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Hornets win over Amite Co.

Senior forward Terion Williams pumped in a game-high 17 points and grabbed 6 rebounds to lead four players in double figures as the Loyd Star Hornets knocked off the Amite County Trojans 60-44 in Region 7-2A basketball action Friday night in Loyd Star Gymnasium.

In girls’ action, the Lady Trojans overpowered the Lady Hornets for a 54-32 victory.

Loyd Star continues region action Tuesday. They host the Bassfield Yellowjackets for three games. The junior varsity girls tip off at 5 p.m. The varsity girls start at 6, followed by the boys.

Amite County returns home to host the Enterprise Yellow Jackets for two games, Tuesday. The varsity girls start at 6, followed by the boys.

Amite Co. 54, Loyd Star 32

The Lady Trojans (18-7, 8-1) came out strong in the first quarter and blanked the Lady Hornets 13-0.

In the second quarter, Loyd Star (3-18, 1-7) managed to get on the scoreboard, but Amite County commanded an 28-9 lead at halftime.

In the second half, the Lady Hornets and Lady Trojans fought back and forth. Amite County outscored Loyd Star 26-23 for the win.

Sophomore guard Marcy Givens and freshman forward Jordan Shelby were the offensive leaders for the Lady Hornets with 12 points apiece. Ruby McCullough and Jordan Shelby led on the boards for Loyd Star with 7 rebounds each.

“We had problems matching up with Amite County in the first quarter, but our girls did not quit and continued fighting back,” said Loyd Star coach Billy Vaughn. “Overall, we still need to get more consistent on offense and defense as we prepare for the district tournament.”

Ronika Pool directed the Lady Trojans’ offense with a team-high 11 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Destiny Williams contributed a double-double of 10 points and 11 rebounds.

“This was a good win,” said Amite County coach Marcus Flippin. “It was great to give everyone some playing time. Hopefully, we can continue getting better and gear up for our last week of games before starting the playoffs.”

Loyd Star 60, Amite Co. 44

The Hornets and Trojans provided their basketball fans with a tough defensive bout as Amite County (10-15, 5-4) claimed a 12-8 lead in the first quarter.

In the second quarter, Loyd Star (11-10, 4-4) fought back and seized control of the game to take a 26-22 lead into halftime.

In the second half, the battle continued. The Hornets managed to slow down the Trojans’ quick offense and outscored Amite County 34-21 to stay in the hunt for the third or fourth seed in the boys region race.

Sophomore forward Edrick Alsworth showcase a strong performance for the Hornets with a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds. Caleb Yarborough and Donavon Johnson netted 12 points apiece.

“The guys played a complete game,” said Loyd Star coach Moochie Britt. “We played really well offensively and defensively. Overall, I am pleased with the guys’ effort. This was a big win for us. We need to continue improving to be ready for the region tournament.”

JaVontae Anderson paced the Trojans with a team-high 11 points. Keshon Slack had 10 points. Stevie Pittman, James Montgomery and Slack were the leader on the boards for the Trojans with 4 rebounds apiece.

“This was a tough physical game,” said Amite County coach Chris Parker. “Loyd Star came out motivated and did the things needed to get the win. Overall, I was pleased with my boys effort, but we did not catch any breaks with the unbalanced officiating we had.”