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Escambia Academy wins five of seven at home

By By Lindsey Sherrill
Staff Writer
Escambia Academy played at home both Monday and Tuesday nights and came away with five wins for the two evenings. On Monday the JV girls rested so the JV Cougar boys began the evenings play with a 24-20 loss to Mobile Christian Academy. Cody Norton led the scoring with six points. Andrew Lambeth had five points, Brandon Moore scored four points, Matt Ash scored three points, and Bruce Smith scored two points.
The Lady Cougars faced the tough 3A Leopards and defeated them in a hard fought 52-41 victory. The game remained close until the final seconds when EA was able to pull away with some quick scoring despite making only 14 of 28 free throws for the night.
The Mobile Christian Leopards, who have started one eighth grader and four freshmen throughout the season, showed outstanding performances on the night by two players, freshmen Amanda Newman and Jessie Wilson.
Meagan Jackson led the scoring for the Lady Cougars with 18 points for the evening, closely followed by Lori Bonds with 16 points. Jessica Gibbs scored seven points, Mandy Norton scored six points, Anna Parish and Kaylie Castleberry each scored two points, and Rayleen Miller scored one point.
Head Coach Chad Prewett was pleased with the win, but disappointed in the free throw shooting. "We missed more free throws than we've missed in a long time, but I think the girls showed a lot of poise and character to come back and win this game."
The Cougar boys topped Mobile Christian with a 53-47 victory in the final moments of their game despite a 23 point performance by Leopard Brent Partin. Leading the Cougars with Robert Hardy with 18 points. Bradford Price scored 11 points, Cole Norton scored seven points, Chris Moore scored six points, Jace Beasley scored five points, Cody White scored three points, and Steven Shirley scored two.
On Tuesday evening the JV Lady Cougars were in action again as they topped Calvary Academy 28-12. Jaime Drew and Courtney Smith each had six points in the game, followed by Lori Bonds and Ellen Corman with four points, and Katie Smith and Morgan Dorriety with two points each.
The JV boys were defeated by Calvary 52-43 in a hard fought game. Norton and Lambeth each scored 13 points, Moore scored eight points, Ash scored six points, Smith scored two points, and Joseph Drew scored two.
The Lady Cougars topped Calvary 58-18 in a victory that began with an 18-2 score at the end of the first quarter. Gibbs led the scoring with 17 points and six rebounds. Miller scored ten points, Alison Thomas scored seven points, Parish scored six points, Bonds and Norton scored five points, Castleberry scored four points, and Corman and Dorriety each scored two points.
The Cougars won their game with a 71-48 score over Calvary. Beasley continued his hot streak, scoring an incredible 29 points on the night and adding to his total of nearly 100 points for the last week and a half. White also reached his season high with 18 points for the night. Zach Thomas scored 11 points, Billy McCann scored three points, and Price, Daniel, Hardy, Norton, and Zach Smith each scored two points.
The Cougars will play again on January 28 at Lowndes.