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Lady Hornets win tournament; Loyd Star beats BC

Daily Leader / Chris King / Loyd Star coach Gene "Moochie" Britt and his Lady Hornets gladly pose with Lincoln Country girls trophy after knocking off the Bogue Chitto Lady Cats 57-55 Saturday.

Daily Leader / Chris King / Loyd Star coach Gene “Moochie” Britt and his Lady Hornets gladly pose with Lincoln Country girls trophy after knocking off the Bogue Chitto Lady Cats 57-55 Saturday.

The Loyd Star Lady Hornets defeated the Bogue Chitto Lady Cats 57-55 to win the girls Lincoln County Tournament trophy Saturday afternoon in Jack Case Gymnasium.

In boys’ action, the Hornets dominated the Bobcats to claim a 71-28 victory.

Loyd Star will return to action Tuesday as the Hornets and Lady Hornets host Wesson for four games. Junior high action begins at 4 and 5 p.m., followed by the varsity games at 6 and 7:30 p.m.

Lady Hornets 57, Lady Cats 55 

The Lady Hornets and the Lady Cats entered into Saturday’s contest unbeaten in tournament action. Loyd Star managed to gain the upper hand in the first period as it claimed a 19-15 and fended off the Lady Cats in the second to take a 31-28 lead into halftime.

In the second half, Loyd Star outscored BC 26-25 to secure the win and claim the Lincoln County crown.

“We played our best game of the season,” said Loyd Star coach Gene “Moochie” Britt. “The girls played hard both offensively and defensively. This was a great team effort. Jordan Shelby played an outstanding game for us today. Overall, I was pleased with their effort and glad to win the tournament.”

Jordan Shelby powered the Lady Hornets with 22 points, eight rebounds, three assists and two steals. McKenzie Smith had a double-double performance of 18 points and 11 rebounds. Toni Banks netted seven points. Faith Bergeron scored six points. Hannah Dickerson helped on the boards with 10 rebounds and scored four points.

Zariah Matthews paced the Lady Cats with 19 points. Christian Black chipped in with 12 points. Shakirianna Jefferson provided eight points. Terrah Nelson scored six points. Taneshia May scored five points. Karlie Williams had two points and Lineka Newson had one point.

“Mentally we were not there,” said BC coach Christi Terrell. “Too many mental mistakes, missed free throws, and not rebounding killed us. Loyd Star had players step up offensively for them today and they made shots during crunch time to keep the lead.”

Loyd Star 71, Bogue Chitto 28 

Loyd Star dominated Bogue Chitto to claim a 20-8 lead in the first quarter and outscored the Bobcats 18-9 in the second period to carry a 38-17 lead into halftime.

Loyd Star put together a 33-11 run in the final two quarters to collect the win.

“Defensively, we played really well,” said Britt. “The guys shot and rebounded the ball really well. It was good to give everyone playing time. This was a great team effort and glad to get the win.”

Levi Redd powered the Hornets with double-double performance of 18 points and 11 rebounds. Javion Beard also provided a double-double performance of 14 points and 10 rebounds. Patrick Price chipped in 10 points. Cade Hodges netted eight points. Berma Hayden scored six points. Dane Smith had five points. Avery Leggett, Anfernee Claire, Jett Calcote and Gene Evans scored two points each. Brent Cade and Nathan Lambert had one point each.

Malik Richardson led the Bobcats in scoring with 22 points. Darius Porter scored four points and Brandon Blackwell had two points.