Great season ends for Rebels and Lady Rebels in Montgomery

Published 7:20 pm Friday, February 15, 2019

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By Fred Guarino
The Lowndes Signal
The Lowndes Academy’s boys’ and girls’ varsity basketball seasons came to an end on Thursday, Feb. 14, following a 45-29 loss by the boys to Edgewood Academy and a 37-34 loss by the girls to Monroe Academy, both in the AISA Class AA Final 4 in Montgomery.
The Rebels were led by Chase Little with 8 points and Jesse Foley with 6 points.
And the Lady Rebels were led by Jessie Easterling with 13 points and Laiken Hussey with 8 points. 
“This certainly wasn’t the way we wanted to finish our season,” said Rebels head basketball coach Barry Mohun, “but we had a great year.”
He said, “I’m thankful for our three seniors (Daniel Callaway, Jesse Foley and Nolan Ledbetter) and appreciate their leadership and effort.  They leave us with a good foundation for the future.”
The Rebels ended the 2018-19 season with an overall record of 17-6.
The Lady Rebels completed 2018-19 with an overall record 12-10.
“We had a great game plan and the girls really executed defensively for a large portion of the game,” Lady Rebels head basketball coach William Marshall said.
“I’m proud of the toughness and resilience that our girls showed all year,” he said. “Once again our tenacity and defensive mentality gave us plenty of opportunities to advance to the championship game, but our offensive shortcomings caught up with us a little last night.”
He said the Lady Rebels controlled three quarters of the game and even held the lead, but have to give credit to Monroe for hitting 11-12 free throws in the closing minutes to secure the win for them.
“We did everything right in the final two minutes to regain the lead… We did everything right to try to win or get the game to overtime… The only problem was Monroe did everything right as well by hitting free throws six for six in under 40 seconds,” Marshall said.
He concluded, “The season was a great process of building chemistry and knowledge and trust.  I will say this, if I ever get sent to war to fight for a cause, I want the Lowndes academy girls basketball team to go with me.”