Wesson survives in OT
Wesson’s Cobras won the hard way Friday night, edging theEnterprise Yellow Jackets 51-49 in overtime as the Cobras claimedthe Region 6-2A consolation game in Loyd Star’s gymnasium. It wasWesson’s fourth win over Enterprise this season, by a combinedtotal of five points.
In the championship game, Hinds AHS turned back Madison St. Joseph69-63 in a battle of top-seeded teams.
Wesson (11-12) and Enterprise (6-25) both face tough road tests inthe opening round of the South Mississippi 2A playoffs. The Cobrasare at Scott Central Monday and the Jackets travel to NewtonTuesday.
In the 4-minute overtime, Enterprise claimed a quick 47-44 lead as6-4 senior forward Sam Furr hit a short jumper and a free throw.Wesson responded as D.J. Coleman scored off a steal, Kyle Crosssank a driving layup, and Coleman tacked on a free throw with 1second left to play.
Coleman finished with 15 points. Gib Britt tossed in 12 points andSutton 10. The Cobras outrebounded Enterprise 33-26 as Colemanclaimed 11 rebounds, Sutton 7 and Cross 5. Sutton and Britt had 3steals apiece.
“I knew it would be a close, tough game,” said Wesson first-yearcoach Rusty Newman. “It’s hard to beat a team four times.
“I’m proud of our guys,” Newman added. “They kept their composure.We’ve had a lot of adversity this week.”
Enterprise, coached by John Knight, had gained a 44-44 deadlockwith 1:47 left in regulation when guard Thomas Allen hit a shortjumper from the lane. Both teams had a chance to go ahead but theJackets turned the ball over and Wesson missed a last-secondtrey.
The Jackets got a game-high 22 points from Allen, plus 4 reboundsand 3 steals. Furr finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds. NathanFoster had 4 rebounds and 3 steals.
Hinds AHS 69, St. Joe 63
The Bulldogs (12-14) avenged two regular-season losses to the No.1-seeded Bruins (18-8). They were sparked by 6-2 junior Jalen Pricewho led 3 players in double digits with 14 points. Senior pointguard Eric Christmas scored 12 points and Dexter Divinity 10.
St. Joe got 20 points from senior guard Nicholas Pernell who wasselected the region’s Player of the Year. Nicholas Beasley added 12points as the Bruins trailed 53-42 starting the fourth quarter.