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BA girls bury Lady Saints; tourney semifinals on tap

The Brookhaven Lady Cougars successfully protected their homecourt as they crushed the Prentiss Christian Lady Saints 77-27Tuesday night in the Brookhaven Academy Holiday Classic Tournamentat John R. Gray Gymnasium.

In other girls’ tournament action, the Marshall Lady Patriots wentinto overtime to edge the Centreville Lady Tigers 39-38. The DeltaLady Raiders managed to hold off the Bowling Green Lady Bucs for a48-44 win. The Leake Academy Lady Rebels outscored the East RankinAcademy Lady Patriots for a 60-36 victory.

In Tuesday boys’ action, the Trinity Saints knocked off Marshall75-64. The Leake Rebels smashed Kirk Academy’s Raiders 67-40 andthe Central Private Rebels overpowers East Rankin Academy Patriots84-68.

Tournament action continues today with seven games, starting atnoon with Oak Forest versus Parklane’s girls. Trinity’s Lady Saintsbattle Kirk at 2:40 p.m. Leake’s Lady Rebels face Marshall at 4p.m. Brookhaven Academy’s Lady Cougars entertains Delta at 6:40 inthe semifinals.

In the boys bracket, Parklane faces Oak Forest at 1:20 p.m. in theconsolation game. The Trinity Saints battle Central Private at 5:20p.m. and in the finale the Brookhaven Academy Cougars tangle withLeake at 8 in the semifinals.

BA 77, Oak Forest 27

The Lady Cougars (12-1) had four players score in double digitsduring the massacre of the Lady Saints. Junior guard Laura BethWright pumped in a game-high 16 points and collected 6 assists tolead Brookhaven. Terah Winborne chipped in with 14 points and had 8assists. Haley Langston added 12 points. Anna Katelyn Mangoldprovided 10 points, 5 rebounds and 4 steals.

“I am glad to see everyone get some playing time,” said BA coachBarry Gray. “We handled the ball very well. Now we must prepareourselves for a tough opponent in Delta.”

Mary Morgan Dungan was the top scorer for the Lady Saints (8-7)with 8 points.

“Brookhaven Academy came out and played hard from the start and wedid not,” said Prentiss Christian coach Nick Daley. “I know we canplay better than that. Brookhaven Academy has a very good team andthey are well coached.”

Gray’s girls roared to a 45-10 halftime lead.