Bogue Chitto overpowers Cathedral
BOGUE CHITTO — Alonzo Miner poured in 26 points and KeyounaPerkins chipped in 20, sparking the Bogue Chitto Bobcats to a 77-69Friday night victory over the Natchez Cathedral Green Wave. In thegirls game, Kimberlee Thomas sacked 20 points, Meleah Brown 15 andShasta Porter 13 in leading the Lady ‘Cats to a 67-25 triumph inCalhoun Gymnasium.
Bogue Chitto resumes play Tuesday, hosting Enterprise forDivision 7-1A action. The Bobcats are 6-9 overall and 4-3 in thedivision. The Lady ‘Cats are 8-8 and 5-2.
Bogue Chitto 77, Cathedral 69
“Our inside game has improved tremendously over the lastthree games,” said Bogue Chitto boys coach Andrew Smithie. “Westepped it up in rebounding.”
Smithie’s Bobcats collected 33 rebounds in thehard-fought victory. Perkins led the way with 11 rebounds and Minergrabbed 8. Nic Hatten accounted for 6 rebounds.
Bobcat guard Dante Ratcliff accounted for 13 points and6 assists. At the close of the third quarter, Ratcliff cashed inconsecutive layups for a 15-point, 57-42 lead.
Cathedral (9-11, 2-5) refused to fold in the finalframe. The Wave pulled within 9 points on a layup by Juan Gray at68-59, with under 3 minutes left to play, but could come nocloser.
Miner responded with a layup and a free throw for a71-59 advantage. Perkins hit 2 short jumpers and Ratcliff added alayup to secure the win.
Guard Antwon Lyons chipped in 10 points, 5 assists and 4steals to the win.
Cathedral, coached by Peter Arnold, got 21 points fromGray and 20 from forward Matt Goss. Alex Middleton and Andy Lucaseach had 13 points.
Bogue Chitto 67, Cathedral 25
Cathedral point guard Brandi McGraw pumped in a fieldgoal from near the top of the key to start the game but BC’s Lady’Cats quickly took control. They expanded a 34-14 halftime lead to56-17, outscoring the visitors 22-3 in the thirdframe.
BC girls coach Christi Terrell said she was pleased withher team’s second-half performance after a sloppy first half. “Athalftime our girls decided to focus and hustle. Shasta andKimberlee did great on the boards.”
On the backboards, Porter, a 6-foot junior, snatched 13rebounds. Thomas had 10 boards. Brown followed with 8 rebounds and5 steals. Candace Avants made 4 assists.
The Lady ‘Cats outrebounded Cathedral 11-3 in the secondquarter. Starting the second half, BC went on a 20-0 run as Brownsacked 6 points, pushing the lead to 54-14.
Cathedral (4-13, 2-5), under the direction ofsecond-year head coach Cathy Granning, got 9 points from MattieSmith.
Junior Varsity Action
In the JV boys game, Cathedral prevailed 36-35 asPatrick McDonnough scored 10 points. Andy Lucas and Skyler Baconnetted 8 apiece.
The Bobcats were led by Justin Gaines with 21 points andFred Tillman with 8.