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Lady Cats, Jackets kick off 2015 with victories

DAILY LEADER / MARTY ALBRIGHT / Bogue Chitto's Terrah Nelson (4) fights through the defensive pressure from Enterprise's Alissa Barlow (10) and Michelle Herrington (15) in girls action at Enterprise Gymnasium.

DAILY LEADER / MARTY ALBRIGHT / Bogue Chitto’s Terrah Nelson (4) fights through the defensive pressure from Enterprise’s Alissa Barlow (10) and Michelle Herrington (15) in girls action at Enterprise Gymnasium.

The Bogue Chitto Lady Cats and the Enterprise Yellow Jackets kicked off the second half of the 2015 season with a victory Tuesday night in high school basketball action at Enterprise Gymnasium.

In the girls’ game, the Lady Cats put together a second half push to capture a 46-31 win over the Lady Jackets.

In the boys contest, the Jackets took charge in the opening quarter to sting the Bobcats 68-57.

Bogue Chitto resumes action Friday as they travel to Meadville to take on the Franklin County Bulldogs in a pair of varsity games. The girls tip off at 6 p.m., followed by the boys.

Enterprise begins division action Friday as they invade Bassfield to battle the Bassfield Yellowjackets for three games. The junior varsity boys will start at 5 p.m., followed by varsity girls and boys action.

Bogue Chitto 46, Enterprise 31 

The Lady Cats and the Lady Jackets opened the 2015-year with a tough defensive battle in the first half as Enterprise managed to claim a 15-13 lead after one quarter of action.

In the second quarter, the Lady Cats rallied back and outscored the Lady Jackets 10-6 to take a 23-21 lead into halftime.

In the second half, Bogue Chitto continued to fight through Enterprise’s defense and relied on their defense to the Lady Jackets off balance as the Lady Cats managed to increase their lead with a 11-4 run in the third quarter.

In the fourth quarter, BC outscored Enterprise 12-6 to collect the win.

“This was a good win since returning back from Christmas break,” said BC coach Christi Terrell. “It was a physical game for both teams. I am proud of my girls for fighting through it. We still need to keep improving as we get ready for district.”

Junior guard Zariah Matthews directed the Lady Cats (14-3) with 12 points, four rebounds, four steals and three assists. Karlie Williams contributed 11 points. Christian Black provided 10 points and had five rebounds. Terrah Nelson was the leader on the boards with nine rebounds.

Hannah Kirtfield paced the Lady Jackets (12-4) with eight points. Alissa Barlow chipped in with six points and had four steals. Adrienne Byrd powered the boards with seven rebounds.

“My girls gave a good effort,” said Enterprise coach Jill Nations. “We need to focus more on scoring like we did in the first half to be able to compete and we start our district race Friday.”

Enterprise 68, Bogue Chitto 57 

DAILY LEADER / MARTY ALBRIGHT / Enterprise's Zach Hodges (10) looks for the shot while being pressured by Bogue Chitto's Jeremiah Perkins (2) Tuesday night.

DAILY LEADER / MARTY ALBRIGHT / Enterprise’s Zach Hodges (10) looks for the shot while being pressured by Bogue Chitto’s Jeremiah Perkins (2) Tuesday night.

In the boys contest, the Jackets (9-7) came out and quickly set the tone of the contest early as they captured a 14-7 advantage after one quarter of action and continued the same momentum in the second quarter with a 19-9 run to take a 33-16 lead into halftime.

In the third quarter, the Bobcats (1-16) charge back with a big run, but Enterprise managed to maintain their lead at 57-39.

In the final quarter, the BC put together another big run and outscored the Jackets 18-11, but could not overcome Enterprise’s lead.

“It is good to start the second half of the season with a win,” said Enterprise coach John Knight. “I was very pleased with my guys effort. They came out ready to play.”

Dwayne Pendleton powered the Jackets attack with 24 points. Jontavious Smith contributed 16 points and lead on the boards with nine rebounds. Marvin Butler provided 10 points, four rebounds, three steals and two assists.

Jeremiah Perkins was the top scorer for the Bobcats with 25 points and eight rebounds. Tyler Brumfield chipped in with nine points. Matthew Black paced the Bobcats on the boards with 11 rebounds and scored seven points.