Bogue Chitto takes two from Wesson

Published 6:00 am Monday, December 8, 2003

BOGUE CHITTO — Those who were in attendance at CalhounGymnasium Friday got their money’s worth as Bogue Chittoentertained Wesson for 3 games. The hosts took 2-of-3 close games,winning both varsity match-ups.

The Lady Bobcats fought off the Wesson Lady Cobras 46-39. TheBobcats hung on to defeat the Wesson Cobras 72-65, behind aseason-high 30 points from Irrie Catchings and claim their firstwin over the season.

Wesson opened the tripleheader with a 38-27 win over BogueChitto in the JV boys game.

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Bogue Chitto travels to Jackson Tuesday, to take on MississippiSchool for the Deaf in their opening Division 7-1A test. A pair ofvarsity games tip off at 6 p.m. with the girls game, followed bythe boys contest. Wesson travels to Enterprise Monday.

Bogue Chitto 46, Wesson 39

Neither team could generate any offense in the first half. BogueChitto and Wesson combined for 22 fouls a numerous turnovers. TheLady Bobcats entertained a 9-6 lead after one period, and posted a25-18 advantage at the intermission.

The Lady Bobcats (4-2) used an inside/outside combination fromKimberlee Brown and Chasity Avants to garner the lead. Brown, a5-foot-9 freshman, gave Bogue Chitto several opportunities to scoreby controlling the offensive boards (10 rebounds) for head coachJason Kennedy. Avants, a 5-foot-7 senior, sacked a pair of treys inthe first half and dished out numerous assists. She finished with ateam-high 17 points, 6 rebounds, 3 steals and 4 assists.

“Kimberlee (Brown) is just a freshmen,” said Kennedy. “Sheplayed well tonight.” Brown finished the game with 12 points and 13rebounds.

Wesson, coached by Jemmye Ann Helms, kept the game close throughthe 32-minute affair. The Lady Cobras made several runs at BogueChitto, powered by the game-high 18 points and 8 rebounds fromHayley Carr. Helms’ ballclub trailed 37-27 entering the fourthquarter.

The Lady Cobras reduced their deficit to 5 points, 42-37, with 2minutes left in the game on a basket by Christy Watson.

Avants would sack 4 free throws in the final minutes to securethe win for the Lady Bobcats. Meleah Brown pulled down 7rebounds.

“It’s good to get the win but we have to continue to getbetter,” added Kennedy. Kia Porter sustained a knee injury duringthe game and sat out most of the second half.

Also lending support for Wesson was Megan Allen with 10rebounds. Watson had 3 steals and dished out 3 assists.

The Lady Bobcats held a 36-28 edge in rebounding over Wesson.Bogue Chitto forced the Lady Cobras into 28 turnovers whilecommitting 18 of their own.

Bogue Chitto 72, Wesson 65

Bogue Chitto (1-5) dialed long distance in the opening 8minutes of the varsity boys game. The Bobcats bagged 5 treys, apair coming from Daniel Howard and Kerry Brewer. Senior forwardAaron Gill contributed a trey and his teammates carried a 25-13lead into the second quarter.

Wesson, coached by Ron Kessler, took advantage of BogueChitto’s impatience on the offensive in the second quarter. JohnnyButler, Adrien Merchant and Herman Johnson combined for 14 of theCobras’ 20 second period points but still trailed 39-33 athalftime.

Merchant and Johnson led Wesson with 14 points apiece.Merchant pumped in 13 points for Kessler. Butler grabbed 12rebounds. Wade Williams had 3 steals and dished out 5 assists.Collin King had 6 assists.

Catchings, a 6-foot-3 senior center, had 11 rebounds,with 8 points coming off of 4 offensive rebounds. He tossed in 15points in each half, including several crowd-pleasingdunks.

“Irrie played well tonight,” said Kennedy. “My kids gottheir first win tonight and we have to build off ofthat.”

Bogue Chitto outrebounded Wesson 41-27. The Cobrascommitted only 11 turnovers compared to 18 by theBobcats.

In the JV boys game, Wesson got a game-high 10 pointsfrom Mason Warren. Bogue Chitto was led by Dontae Ratcliff with 8points.