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Bears, Lady Cats claim wins

DAILY LEADER / MARTY ALBRIGHT / West Lincoln's Ronnie Edwards (10) takes an acrobatic shot over two Bogue Chitto defender Thursday night in boys action at the Bobcats Palace.

DAILY LEADER / MARTY ALBRIGHT / West Lincoln’s Ronnie Edwards (10) takes an acrobatic shot over two Bogue Chitto defender Thursday night in boys action at the Bobcats Palace.

BOGUE CHITTO – The Bogue Chitto Lady Cats and the West Lincoln Bears captured big victories in basketball action Thursday night in the Bobcats Palace.

In the girls’ game, the Lady Cats came out on fire and quickly took care of business by knocking off the Lady Bears 74-43. In boys’ action, the Bears captured their first win of the season after thumping the Bobcats 95-65.

In junior high action, the West Lincoln swept a pair of games from BC. The Lady Bears defeated the Lady Cats 54-28. The Bears captured a 49-35 victory over the Bobcats.

West Lincoln will resume action today as they prepare to visit Wesson to take on the Wesson Cobras and Lady Cobras for a pair of varsity games. The girls contest tipoff at 6 p.m., followed by the boys’ game.

Bogue Chitto was originally suppose to play Salem tonight in Walthall County, but the game was postponed until Dec. 4 due to Salem’s football team is in the playoff. The Bobcats (0-3) and the Lady Cats (3-0) returns to action Monday as they host Wesson for four games. Junior high action starts at 4 p.m., followed by varsity games at 6 p.m.

Bogue Chitto 74, West Lincoln 43 

The Lady Cats came out on fire in the first quarter and quickly seized control of the contest with a 22-9 run after one quarter of action and held on to a 34-16 lead at halftime.

DAILY LEADER / MARTY ALBRIGHT / Bogue Chitto's Zariah Matthews (2) drives in for a layup as West Lincoln Allie Rushing (5) hustles back to defend the play Thursday night.

DAILY LEADER / MARTY ALBRIGHT / Bogue Chitto’s Zariah Matthews (2) drives in for a layup as West Lincoln Allie Rushing (5) hustles back to defend the play Thursday night.

In the second half, BC continued their offensive surge with a 23-9 run in the third quarter to put contest out of reach and secured the win.

“The girls came out and played really well,” said BC coach Christi Terrell. “I believe that this was the first game we played without being nervous. Overall, I was very pleased with my girls for jumping out early and maintaining that momentum throughout the game.”

Junior guard Zariah Matthews had a monstrous performance for the Lady Cats with 25 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals. Karlie Williams was the second leading scorer with 15 points and 4 rebounds. Christian Black scored 8 points and collected 5 rebounds.

Junior forward Hanna Moak directed the Lady Bears charge with 13 points and 7 rebounds. Layton Sills contributed 11 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. Allie Rushing netted 7 points and had 4 rebounds.

“Bogue Chitto has a very good team,” said West Lincoln coach Lane Young. “I look for them to make a deep run in the playoffs.”

West Lincoln 95, Bogue Chitto 65 

The Bears and Bobcats provided an exciting offensive showdown for their basketball fans as both teams came out firing on all cylinders. In the opening quarter of action, the Bears managed to gained the upper hand in the shoot out to secured a 25-15 advantage.

In the second quarter, West Lincoln exploded with a 31-16 run to take a 56-31 lead into halftime.

In the second half, the both teams continued the light up the scoreboard, but West Lincoln won the scoring battle 39-34 to capture their first win of the season.

“We shot the ball really well, but our defense is not where it needs to be,” said Young. “Hopefully next week, we will have all of our players eligible to play.”

Junior guard Jason Watts had a stellar performance for the Bears pumping in a game-high double-double of 35 points and 12 rebounds. Ronnie Edwards secured a double-double night with 26 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists. Seth Bivens netted 11 points and collected 10 rebounds.

Jeremiah Perkins was the leading scorer for the Bobcats after earning a double-double night with 28 points and 10 rebounds. Dakota McGary contributed 16 points. Brooks Ingles was the second leading rebounder for BC with 7 rebounds.

“We just got out shot tonight,” said BC coach Mark Pitts. “West Lincoln shot the ball really well behind the three-point arc and it is hard to beat a team when they hit 12 three-pointers. Overall, I was very pleased with my guys efforts. We are a young team, but we will get better.”

In junior high action,  The Lady Bears secured a 54-28 victory over the Lady Cats. Jana Case pumped in a game-high 23 points. Megan Gerald netted 18 points.

Cheyenne Hall directed the Lady Cats with 10 points.

In boys action, West Lincoln captured a 49-35 win over BC. Karlton Byrd paced the Bears with 18 points. Garrison Coffey contributed 14 points.

Maliak Richardson poured in a game-high 26 points to lead the Bobcats.