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BA splits with Cathedral in district action

Daily Leader / Marty Albright / Brookhaven Academy's Kailyn Jordan battles in the low post to score in Monday night action against Natchez Cathedral.

Daily Leader / Marty Albright / Brookhaven Academy’s Kailyn Jordan battles in the low post to score in Monday night action against Natchez Cathedral.

The Brookhaven Academy Lady Cougars and the Natchez Cathedral Green Wave captured a win in MAIS district basketball action Monday night at John R. Gray Gymnasium.

In the girls’ contest, the Lady Cougars outscored the Lady Green Wave 13-5 in the final period to clinch a big 47-37 win.

In boys’ action, the Green Wave escaped BA with a 41-34 victory.

Brookhaven Academy continues action today as it travels to Prentiss to battle the Prentiss Christian Saints for several games. Seventh grade action tips off at 3 p.m., followed by junior high and varsity action.

Lady Cougars 47, Lady Green Wave 37 

The Lady Cougars and the Lady Green Wave battled in a close first half as BA carried a 25-19 lead into halftime.

In the third period, Cathedral outscored BA 13-9 to trail the Lady Cougars 34-32 after three quarters.

In the final period, the Lady Cougars caught fire to close out the contest with a 13-5 run to clinch their first district win.

“Glad to get our first district win,” said BA coach Josh Watts. “The girls played hard and I was proud of their effort.”

Edie Riley pumped in a game-high 18 points and grabbed three rebounds to lead the Lady Cougars. Kailyn Jordan chipped in with 15 points and had four rebounds. Anna-Michael Smith netted six points and gathered four rebounds. Sissy Byrd provided four points. Sophie Wilson and Cameron Watson scored two points each.

Natalie Fletcher and Caroline Kaiser were the top scorers for the Lady Green Wave with 10 points each. Elizabeth Smith contributed nine points.

Cathedral 41, BA 34 

The Green Wave jumped on the Cougars to claim a 12-9 lead in the first period and held on to their lead in the second to take a 19-15 lead into halftime.

Daily Leader / Marty Albright / Brookhaven Academy's Austin Smith (11) drives to the basket in boys action against Natchez Cathedral.

Daily Leader / Marty Albright / Brookhaven Academy’s Austin Smith (11) drives to the basket in boys action against Natchez Cathedral.

In the second half, Cathedral outscored BA 22-19 to escape BA with a 41-34 district win.

“Cathedral has a very talented team,” said Watts. “The guys fought hard to keep the game close, but we made too many crucial mistakes throughout the contest that hurt us in the end.”

Tate Felder and Ethan Nations directed the Cougars’ offense with seven points each. Ross Felder netted six points and was the leader on the boards with six rebounds. Luke Jackson chipped in with six points and had four rebounds. Austin Smith and Dylan Winborne contributed three points each. Dawson Flowers scored two points. Nations helped on the boards with five rebounds.

Jardarius Anderson was the top scorer for Cathedral with 18 points. William Doss contributed five points.