Leake continues to roll
By By Marty Stamper/The Meridian Star
Dec, 29, 2000
DECATUR For years, the Leake Academy Rebelettes have been almost as feared a force in the private school girls' basketball league as the Spanish Armada was in its day on the high seas.
A 1-2 start to the current season that included a 43-point loss to Cruger-Tchula had many wondering if the Leake empire was ready to crumble.
However, veteran Rebelette coach Doyle Wolverton (761-139, 26th season) has apparently righted the ship as the Leake girls improved to 17-3 with a 59-32 win over Kemper Academy in the MPSA Central Mississippi Classic at East Central Community College Thursday afternoon.
The Leake girls have won at least 25 games each of the past 18 seasons, including an MPSA all-time best 46-0 mark for the 1998-1999 season.
Kemper jumped out to a 5-0 lead before the Rebelettes scored the next 14 points to lead 14-5 after one period in Thursday's winners' bracket matchup.
Leake took a 32-17 advantage into halftime and was up 52-21 by the end of the third quarter.
Sue Chennault scored 14 points and Marisa Henry and Kristin Caldwell both had 11 to lead Leake. B.J. Helton added eight.
Kemper, 6-10, got seven points apiece from Alicia Dufour and Ashley Baty and six from Megan Whitaker.
Jackson Prep girls 61, Sylva-Bay 17: Top-ranked Prep improved to 16-1 with the winners' bracket rout.
Sylva-Bay lost top scorer Katye Tubb for the remainder of the game with a knee injury with 5:26 remaining in the first quarter and Prep holding a slim 4-3 lead. After that, it was all Prep as the Lady Patriots were up 20-5 after one quarter and 29-10 by halftime.
Prep got 17 points from Meghan Odom and 10 from Mary Kathryn Sharpe. Twelve Lady Patriots scored.
Sylva-Bay, 14-5, was led by Amber Carlisle's 10 points.
Lamar girls 47, University Christian 22: The Lady Raiders stayed alive with the losers' bracket blowout win.
Lamar jumped out to a 15-6 first quarter lead behind eight points from junior Libby Huff and took a 24-11 advantage into halftime. The Lady Raiders led 36-18 through three periods.
Huff led Lamar, 3-13, with 20 points. April Rodgers scored nine, Myleia Shirley had eight, and Summer Richie added six.
University Christian, which dressed out only five players, was led by Kristi Thompson's 13 points as the Lady Flames fell to 1-13.
Winston girls 54, Newton 43: Ashley Harrison scored 17 points and Katy Rose White tossed in 14 to lead Winston to the losers' bracket win.
The Lady Patriots led 14-10 after one quarter and doubled their advantage to 28-20 at halftime. Both teams tallied nine points in the third quarter.
Winston, 8-8, also got nine points from Shasta Nance and six each from Lindsey Hill and Kristi Chancellor.
Newton, 7-11, got 18 points from Brandy Upton, nine apiece from Ashley Callaghan and Casey McMahan, and six from Andi Chesney.