hill hit a free throw. Tiger Rodarius Transor scored seven points, Russell hit another three, and Wyatt Davis had a pair. At the half, Lexington led 25-21.
The Rebels tied the game with an 11-7 advantage in the third, led by Micah Austin with three points. King, Hill, Horton and Gill each added a pair. Neisler led the Tigers with four points, and Matthew Reeves hit a three. Heading into the final frame, the contest was knotted at 32-32.
McKenzie dominated the fourth 18-8 to take the win, led by Hill with 14 points, including a three-pointer. Austin scored four points. Transor scored four for Lexington, and Neisler and Caleb Gordon each had a pair.
Rebel Lazarick Hill led all scorers with 19 points, including a three. Lucas King scored nine points.
Justin Russell led the Tigers with a dozen points on four three-pointers. Rodarius Transor scored eleven, and Tanner Neisler had ten points.