BA girls raise record to 19-0

Published 6:00 am Monday, December 23, 2002

Brookhaven Academy’s girls remained undefeated in 19 games bydefeating the visiting Bowling Green Academy Lady Bucs 57-32 Fridaynight in John R. Gray Gymnasium. Directing the triumph was forwardAbby Williams with 15 points, including 3 treys.

Brookhaven Academy head coach Barry Gray was encouraged by histeam’s first-half shooting percentage but saw plenty of room forimprovement. Bowling Green (1-8) played hard on defense but stilltrailed 35-20 at halftime.

“I was pleased with our shooting percentage,” said Gray,pointing to his team’s 13 of 24 field goal shooting before halftimeand their 9 of 12 showing at the free throw line. “We knew (BowlingGreen) would have problems with our half-court trap defense.”

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Williams finished with 4 steals besides scoring her game-hightotal. Lauren Smith and Mallory Logan each had 3 steals. Smith alsohad 4 assists and Kelli Byrd made 3.

Logan and Jessie Altman joined Williams in double figures with11 points each. Altman also grabbed 6 rebounds and Byrd had 5boards.

Bowling Green, placed on probation by the Mississippi PrivateSchool Association after last season’s outbreak of violence in theBowling Green gym, must play all of its games on the road thisseason. In that incident, two game officials were injured in anattack by Bowling Green fans.

Coached by second-year head coach Pat King, the Lady Bucs wereno match for Brookhaven. They got 10 points from playmaker JamieDillon and 5 rebounds from center Emily Thomas.

Back-to-back layups by Byrd and Smith pushed BA’s lead to 50-22entering the fourth quarter. Early in the game, the Lady Bucs hadtaken a 4-2 lead before Altman cashed in a 3-point play. BA nevertrailed again as Altman scored the next 5 points.

Junior High Results

Twelve points and 3 rebounds by Emily Langley led Brookhaven toa 45-12 trouncing of Bowling Green in the junior high girls game.Erica Harvey added 7 points, Casey Smith 5 and Maddie Allen 4.Jessica Diamond and Allen had 4 steals apiece.