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Brookhaven wins in Brandon tourney

BRANDON – Kristian McCrey pumped in 16 points and Ayana Tillman14 Tuesday, leading the Brookhaven Lady Panthers to a 61-44 triumphover McLaurin’s girls in the Brandon Tournament. Brianna Pattonchipped in 11 points as the Lady Panthers raised their record to4-2 on the season.

Brookhaven’s boys blasted Brandon 80-64 last night, directed byBrandon Caston and Dexter Middleton with 14 and 12 pointsrespectively. Jonathan Pickett chipped in 10 points.

Coach Billy Holmes sends his Lady Panthers against NorthwestRankin at 4 p.m. in Thursday’s semifinals. The Panthers playMcLaurin Thursday night at 7:45. Win or lose, Brookhaven will playSaturday, either in the consolation or championship games.

Friday’s McComb-Brookhaven game at BHS has been postponed untilMonday, Nov. 25, due to Brookhaven’s participation in the Class 4Astate football playoffs.,

The Lady Panthers were strong on the backboardsand they gave a good effort on defense, according to Coach Holmes.”Our full-court pressure man defense was very effective,” saidHolmes.

On the backboards, Tillman and McCrey each had 9 rebounds.Patton had 6 boards and Shamika Gilmore 5.

Chiquita Rancifer provided the Lady Panthers with 5 assists andPatton made four. Senior playmaker Aneidra Stanton is slowed by aknee injury and played half the game.

McLaurin got 16 points from Ashley McLin. The Lady Tigerstrailed 35-21 at halftime.

The Panthers (6-0) also played well on defense,according to BHS boys coach Ronald Hines. “Our kids played prettywell on defense. The intensity was good.”

Brookhaven roared to a 22-6 first-quarter lead and led Brandon50-31 at halftime.

The Panthers accounted for 24 rebounds and overcame 23turnovers. On the backboards, Jaspar Hall, Lamar Hall and JermaineCulver each had 4 rebounds.

Middleton accounted for 6 steals and Pickett had 4.

The Panthers were cold from 3-point range, going 0-for-10.

The Bulldogs got a game-high 22 points from Kenneth Walker.Avery Presley added 16 points.

GIRLS

Brookhaven 61, McLaurin 44

McLaurin (44) Shayh McLan 16, Evans 15, Brown 1, Tomas 2, Brown4.

Brookhaven (61) Christina McCrey 16, Watkins 4, Rancifer 4,Tillman 14, Gilmore 8, Vinson 2, Autman 2, Patton 11.

Total fouls: McLaurin 7. Brookhaven 17. Fouled out-none.

Free Throws M-A: McLaurin 7-17. Brookhaven 0-0.

3-point goals: Patton.

BOYS

Brookhaven 80, Brandon 64

Brookhaven (80) Brandon Caston 14, Middleton 12, Flintroy 2,Dickey 4, Smith 6, Richardson 8, Daniels 6, J. Hall 6, Pickett 10,L. Hall 8, Culver 2, Tanner 2.

Brandon (64) Kenneth Walker 22, Winsley 11, Rischer 8, Presley16, Moore 4, Joshua 2.

Total fouls: Brookhaven 21. Brandon 23. Fouled out-Joshua.

Free Throws M-A: Brookhaven 24-34. Brandon 11-22.

3-point goals: Joshua.