It was a successful weekend home stand for the HIES basketball squads, as both the girls’ and boys’ squads turned in wins over Our Lady of Mercy and Pace Academy. Tony Watkins’ girls are now 8-1 on the season while Terry Kelly’s boys are 7-2.
Looking ahead, both teams will travel to Wesleyan Friday for non-region contests against the Wolves.
Friday’s girls win over OLM was a rout as HIES coasted to a 69-20 victory. “This was a very good game for us – we played really well as a team with 20 total assists,” Watkins said.
Erika Cassell had a big night, scoring 22 points, pulling seven rebounds and picking up four steals. Lexii Cassell added 10 points. Other key outings came from Mary Hollis Schmidt and Rachel Morton; Schmidt passed out five assists while Morton – coming off the bench – grabbed 11 rebounds, seven of them offensive.
The boys followed with a convincing 56-45 win over theBobcats. Three scored in double digits – Sam Asbury with 15, Darryl Stewart 13 and Ed Voyles 11. Both Josh Ledbetter and Jim Voyles pulled 12 rebounds each.
The following night was more of the same, as the girls again coasted to an easy 63-34 win over the visiting Knights. “We played well as a team again,” Watkins said. “Mary Hollis got us 10 first quarter points and McKenzie Bolden had five assists. We had 21 assists as a team.”
Erika Cassell scored 14, Schmidt ended up with 12 and Reshaundra Owens scored 10 on 5-for-5 shooting. She also pulled eight rebounds. Bolden added four steals to go with her excellent floor game.
The boys were deadlocked with Pace at halftime before outscoring Pace 24-13 in the third stanza. The final was 71-62. “We had great balance on offense,” Kelly said. “We used our size to create solid interior and perimeter play.”
Ledbetter scored 24 points and had nine boards; Asburytallied 15 points, Stewart 13 and Ed Voyles 10.