Brookhaven Academy overcomes Copiah

Published 6:00 am Thursday, January 11, 2007

GALLMAN — Before the 2006-7 basketball season started, fanseverywhere had already started picking the Copiah Academy Colonelsto finish the season atop District 6-AA. Brookhaven Academy let theColonels know Tuesday night that they still have a long way to gobefore achieving that goal.

Brookhaven Academy’s Cougars whipped the Colonels 64-41 toimprove to 12-3 overall and 4-0 in district play. Copiah moved intosecond place in the district race at 3-1.

In the varsity girls game, Drew Holland Tigner scored a teamhigh 16 points and pulled down 11 rebounds to lead Brookhaven to a46-44 victory over the Lady Colonels. Kelli Snider followed with 14points as the Lady Cougars improved to 17-3 overall and 4-0 indistrict play.

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Brookhaven 64, Copiah 41

Sawyer Wallace scored a game high 21 points, had five reboundsand 4 steals to lead Brookhaven. Josh Winborne followed with 13points and 6 rebounds and Corey Dickerson added 12 points, 5rebounds and 4 assists as Brookhaven overcame an early 7-pointdeficit to take the win.

“We played with a lot more intensity tonight than we didSaturday.” said Brookhaven coach Dale Watts, referring to a 55-50home loss to Silliman (La.) Institute. “We were able to control thetempo of the game and that helped us. Our intensity was a lotbetter.”

Jake Guess led Copiah with 14 points. Hunter Greer followed with8 points as the Colonels fell to 7-4 on the year.

Brookhaven 46, Copiah 44

Brookhaven raced to a 14-0 lead after one quarter of play andled by as many as 17, but Copiah fought back with a barrage ofthree point shots, taking a 44-40 lead with three minutes remainingin the game.

Junior Hannah Watts and Tigner each scored a bucket late, tyingthe game up with just under a minute left in regulation. Juniorplaymaker Betsy Lynch scored on a running jumper in the lane,giving the Lady Cougars a 2 point lead with 5 seconds left. Copiahwas unable to get a shot off in the final seconds, preserving thevictory for Brookhaven.

“I thought we did a heck of a job coming back after being down16-0 at one point.” said Copiah coach Mitch Mitchell. “They jumpedout on us early and it looked like they were going run away withit, but we started making threes. We just came up a littleshort.”

Mitchell’s girls sacked 10 treys in the game. Julie Hankins ledCopiah with a game-high 17 points, sacking 5 treys. Alexis Mitchellfollowed with 14 points as the Lady Colonels fell to 8-8 with theloss.

Junior High Results

In junior high girls action, Copiah’s Lady Colonels overcame a33-18 halftime deficit to beat Brookhaven 48-47. Madeline Cline ledCopiah with 16 points.

Anna Katelyn Mangold scored 16 points and pulled down 8 reboundsto lead Brookhaven. Mary Lindsey followed with 8 points and 14rebounds as the Lady Cougars fell to 12-3 on the year.

In junior high boys action, Brookhaven improved to 11-0 on theyear with a 53-48 win. Jameson Powell scored 16 points. Jake Reedfollowed with 12 points to lead Brookhaven.