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Bears, Lady Cats secure victories

Daily Leader / Marty Albright / Bogue Chitto's Zariah Matthew (2) attempts a tough shot under the basket as West Lincoln's Alli Mullins (3) hustles in to defend the shot.

Daily Leader / Marty Albright / Bogue Chitto’s Zariah Matthew (2) attempts a tough shot under the basket as West Lincoln’s Alli Mullins (3) hustles in to defend the shot.

BOGUE CHITTO – The Bogue Chitto Lady Cats and the West Lincoln Bears secured wins in Thursday night high school basketball action at the Bobcat Palace.

In the girls’ game, the Lady Cats jumped out to an early lead in the first quarter and cruised to a 56-29 victory over the Lady Bears.

In the boys’ contest, the Bears captured their first win of the season as they defeated the Bobcats 65-47.

In junior high action, West Lincoln swept Bogue Chitto in two games. The Lady Bears nipped the Lady Cats 31-29 in overtime and the Bears crushed the Bobcats 36-5.

Bogue Chitto will return to action Monday as it travels to Wesson to battle the Wesson Cobras in four games. Junior high action tips off at 4, followed by the varsity games at 6 and 7:30 p.m.

West Lincoln will continue action Tuesday as it hosts the Franklin County Bulldogs. Junior varsity action begins at 5 p.m., followed by the varsity games at 6 and 7:30 p.m.

Lady Cats 56, Lady Bears 29

The Bogue Chitto Lady Cats came out on fire to start the game and carried a 31-16 lead into halftime.

In the second half, BC outscored West Lincoln 25-13 to secure the win.

“The girls came out and played really well defensively,” said BC coach Christi Terrell. “Offensively, we need to get more consistent. Overall, the girls are playing great team ball and they are hustling.”

Zariah Matthews pumped in a game-high 21 points and had seven rebounds, five steals and three assists to lead the Lady Cats. Terrah Nelson chipped in 10 points and had six rebounds. Karlie Williams netted eight points and had five rebounds. Christian Black helped on the boards with six rebounds and scored four points. Shakirianna Jefferson provided six points. Perstashia Henderson had three points and Taneshia May added two points.

Jana Case powered the Lady Bears with 18 points and five rebounds. Layton Sills netted five points. Skylar Hall, Megan Gerald and Brenn Bateman scored two points each. Hanna Moak was the leader on the boards with six rebounds.

“Our seniors need to step up and play better,” said West Lincoln coach Lane Young. “We struggled to make shots and we gave Bogue Chitto too many extra opportunities to score.”

West Lincoln 65, Bogue Chitto 47 

West Lincoln put together a 15-3 run in the first quarter and carried a 35-15 lead into halftime.

Daily Leader / Marty Albright / West Lincoln's Keshaun London (11) glides through the lane for a layup Thursday night as Bogue Chitto defenders La'Fredrick Dillon (3) and Tyler Brumfield (10) try to deny the play.

Daily Leader / Marty Albright / West Lincoln’s Keshaun London (11) glides through the lane for a layup Thursday night as Bogue Chitto defenders La’Fredrick Dillon (3) and Tyler Brumfield (10) try to deny the play.

In the second half, both teams played a close match with BC edging out West Lincoln 32-30 in the final two quarters.

“Glad to just get a win,” said Young.

Keshaun London led the charge for the Bears with 23 points and seven rebounds. Adam Martinez provided a double-double performance of 18 points and 15 rebounds. Le’Darrius Jones and Donterrius Taylor contributed seven points each. Dominique Chism scored four points. Landon Lynch and Jatavian Lewis had three points each.

Tyler Brumfield was the top scorer for BC with 17 points and six rebounds. Dee May, Brandon Blackwell, Brandon McKenzie and Henry Thomas provided five points each. Darius Porter, LaFredrick Dillon and D.J. Nunnery had three points apiece. Warrick Cook scored one point.

“We did not come out ready to play,” said BC coach Mark Pitts. “However, we had several young players step up tonight, which will definitely help us come January.”

In junior high action, the Lady Bears edged the Lady Cats 31-29 in overtime.

Bailey Wilson paced the Lady Bears with seven points. Julianna Crosby, Alesia Chism and Christiana Freeman scored six points each.

Tyriana Brumfield directed the Lady Cats with nine points. Kemilah Clay netted eight points and Kayden McKnight had six points.

In the boys’ game, West Lincoln crushed Bogue Chitto 36-5.

Karlton poured in game-high 17 points to lead the Bears. Michael Brothern chipped in nine points.

Josh Thomas led the Bobcats with three points. Zac Upkins had two points.