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Loyd Star stings Puckett, Lady Hornets fall

DAILY LEADER / MARTY ALBRIGHT / Loyd Star's Gregory Hooks (left) nails a three-pointer at the buzzer as Puckett's defender Zavien Sutton (10) leaps to block the shot Tuesday night in basketball action.

DAILY LEADER / MARTY ALBRIGHT / Loyd Star’s Gregory Hooks (left) nails a three-pointer at the buzzer as Puckett’s defender Zavien Sutton (10) leaps to block the shot Tuesday night in basketball action.

Junior forward Edrick Alsworth pumped in a game-high 20 points to lead three players in double figures as the Loyd Star Hornets knocked off the Puckett Wolves in basketball action Tuesday night in Loyd Star Gymnasium.

In girls’ action, the Lady Wolves overpowered the Lady Hornets for a 45-20 victory.

Loyd Star returns to action Friday as they visit Natchez to battle the Natchez Cathedral Green Wave and Lady Wave for three games. The junior varsity boys will tip off the action at 5 p.m., followed by a pair of varsity games.

Puckett 45, Loyd Star 20 

The Lady Wolves used their size and speed to intimidate the Lady Hornets as Puckett blanked Loyd Star 13-0 in the first quarter and claimed a 20-10 lead at halftime.

In the second half, the Lady Wolves continued to over power the Lady Hornets as they drilled Loyd Star 25-10 and coasted to the win.

Hannah Dickerson and Jordan Shelby were the offensive and defensive leaders for the Lady Hornets (7-5) with a team-high of six points and six rebounds apiece.

“We played scared the whole game,” said Loyd Star coach Gene ‘Moochie’ Britt. “We struggled to get things going offensively and defensively. Puckett has a good team, but we made them look great. Overall, we need to improve a lot of our offensive and defensive game plans.”

Kelly Allen was the top scorer for the Lady Wolves with 17 points. Hannah Dearman contributed 11 points.

Loyd Star 70, Puckett 47 

The Hornets and Wolves provided a exciting games for the their basketball fans as Loyd Star secured a 17-2 advantage after one quarter of action.

In the second quarter, the Wolves howled back into the contest as they trimmed into Loyd Star’s lead as the Hornets held a 29-19 lead at hafltime.

In the second half, the offensive firework continues as the Hornets (9-2) clobbered the Wolves in a scoring spree 41-28.

Brad Jasper helped fuel the flames in the Hornets’ scoring spree with 14 points. Caleb Yarborough chipped in with 10 points. Avery Leggett and Jasper were the top leaders on the boards for Loyd Star with nine rebounds apiece. Levi Redd helped on defense with five rebounds, three steals and three assists.

“The guys played really well in the first quarter,” said Britt. “In the second quarter, we slacked up and got into early foul trouble, but continued to play hard. Overall, I was pleased with the guys effort. They played a great second half both offensively and defensively.”

Shamar Grant was the offensive leader for the Wolves with a team-high of 13 points. Zavien Sutton and Jake Allen provided 10 points apiece.