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Lady Hornets thump Franklin Co.; boys lose

Daily Leader / Marty Albright / Loyd Star junior Mackenzie Smith (5) looks to make a pass Thursday night against Franklin County.

Daily Leader / Marty Albright / Loyd Star junior Makenzie Smith (5) looks to make a pass Thursday night against Franklin County.

MEADVILLE – The Loyd Star Lady Hornets kicked off the basketball season Thursday night with a 54-29 win over the Franklin County Lady Bulldogs.

In boys’ action, the Bulldogs rallied back in the second half to defeat the Hornets 61-47.

Loyd Star will resume action Tuesday as it travels to Bogue Chitto to take on the Bobcats. Junior high action starts at 4 p.m., followed by the varsity games at 6 and 7:30 p.m.

Lady Hornets 54, Lady Bulldogs 29 

The Lady Hornets and the Lady Bulldogs battled in a close first quarter as Loyd Star led 14-11. In the second period, the Lady Hornets put together a 14-8 run to extend their lead to 28-19 at halftime.

In the second half, Loyd Star continued to overpower the Lady Bulldogs, outscoring Franklin County 26-10 to secure the win.

“We played extremely well as a team,” said Loyd Star coach Gene “Moochie” Britt. “The girls came out strong and executed both offensively and defensively. Overall, I was proud to get the win.”

Hannah Dickerson powered the Hornets’ offensive attack with a double-double performance with 14 points, 11 rebounds, four blocked shots and four assists. Makenzie Smith also led in scoring with 14 points and had seven rebounds. Jordan Shelby chipped in with 12 points and had seven rebounds. Faith Bergeron provided six points. Caylee Yarborough scored four points. Mandy Russell and Lydia Britt had two points each.

Jasmine Treadway was the top scorer for the Lady Bulldogs with six points. Sierra Bethley netted five points.

Franklin Co. 61, Loyd Star 47 

In the opening quarter, the Hornets came out strong and took a commanding 17-8 lead, but the Bulldogs battled back in the second period with a 17-5 run.

In the second half, Franklin County outscored Loyd Star 36-25 to secure the win.

“We came out and played really well in the first half,” said Britt. “In the second half, turnovers hurt us and Franklin County capitalized on our mistakes. Overall, we played well, but we have to work harder to get better.”

Javion Beard was the top scorer for the Hornets with 22 points – he also had eight rebounds, four blocked shots, five steals and two assists. Levi Redd provided a double-double performance of 20 points and 10 rebounds. Patrick Price and Avery Leggett had two points each. Gregory scored one point.

Jalen Dogan led the Bulldogs with 25 points. Kel Covington chipped in 11 points. Jerdke Collins scored nine points and Tony Gibson had eight points.