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MENDENHALL — Simpson Academy is known statewide for its successon the football field. However, the Cougars’ success on thebasketball court is another story.

Brookhaven Academy, on the other hand, is recognized as one ofthe best teams year in and year out in basketball. The two programsmet on the hardwood Tuesday evening, and the outcome could only bedescribed as one thing — unbelievable. Brookhaven’s Cougars’ racedto a 37-0 lead after one quarter and a 55-3 lead at the half beforecruising on to a 78-20 victory.

Corey Dickerson scored a game-high 22 points and grabbed sevenrebounds and Kurt Perkins added 20 points and four steals asBrookhaven improved to 4-1 on the season. Simpson fell to 0-3.

In the varsity girls game, Kate Hubbard led Simpson to a 51-29whipping of Brookhaven, scoring a game high 27 points, as Simpsonimproved to 3-4 on the season. Brookhaven fell to 6-5.

Brookhaven boys coach Dale Watts was able to substitute earlyand often as the Cougars raced out of the gate and never lookedback. Perkins scored all of his points in the first half, asBrookhaven’s starters only played about 12 minutes in the game.

“This is one of those games that could end up doing more harmthan good,” said Watts. “This game didn’t do a bit of good foreither team. We risk the chance of developing bad habits, and whatgoes around comes around.

“Simpson only dressed out seven players, and most of their guysare still playing football. They’ll be a better team once they getthose guys on the floor.”

Simpson’s only points of the first half came at the 5:28 mark inthe second quarter on a layup and free throw by Ryan Kennedy. Allseven players for Simpson were able to register points by the timethe final horn sounded.

Jerrod Rayborn led Brookhaven with 5 steals and 4 assists. Healso had 6 rebounds to go along with 10 points in the game.

The BA Lady Cougars played even with Simpsonthe first half, battling the Mendenhall version of the Cougars to a22-22 deadlock at the half. But the hosts were able to outscoreBrookhaven 29-7 in the final two frames.

Playmaker Betsy Lynch led Brookhaven with 16 points and twoassists. Kelli Snider chipped in 7 points and grabbed 8 rebounds insupport, as both teams battle numerous turnovers and mentalmistakes throughout the game.

In 7th grade girls action, Brookhaven defeatedSimpson 28-15 as Anna Kaitlin Mangold, Summer Calhoun, and HaleyLangston scored 8 points apiece. Callie Cole finished with 4points. Kasey McWilliams led Simpson with 6 points.

Brookhaven Academy’s next basketball action is Tuesday, Nov. 29,as the Cougars travel to Baker, La., to face Central Private in afour-game set. Tipoff in the first game is at 4 p.m.