Bogue Chitto splits with Mt. Hermon
– Toby Coleman provided the Mt. Hermon, La., Yellowjackets withthunderous dunks, big rebounds, blocked shots and 29 points,leading them to an 82-48 Friday night pounding of the Bogue ChittoBobcats in Calhoun Gymnasium.
In the varsity girls game, playmaker Jessica Melton’s 21 pointsdirected Bogue Chitto to a 65-48 trouncing of Mt. Hermon.
Coleman, a slender 6-4 senior post player, had 16 points athalftime as the Jackets (22-3) roared to a 39-13 lead over thehosts. Coleman also collected 12 rebounds and 4 dunks.
He and teammate Chad Brumfield dominated the backboards.Brumfield, a sophomore, finished with 22 points and 9 rebounds.
Mt. Hermon coach Lin Alford has been at the school for 27 years.He said Coleman is the best player he has ever coached.
“My No. 50 (Coleman) didn’t have a good game,” said Alford. “Heis probably the best offensive player I’ve had in 27 years.”
Last year Alford’s Class B Jackets advanced to the second roundof the Louisiana state playoffs. He anticipates greater successthis time.
The Jackets ran off 10 unanswered points to start the game andled 17-4 at the quarter. Coach Theo Black’s Bobcats wereoverwhelmed.
“Mt. Hermon has a very good team,” said Black. “They had toomuch height and quickness for us. We tried man defense but theywere too quick. We got intimidated.”
Black benched two of his senior starters midway through thefirst quarter to get their attention. They later returned toaction.
Guard Carlos Brown led Bogue Chitto (9-3) with 11 points.
Daniel Moak and Dorian Dunn were best on the backboards with 4rebounds apiece.
The Lady Bobcats (10-2) showcased their new golduniforms Friday night and glittered offensively. They led a tallerMt. Hermon team 43-12 at halftime.
Guard Randi Moak followed Melton with 16 points. CenterYolonda Drummond contributed 12 points, 7 rebounds and 4 steals tothe victory. Marquita Ratcliff had 5 rebounds and Melton made 4steals.
Bogue Chitto girls coach Mickey Myers said he waspleased with his team’s offensive performance in their first gameof the new year. “I was pleased with our shooting. That’s been aconcern of mine.
“For us, the Lady ‘Cats ticket to success has beenfull-court pressure and three-point shooting. We went three gameswithout a three.”
Sophomore Wendy Fairchild hit a pair of treys for theLady ‘Cats. “Wendy could be our best shooter from three-pointrange,” said Myers. “All she needs is confidence.”
The Lady ‘Cats enjoyed the free throw bonus with 2:14left in the third quarter. Ratcliff’s free throw made it53-18.
Mt. Hermon got 16 points from Ann Lucas.
Bogue Chitto resumes play Friday night, hostingSalem.
Bogue Chitto 65, Mt. Hermon, La. 38
Mt. Hermon (38) Ann Lucas 16, N. Brumfield 6, Barker 2,Oatis 12, Norman 2.
Bogue Chitto (65) Jessica Melton 21, Porter 2, Fairchild6, Moak 16, Ratcliff 8, Drummond 12.
Total fouls: Mt. Hermon 19. Bogue Chitto 14. Fouledout-K. Brumfield of Mt. Hermon.
Free Throws M-A: Mt. Hermon 5-15. Bogue Chitto15-27.
3-point goals: Fairchild 2, Lucas, Melton,Moak.
16 – 38
12 – 65
Mt. Hermon, La. 82, Bogue Chitto 48
Mt. Hermon (82) Toby Coleman 29, Burris 4, C. Brumfield22, Gros 10, Roberts 2, Cousey 10, Milton 3, Schilling2.
Bogue Chitto (48) Carlos Brown 11, Blackwell 6, C.Wallace 7, Ferguson 7, D. Moak 6, Addison 4, Dunn 7.
Total fouls: Mt. Hermon 11. Bogue Chitto 21. Fouledout-none. Technicals-Blackwell.
Free Throws M-A: Mt. Hermon 16-26. Bogue Chitto7-13.
3-point goals: Brown 3, Coleman 2.
18 – 82
18 – 48