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BHS splits with Port Gibson

Brookhaven and Port Gibson split a Division 6-4A varsitybasketball doubleheader Tuesday night Brookhaven High’s SinclairGymnasium. The Lady Panthers blew past the Lady Wave of Port Gibson68-41. The Port Gibson Blue Wave defeated the Brookhaven Panthers69-48 behind 11 baskets from 3-point range.

With the win by the Brookhaven girls, they improved to 10-1overall and 2-0 in division. Port Gibson dropped to 5-10 and 0-3.The Port Gibson boys moved to 7-8 and 1-2, while Ole Brook fell to4-8 and 0-2.

Brookhaven hosts Northeast Jones in a Saturday night special inSinclair Gym, beginning at 6 p.m. with the varsity girls game.

Brookhaven 68, Port Gibson 41

Ole Brook, coached by Freda Craft, led from start to finish. Abalanced scoring attack and sound free throw shooting were keys inthe 27-point victory. Advantages of 20-7 after one period and 41-14at the intermission break set the tone for the blowout win.

Both teams would play an evenly matched second half, but theLady Wave could not fire long enough to mount a serious comeback.Port Gibson, coached by Harold Liggins, was plagued by poorshooting (33 percent) and turnovers (24).

Craft’s crew got a game-high 17 points, 8 rebounds, 2 blockedshots and 2 assists from senior center Nikki Byrd. Junior forwardAshley Gayten tossed in 15 points, 8 rebounds, 2 steals and dishedout 4 assists. Amber Dickey had 11 points and 4 assists, withSwayze Black scoring 10 points, grabbing 11 rebounds, 2 steals and3 assists.

Port Gibson got 13 points apiece from Jennifer Green and EugenaGrigsby.

Port Gibson 69, Brookhaven 48

The Blue Wave sacked 7 treys in the opening 16 minutes ofaction. Jessie Hicks (4) and Kadeem Fleming were catalysts behindthe 3-point barrage. Despite shooting under 38 percent from thefield, Port Gibson doubled Brookhaven 32-16 entering the halftimelockerroom.

The Panthers were unable to put the ball in the basket, asevidence by their 23 percent clip (5 of 22) from the field. OleBrook, coached by Ronald Hines, trailed 11-4 at the end of thefirst quarter.

By the time the Blue Wave managed a 54-29 third quarter lead,Port Gibson was able to snuff any Panther comeback. The cushionwould remain in the 25-30-point range for most of the secondhalf.

Fleming paced head coach Kim Windom’s Blue Wave with 20 points(5 treys) and 8 rebounds. Hicks added 16 points (4 treys) and 4steals. Jimmie Washington had 11 points.

Brookhaven was led by Charles (Bobo) Rancifer with a game-high22 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Simmie Yarborough had 11points and 5 rebounds. Marcus Magee had 4 steals and 3 assists.