• 72°

Bears, Lady Cats notch victories

BOGUE CHITTO – The Bogue Chitto Lady Cats struggled in the firstquarter but found their groove in the second quarter to cruise pasttheir county rival the West Lincoln Lady Bears 59-33 in Region 7-1Abasketball action Friday night in R.L. “Bob” CalhounGymnasium.

In the boys’ game, basketball fans got to witness another epicbattle between two region foes; the undefeated West Lincoln Bearsand the Bogue Chitto Bobcats, for the second time this season. TheBears managed to battle back from being six-points down andrecaptured the lead with three-minutes left in the fourth quarter.They held on for a 46-41 victory in front of a packed house.

The Lady Cats and Bobcats return to action Tuesday, hosting the St.Aloysius Flashes for a big regional matchup. The girls’ game beginsat 6 p.m., followed by the boys.

West Lincoln resumes action Wednesday, hosting the MississippiSchool of the Deaf Bulldogs. This game was canceled last Monday dueto the winter weather and has to be made up since it is a regiongame. Tipoff is 6 p.m. with the girls’ game, followed by theboys.

BC 59, W. Lincoln 33

Senior center Teareon Rogers pumped in a game-high double-double tolead the Lady Cats (18-1, 4-0) with 20 points and 14 rebounds.Josie Porter provided a double-double as well with 13 points and 10assists. She also collected 5 rebounds and 2 steals. Tesheon Rogerschipped in with 13 points and snatched 9 rebounds.

“We hit the boards really well,” said BC coach Christi Terrell.”Our post players had a very good game. I am very proud of thegirls effort and hope to keep on improving game by game.”

Senior guard Karli Herrington was the leader for the Lady Bears(11-8, 3-1) with 17 points. Senior post Katie Mullins contributed10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds.

“Bogue Chitto physically whipped us,” said West Lincoln coach LaneYoung. “Their post players did a good job crashing the boards. Asfor us, I was glad to see Herrington have a good gameshooting.”

W. Lincoln 46, BC 41

The Bears (19-0, 4-0) came out of the gates on fire in the firstquarter to claim a 19-7 lead, before the Bobcats (13-7, 3-1)bounced back and rallied in the second and third quarter. BC tiedthe game at 33-all going into the final frame.

Bogue Chitto captured the lead early in the fourth quarter andgained a six-point advantage. West Lincoln managed to regain theircomposure to tie the game at 38-all before reclaiming the momentum.WL’s Jay Case came alive, scoring 7 of his 13 points in the lastthree minutes of the game.

Junior forward Dee Price had a game-high performance to power theBears with 21 points and 4 rebounds. Lucas Burris was the leader onthe boards with 10 rebounds and had 4 blocked shots. Jay Casecollected 5 steals.

“We started off very good in the first quarter like we should,”said Young. “Then Bogue Chitto managed to gained some momentum insecond quarter from some good plays.

“Both teams played very hard,” continued Young. “The main factor ofthe game was that we were able to make the plays needed to win thegame.”

Senior forward Javier Gee was the leader for the Bobcats with 11points. Michael Harris chipped in 10 points. Colby Johnson crashedthe boards, collecting 10 rebounds and blocked 4 shots.

“My guys played hard,” said BC coach Jeremy Harrell. “We have somethings that we need to fix before we meet again. Now we mustregroup to get ready for our next game.”

In JV action, the Lady Cats crushed the Lady Bears 36-7 as MattieAvants led Bogue Chitto with 18 points. Earineshia Dilloncontributed 6 points.