Pillow Academy guard Shane Houston Stephens drives the baseline. The senior scored 16 points and grabbed six rebounds in his team’s 78-21 rout of Washington School.

The Pillow Academy girls and boys basketball teams both improved to 3-0 in the District 1 North 4A standings with a sweep of visiting Washington School Tuesday night.

 The Lady Mustangs cruised to a 49-22 victory over the Lady Generals to move to 15-9 overall with their fourth straight win.

Pillow, 15-9 overall, jumped out to a 16-2 lead after the first frame and made it 24-8 by halftime. A 13-2 run in the third gave the home team a 37-10 advantage headed to the fourth.

Kaylee Jones had 13 points for the Lady Mustangs, and Caroline Brock and Georgia Caroline Self tacked on eight points each.

In the junior varsity girls game, the Lady Mustangs climbed to 16-4 overall with a 51-23 triumph over Washington. Pillow led 16-0 after one, 31-10 at the half and 40-15 after the third frame.

Avery Howard led the way with 12 points, and Abby Alderman had eight points.

The Mustangs picked up their fifth straight win as they knocked off the Generals 78-21 Tuesday. Pillow  raced out to a 17-0 lead after the first period and increased its lead to 38-10 by halftime. The Mustangs led 59-16 after the third quarter.

“I’m extremely proud of our guys starting 3-0 in conference. We have a very tough conference. It’s a testament to how hard they have worked and how far they’ve come in a short amount of time,” said PA head coach Wes Prather. “We are only halfway through and have much improvement to do, but I love our heart and work ethic.

“Tonight’s focus was intensity and defense, and we definitely played with a lot of heart and were very unselfish as 13 of our guys scored. They are all about us as a team and it shows on the court.”

Senior Shane Houston Stephens led the way with 16 points and eight rebounds, and Lawes McCool had nine points, five steals and three assists. Matthew Mooneyham had eight points.

The Mustangs are 9-7 overall.

In the junior varsity game, Pillow won 52-16 to up its record to 11-5 overall and 3-0 in conference. The Mustangs led 14-2 after one, 25-7 at the half and 40-10 after the third period.

Drew Lamb had 19 points to pace PA, and Perry Smith tacked on 10.

Pillow plays at Central Hinds Academy Saturday with the girls starting at 3:30 p.m.

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