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Wesson splits with Puckett

DAILY LEADER / TRACY FISCHER / Wesson's Tyler Christmas (2) and Dartavious Dixon (5) applies defensive pressure on Puckett's Shemar Grant (30) Tuesday night.

DAILY LEADER / TRACY FISCHER / Wesson’s Tyler Christmas (2) and Dartavious Dixon (5) applies defensive pressure on Puckett’s Shemar Grant (30) Tuesday night.

WESSON – The Wesson Cobras captured a split decision over the Puckett Wolves Tuesday night in basketball action at the Snake Pit.

The Lady Cobras fell to the Lady Wolves in a disappointing 62-39 loss.

In boys’ action, the Wesson Cobras ended the night by defeating the Wolves in an action packed game and controlled the scoreboard for a 76-66 victory.

In junior varsity action the Cobras played a high intensity game but the Wolves pulled away with a 47-43 win.

Wesson will take a short trip up north Friday night to play the Hazlehurst Indians. The JV boys’ games start at 5 p.m. The varsity teams begin play at 6 p.m. for the girls and the boys play at 7:30 at the Hazlehurst High School Gymnasium.

Puckett 62 , Wesson 39 

The Lady Cobras lost to the Lady Wolves Tuesday night in a tough 39-62 loss. Top Lady Cobra player, sophomore Jashia Smith, scored a total of 11 points which included one 3 pointer, provided 2 assists, and had 5 rebounds.

Freshman Aurianna Vaughn was another top scorer for the Lady Cobras with 9 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals and 1 assist. The Lady Cobras were way off base in free throws and only averaged 6/24 from the line.

The powerhouse player of the game was Lady Wolves senior Kelley Allen who topped the scoreboard with 23 points, 10 rebounds, and 1 steal. The Lady Wolves were more successful at the free throw line with 9/14 in free throw action.

Wesson coach Rusty Newman commented, “I thought we came out with a lot of energy but offensively, we just could not get any shots to fall. We had numerous opportunities at the free throw line as well and just didn’t convert. Puckett is a great team and made us pay for not converting our opportunities. We have to regroup and get ready for district play Friday night. ”

Wesson 76, Puckett 66 

The Wesson Cobras outplayed the Puckett Wolves Tuesday night with a final score of 76-66. The Cobras’ top players included sophomore Anthony Jones who scored 26 points with 2 rebounds, 1 steal and 3 assists and junior Dartavious Dixon who scored 19 points, 14 of which were free throws. Dixon also had 2 rebounds, 1 steal and 2 assists. The Cobras were 34/44 in free throws.

The Wolves was lead by sophomore Bailey Rayburn who had a point total of 18. The Wolves had an average of 12/22 in free throw action.

“This was an ugly game,” said Wesson coach Rusty Newman. “We struggled early offensively.

“Our press helped us get some easy offense baskets which kept us in the game.” He continued, “Puckett made a run after halftime and it finally woke us up. We picked up our play in the fourth quarter and were able to regain the lead and keep it. We did a good job of making our free throws down the stretch to close out the game.”

In junior varsity boys action.  The Cobras also played but had a disappointing final score of 43-47 to the Wolves.

Freshmen Eric Rhymes scored 11 points and made 6 rebounds. Freshman Tyler Robinson was also a top scorer with 8 points and 5 rebounds.

Freshman Joe Anderson was the top scorer for the Wolves with 12 points, 6 rebounds, and 7 steals.

DAILY LEADER / TRACY FISCHER /  Wesson Brandi McInnis (4) drives past Puckett's defender Kyeesha Melvin (2) Tuesday night at the Snake Pit.

DAILY LEADER / TRACY FISCHER /
Wesson Brandi McInnis (4) drives past Puckett’s defender Kyeesha Melvin (2) Tuesday night at the Snake Pit.