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Boys and Lady Rebels split wins at Elite 8

MONTGOMERY — It was the tale of two different stories for the Chambers Academy boys and girls basketball teams at Monday’s Elite 8.

The boys (16-5) defeated Wilcox 63-35 to advance to the Final Four for the fifth time in the last six seasons. Rebels sophomore Payton Allen led the way with 19 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists. Senior Austin Sluder finished with a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Raphe Daniel added 8 points and 13 rebounds in the victory.

The boys will now face No. 2 Abbeville on Thursday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. EST. Abbeville defeated No. 1 Sparta in the quarter-final 68-59 on Monday afternoon.

Last season, the Rebels made a surprise run to the final four with a 6-14 overall record heading into the semifinal matchup. This season, there’s less shock value for top-seeded Chambers.

Girls

The Lady Rebels fell to Wilcox 41-27 on Monday morning. Chambers Academy’s season ended in the state quarterfinal after being awarded the top seed after the area tournament.

“We played great defense,” Chambers Academy girls head basketball coach Brandi Fuller said. “We kept their best player out of the game. We struggled offensively and they had the size advantage so we struggled to rebound.”

Senior forward Tate Reese finished her high school career as the Rebels’ high scorer with 10 points in the effort.