Chambers Academy’s Lady Rebels officially tipped the basketball season last week. The girls got off to a slow start in their opener, but came to life on Monday capturing first place in the South Montgomery County Academy Tournament.
The Lady Rebels opened on the road at Abbeville Christian on Thursday and suffered a 32-25 loss. Chambers’ downfall was their inability to score. “We didn’t take bad shots,” CA Coach Jim Childers said. “We just couldn’t get them to fall.”
The Lady Rebels shot an abysmal 14.5 percent from the field in the loss. “We didn’t take our time at all,” senior Britne’ Adams noted about the Lady Rebels inability to make shots.
Despite their poor shooting, CA was still able to keep the game close, trailing by just two at halftime. But the Rebels scored just five points in the third quarter as the Generals extended their lead to three. Chambers found a little more offense in the fourth, but so did Abbeville pulling away in the closing minutes of the contest.
Deven Still led the Rebels with 13 points, while Adams finished with seven. Aly Lashley scored three points and Heather Blackburn had two in the loss.
The Lady Rebels looked like a totally different team when they traveled to SMCA on Monday for the one-day tournament. The girls played two games and won both convincingly to earn the title.
CA’s toughest competition in the event was their first opponent, Coosa Valley. Chambers led throughout, but it wasn’t until a third quarter scoring burst that the Rebels pulled away. “We started a little slow again,” CA Coach Don McGinty said, “but in the third quarter we came to life and shut them down.” Up by four at the half, CA opened the third on an 18-7 run. Still played a big role in the scoring surge, getting nine of her game-high 19 points in the third quarter.
Chambers continued to roll in the fourth quarter and finished the game with four of their starters scoring in double digits.
In addition to her 19 points, still also grabbed eight rebounds. Adams finished with a double-double, scoring 11 and grabbing 10 rebounds. Blackburn scored 11 points for CA and Lashley added 10. Cheyenne Walters also contributed four points and Baleigh Morgan has three.
The Lady Rebels faced off against tournament host SMCA in their second contest and simply overran the Raiders. CA built a double-digit lead in the first quarter and McGinty and Childers had nearly cleared their bench by the time halftime came rolling around. The Lady Rebels’ younger players got plenty of valuable experience and CA cruised to a 44-20 win.
Still again led all scorers with 16 points and she grabbed nine rebounds. Blackburn scored nine for CA and Lashley had seven points. Adams scored six and Morgan grabbed 11 rebounds in addition to scoring two. Walters and Anslee Reese also scored for Chambers in the win.
Not surprisingly, Still was named the tournament MVP, finishing with 35 points and 17 rebounds. Blackburn, who had 20 points in the tourney, and Adams, who scored 17, were named to the all-tournament team.
The Lady Rebels will break for the Thanksgiving holiday and will not return to the hardwood until December 4 when they visit Lakeside. They will host rival Springwood on December 6.