Lady Panthers romp; Panthers fall to Clinton

Published 7:00 pm Wednesday, January 18, 2012

CLINTON – The Clinton Arrows and theBrookhaven Panthers split a varsity doubleheader Tuesdaynight  in Clinton’sgymnasium.

    The Lady Panthers outrebounded the Lady Arrows 50-26 for a 40-29win.  In the varsity boysgame,  Clinton shot 48percent from field, as the Arrows raced past the Panthers68-47.

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    Brookhaven hosts McComb Friday night in a Region 5-5A showdown inSinclair Gym.  A JV game isscheduled for 5 p.m., followed by the varsity girls and boys at 6and 7:30.

Brookhaven 40, Clinton29

    The Lady Panthers (13-9) shot 30 percent (14 of 46) from the floor,and held a 19-11 edge in offensive rebounding.  Brookhaven could only muster 8 pointson second-chance points, despite the huge rebounding margin.

    Ole Brook head coach Freda Craft’s ballclub had to come frombehind, as they trailed 14-6 after one period and 18-16 athalftime.  The LadyPanthers used a 24-11 second half to get the victory.

    Senior Tiakara Kelly paced Craft’s crew with 18 points.  Fredericka Fairman tossed in 10points and had 11 rebounds.  Christen Benson dished out agame-high 6 assists.

    The Lady Arrows (4-16) got a game-high 22 points from AliviaHughes.  Clinton head coachFelicia Lofton had only 3 players score, on a team that has 1senior and numerous sophomores and freshmen. 

    Clinton shot a dismal 9 of 52 (17 percent) from the floor,including a 3-of-21 clip from beyond the 3-point arc.

Clinton 68, Brookhaven47

    The Class 6A Arrows (17-5) led from start to finish; building upona 21-16 first quarter lead and taking a 37-21 lead into theintermission break.

    Head Coach Chad Norton’s squad realized a 28-all deadlock inrebounding, but took advantage of second-chance scoringopportunities; caused by Brookhaven’s lack of controlling theboards.

    The Panthers (15-7) never got any closer than their 5-point deficitat the end of the first period.  Head Coach Preston Wilson saw histeam give up 18 points to Clinton, off of 16 Panther turnovers.

    Domonic Davis led all scorers with 18 points and 8 rebounds.

    Brookhaven was minus several keys contributors due to disciplinaryreasons.  Glen Buie led thePanthers with 10 points. Buie, Dennis Jordan and Khalil Newton passed out 3 assistseach.  Orlando Barnes had 8rebounds.  Jamael Smithblocked 4 Arrow shots. 

    The Panthers shot 43 percent (20 of 47) from the floor and 33percent (3 of 9) from the charity stripe.

In the preliminary JV game,     Clinton eased past Brookhaven29-21. Buda Okoye led all scorers with 10 points forClinton.  Brookhaven got 5points each from Newton and Tavis Moore.