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Lady Panthers rally in 4th quarter for win

MAGNOLIA – The Brookhaven Lady Panthers (4-4) rallied late inthe fourth quarter outscoring the South Pike Lady Eagles 10-2 inthe final minutes to take a 44-41 victory Wednesday night in theSouth Pike Holiday Tournament at Willie E. Jones Coliseum.

In boys’ action, South Pike kept the pressure on Brookhaven’sguards to keep the Panthers post play in check to claim a 76-65win.

In the earlier games, the McComb Lady Tigers edged Amite County45-43. In the boys’ game, the McComb Tigers crushed the AmiteCounty Trojans 57-35.

Brookhaven resumes action Tuesday, Dec 7, hosting Warren Central inSinclair Gymnasium. The girls’ game tips off at 6 p.m., followed bythe boys.

Brookhaven 44, South Pike 41

Senior guard Tiakara Kelly pumped in a game-high 18 points to leadthe Lady Panthers. Fredericka Fairman crashed the boards grabbing 7rebounds and collecting 4 steals. She also chipped in with 8points.

“We played sluggish in the first three quarters,” said BrookhavenCoach Freda Craft. “In the fourth quarter, we managed to get ourlegs under us and our defense forced turnovers. Overall, I am veryproud of the girls’ steady improvement.”

Jamayn Carter was the leading scorer for the Lady Eagles (2-4) with11 points.

“We got out hustled at the end,” said South Pike Coach JaniceFelder. “We are having problems finishing games and it showed againtonight.”

South Pike 76, Brookhaven 65

Leo Garret and Alvin Franklin led the Panthers (7-1) with 15 pointsapiece. Fred Fairman contributed 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds.Keith Johnson led the board for Brookhaven collecting 6rebounds.

“South Pike did a very good job against us,” said Brookhaven CoachPreston Wilson. “We had a defensive breakdown in the fourth quarterand South Pike took advantaged of it. The deciding factor of thegame was that they did a excellent job crashing the boards.”

DeAngelo Coleman pumped in a game-high 18 points to lead the Eagles(3-3). Devonta Cook provided 17 points. Daquerius Bullock netted 12points. Charles Muse contributed 10 points.

“We played a lot better tonight than we did that last time wemeet,” said South Pike coach Joe Taylor. “We played more aggressiveand took the fight to them. We shot the ball very well in thesecond half. Overall, I was very pleased with the guys effort byattacking their guards to keep it away from Brookhaven’s postplayers.”

McComb 45, Amite 43

Audrekus Dexter led the McComb Lady Tigers with 16 points; RanekaFelder provided 12 points.

Tydesheaia Pool was the leading scorer for the Lady Trojans with 24points.

McComb 57, Amite 35

The McComb Tigers had three players to score in double figures:Rayfield Allen 13, Cavellis Luckett 12 and Trevosity Ellzey11.

Damion Anderson and Darian Banks led the Trojans with 8 pointsapiece.