Lady Hornets defeat Bassfield, Boys stumble
BASSFIELD – The Loyd Star Lady Hornets and the Bassfield Yellowjackets were victorious in Region 7-2A basketball action Thursday night.
In the girls’ contest, the Lady Hornets clobbered the Bassfield Lady Yellowjackets 58-34 to finish in second place in their district run.
In boys action, Loyd Star suffered a tough 56-44 lost to Bassfield, but still wrapped up the season in first place in the boys division race.
Loyd Star’s girls and boys’ squad will receive a bye in the opening round of next week Region 7-2A Tournament for finishing in first and second place in the standings. They also clinched an automatic berth in the Class 2A playoffs that begins Feb. 23 and 24.
The Hornets and the Lady Hornets will return to action Thursday in their quest for a Region 7-2A championship in Liberty.
Loyd Star 58, Bassfield 34
The Lady Hornets and the Lady Yellowjackets provided a close battle in the first half of action as Loyd Star won the first quarter of play and claimed a 15-12 lead.
In the second quarter, the Lady Yellowjackets rallied back outscored the Lady Hornets 11-7 to carry a slim 23-22 lead into halftime.
In the second half, Loyd Star (18-5, 8-2) came out and dominated the Lady Yellowjackets with a 19-9 run in the third quarter and a 17-2 blast in the fourth quarter to secure the win.
“We stepped up and played a lot better in the second half after a slow start in the first half,” said Loyd Star coach Gene “Moochie” Britt. “Overall, I was pleased with the girls efforts and glad to get the win.”
Hannah Dickerson powered the Lady Hornets with 15 points, eight rebounds, three steals and three blocked shots. Mackenzie Smith contributed 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Marcey Givens chipped in with 11 points and had six rebounds. Jordan Shelby netted eight points and had five rebounds.
Derrica White paced the Lady Yellowjackets with 11 points. JaQuala Green scored seven points.
Bassfield 56, Loyd Star 44
In the boys’ game, Loyd Star entered into the contest having to battle against two tough opponents, the Flu and the Bassfield Yellowjackets.
In the opening quarter, the Hornets (18-5, 8-2) came out and quickly grabbed a early lead at 12-11 and managed to increase their lead in the second quarter with a 13-11 push to lead 25-22 at halftime.
In the second half, Bassfield bounced back and outscored the Hornets 34-19 in the final two frames to defeat Loyd Star and clinched second place in the division race.
“We did not play ever well tonight,” said Britt. “We had a starter out fighting the flu and a few that played were recovering from the flu simtoms. We played very sluggish and did not shoot the ball well from the outside, Hopefully when we return in a week, we will be ready to begin our playoff run.”
Edrick Alsworth, Levi Redd and Caleb Yarborough were the offensive leaders for the Hornets with 11 points each. Alsworth and Redd led on the boards with four rebounds apiece, Brad Jasper provided eight points and had three blocked shots.
Jamal Peter was the top scorer for the Yellowjackets with 15 points. Racheem Boothe chipped in with 14 points and Gerobe Peters had nine points.
In girls junior varsity action, Loyd Star defeated Bassfield 29-25.
Lydia Briit directed the Lady Hornets with 10 points. Kaylea Smith scored six points and Caylee Yarborough added five points.