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Hornets, Lady Cats secure wins

The Loyd Star Hornets captured a win in both boys’ games, while the Bogue Chitto Lady Bobcats secured wins in the girls’ games Friday night at the Hornets Nest.

The Lady Cats defeated the Lady Hornets 56-42 in varsity action and won 27-20 in junior high action.

In boys’ action, Loyd Star thumped Bogue Chitto 69-52 in high school play and edged the Bobcats 30-27 in junior high action.

Bogue Chitto will return to action Tuesday as it hosts the Wesson Cobras for four games, starting at 4 p.m.

Loyd Star will resumes action Thursday as it prepares for the Lincoln County Tournament, which will be held at West Lincoln’s Jack Case Gymnasium. The Hornets and Lady Hornets with battle West Lincoln first in the three-day tournament, starting at 7 and 8:30 p.m.

Lady Cats 56, Lady Hornets 42 

Daily Leader / Amy Rhoads / Loyd Star's senior Jordan Shelby (Left) applies defensive pressure on Bogue Chitto Zariah Matthews (2) in girls action Friday night.

Daily Leader / Amy Rhoads / Loyd Star’s senior Jordan Shelby (Left) applies defensive pressure on Bogue Chitto Zariah Matthews (2) in girls action Friday night.

The Lady Cats bounced back to tie the series at one game apiece Friday night as they battled the Lady Hornets in a close first half to carry a 32-30 lead into halftime.

In the second half, the game remained close until the fourth quarter, when BC outscored Loyd Star 17-6 to collect the win.

“We started well and we finished well,” said BC coach Christi Terrell. “The girls played hard and it took a team effort to get this win. We have to do better capitalizing on offensive positions every quarter, not just two quarters. Proud of my girls.”

Zariah Matthews led the Lady Cats with 13 points, two rebounds, six steals and three assists. Taneshia May had 11 points and eight rebounds. Shakiriana Jefferson and Karlie Williams both scored 10 points each. Terrah Nelson had six points and six rebounds. Christian Black had four points and six rebounds. Lineka Newson added two points.

Offensively for the Lady Hornets, Hannah Dickerson pumped in 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the way. Makenzie Smith netted 18 points and had 11 rebounds. Lydia Britt had four points and Faith Bergeron had three points.

“We played really well for three quarters,” said Loyd Star coach Gene “Moochie” Britt. “In the fourth quarter, Bogue Chitto out-played us and shot the ball really well from the outside. We gave Bogue Chitto too many second chance opportunities and we struggled to hit our shots.”

Loyd Star 69, Bogue Chitto 52 

Daily Leader / Amy Rhoads / Loyd Star Avery Leggett (25) scores a layup over Bogue Chitto's Brandon McKenzie (21) Friday night.

Daily Leader / Amy Rhoads / Loyd Star Avery Leggett (15) scores a layup over Bogue Chitto’s Brandon McKenzie (21) Friday night.

Both teams headed in to the fourth quarter tied at 42-42. In the final period, Loyd Star outscored Bogue Chitto 27-10 to collect the win.

“We played hard for three quarters and just didn’t have enough gas in the tank to get the win. Loyd Star had a big surge due to some mistakes that we made, but overall my boys are getting better,” said Bogue Chitto coach Mark Pitts.

For the Bobcats, Malik Richardson had 17 points with 11 rebounds. D.J. Nunnery had 16 points with five rebounds. Tyler Brumfield had eight points and six rebounds. LaFredrick Dillon scored four points and had four rebounds. Darius Porter finished with three points. Brandon Blackwell and Brandon McKenzie both scored two points each.

Offensively for the Hornets, Levi Redd had 20 points and nine rebounds. Greg Hooks contributed 14 points. Javion Beard and Cade Hodges netted 10 points apiece. Avery Leggett provided eight points. Beard and Leggett helped on the boards with six rebounds each. Greg Smith added five points. Adiaus Harris scored two points and Patrick Price had one point.

“The boys played really well in the first and fourth quarters,” said Britt. “We showed a lot of rust tonight, but glad to get the win. Overall, we need to play more games to help us get better and experienced.”

In junior high action,  the Lady Cats won 27-20 over the Lady Hornets. Tyiana Brumfield led BC with nine points. Kemilah Clay had seven points. Katelynn Palmer had five points. Kayden McKnight and Kayci Beth Wallace both finished with three points each.

For the Lady Hornets Whitney Watts led with seven points. Ta’Mara Townsend had five points. Tabby Wyant and Malori Cade provided four points each.

In boys’ action, the Hornets slipped past the Bobcats 30-27.

Josh Thomas paced the Bobcats with 18 points. Zack Upkins scored six points and Lincoln Collins had three points.

Tanner Watts powered the Hornets with nine points. Stephen Mills and Thomas Kelly both scored six points each. Reese DeHart had five points and Roberto Gelindo had four points.