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Cobras win home opener; Lady Trojans beat Wesson

DAILY LEADER ' TRACY FISCHER / Wesson guard Tyler Christmas (2) drives past Magee defender Anfernee Showers (3) in basketball action Saturday afternoon.

DAILY LEADER ‘ TRACY FISCHER / Wesson guard Tyler Christmas (2) drives past Magee defender Anfernee Showers (3) in basketball action Saturday afternoon.

WESSON – The Wesson Cobras kicked off their home opener with a impressive 78-62 win over the Magee Trojans Saturday at the Snake Pit.

In the girls’ game, the Lady Cobras suffered a hard loss after leading the game in points for the first half to fall to the Lady Trojans with a final score of 39-49.

The Cobras resume play at home again Monday night, against the Bogue Chitto Bobcats. Junior High girls’ games start at 4 p.m. and junior high boys play at 5 p.m. Varsity teams begin play at 6 p.m. for the girls and the boys at 7:30 p.m.

Wesson 39 Magee 49 

Junior Kayla Britt led the Lady Cobras with a total of 17 points, which included a crowd-pleasing total of three 3-point shots and four steals. Jashia Smith was the top defensive player with a total of seven rebounds and an offensive showing of eight points.

Three-point-land was busy for the night for the Lady Cobras with Britt have three and Brandi McInnis making two. The Lady Cobras were four for 16 in free throw action.

Magee High School Senior, Daii Gardner topped the Lady Trojans’ list with a point total of 12, followed closely by Senior KeAsia Grey with a total of 10 points.

Top defensive player for the Lady Trojans was freshman Ciara Norwood, who had the most rebounds. The Lady Trojans were six of 14 in free throw action. Gardener and Ciara Norwood both had one 3-point shot apiece.

Coach Rusty Newman stated, “We did a decent job of executing our offense early, but we missed too many lay-ups and wide open shots. We have to do a better job at capitalizing on those opportunities.

“We struggled early in the second half and they made a run, and we were unable to bounce back from it. I’m proud of the girls for playing hard, and we just have to get back to work and try to improve game by game.”

Wesson 78 Magee 62 

The Wesson Cobra Varsity Boys team (2-1) bounced back from their loss earlier in the week against West Lincoln with a 78-62 win over Magee. Tyler Christmas, Cobra junior, was the top scorer for the night with an impressive 22 points and seven rebounds.

Senior Max Smith led on the boards with eight rebounds and a point total of 15 points. The Cobras were 16-of-26 in from the free throw line. Three point scorers were Tanner Allen and Dartavious Dixon with one each.

Trojans freshman Cortez Hubbard led the way with a total of 13 points and senior Anfernee Showers had 10 points. The Trojans had an impressive average of 11 of 14 in free throw action with senior Trae Lovitt averaging 100 percent on the free throw line.

Coach Rusty Newman reflected on the win by stating, “We came out with good intensity both defensively and offensively, our defensive pressure created a lot of easy offense early.”

Newman continued, “We did a great job offensively of moving the ball around and getting a lot of people great offensive opportunities. We got a little lazy on defense late in the game, and we have to do a better job of finishing the game strong. I’m proud of the guys for their effort.”

In the junior varsity action,  The Cobras suffered a disappointing 45-27 loss to the JV Trojans.

Bolon Tadlock led the Cobra JV boys with nine points and Eric Rhymes followed close behind with a total of eight points. Freshman Cortez Hubbard was also the leading scorer of the JV game for the Trojans with a total of 13 points.