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BA Cougars secure No. 1; Warren leads Lady Cougars

      Guard Madison Warren pumped in 28 points and the Brookhaven Academy Lady Cougars crushed Natchez Trinity Episcopal School’s Lady Saints 60-19 Friday on Senior Night. However, there are no seniors on the BA girls team.

     In the varsity boys game, Brookhaven Academy bashed the Saints 51-39 to secure No. 1 seeding out of District 5-AA. They were directed by senior point guard Matthew Evans who sacked 14 points, 6 assists and 6 rebounds.

     Brookhaven Academy hosts the MAIS Class AA South State Tournament, starting Monday in John R. Gray Gymnasium. Twelve girls teams and 12 boys teams are entered. The tournament will run through Saturday.

      The Cougars (22-11, 5-1) needed to defeat Trinity by at least 5 points to claim No. 1 seeding out of the district. Trinity had won by 4 points, 50-46, at Natchez two weeks ago.

     “We won the district championship and got a first-round bye,” BA coach Dale Watts pointed out. His team won’t play until Wednesday or Thursday in the quarterfinals.

     “I was a close game,” said Watts. “Our guys did a good job settling down and playing with control. We did a good job attacking. Matthew Evans played well at point guard.”

     Evans had plenty of help as Peyton Hood and Will Hickman chipped in 13 points apiece. Hickman also had 8 rebounds. Gage Posey provided 5 assists, 5 rebounds and 3 steals. Hickman and Posey are the other seniors.

     Trinity got 16 points from Dre McCoy. The Saints trailed 22-18 at halftime. BA broke the game open with a 16-point fourth quarter.

      The Lady Cougars (9-20, 3-3)  got 6 rebounds from Mary Claire White. Warren made 4 assists and Lindsey Winborne made 4 steals.

     Coach Bruce Allsup’s girls are seeded No. 3 in District 5-AA. They will play the loser of the Simpson-Lamar game, either Monday or Tuesday, in the South State AA Tournament.

     The Lady Saints were led by Marty Lewis’ 12 points. They fell behind 22-2 in the first quarter and never recovered.