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BA defeats Centreville, Lady Cougars fall

DAILY LEADER / SHERYLYN EVANS / Brookhaven Academy's Anna Kathryn Smith (12) battles against a Centreville Academy defender to bring the ball up the court Friday night at John R. Gray Gymnasium.

DAILY LEADER / SHERYLYN EVANS / Brookhaven Academy’s Anna Kathryn Smith (12) battles against a Centreville Academy defender to bring the ball up the court Friday night at John R. Gray Gymnasium.

The Brookhaven Academy Cougars captured a split decision in a pair MAIS varsity basketball games Friday night at John R. Gray Gymnasium.

In the girls’ contest, the Centreville Lady Tigers captured a 49-44 win over the Lady Cougars.

In the boys’ game, the Cougars survived a rough, physical contest to prevail 45-34 over the Centreville Tigers.

Brookhaven Academy will take a week off to enjoy the holiday break before returning to action Dec. 29 as they host their annual Christmas tournament. The tournament will last only two days with four teams participating in the girls’ and boys’ classic event.

The Lady Cougars will play at 7 p.m. The Cougars battle Tri-County Academy at 8:30 p.m.

Centreville 49, Brookhaven Acad. 44 

The Lady Tigers and the Lady Cougars battled back-and-forth in a defensive contest. Brookhaven Academy was looking to gain some revenge on Centreville after losing to the Lady Tigers by 25 points earlier in the season.

The Lady Cougars fought hard throughout the whole contest by leading most of the game before running out of gas late in the fourth quarter to fall short at the end.

Hillary Wilson powered the Lady Cougars attack with a team high double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds. Mary Claire White contributed 13 points. Helping on the boards was Anna Michael Smith with five rebounds, and Edie Riley with four rebounds.

Anna Kathryn Smith led the team with four assists. Hillary Wilson had three assists, and Sophie Wilson provided two assists.

Centerville was led in scoring by Sydnie Lyons with 24 points.

Brookhaven Acad. 45, Centreville 34 

The Cougars and Tigers battled in a tough, physical matchup throughout the whole contest.

BA (6-7) managed to capture a 7-4 lead after one quarter of action and continued to increase their lead in the second quarter with a 13-6 run to take a 20-10 lead into halftime.

In the third quarter, the defensive battle heated up as the Tigers went on a 15-12 run to cut down BA’s lead at 32-25 before heading into the final frame.

In the final quarter of action, the Cougars managed to outscore the Tigers 13-9 to secured the win.

“This was a tough and physical contest for both teams,” said BA coach Josh Watts. “Overall, I was pleased with guys effort. They fought hard throughout the game and managed to collect the win.”

Senior forward Peyton Hood pumped in a game-high double-double of 16 points and 13 rebounds. Drake Flowers chipped in with 12 points. Caleb Brown netted 11 points and had five rebounds. Trent Nettles scored four points, and Ross Felder added two points.

John Gray was the leading scorer for the Tigers with 11 points. Casey Haygood and Austin Addington provided seven points apiece.