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Bulldogs escape Bobcats Nation with victories

DAILY LEADER / JONATHON ALFORD / Bogue Chitto's Zariah Matthews (2) works the ball up the court while being pressured by Franklin County's Jada Hunt (4) Friday night.

DAILY LEADER / JONATHON ALFORD / Bogue Chitto’s Zariah Matthews (2) works the ball up the court while being pressured by Franklin County’s Jada Hunt (4) Friday night.

BOGUE CHITTO – The Franklin County girls’ and boys’ basketball teams visit Bobcats Nation Friday night and escape with two victories in high school basketball action the Bobcat Palace.

In the girls’ game, the Franklin County Lady Bulldogs defeat the Lady Cats 56-51.

In boys’ action, the Bulldogs knocked off the Bobcats 59-41 in nonregional action.

The Lady Cats (12-3) and the Bobcats (1-14) will be off for about two weeks to enjoy the holiday season before returning to action Jan. 6. Bogue Chitto will play at Enterprise for a pair of varsity games starting at 6 p.m.

The Lady Bulldogs (8-4) and the Bulldogs (10-2) will also be off the holiday break and resume action January 9 to host Bogue Chitto for three games starting at 5 p.m.

Lady Bulldogs 56, Lady Cats 51 

In the last game of the 2014 season, the Lady Cats were hoping to end the first half of the season with a victory, but the Lady Bulldogs’ fourth quarter comeback spoiled the Lady Cats chances.

In the first half, both teams were finding the bottom of the basket. At the end of the first quarter the Lady Cats were up 9-8 over the Lady Bulldogs. The Lady Cats in the second quarter continued their hot shooting streak and went into the locker room with a 19-15 lead over the Lady Bulldogs.

The Lady Cats came out of the locker room hot, but the Lady Bulldogs answered back with a good scoring quarter of their own. Going into the fourth quarter, the Lady Cats had a 33-31 lead over the Lady Bulldogs.

The Lady Bulldogs were able to find their rhythm in the fourth quarter and rallied back to defeat the Lady Cats 56-51.

Offensively for the Lady Cats, Christian Black had 14 points and nine rebounds. Zariah Matthews had 13 points and four rebounds. Terrah Nelson had eight points and two rebounds. Shakiriana Jefferson had six points and two rebounds. Lauren McCaffrey had four points. Karlie Williams had three points. Lineka Newson had two points and one rebound.

Offensively for the Lady Bulldogs, Tadayla Hunt had 27 points. Jada Hunt had eight points. Jamecia Starks had six points. Brianta O’Quinn and Sierra Bethley both had five points. Tradata Norman had two points, and Jaylin Autman had 1 point.

Bulldogs 59, Bobcats 41 

The Bulldogs defeat Bobcats 59-41 in a non-regional action Friday night at Bobcats Nation. The Bulldogs got the tip to start the game and was able to get on the board quick, but the Bobcats came right back with a three point shot by D.J. Nunnery.

DAILY LEADER / JONATHON ALFORD / Bogue Chitto's D.J Nunnery (1) and Franklin County's Ryan Johnson (15) hustles down the lose ball in boys action.

DAILY LEADER / JONATHON ALFORD / Bogue Chitto’s D.J Nunnery (1) and Franklin County’s Ryan Johnson (15) hustles down the lose ball in boys action.

Franklin County went on a 5-0 run to extend their lead by four, but the Bobcats would claw their way back into the lead. At the end of the first quarter the Bobcats would lead the Bulldogs 12-11.

In the second quarter both team would exchange baskets, but the Bobcats managed to maintain a one-point advantage throughout the second quarter and went into the locker room with a 25-24 lead over the Bulldogs. Franklin County would win both second half quarters to defeat the Bobcats 59-41.

Offensively for the Bobcats, Dakota McGary had 11 points. D.J. Nunnery had 10 points. Tyler Brumfield had eight points. Jeremiah Perkins had five points. Will Fauver had four points, and Matthew Black had three points.

Offensively for the Bulldogs, Vincent Briggs and Tony Gibbs both had 11 points. Tri’Anthony Hunt had nine points. Kel Covington had six points. Jalen Dogan and Cameron Young both had five points. Danzell Allen had four points. Ryan Johnson, Gerryion Bell and Michael White all had two points.