Bears, Lady ‘Cats in 1A title games

Published 6:00 am Friday, February 16, 2007

SALEM — The No. 1-seeded West Lincoln Bears and the BogueChitto Lady ‘Cats will battle the St. Aloysius Flashes and LadyFlashes for the Division 7-1A Tournament championships tonight inthe Salem gymnasium. The girls championship game begins at 7 p.m.followed by the boys at 8:30.

In Thursday’s semifinals games, the Bogue Chitto girls whippedEnterprise 67-16, the West Lincoln Bears held off the DexterBulldogs 62-56, the St. Aloysius girls put away West Lincoln 32-19and the St. Al boys crushed Bogue Chitto 60-38.

In today’s consolation games, the Enterprise girls meet WestLincoln at 4 p.m. and the Dexter boys face Bogue Chitto at5:30.

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The No. 1 and No. 2 teams will host South Mississippi firstround playoffs games next week, Monday and Tuesday. The No. 3 andNo. 4 finishers must travel.

Bogue Chitto 67, Enterprise 16

We hustled the whole game,” said Bogue Chittogirls coach Christi Terrell. Her girls led Enterprise 37-12 athalftime.

Powering the 23-3 Lady ‘Cats with 18 points, 11 rebounds, 4steals and 3 assists was Kimberlee Thomas. Shasta Porter fired in16 points and pulled down 8 rebounds. Netting 12 points was ChelseyMiller.

“Bogue Chitto is a very athletic team,” said Enterprise girlscoach Jill Nations. “But there are still a lot of basketball gamesto be played. And I know it would be a very good experience for mygirls to be in the South playoffs.”

Lacie Orr and Amanda Burke had 4 points apiece for the LadyJackets (10-17).

West Lincoln 62, Dexter 56

Aaron Shaw’s 18 points, 7 assists and 3 steals helped the Bears(19-7) to the win. Shaw scored the final 8 points in the game forWest Lincoln from the free throw line. Bradleigh Rice scored 16points and grabbed 11 rebounds for a double-double. Following with15 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists was Jeremy Byrd.

“We played well for three quarters,” said West Lincoln coachLane Young. “The fourth quarter was the roughest that I havecoached. But we managed to hold one. We’ve got to do better thenext game.”

Pacing the Bulldogs (8-17) with 21 points was Carlos Crumedy.Terrance Marks finished with a double-double, 18 points and 10rebounds.

“We spotted West Lincoln too many points and we could not catchup,” said Dexter boys coach Steven Fortenberry. “We took WestLincoln out of it in the second half because of our intensity. WestLincoln has very good talent. We played very good. I am glad tomake the playoff since we do not have a gym to play or practicein.”

St. Aloysius 32, West Lincoln 12

Stephanie Smith’s 7 points, 3 rebounds and 2 steals directed theWest Lincoln girls (12-15). Julie Case followed with 6 points and 4rebounds. Tops off the backboards with 9 rebounds was HannahKnouse.

“We gave a good effort,” said Young. “We could not score and wehad too many careless turnovers. St. Al played well offensively inthe second half.”

Sarah Kerut netted 9 points and pulled down 5 rebounds for St.Al (20-8).

“This was a tough game,” said St. Al girls coach Kyt Bonner.”This was a very emotional game. We have our work cut out for ustomorrow.”

St. Aloysius 60, Bogue Chitto 38

“We hustled but fouls in the first half hurt us,” said BogueChitto boys coach Andrew Smithie. “St. Al did a good job shootingfree throws.”

Justin Gaines powered the Bobcats (15-10) with 15 points.Keyouna Perkins followed with 6 points and 7 rebounds.

“Bogue Chitto was short-handed tonight,” said St. Al boys coachPenn Majors. “We struggled blocking out. The offensive boards keptBogue Chitto in the first half.”

Leading the Flashes (19-8) with a double-double, was Chase Smithwith 16 points and 10 rebounds. Marsh Willis fired in 15 points andcollected 8 rebounds.