Brookhaven sweeps Wingfield
The Brookhaven Panthers and the Lady Panthers ended the regular season with a pair of wins over the Wingfield Falcon on Senior Night Tuesday at Sinclair Gymnasium.
In the girls game, the Lady Panthers (4-22, 4-2) clinched second place in their district run with a 37-25 victory over the Lady Falcons.
In the boys contest, the Panthers (21-4, 6-0) finished their run through Region 6-5A competition undefeated after knocking off the Falcons 75-62.
Brookhaven held a special ceremony to honor their seniors as they recognized all their basketball, cheerleader and ROTC seniors.
Brookhaven will take the rest of the week off before returning to action Tuesday as they prepare to host the Region 6-5A Tournament. The Panthers and the Lady Panthers will play the Pearl River Central Blue Devils in the opening round, starting at 7 p.m. for the girls and 8:30 for the boys.
In other tournament games, Wingfield will face Natchez in both the girls and boys games. They will begin the tournament at 4 and 5:30 p.m.
BHS 37, Wingfield 25
The Lady Panthers and the Lady Falcons fought in a close contest in the opening quarter as Brookhaven managed to gain the upper hand as take the lead at 8-3.
In the second quarter, the Lady Panthers continued to increase their lead over Wingfield with a 11-5 run to take a 19-8 lead into halftime.
In the second half, both teams provided a exciting defensive battle as Brookhaven outscored the Lady Falcons 18-17 in the final two quarters to collect the win.
“The girls played hard,” said BHS coach Freda Craft. “We are glad to get the win to finish second in the district.”
Senior Chantel Quarles led the Lady Panthers with 14 points and eight rebounds. Kynitria Hill and Shoniece Smith contributed eight points apiece. Kynitria Hill powered the Lady Panthers on the boards with 10 rebounds.
Briana Thompson was the top scorer for the Lady Falcons with 16 points. Coresha Ferguson helped with six points.
BHS 75, Wingfield 62
The Panthers began the first quarter a little sluggish as Wingfield managed to capitalize on the situation to take a 17-13 to end the first period of action.
In the second quarter, Brookhaven managed to regain their focus on the offense and defense to put to put together a 18-8 run to grab the lead at 31-25 at halftime.
In the second half, the Panthers continued their offensive and defensive pressure and overwhelm the Falcons by outscoring Wingfield 44-37 in the final two frames of action to remain perfect in division play.
“This was a good win for our seniors,” said BHS coach Preston Wilson. “We started off the game a little slow in the first quarter, but managed to regain our focus and made the plays needed to get back in the game to get the win.”
Lazorian McNulty and Tavis Moore powered the Panthers attack with 17 points apiece. Moore also had double-double performance as he led with 13 rebounds. Darrian Wilson chipped in with nine points, three steals and three assists.
Robert Washington direct the Falcons in scoring with 14 points. Tyric Jackson provided nine points.