Glenn Hills had a productive late-December stretch in Atlanta, but now it’s about beating the familiar teams.
The Spartans boys basketball team didn’t take much time to take control during a 67-43 win Friday at home against Hephzibah. Aubrey McRae and Tyrone Brown both had 16 points for Glenn Hills, which went 3-1 in an Atlanta tournament and is now focused on region play.
“It’s always good to win that first region game,” Spartans coach Travis McRae said. “We had good competition in Atlanta, but the region is what sets you up for the state tournament. It’s always important to get that first win.”
Glenn Hills (9-4) led by seven after the first quarter and then posted huge scoring quarters of 21 and 20 points to go up 24 through three periods.
An 11-0 second-quarter run made it easier, as Aubrey McRae’s drive and scoop in the lane pushed the lead to 12 before Earl Cobb’s second-chance points closed the run. Up 31-12, the Spartans didn’t have trouble closing out the win.
The Rebels’ Alex Turner had 16 points in the loss, but Hephzibah trailed by at least 20 for most of the second half.
“You can’t let teams like that hang around,” coach McRae said. “It could get close in the end.”
Hephzibah’s girls also coasted in their game, beating Glenn Hills 62-33 for the Lady Rebels’ ninth win in a row.
Tammy Singfield hit three 3s in the win, as Hephzibah (10-4) began region play by making nine 3-pointers.
The Lady Rebels opened up a 28-8 lead behind five 3s. With the 3-pointers falling, the Lady Rebels stretched the defense as they allowed them to throw in entry passes to players like Daeundra Jordan, who had 12 points and even hit a 3 of her own.
Glenn Hills got 14 points from Kiara White, but Hephzibah point guard Shashana Miller made sure the lead stayed safe, passing for three assists in a row as the Lady Rebels went ahead 44-19 early in the fourth quarter.
“We’re shooting the ball well,” Hephzibah coach Wendell Lofton said. “I’m trying to get them to not be selfish, and it’s starting to happen. Other than that, we’re starting to come along.”