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Wesson falls to Crystal Springs

DAILY LEADER / TRACY FISCHER / Wesson Brandi McInnis (4) tries to drive by Crystal Springs' ShaQuan Byther (23) Tuesday night in region basketball action.

DAILY LEADER / TRACY FISCHER / Wesson Brandi McInnis (4) tries to drive by Crystal Springs’ ShaQuan Byther (23) Tuesday night in region basketball action.

CRYSTAL SPRINGS – The Wesson Cobras and Lady Cobras traveled north Tuesday night to battle the Crystal Springs Tigers in Region 7-3A basketball action.

The Lady Cobras fell to the No. 1 ranked 3A Lady Tigers in a close game, 45-37. Lady Tigers coach Attarrius Norwood commented, “It was a good game. I have to give Wesson credit for playing really well. They came out the first half ready to play but in the second half we were able to get it together for the win.”

In boys’ action, the Wesson Cobras also were defeated by the Tigers in a close, neck and neck game with a final score of 56-50.

In the JV boys’ contest, the Tigers outplayed the Cobras to gain a 61-29 victory.

The Cobras travel to Wilkinson County Friday night. Varsity teams begin play at 6:00 for the girls. The boys play at 7:30 in Woodville.

Crystal Springs 45, Wesson 37 

The Lady Cobras (2-7 district) led the top ranked 3A Lady Tigers (9-0 district) Tuesday night in a tight game but lost in the final minutes with a final score of 45-37.

Top Lady Cobra player, sophomore Jashia Smith, scored 13 points and had a total of 13 rebounds and 1 assist. Senior LaCatherine Hence contributed 9 points, 1 assist and 10 rebounds. The Lady Cobras were 4/13 in free throw action.

The top player of the game for the Lady Tigers was sophomore Dominique Jackson with 20 points and 3 rebounds. Sophomore Tekayla Tassin chipped in 15 points. The Lady Indians were 10/14 in free throw action.

Wesson coach Rusty Newman reflected on the loss by commenting, “I thought we did a great job in the first half executing offensively and we controlled the tempo of the game. Crystal Springs has a great team and they eventually applied enough pressure to create turnovers down the stretch and make the plays to get the win. I’m proud of my girls for playing hard.”

Crystal Springs 56, Wesson 50 

The Wesson Cobras (3-6 district) were beaten in district play by the Crystal Springs Tigers (5-4 district) Tuesday night with a final score of 56-50.

Sophomore Anthony Jones was the offensive leader for the Cobras with 14 points, 6 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 assists. Junior Farrod Green provided 12 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. The Cobras were 6/16 in free throws.

The Tigers top all round player was senior Adarius Miles with a game-high double-double of 19 points and 17 rebounds. The Tigers had an average of 12/24 in free throw action.

“We played sluggishly in the first quarter but picked up our intensity in the second,” said Wesson coach Rusty Newman. “We struggled offensively tonight and as a team we missed too many easy opportunities. This game was a dogfight and they came out on top tonight. I am proud of my guys for the past four games. We have played with a lot more energy. I hope we can continue this play and carry it over to the tourney next week.”

In junior varsity boys’ action,  the Cobras suffered a disappointing 61-29 loss to the JV Tigers. Eric Rhymes scored 10 points and Arthur Harris had 7 points for the Cobras. Rhymes and Tayo Oyebola led on the boards for Wesson. Miquell Powell directed the Tigers with a point total of 13 and had 5 rebounds. Kobe Toney netted 10 points.