Benton Academy’s Lady Raiders got a much needed conference win over Greenville Christian on Tuesday by a score of 44-41.
Greenville Christian started things off on the right foot by outscoring Benton 10-8 in the first quarter, but the Lady Raiders bounced back with a 15-6 quarter in the second, taking a 23-16 lead into the half.
The third quarter allowed Benton to extend their lead with a 9-5 performance, putting them up 32-21 with just eight minutes left to play.
In the fourth quarter, Greenville Christian’s offense exploded for 20 points, but they needed stops and some Benton missed free throws to steal the win. They received very little in that regard.
To Benton Academy head basketball coach Hall Redfearn, it was a pleasure to see his team hit free throws.
“We made our free throws down the stretch,” Redfearn said. “We went 12-of-20 in the game. That’s good for us. We normally hit right at 50% or below. We had been practicing them. Catie Merrell, Madelyn Manor, and Brittany McCausley each hit two at the end of the fourth quarter to seal it.”
Benton scored just enough, 12 points, to take a 44-41 win over Greenville Christian.
Madelyn Manor had a big game for the Lady Raiders at the point, scoring 16 points and dishing out five assists.
Redfearn always knew Manor could score. It was just a matter of time until she figured it out.
“We’ve known that Madelyn was going to be a scorer,” Redfearn said. “She had to learn the speed of the high school game. She had to be more technical with her drives and cutting. That comes from practice, and she’s getting there.”
Ana Posey Jones had 14 points and 10 rebounds in the win.
Brittany McCausley scored eight points and had five steals.
McCausley was sporting some new gear for the game, a mask to protect her surgically repaired nose, and Redfearn believes that it hampered her play.
“That was the first time Brittany played with the mask,” Redfearn said. “We got it in that day. It affected her quite a bit. She should be better with it now that she’s practiced in it. We had to adjust.”
Catie Merrell had six points, seven rebounds, and five steals, while Lake Shipp had seven rebounds.
What pleased Redfearn the most was the balanced production he received.
“Catie Merrell had a good game,” Redfearn said. “Both of our freshmen are giving us a boost. Ana Posey Jones gets better and better. Lake Shipp was really good on defense. She basically shut down their post game.”
Benton will return to the hard court on Tuesday when they travel to Central Holmes.
Tip-off for the first game of the night is set for 4 p.m.