BA boys chop down Oak Forest; Lady Cougars fall
The Brookhaven Academy Cougars secured a split in their matchup against the Oak Forest Monday night in MAIS basketball action at John R. Gray Gymnasium.
In the girls’ games, the Lady Jackets rallied in the fourth quarter to sting the Lady Cougars 46-39. In boys’ action, the Cougars crushed the Jackets 57-23.
BA returns to action next Tuesday for their first road test. They visit Centreville to play the Centreville Academy Tigers and Lady Tigers in six games. Junior high action tips off at 3 p.m., followed by junior varsity and varsity action.
Oak Forest 46, Brookhaven 39
The Lady Cougars came out strong and a commanded a 25-19 lead at halftime. At the end of three quarters of action BA held a slim 37-33 lead. In the fourth quarter, the Lady Jackets outscored the Lady Cougars 13-2 to secured the win.
Hillary Wilson was the top scorer for the Lady Cougars with 11 points and six rebounds. Madison Warren chipped in 10 points and had four assists.
“Oak Forest has a good squad,” said BA coach Mack Gardner. “Our girls played and deserved to win, but we just got out coached in the fourth quarter. “Overall, I was pleased with the girls’ effort. If we continue to play hard we will be OK when we get to January and February.”
Lindsey Neal was the offensive leader for the Lady Jackets with 15 points. Reagan Riggins poured in 10 points.
Brookhaven 57, Oak Forest 23
The Cougars were firing on all cylinders Monday night as they overpowered the Jackets for a 36-8 lead at halftime. BA turned off the scoring onslaught in the second half to give their younger talent some varsity experience.
The Jackets were minus several players due to their football team participating in the playoffs.
Peyton Hood pumped in a team-high 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the Cougars. Drake Flowered had a career night for BA with 11 points, four steals and two assists.
“We have improved a lot since last week,” said BA coach Kyle Ray. “Our players from the football squad have really helped our intensity. I know Oak Forest is missing several of their key players due to football, but I think they should be a very good team by January.”
Brook Cooper was the only Jacket to score in double figures for Oak Forest with 15 points.
In junior varsity action, the Lady Cougars roared past Oak Forest 34-13. KK Jordan led BA with nine points. Caylon Brabham directed the Lady Jackets with four points.
In the boys’ matchup, BA edged the Jackets 38-36. Jacob Wiggins, Dawson Flowers and Tate Felder paced the Cougars with nine points apiece. Tucker Miller pumped in 10 points to lead Oak Forest.