Bears, Lady Cats notch wins

Published 7:00 pm Wednesday, February 1, 2012

The Bogue Chitto Lady Cats and West LincolnBears were victorious Tuesday night in Region 7-1A basketballaction in Jack Case Gymnasium.

    In the girls’ game, the Lady Cats rallied in the second quarter andheld on to edge the Lady Bears 33-28 in a defensive battle.

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    In boys’ action, West Lincoln overpowered the Bobcats in the firstquarter and cruised to an 82-48 victory.

    West Lincoln concludes their regular season Friday when they visitWesson to battle the Cobras for a non-divisional doubleheader. Thegirls tip off the action at 6 p.m., followed by the boys.

    Bogue Chitto resumes action Friday as they visit Natchez to tanglewith the Cathedral Green Wave to finish the regular season. TheLady Cats begin at 6 p.m., followed by the Bobcats.

Bo. Chitto 33, W. Lincoln28

    The Lady Cats and Lady Bears provided another classic bout betweentwo rival teams. It was a tough, physical contest as the Lady Bears(6-17, 5-5) grasped an 10-4 lead in the first quarter.

    In the second quarter, Bogue Chitto (16-10, 6-3) battled back toclaim a 16-15 lead at halftime. BC continued to fight off the LadyBears in the second half and claim second place in the regionrace.

    Sophomore Earlneshia Dillon directed the Lady Cats with a team-high9 points. Marshonikique Blackwell was the leader on the boards with9 rebounds.

    “We started off slow in the first quarter, but managed to pick upthe tempo in the second and battled back,” said BC coach ChristiTerrell. “Offensively, we missed too many easy shots but ourdefense helped us stay in the game. This was a tough, physicalbattle for both teams.”

    The Lady Bears had two players reach double figures as juniorforward Katie Hester pumped in a game-high 12 points. TamashaBuckley contributed 10 points. Sophomore center Bentley Sillsdirected the Lady Bears on the boards with 8 rebounds.

    “We had our chances to come back and win, but we missed our shots,”said West Lincoln coach Lane Young. “Bogue Chitto made the playsneeded at the end to win.”

W. Lincoln 82, Bo. Chitto48

    The Bears (21-4, 8-2) quickly grabbed a 33-13 lead in the firstquarter and cruised to the win over the young Bobcats.

    West Lincoln had five players reach double figures as junior guardJared Case led the charge with 16 points. De Price contributed 14points and was the leader on the boards with 9 rebounds. DuaneMarshall provided 13 points, Lucas Burris had 12 points and SamBivens added 11.

    “We played really sloppy in the first half,” said Young. “In thesecond half, we played a lot better and were able to run ourhalf-court offense. It was great to get the win and give everyonesome playing time against a good Bogue Chitto squad.”

    Sophomore guard Dennis Rogers directed the Bobcats (6-17, 2-7) witha game-high 32 points. Senior forward Michael Harris paced BogueChitto on the boards with 8 rebounds.

    “West Lincoln has a good team and Coach Young does a great job,”said BC coach Jimmie Butler. “Our young players are gettingvaluable experience that will help them get better for thefuture.”

    The Bears led 50-29 at halftime.