Lady Panthers roll; Pearl rips Panthers

Published 6:00 am Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Brookhaven split with Pearl in basketball action Tuesday nightin Sinclair Gymnasium. The Lady Panthers jetted past the LadyPirates 43-11 but he Pirates got by the Panthers 61-46.

Pearl posted a 54-42 win over Brookhaven in the JV boysgame.

Action gets under way in the Brookhaven Invitational Tournamentthis afternoon at 5:30. The South Pike girls are scheduled to takeon Provine at 4 p.m., followed by the Amite Co. and Provine boys at5:30. Brookhaven meets Crystal Springs at 7 and 8:30respectively.

Subscribe to our free email newsletter

Get the latest news sent to your inbox

Brookhaven 43, Pearl 11

The Lady Panthers (4-0) continued their winning ways in thislow-scoring affair. It was a balanced scoring attack for BHS headcoach Freda Craft and her ballclub.

Brookhaven led 12-2 after the first 8 minutes and 21-11 at theintermission break.

Pearl (0-5) was outscored 22-0 in the second half. The LadyPirates’ last points of the game came early in the second period ona basket by Jackie Thompson, who scored a team-leading 9 points inthe game. The Lady Pirates went nearly 20 minutes withoutscoring.

“We just could not get our shots to fall,” said Pearl head coachTracie Breakfield. “Brookhaven was taller than us. They have a goodteam.”

Brookhaven was led by twin towers Swayze Black and Nikki Byrd with14 points each. Black topped the rebounders with 11. Black dishedout 7 assists and had 4 steals. Black blocked 3 Pearl shots. Byrdhad 2 blocks and 2 assists.

Pearl 61, Brookhaven 46

Pirate head coach Russell Evans saw his squad come out of thestarting blocks on fire. Fabian Burch sacked a pair of treys in theopening frame for a 14-9 Pearl first quarter lead.

Burch scored 14 of his team-high 20 points in the first half, asthe Pirates entertained a 26-20 halftime advantage.

Turnovers and poor shooting continued to plague Ole Brook (1-3)this season. The Panthers, coached by Ronald Hines, committed 13 oftheir 21 miscues in the first half and shot a dismal 26 percentfrom the field (5 of 19). Brookhaven was in a double-digit deficitthroughout most of the game.

Senior forward Charles (Bobo) Rancifer led the Panthers with 20points, 3 assists and 2 steals. Desmond Arnold grabbed a game-high10 points and blocked 2 Pirate shots. Marcus McGee had 3steals.

In the JV boys game, Jay Stewart topped Brookhavenwith 11 points. Pearl was led by Nicholas Scott with 11 points,followed by Morris Kersh and Phillip Harvey with 10 pointsapiece.