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McKenzie Rebels Overcome Lions’ Furious Second-Half Rally, Lady Rebels Coast Late

Posted 12/4/18

McKENZIE (November 30) — McKenzie High School earned a sweep of the visiting Camden teams Friday. Each of the games was a tale of two halves.The girls struggled to put points on the board in …

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McKenzie Rebels Overcome Lions’ Furious Second-Half Rally, Lady Rebels Coast Late


McKENZIE (November 30) — McKenzie High School earned a sweep of the visiting Camden teams Friday. Each of the games was a tale of two halves.

The girls struggled to put points on the board in the first half, and the Lady Lions had an 18-17 edge at the break. The Lady Rebels took control and the lead in the third quarter, then pulled away in the fourth for a 47-27 win.

In the nightcap, the Rebels scored at will early and held the notoriously high-scoring Lions to just 25 points in the first half. Camden emerged from the break on fire to dominate the third quarter. The Lions then scored the first four points of the final frame to tie the contest at 63-63 and overtook the Rebels at the halfway mark. The McKenzie defense steeled itself down the stretch and Lucas King took ownership of both the paint and the free throw line to secure an 89-82 victory.

Lady Rebels 47, Lady Lions 27

The Lady Rebels earned an 11-7 lead in the opening frame, led by Lilly Bennett with four points. Mi’Kayla Gill, Savannah Nesbitt and Whitley Smith each had a pair, and Anna Callahan hit a free throw. Lady Lion Brenna Caldwell hit a three-pointer, and Haylee Lowry and Rylee Rushing each had a pair.

Camden took the lead with an 11-6 advantage in the second quarter, led by Jadyn Staggs with five points. Lowry, Rushing and Rylee Pafford each had a pair. Bennett and Gill each added a pair for McKenzie, and Smith and Dani Dyer each hit a freebie. At the half, the Lady Lions led 18-17.

The Lady Rebels regained the lead, doubling up Camden 10-5 in the third. Bennett scored six, and Gill had four. Lady Lion Christine Nazi hit a three-pointer, and Lowry added a pair. Entering the final frame, McKenzie led 27-23.

McKenzie sealed the win by outscoring Camden 20-4 in the fourth. Bennett led again with seven points, and Smith scored four. Camille Travis hit a three-pointer, and Gill also had three points. Dyer added a pair, and Nesbitt hit a free throw. Staggs scored all four Lady Lion points.

Lady Rebel Lilly Bennett led all scorers with 19 points. Mi’Kayla Gill had eleven, and Whitley Smith scored seven.

Jadyn Staggs led Camden with nine points, and Haylee Lowry had six.

Rebels 89, Lions 82

McKenzie exploded out of the gate to take a 29-14 lead after the first frame, led by Lucas King with eleven points. Ben Austin scored six, and Micah Austin had five. Caleb Gill scored three points, and Lazarick Hill and Lane Horton each had a pair. Chase Douglas led Camden with four points. Heath Daniel hit a three-pointer, and Tytus Guajardo also scored three. Sage Duffey and Davis Hopkins each had a pair.

The Rebels added to their lead with a 16-11 advantage in the second quarter, led by Austin with a dozen. King added a pair, and Hill and Gill each hit a freebie. Hopkins led the Lions with four points, and Guajardo again scored three. Duffey and Quinten Wilson each had a pair. At the half, McKenzie led 45-25.

Camden closed the gap to just four points in the third, outscoring McKenzie 34-18. Douglas led the rally with eleven points, including a trio of threes. Duffey scored eight. Guajardo, Hopkins and Garrett Vick all scored five, Hopkins and Vick with a three-pointer each. King led the Rebels with six points, and Austin scored five. Hill had four points, and Gill hit a three. Heading into the fourth, McKenzie led 63-59.

In a back-and-forth final frame, the Rebels ultimately had a 26-23 edge to claim the win. King unleashed for 20 points, including a three-pointer and nine of ten from the line. Hill and Austin each had three points. Hopkins led the Lions with ten points, including a three. Guajardo scored six, and Douglas had four, including a three-pointer. Duffey added a pair, and Daniel hit a free throw.

Rebel Lucas King led all scorers with 39 points, including a three-pointer and 12 of 14 from the line. Ben Austin scored 26, and Lazarick Hill had ten.

Davis Hopkins led Camden with 21, including a pair of threes. Chase Douglas scored 19 points, including four three-pointers. Tytus Guajardo had 17, and Sage Duffey scored 14 points.


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