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Loyd Star Hornets cruise past Enterprise

DAILY LEADER / MARTY ALBRIGHT / Enterprise's Zach Hodges (10) glides in for an acrobatic layup as Loyd Star's Brad Jasper reaches in from behind for a rejection Tuesday night.

DAILY LEADER / MARTY ALBRIGHT / Enterprise’s Zach Hodges (10) glides in for an acrobatic layup as Loyd Star’s Brad Jasper reaches in from behind for a rejection Tuesday night.

The Loyd Star Hornets swept the Enterprise Yellow Jackets Tuesday night in Region 7-2A basketball action in Enterprise’s new gymnasium.

In the girls’ game, the Lady Hornets managed to fend off Enterprise’s late attack to secure a 35-31 over the Lady Jackets.

In boys’ action, the Hornets overpowered the Jackets to claim a 65-41 victory.

Enterprise continues region action Friday as they prepare to visit their Lincoln County and new region rivals, the West Lincoln Bears, for four games. The junior varsity girls will begin the action at 4 p.m. Varsity action is set to start at 6 p.m. for the girls, followed by the boys.

Loyd Star returns home to host the East Marion Eagles for three games. The junior varsity boys will tip off at 5 p.m. The varsity girls begin play at 6 p.m., followed by the boys.

Loyd Star 35, Enterprise 31 

The Lady Hornets and Lady Jackets provided a tough defensive battle for the basketball fans as both teams fought hard in a seesaw contest.

Loyd Star managed to secure a 20-17 lead before heading into the locker room at halftime.

In the second half, the Lady Jackets (8-11, 0-5) rallied to trim down Loyd Star’s lead to one point at 28-27 after three quarters of action.

In the fourth quarter, the defensive battle continued to heat up as the Lady Hornets (10-8, 2-2) managed to fend off Enterprise’s strong attack to secure the win.

Sophomore center Hannah Dickerson was the offensive leader for the Lady Hornets with 13 points, 8 rebounds and 3 blocked shots. Jordan Shelby contributed 8 points.

“Glad to get the win,” said Loyd Star coach Gene ‘Moochie’ Britt. “The girls did a good job doing the things needed to win. We still need to do a better job controlling the ball by making better decisions on the court. We also need to improve on the layups, we miss too many easy layups and shots that allowed Enterprise to stay in the game.”

Megan Rippy was the top scorer for the Lady Jackets with 11 points and 5 rebounds. Hannah Kirtfield paced Enterprise off the boards with 9 rebounds.

“My girls played hard,” said Enterprise coach Jill Nations. “We played with a lot of intensity and rebounded the ball a lot better tonight.”

Loyd Star 65, Enterprise 41 

The Hornets (13-4, 2-2) came out strong and quickly set the tone of the game over Enterprise by grabbing a 17-9 lead in the first quarter and never looked back. Loyd Star continued to increase their lead in the second quarter to take a 36-16 lead into halftime.

In the second half, the Jackets (7-13, 0-5) fought hard to rally back but fell short as the Hornets outscored the Jackets 29-25 to secure the win.

Levi Redd sparked the Hornets attack with 18 points. Caleb Yarborough fueled the flames with 14 points. Edrick Alsworth provided 12 points. La’Treall Smith and Alsworth paced the Hornets on the boards with 8 rebounds each. Brad Jasper helped on the boards with 6 rebounds and had 6 block shots.

“The guys came out strong and set the tone of the game offensively and defensively,” said Britt. “Overall, it was a great team effort. It was great to give everyone some playing time.”

Forrest Scott was the top offensive scorer for the Jackets with 18 points and had 9 rebounds. Zach Hodges contributed 9 points.

“We came out with a lot intensity, but could not match Loyd Star’s intensity,” said Enterprise coach John Knight. “Loyd Star has a very good team and we struggled to execute our game plan to keep them off balance. Overall, the guys did play hard and it was great to get our injured players back on the court.”

In junior varsity action,  the Loyd Star Hornets and Lady Hornets claimed two wins against Enterprise.

In girls’ action, the Lady Hornets clobbered the Lady Jackets 34-18. Caylee Grace Yarborough pumped in 12 points to lead Loyd Star. Sydney Rushing directed the Lady Jackets with 5 points.

In the boys’ game, Loyd Star surpassed Enterprise 39-27. Javion Beard led the charge for the Hornets with 17 points. Patrick Scott paced the Jackets with 8 points.

DAILY LEADER / MARTY ALBRIGHT / Loyd Star's Hannah Dickerson (32) stretches to block Enterprise's Alissa Barlow's layup Tuesday night in Enterprise's new gym.

DAILY LEADER / MARTY ALBRIGHT / Loyd Star’s Hannah Dickerson (32) stretches to block Enterprise’s Alissa Barlow’s layup Tuesday night in Enterprise’s new gym.