Brookhaven Academy roars past Centreville
On a very cold and blustery day, the Brookhaven Cougars and Lady Cougars were hot in John R. Gray Gymnasium as they secured a sweep over the Centreville Tigers Monday night in MAIS basketball action.
In the girls’ game, the Lady Cougars overcame a sluggish first half to roar past the Lady Tigers 52-36.
In boys’ action, the Cougars flexed their muscles and clobbered the Tigers 70-13.
Brookhaven Academy will return to action Friday as they prepare to visit Central Hinds for a big District 5-AA match-up. Central Hinds will host BA for six games starting at 3 p.m. The varsity games are set to begin at 6:30 p.m. for the girls followed by the boys.
Brookhaven Acad. 52, Centreville Acad. 36
The Lady Cougars and Lady Tigers came out cold in the opening as both teams struggled to get their offense going and Centreville fought to claim a 12-10 lead.
In the second quarter, the Lady Cougars began to warm up and outscored the Lady Tigers 13-8 to take a 23-20 lead into halftime.
In the second half, the Lady Cougars (10-9) came out on fire and clobbered the Lady Tigers 29-16 to secured the victory.
Senior guard Madison Warren was the offensive spark to lead the Lady Cougars with 13 points. Mary Claire White fueled the flames with 12 points. Anna Carollo directed the Lady Cougars on the boards with 13 rebounds.
“Glad to get the win, but we have to do a better job taking care of the ball,” said BA coach Mack Gardner. “Anna Carollo came in off the bench and provided the spark we needed with her physicalness.
“If we want to win in February, we need to continue working hard by making better decisions offensively and defensively,” added Gardner.”
The Lady Tigers had two players to score in double figures as Katelyn Chandler led Centreville with 14 points. Braelon Bigner provided 10 points.
Brookhaven Acad. 70, Centreville Acad. 13
The Cougars’ offensive firepower was too much for the young Tigers to handle as BA roared to an 25-1 lead in the opening quarter.
In the second quarter, BA’s coach Kyle Ray pulled his starters and allowed his reserves to play as the Cougars continued their aggressive scoring onslaught to take a 40-10 lead into halftime.
In the second halftime, the game officials decided evoke the mercy rule to keep the clocking running. Brookhaven Academy continued to overpowered the Tigers, by outscoring them 30-3 in the final two quarters.
Junior forward Peyton Hood led BA’s charge with a game-high double-double of 20 points and 16 rebounds. Drake Flowers chipped in with 13 points.
“It was great to give everyone some playing time,” said Ray. “The guys played hard. We got off to an great start offensively to set the tone early in the opening quarter.”
Austin Addington was the top scorer for the Tigers with seven points.