Lady Cobras whip Amite Co.

Published 6:00 am Wednesday, January 18, 2006

WESSON — Sophomore guard Perry K. Furr pumped in a game-high 22points and junior point guard Alexis Crosby fired in 21 points todirect the Wesson Lady Cobras in a big 63-48 Division 6-2A win overthe Amite County Lady Trojans Tuesday night. Furr nailed 5 treysand had 19 points in the first half.

In the boys game, Amite County’s Mitchell Thompson’sgame-winning layup with six seconds left broke a 51-all tie andgave the Trojans a 53-51 win over the Cobras.

Wesson travels to Piney Woods Friday night for more divisionaction.

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Wesson 63, Amite County 48

The Lady Cobras (9-12, 4-3) pulled away for a 16-9 lead in thefirst quarter on back-to-back treys from Furr. At halftime, Wessoncommanded a 39-19 lead over Amite County.

“My shots felt good,” said Furr after the game. “My teammatesreally helped me out tonight.”

Crosby netted 13 of her 21 points in the first half.

“It was a big win,” said Crosby who twisted her sore ankle latein the fourth quarter and sat out the final minutes. “We playedbetter as a team. Perry shot the ball good. It really helped usout.”

There was no letdown in the second half as Wesson outscoredAmite County 22-8 in the third quarter to carry a 51-27 advantagegoing into the final frame.

“We came out and played really well in the first half,” saidWesson girls coach Jemmye Ann Helms. “We were aggressive. We wantedto get P.K. open. She did a great job in the first half. I’m reallyproud them.”

Senior guard Sam Ellison led off the backboards for the LadyCobras with 7 rebounds followed by Christy Watson with 6, LalitaPayre and Summer Easterling had 5 boards apiece. Ellison also ledwith 6 steals. Crosby added 4 assists.

Coach Beverly Weathersby’s Lady Trojans (6-12, 2-4) were pacedby Leshonda Anderson’s 20 points. Andrea Harris followed with 10points.

Amite County 53, Wesson 51

The Cobras (6-14, 3-5) let the game get away from them in thesecond half. Amite County overcame a 27-22 halftime deficit with a23-17 run in the third quarter to take a brief 45-44 lead goinginto the final frame.

The Trojans (6-10, 4-4) outscored the Cobras 8-7 as the hoststried to spread the offense out and run time off the clock,beginning with a 46-45 lead with six minutes left in the game.

“The third quarter hurt us a lot,” said Wesson boys coach RonKessler. “We were up by five at the half. We got passive with ourpasses. We turned the ball over 16 times and most were convertedinto points. You are not going to win ball games like that.”

Junior guard Brandt Hood directed the Cobras with 16 points, 4rebounds and 5 assists. Netting 12 points and making 3 steals wassenior guard Mason Warren. Following with 9 points and 6 reboundswas senior forward Adrian King.

“We have gotten better since playing Wesson in December,” saidAmite County boys coach John Knight. “We played a better ball game.We’re finally getting some breaks.”

For the Trojans, Jeremy Snowden led with 18 points. StephenPatterson finished with 12 points.

Junior varsity results

The Wesson boys (7-2) put away Amite County 41-36 in JV boysplay.

Jamar Sims and John Michael Cliburn netted 13 points apiece forthe Cobras. Cody King netted 9 points.

Leading Amite County with 8 points each were Larry Anderson,Justin Patterson and Keith Hall.