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Wesson defeats Jefferson Co.

DAILY LEADER / TRACY FISCHER / Wesson's Aurianna Vaughn (2) drives past Jefferson County's Diamond Gaines (3) Friday night at the Snake Pit.

DAILY LEADER / TRACY FISCHER / Wesson’s Aurianna Vaughn (2) drives past Jefferson County’s Diamond Gaines (3) Friday night at the Snake Pit.

WESSON – The Wesson Cobras opened their first divisional game of the season with a sweep over the Jefferson County Tigers Friday night at the Snake Pit.

In the girls’ game, the Lady Cobras won 38-33 in a close game against the Lady Tigers.

In boys’ action, the Cobras outplayed the Tigers to claim a 72-64 victory.

The Cobras and Lady Cobras will play at home again Tuesday night against Puckett. The junior varsity girls will start at 5 p.m. The varsity girls tip off at 6, followed by the boys at 7:30 p.m.

Wesson 38, Jefferson County 33 

The Lady Cobras upset the Lady Tigers with a 38-33 win Friday night in the first divisional game of the season.

Junior Kayla Britt led the Lady Cobras with a total of 11 points, two steals and five rebounds. Britt was also 100 percent on the free throw line. Sophomore Jashia Smith was the top defensive player with 12 rebounds, two steals and six points.

Another top defender was senior Gabby Thomas with 11 rebounds and three points. Senior Brandi McInnis scored seven points, had three steals and four rebounds. The Lady Cobras were 12 for 18 in free throw action.

Jefferson County’s sophomore, Dionna Jackson, topped the Lady Tiger stats with a point total of 18, two of which were three-pointers, along with an impressive 13 rebounds. The Lady Tigers were seven for 17 in free throw action.

“The girls played well,” commented coach Rusty Newman. “Defensively we played hard and didn’t allow them to get easy shots. Offensively, we moved the ball well and got open shots most of the night.

“Also, we got to the line and shot free throws well. We need to cut down on our turnovers so that we can have more opportunities to score, but overall, I am proud of the girls for their effort and glad to get this district win.”

Wesson 72, Jefferson County 64 

The Wesson Cobras started off their first division game with a big win against the Jefferson County Tigers with a 72-64 score Friday night.

Wesson sophomore Anthony Jones led the night with 18 points, three rebounds, one steal and two assists. Junior Dartavious Dixon contributed 17 points, four rebounds, six steals and four assists.

The Cobras were busy in three-point land with a total of eight shots: Jones had one, Dixon had two, seniors Tanner Allen and Marquis Lofton both had two each and freshman Eric Rhymes had three. The Cobras were 17 for 30 in free throws. Junior Farrod Green and Rhymes were 100 percent on the free throw line.

The Tigers top player offensively and defensively was Ry’Yale Brown with an impressive point total of 29 and a total of 15 rebounds. The Tigers had an average of eight of 15 in free throw action.

Wesson Coach Rusty Newman stated, “The guys came out with a lot of energy. Defensively, we executed our press well and this led to easy scoring opportunities.

“Jefferson County’s size bothered us on the inside a little, but we moved the ball well and got open opportunities from outside and were able to convert them.”

He continued, “Offensively, we played well as a team, and I am proud of the guys for playing hard the whole game. I’m glad to start off district play with a win and hope we can keep bringing this same intensity every night.”

DAILY LEADER / TRACY FISCHER / Wesson's Tyler Christmas (2) drives in for a lay-up against. Jefferson County's JaDarrius Harried (10) Friday night.

DAILY LEADER / TRACY FISCHER / Wesson’s Tyler Christmas (2) drives in for a lay-up against. Jefferson County’s JaDarrius Harried (10) Friday night.