BA captures ACCS tourney

Published 6:00 am Monday, December 1, 2003

NATCHEZ – Cole Hodges pumped in a game-high 31 points Saturdayto lead the Brookhaven Academy Cougars to a 61-52 win over theCentral Private Rebels in the championship game of the Adams CountyChristian School Thanksgiving Tournament. Hodges, a junior pointguard, also grabbed five rebounds.

In the girls championship game, undefeated Brookhaven Academywhipped McComb Parklane 57-26. The Lady Cougars are 10-0 on theseason.

“I was real happy,” said Brookhaven Academy boys coach DaleWatts of the win. “Hodges made some good decisions. Overall we dida good job. We played very well in spots. We beat a good teamtonight.”

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Central Private (6-1) and Brookhaven (6-1) were deadlocked at41-41 going into the fourth quarter. A 20-11 run by the Cougarssecured the win over the Rebels.

Adding support to the Brookhaven win with 10 points and eightrebounds was Alex Davis. Jonathan Winborne had four assists. AlanGray made two steals.

“It’s good to win an early tournament,” added Watts.

In the girls game, Kristian Davidson and Kelli Byrd powered theBrookhaven girls with 10 points and five rebounds apiece. On thefloor, Jessle Altman led with five steals followed by Lauren Smithwith four and Byrd with three. Mallory Logan had six assistsfollowed by Smith with four.

“I thought we played well in the tournament,” stated BrookhavenAcademy girls basketball coach Barry Gray. “Our half-court defensehas improved.”

Rebecca Brabham paced Parklane with seven points.

Brookhaven Academy travels to Clinton, La., Monday to meetSilliman Institute for the first District 4-AA games of theseason.