Panthers stay perfect with win over Wesson
WESSON – The undefeated Brookhaven Panthers’ high-powered offense was too much for the Cobras to handle as Brookhaven thumped Wesson 89-52 Friday night at the Snake Pit.
The Wesson Lady Cobras survived a tough battle against the Lady Panthers to clinch a 42-38 victory.
Brookhaven and Wesson will take a week off before returning to action Dec. 28.
The Panthers and Lady Panthers will travel to Northwest Rankin to participate in a holiday tournament, while the Cobras and Lady Cobras visit Pearl to battle in their holiday tournament.
Brookhaven 89, Wesson 52
The Panthers (11-0) dominated the Cobras in the first quarter, capturing a huge 31-4 lead.
The Cobras struggled to find any offensive rhythm as the Panthers roared to a 89-52 victory.
“Brookhaven came out hot and with their intense defense to go along with it,” said Wesson coach Rusty Newman. “Their pressure took us out of our game plan early and left us flustered and unable to bounce back. Brookhaven has a good team. They moved the ball well and defended well. Overall, we will need to regroup and get better.”
Tyriq Reese was the top scorer for Brookhaven with 23 points. Lozorian McNutty contributed 16 points. Garrick Smith netted nine points. Shon Blackwell and Damarius Brooks provided eight points each. Darius Bryant was the top defender with seven rebounds and one assist. Blackwell had four steals and two assists.
Anthony Jones paced the Cobras with a double-double performance of 26 points, 11 rebounds and four steals. Eric Rhymes chipped in with 11 points and had four rebounds, one block, three steals and three assists.
Lady Cobras 42, Lady Panthers 38
The Lady Cobras and the Lady Panthers battled in a close contest throughout the game but Wesson secured a 21-19 lead at halftime.
In the second half, Brookhaven threatened to take the lead with a few crucial shots by Asia Byrd, Cheyenne Motley and Alarria Townsend, but the Lady Cobras answered with a 21-19 run to secure the win.
“This game was a hard-fought, physical game all night,” said Newman. “Brookhaven does a really good job with their intensity and it gave us problems, but we were very fortunate to make the plays down the stretch when it counted to get the win.”
Jashia Smith was the top scorer for the Lady Cobras with 12 points, five rebounds and two assists. Alaysha Vaughn followed closely behind with 11 points, four rebounds and one steal. Aurianna Vaughn was top defender for Wesson with six rebounds, three steals and one assist.
Taylor Carter directed the Lady Panthers’ scoring with 10 points, four rebounds, and three steals. Alarria Townsend provided nine points, three rebounds and one steal. Tamia Stallings was the top rebounder for Brookhaven with seven rebounds and scored six points.