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BA teams dominate; enter semis today

The host Brookhaven Academy Cougars and Lady Cougars advanced tothe semifinals of their Holiday Invitational Tournament todayfollowing lopsided victories over the Porter’s Chapel boys and theCentral Hinds girls.

In the boys game, Brookhaven trounced Porter’s Chapel 72-22 andthe Brookhaven girls whipped Central Hinds 72-35.

Today’s games features the Brookhaven girls meeting Huntington,La. at 7 p.m. and the Brookhaven boys facing Parklane at 8:15. Inthe 4:30 girls game, Copiah tangles with Mt. Olive and at 5:45 thePrairie View boys face Simpson County.

In Thursday’s girls games, Copiah stomped Simpson 57-43,Huntington stopped Amite School Center 40-28 and Mt. Oliveeliminated Parklane 56-48.

The boys games included Simpson smashing Natchez Trinity 89-49,Parklane dumping Ben’s Ford (La.) 69-45, Trinity clipping CentralHinds 68-63 and Simpson bouncing Huntington 64-39. Simpson andTrinity played two

Brookhaven Academy 72,

Porter’s Chapel 22

The 11-4 Brookhaven Academy boys started out slow thefirst quarter with a 13-2 lead over Porter’s Chapel. The hostCougars picked up the tempo in the second quarter to take a 36-12lead at the half.

In the second half, the Cougar bench got plenty ofplaying time as they posted point-after-point as the starters didin the first half to cruise to the lopsided win.

“They (bench) came in and did a great job,” saidBrookhaven Academy boys coach Dale Watts following the win. “I likefor them to get some playing time.”

The Cougars had five players in double figures. TurnerHavard led the way with 16 points, six rebounds and five steals.Jake Sessums pumped in 14 points followed by Ben Davis and ChadLagrone with 11 points apiece and Paul Coke with 10 points andseven rebounds.

Porter’s Chapel got eight points from AndrewEmbery.

Brookhaven Academy 72,

Central Hinds 35

The 19-1 Brookhaven girls were missing starters LindseyPhillips and Anna K. Gatlin who were sidelined with illnesses lastnight. The bench helped make up the difference as Brookhaven led26-7 over Central Hinds in the first quarter and 45-17 at halftimein a battle of the Lady Cougars.

The Brookhaven bench continued to best the Central Hindsstarters in the second half, going on a 27-18 run.

Powering the Brookhaven girls with 20 points, sevenrebounds and two steals was senior center Lindsay Altman. Amy Smithfired in 14 points and had five assists. Katie Newman picked up 13points. Anna L. Gatlin netted 11 points. Angie Davis pulled downsix rebounds. Alyson Lofton collected six rebounds, three assistsand two steals. Ancy Myers made two steals.

Central Hinds got 18 points from AlisaDeviney.

Simpson 89, Trinity 49

The Simpson boys were led by Stephen Yelverton with agame-high 30 points. Josh Duckworth finished with 13points.

Chad Ridley paced Trinity with 16 points followed byGregory Ketchings with 12 points.

Huntington (La.) 40, Amite School Center 28

Emily Hazlip directed Huntington with 22 points. Ninepoints was netted by Lindsay Paul.

Mindy Seavy scored nine points for Amite School Center.Kayla Baker finished with eight points.

Parklane 69, Ben’s Ford (La.) 45

The Parklane boys got 14 points apiece from JacobBrumfield and Zac Pattie. Chris Bailey and Jeremy Freeman followedwith 10 points apiece.

Ben’s Ford got 16 points from Blake Anderson and 10points from Blandon Slaughter.

Trinity 68, Central Hinds 63

The Natchez Trinity boys were led by Ketching’s 21points. Mike Kirkliter made 16 points and Chad Riley had 14points.

Pacing Central Hinds with a game-high 27 points wasColby Powell.

Simpson 64, Huntington (La.) 39

Baldwoon’s 19 points paced the Simpson boys. Duckworthcollected 14 points.

Randy Henson netted 10 points forHuntington.

Mt. Olive 56, Parklane 48

The Mt. Olive girls got 13 points from Crystal Gaulet,12 points from Terry Sanders and 11 points from HaleyWoods.

Scoring 21 points for Parklane was Brooke Currier.Alisha Moak finished with 14 points.

Copiah 57, Simpson 43

In girls opening game, the Copiah girls got a game-high23 points from Madeline Price. Ashley Garner netted 12points.

For Simpson, Amanda Moseley and Amanda Britt led with 10points apiece.