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Ole Brook cruises past Franklin County

DAILY LEADER / MARTY ALBRIGHT / Brookhaven's Jessica Wilson (14) leaps up to score the basket as Franklin County's Jada Hunt (4) stretches to deny to attempt Tuesday night.

DAILY LEADER / MARTY ALBRIGHT / Brookhaven’s Jessica Wilson (14) leaps up to score the basket as Franklin County’s Jada Hunt (4) stretches to deny to attempt Tuesday night.

The Brookhaven Panthers and Lady Panthers captured a sweep over Franklin County Tuesday night in basketball action at Sinclair Gymnasium.

In the girls’ game, the Lady Panthers used determination in the second half to wit the Lady Bulldogs to claim a 46-40 win.

In boys’ action, the Panthers came out strong in the opening quarter and never looked back and secured a 62-43 victory over Franklin County.

Brookhaven resumes action Friday as they prepare to host the North Pike Jaguars for three games. Junior varsity action begins at 5 p.m., followed by the varsity games.

Franklin County returns to action next Tuesday and hosts the McComb Tigers.

Brookhaven 46, Franklin Co. 40 

Jessica Wilson was the top scorer for the Lady Panthers (3-4) with a team-high 16 points. Kynitria Hill contributed 12 points and seven rebounds. Fredericka Fairman led on the boards with 10 rebounds.

“We made several mistakes early in the game, but my girls had the determination to fight through it to get the win,” said BHS coach Freda Craft.

Tadayla Hunt paced the Lady Bulldogs (2-4) with a team-high 16 points. Katie Briggs chipped in 10 points.

“The girls played hard, but we struggled to execute in the closing minutes,” said FCHS coach Ricky O’Quinn. “Free throws proved to be our weakness once again as we had our chance to get a win but failed at the end. When you play a good team, especially at their home floor, you must be sharp at the charity strip.”

Brookhaven 62, Franklin Co. 43 

The Ole Brook Panthers (5-2) came out strong and hammered the Bulldogs (0-5) to cruise to an 43-9 lead at halftime.

Shaquan Richardson directed the Panthers scoring onslaught with a team-high 10 points to lead 12 players in scoring. Lazorian McNulty was the second leading scorer with eight points. Darrian Wilson led Ole Brooks’ defense with five rebounds.

“Good to get the win,” said BHS coach Preston Wilson. “I was very pleased with the guys’ efforts. They played hard. It was great to give everyone some playing time and get quality look at our younger talent that can help us in district.”

Allen Denzel led all Bulldogs’ scorers with nine points. Vincent Briggs contributed seven points.

“Brookhaven came out, set the tone of the game and we could not recover,” said O’Quinn. “I was disappointed with our start in the first half, but I was pleased with my guys’ effort in the second half.”

In junior varsity boys action,  Franklin County edged Ole Brook 27-23.

Tony Gibbs paced the Bulldogs with seven points. James Davis added six points.

Garrick Smith led the charge for the Panthers with eight points. Darius Nelson helped with seven points.