Wesson, Enterprise boys bow

Published 8:54 pm Friday, February 11, 2011

The Madison St. Joseph Bruin overcame a sluggish first quarterto crush the Enterprise Yellow Jackets 71-38 in the semifinals ofthe Region 6-2A Tournament Thursday night at Loyd StarGymnasium.

In the other boys’ game, the Hinds AHS Bulldogs used their speed tooverwhelm the Wesson Cobras 86-55.

Tournament action continues today with Wesson battling Enterprisein the boys’ consolation game at 5:30 p.m. Hinds AHS tangles withSt. Joe in the boys Championship game at 8:30.

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The four finalists have qualified for the opening round of theMHSAA South State Playoffs that begins Tuesday Feb 15. Each team isbattling for a good playoff seeding.

St. Joe 71, Enterprise 38

Senior forward Sam Furr pumped in a team-high double-double with 15points and 16 rebounds to lead the Jackets (6-24). Grant Bristercontributed 10 points.

“My guys played a great first half,” said Enterprise coach JohnKnight. “St. Joe made a run just before halftime to take an11-point lead at the break. In the second half, they outgun us andwe had a tough time making a comeback.”

St. Joseph (18-7) had three players to score in double figures.Senior guard Nick Pernell knocked down a game-high 26 points, whilecollecting 7 rebounds, 5 steals and 4 assist to lead the team. JohnCarney chipped in with 12 points. Nick Beasley added 11 points forthe No. 1-seeded Bruins.

“We were sluggish at first, but we found our rhythm and managed toget the win,” said St. Joe coach Keith Barnes.

Hinds AHS 86, Wesson 55

Sophomore forward Terry Brown was the leader for the Cobras (10-12)with team-high double-double 20 points and 10 rebounds.

“We played well for the first quarter and a half,” said Wessoncoach Rusty Newman. “Then we lost our focus on the game plan andHinds took advantage of it. For the rest of the game, we struggledto play catchup.”

Junior guard Kajuan Williams pumped in a game-high 21 points tolead the Bulldogs. Ledarion Robinson contributed 18 points andgrabbed 9 rebounds. Jalen Price netted 16 points.

The Bulldogs (11-14) are coached by Keith Williams.