Kemper Academy's Allie Redmond (21) puts up a short jump shot in a game at Winston Academy.

Photo by Mike Robertson
Kemper Academy's Allie Redmond (21) puts up a short jump shot in a game at Winston Academy. Photo by Mike Robertson
By Steve Swogetinsky

Kemper County Messenger

The Kemper Academy boys basketball team improved to 3-0 in the Class A district standings as the Rams picked up a win last week.

The Rams defeated Hebron 44-24 for the district win. In a non-district game, Kemper Academy dropped a 68-33 loss to Winston Academy.

The Kemper Academy girls went 0-2 last week. The Lady Rams lost 33-25 to Hebron, and 68-33 to Winston Academy.

The Ram teams still have three games left in their regular season. They were to host Columbus Christian Tuesday. They are to then travel to Calhoun on Friday and Columbus Christian on Monday. The state playoffs will start the following week.

Rams 44

Hebron 24

The Rams came on strong in the third quarter to put Hebron away.

Hebron took a 10-7 lead at the end of the first quarter. They outscored the Rams 8-5 in the second quarter and led 18-12 at the half.

Kemper Academy scored 21 points in the third quarter while holding Hebron to two points. Leading 33-20 heading into the final quarter, the Rams outpointed Hebron 11-4 in the final eight minutes of play.

Chase Cawthorne led the Rams with 15 points while Landon Stapleton put in 11 points.

Winston Academy 68

Rams 33

The Rams played Winston Academy close for a half before the Patriots dominated in the second half.

The score was tied a 6-6 after the first quarter. Both teams scored 18 points in the second quarter and the score was knotted a 24-24 at the half. The second half, however, was a different story as Winston outpointed the Rams 44-9 in the final two quarters.

Stapleton led with 14 points.

Winston 42

Lady Rams 14

Winston Academy proved to be too strong for the Lady Rams.

Winston, a Class AAA school, led 22-5 at the half. Winston had a 20-9 scoring edge in the second half.

Libba Dudley led the Lady Rams with nine points.

Hebron 33

Lady Rams 25

Hebron, the two-time defending Class A champion, led all the way in its win over Kemper Academy.

Hebron, which led 12-8 at the end of the first quarter, outpointed the Lady Rams 4-3 in the second quarter to go up 16-11 at the half. The Lady Rams stayed within striking distance but just couldn’t catch Hebron. Hebron had a 17-14 scoring edge in the second half.

Jena Bobo and Jordan Gully both scored six points to lead Kemper Academy.

 “I feel good about our chances with the boys,” said Coach Scott Johnson, who led the Rams to the state finals last year. “The girls are playing hard. We will stay after it and get ready for the playoffs.”