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Cobras own Loyd Star

WESSON – The Wesson Cobras and Lady Cobras captured big Region 7-2A basketball victories Friday night over archrival Loyd Star at the Snake Pit.

     In the girls’ game, the Lady Cobras knocked off the Lady Hornets 50-42.

     In boys’ action, the Cobras’ high-octane offense overpowered the Hornets in a 61-46 victory.

     Loyd Star returns to action Friday. They host Bogue Chitto for four game. The junior varsity girls tip off the action at 4 p.m., followed by the boys at 5.

     The varsity girls begin at 6 p.m., followed by the boys.

     Wesson will take a couple of weeks off to enjoy the Christmas holidays before returning to action Thursday, Dec. 27, in Dexter’s Holiday Tournament.

Wesson 50, Loyd Star 42

      The Loyd Star and Wesson faithful gathered to watch a tough defensive bout between two rivals.

     The Lady Hornets (2-11, 0-1) captured a one-point advantage, 10-9, after one quarter of action.

     In the second quarter, the Lady Cobras (7-7, 1-0) stormed ahead to claim a 24-21 lead at halftime. Wesson outscored Loyd Star 26-21 in the second half for the win.

     Sophomore guard Kayla Britt pumped in a team-high 11 points, plus 5 steals and 4 assists to lead the Lady Cobras. Moodie James contributed 10 points. Jashia Smith was the leader on the boards with 7 rebounds.

     “This wasn’t our best game but Britt and James stepped up and played hard,” said Wesson coach Rusti Magee. “We are finally playing team ball and I am proud to get the district win.”

     The Lady Hornets had two players reach double figures. Freshman guard Toni Banks scored 14 points to direct Loyd Star. Ruby McCullough netted 10 points.

Wesson 61, Loyd Star 46

     The Cobras and Hornets battled hard through three quarters of action.  Wesson held a 36-30 lead going into the final frame.

     In the fourth quarter, the Cobras (9-5, 1-0) outscored the Hornets (6-7, 0-1) 25-16 to secure the win.

     Senior forward Terry Brown pumped in a game-high double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds to lead two players in double digits for Wesson. Centrer Patrick Lumley also provided a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

     “This was a good battle for us,” said Wesson coach Rusty Newman. “Loyd Star tried to slow us down and take us out of our element. Our defensive pressure helped create offensive opportunities.

     “Brown, Skinner and Lumley showed their senior experience tonight and all three-played solid a game. Overall it was a great team effort. I’m glad to start off district play with a win. I’m extremely proud of my team.”

     Senior forward Terion Williams poured in a game-high 21 points to lead Loyd Star. Edrick Alsworth contributed 12 points.

     In junior varsity boys action, Wesson surpassed Loyd Star 51-46.

     Dartavious Dixon paced the Cobras with 19 points. Mack Smith netted 11 points.

     Levi Redd was the offensive leader for the Hornets with 13 points. Javion Beard contributed 12 points and Latreal Smith had 11.