Pike ambushes BHS

Published 6:00 am Monday, January 7, 2008

MAGNOLIA — The South Pike Eagles enjoyed some revenge andambushed Brookhaven Saturday night in the South Pike Coliseum. An18-point performance by Tekeya Felder sparked the Lady Eagles to a74-68 victory in a revenge match.

In the varsity boys game, South Pike got 18 points from CalvinCampbell and 17 from Lesley Jones as the Eagles turned back thePanthers 57-54 and avenged an earlier setback.

Ole Brook returns home to host Forest Hill Tuesday night for aDivision 6-4A showdown in Sinclair Gymnasium. The varsity girlsgame tips off at 6 p.m.

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The Lady Panthers (16-2) got a game-high 25points from senior forward Swayze Black. Senior center Nikki Byrdwas in early foul trouble but she managed 16 points, 15 reboundsand 2 assists. Black had 9 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals.

Ashley Gayten chipped in 10 points plus 3 assists and 2steals.

“We missed too many free throws and we didn’t shoot the ballvery well,” said BHS girls coach Freda Craft. Her team only made 17of 30 from the charity line.

Byrd had 3 personal fouls in the first 6 minutes of the game.She sat out the second quarter.

Brookhaven was slowed by 20 turnovers. South Pike had 14turnovers.

“Our game plan was to take it inside,” said South Pike coachMarcus Flippin. They avenged an earlier 66-57 loss to BHS on Dec.21.

Addison led the Lady Eagles (11-6) with 10 rebounds and 4assists. South Pike’s bench outscored Brookhaven’s subs 12-4.

The Panthers (7-12) got 14 points each fromKeenan Richardson and Charles (Bobo) Rancifer in the loss. On thebackboards, Chad Hall led the way with 10 rebounds. Marcus McGeehad 9 boards.

Rancifer also dished out 8 assists and made 5 steals for CoachRonald Hines. Frank Taylor had 3 assists as the Pantheres led 25-23at halftime.

Each team had 20 turnovers. The Eagles scored 22 points off of20 BHS turnovers.

Brook’s bench outscored South Pike’s subs 20-6 but they couldn’tcatch the Eagles.

South Pike (6-13), coached by Joe Taylor, got 10 rebounds fromLesley Jones. Campbell had 9 boards. They Eagles outscored BHS 17-9in the third quarter and avenged a 69-55 defeat in SinclairGymnasium.