ACHILLE — A 20-point victory for the Eagles on Tuesday could be just what the doctor ordered with two Bryan County powerhouses looming for Achille this week.
The 62-42 home win over Caney on Tuesday helped the Eagles sharpen their talons ahead of a Thursday home game against Silo, followed by a Friday road trip to take on Bryan County Tournament champs in Boswell.
“It’s a tough little stretch, but we’ve got to compete with these guys,” said Coach Nick Beene. “We know Silo, and they know us, but we’ve got to be able to show up and compete.”
Achille got big numbers from senior forward Austin Beene: 29 points, 12 rebounds, six assists and four blocked shots. He hit five three-pointers in the game, including a pair in the fourth quarter after the Cougars had fought back to within 11 points.
Austin said he and his teammates are ready for these final big games before a trip to Turner next week for the district playoffs.
“We’re working hard in practice, and I think we are a lot better than we were at the beginning of the year,” he said. “We will keep improving. We will have a chance if we come out ready.”
Freshman Bradley McKnight scored 10 points, including a back court steal which he took up and under just before halftime to push the Eagles ahead 31-19.
T.J. Childree gave nine points and five boards, prompting coach Beene to declare that “he’s getting going a little bit” after a good showing in last week’s tournament. Also, Derick Baker’s inside hustle helped stop the Cougars and get Achille more looks.
“Derick is big for us,” said Beene. “We’re a different team with him in the post, big time.”
Lane Manry scored six, Riggin Dellis had three, and David Beydler scored two for Achille (10-11). Garrett Green led the Cougars with 17 points.
Achille girls 40, Caney 27
Marissa Williams and Kayla Wright scored 11 each to lead the Lady Eagles past Caney 40-27 on Tuesday.
Coach Aaron Norton credited the quick hands of Wright, Madison Stanglin and Maggie Back for grabbing 10 of the team’s 14 steals.
“We were able to step up our pressure in the third and pull ahead,” Norton said. “Madison started tonight and hit two threes; that was big for her.”
Stanglin scored eight points, filling the starting role vacated by Cheyenne Crisp after the senior broke her foot in tournament action last week.
The Lady Eagles went up 9-2 after one quarter, but saw the lead whittled down to 15-11 at the half as Caney’s defense forced turnovers and errant shots.
But Achille outscored the Lady Cougars 25-16 in the second half to capture the win.
Maggie back and Mallory Phelps scored four each for Achille, and Kiersten Brown had two. Kira Head had eight for Caney, followed by seven for Makaela Mahana.