West Lincoln sweeps Salem; Bobcats split with Dexter

Published 8:12 pm Friday, December 3, 2010

Basketball fans got to witness a battle between two counties,Walthall versus Lincoln, inside the warm confines of Jack CaseGymnasium Thursday night. The Lincoln County teams managed tocapture three out of four games on the night in day one of WestLincoln’s two-day tournament.

In the earlier games, the Bogue Chitto Lady Cats crushed the DexterLady Bulldogs 58-27, in the boys’ game, Dexter started their seasonoff with a win after beating Bogue Chitto 58-44.

In the nightcap, the West Lincoln Bears and Lady Bears swept theSalem Wildcats. The Lady Bears held on for a 39-33 win over theLady Wildcats. In the boys’ game, the Bears managed to keep theirundefeated record secured with a 70-58 victory over Salem.

Bogue Chitto will be in action tonight hosting the EnterpriseYellow Jackets in R.L “Bob” Calhoun Gymnasium. Tipoff begins withthe girls’ game at 6 p.m., followed by the boys.

West Lincoln resumes action Saturday for round two of their two-daytournament. The Bears will face Dexter with the girls’ gamestarting first in the night games followed by the boys.

The Bobcats and Lady Cats will battle Salem in the early games. Thegirls’ game tips off at 4 p.m.

Bogue Chitto 58, Dexter 27

Senior guard Aneshia Dillon pumped in a game-high 10 points to helplead Bogue Chitto (5-1). The Lady Cats had a very productive nightas every player on the team managed to score.

“Everyone got some playing time,” said BC Coach Christi Terrell.”Our younger players managed to pick up some experience as they gotto play along with the seniors.”

Taylor Gamble and Dee Harvey were the top scorers for the LadyBulldogs with eight points apiece.

“We are a young team and we have a lot to learn,” said Dexter CoachZachery Ratcliff. “I am proud of my girls’ effort that they’restill working hard to improve.”

Dexter 58, Bogue Chitto 44

Michael Harris produced a career high performance on the night ashe helped lead Bogue Chitto (3-3) with 21 points and grabbed 9rebounds.

“Bogue Chitto has a very good athletic team,” said Dexter CoachSteven Fortenberry. “We were very rusty in a lot of areas and westill have plenty of room for improvement. Overall, I was pleasedwith the guys’ effort as they only had a few days to convert tobasketball after just finishing football last week.”

Marcus Holmes was the leading scorer for the Bulldogs with 11points. Vonte Owens was the leader on the board with 10rebounds.

W. Lincoln 39, Salem 33

Senior forward Katie Mullins netted a game-high 15 points andgrabbed 6 rebounds to led the Lady Bears (5-4). Katie Hesterprovided 10 points and gathered 5 rebounds.

“We looked dead the entire game,” said West Lincoln Coach LaneYoung. “We made just enough plays to win the game.”

Jamie Davis led all Lady Wildcats (1-6) in scoring and on theboards with 12 points and 11 rebounds.

“We are young and inexperience, but we are steadily improving,”said Salem Coach Randy Laird.

W. Lincoln 70, Salem 58

The Bears (9-0) had four players to score in double figures assenior guard Jay Case led the way by scoring 21 points and snatched5 rebounds, 4 steals, 5 assists. Calvin Kees and De Price produced12 points apiece. Kees also blocked 4 shots. Lucas Burriscontributed 11 points and grabbed 7 rebounds.

“Salem played a very good game and they also out rebound us aswell,” said Young. “We just could not put them away during thegame. We have got to do a better job rebounding the ball.”

Salem (3-4) was led by Neil Quinn with 21 points. D.J. Harnessnetted 15 point and gathered 6 rebounds. Justin Lewis provided 10points and grabbed 8 rebounds.

“We played a great game in the second half,” said Laird. “We justmade too many turnovers at the end and West Lincoln was able tocontrol the ball. West Lincoln has a very good team and we hope toface them again.”