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Hazlehurst sweeps Wesson

DAILY LEADER / TRACY FISCHER / Wesson's Kayla Britt (15) drives in for a basket as Hazlehurst's Allyson Banks (10) applies pressure Friday night.

DAILY LEADER / TRACY FISCHER / Wesson’s Kayla Britt (15) drives in for a basket as Hazlehurst’s Allyson Banks (10) applies pressure Friday night.

HAZLEHURST -The Wesson Cobras traveled North on Highway 51 and challenged the Hazlehurst Indians in district play Friday night.

The Wesson Lady Cobras fell to the Lady Indians in a disappointing 62-41 loss.

In boys’ action, the Cobras were also defeated by the Indians in a close, aggressive game with a final score of 77-67.

The Cobras travel to Franklin County to play the Bulldogs Tuesday night. The junior varsity boys’ game starts 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 Franklin County High School Gymnasium.

Hazlehurst 62, Wesson 41 

The Lady Cobras lost to the Lady Indians Friday night in a hard 41-62 loss in district play.

Junior Kayla Britt was the top scorer for the Lady Cobras with 15 points, which included three 3 pointers, provided 2 assists, 2 steals and 9 rebounds. Freshman Aurianna Vaughn contributed 10 points and 5 rebounds. The Lady Cobras were 10/17 in free throw action with sophomore Jashia Smith averaging 100% from the line. Smith scored a total of 6 points and had 4 rebounds, 4 steals and 2 assists.

The dynamic player of the game was Lady Indians’ Latasha Arnold who topped the scoreboard with 25 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 steals. Danisha Davis netted 12 points, 4 rebounds and 4 steals. The Lady Indians were 7/11 in free throw action.

Wesson coach Rusty Newman reflected on the loss by commenting, “Offensively, we played poorly. We had careless turnovers and could not make open shots. Hazlehurst shot the ball extremely well and they adjusted well to any defense we threw at them. I thought we played hard but they were just better than us tonight.”

Hazlehurst 77, Wesson 67 

The Wesson Cobras suffered their first in district play Friday night by the Hazlehurst Indians.

Junior Dartavious Dixon was the offensive leader for the Cobras with 14 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 assists. Sophomore Anthony Jones chipped in with 12 points, 7 rebounds and 1 steal. Wesson top rebounder was junior Farrod Green with a total of 12 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 assists and a point total of 9. The Cobras were 21/31 in free throws.

The Indians top scorer was K. Hilton with 16 points. Senior John Bridges had 14 points, 4 rebounds and 1 steal. The Indians had an average of 7/13 in free throw action.

“It was an intense back and forth game the whole first half,” said Wesson coach Rusty Newman. “After half time, they made a run and we just didn’t answer.

“Offensively, we didn’t execute any of our sets well,” He continued. “They shot the ball extremely well. We tried numerous defenses to slow them down and nothing seemed to work. We just need to regroup and get ready for the next game.”

DAILY LEADER / TRACY FISCHER / Wesson's Dartavious Dixon (5) tries to get past a Hazlehurst defender Friday night.

DAILY LEADER / TRACY FISCHER / Wesson’s Dartavious Dixon (5) tries to get past a Hazlehurst defender Friday night.