West Lincoln splits with Wesson
The West Lincoln Lady Bears and the Wesson Cobras were victorious in Tuesday night basketball action at Jack Case Gymnasium.
In the girls’ game, the Lady Bears had four players to score in double figures as West Lincoln thumped the Lady Cobras 63-35.
In the boys’ contest, senior forward Anthony Jones pumped in a game-high 35 points to help his Wesson Cobras defeat West Lincoln 63-51.
In junior high action, West Lincoln swept Wesson in two games. The Lady Bears won 32-14 and the Bears prevailed 39-32 over Wesson.
West Lincoln continues action Thursday as it travels to Bogue Chitto to take on the Bobcats for four games. Junior high action begins at 4 p.m., followed by the varsity games at 6 and 7:30 p.m.
Wesson will resume action Monday as it hosts Bogue Chitto for four games. Junior high action begins at 4 p.m., followed by the varsity games at 6 and 7:30 p.m.
Lady Bears 63, Lady Cobras 35
West Lincoln took command of the first quarter 16-13 and outscored Wesson 16-10 in the second quarter to carry a 32-23 lead into halftime.
In the second half, West Lincoln outscored the Lady Cobras 31-12 to secure the win.
“Glad to get the win,” said West Lincoln coach Lane Young. “The girls came out and played hard. We managed to get out in front early and keep the lead. Overall, I like our effort, but we still have things that we need to work on.”
Demesha Deer powered the Lady Bears with a game-high 14 points and eight rebounds. Jana Case chipped in with 13 points and nine rebounds. Layton Sill contributed 12 points. Hanna Moak had a double-double performance with 11 points and 13 rebounds. Skylar Hall netted seven points. Carly Holden and Morgan Newman scored three points each.
Jashia Smith was the top shooter for the Lady Cobras with 11 points and nine rebounds. Sabria Green, Tashay Glasper and Alaysha Vaughn netted six points each. Aurianna Vaughn, Carnesha Green and Alaysha Mims had two points each.
“We came out and played really well early in the game, but we gave West Lincoln too many second chance opportunities that hurt us,” said Wesson coach Rusty Newman. “Now, we must regroup and have a good week of practice to prepare for Bogue Chitto.”
Wesson 63, West Lincoln 51
Wesson jumped on the Bears early in the first to take a 17-10 lead and was up 32-26 at halftime.
In the second half, both teams shot the ball well but Wesson won the scoring battle 31-25 to capture the win.
“We came out and played with a lot of intensity defensively, which let us get some easy transition baskets early,” said Newman. “West Lincoln played hard from start to finish, but I was proud that we managed to come way with the win.”
Anthony Jones powered the Cobras with 35 points, eight rebounds, four steals and three blocks. Eric Rhymes contributed 18 points and had eight rebounds. Randy Hooker and Kendrick Brown provided three points each. Jermaine James and Will Hulon had two points each.
Keshaun London was the top scoring leader for West Lincoln with 18 points, six rebounds and three steals. Ronnie Edwards netted 13 points and had three rebounds. Adam Martinez scored eight points. Donterrius Taylor and Le’Darrius Jones had six points each.
“Wesson is just a lot better than us,” said Young. “We are very young and we did too much individual stuff that really hurt us as a team. We need to quit playing individually and play team ball.”
In junior high action, the Lady Bears defeated Wesson 32-14.
Alesia Chism led the Lady Bears with 10 points. Bailey Wilson scored eight points and Julianna Crosby had six points.
Latavia Jackson directed the Lady Cobras with six points. Shelbi Maxwell netted four points.
In boys action, West Lincoln knocked off Wesson 39-32.
Karlton Byrd pumped in a game-high 17 points to lead the Bears. Keshon Byrd and Michael Brothern contributed eight points each.
Darrien Smith paced the Cobras with 13 points, Kenner Bizot chipped in six points and Darrian Gibson had five points.