Panthers feast on South Pike

Published 11:00 am Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Daily Leader / Marty Albright / Brookhaven's Darius Bryant (30) is fouled from behind by South Pike's Tavarious Williams in boys' action Tuesday night at Sinclair Gymnasium.

Daily Leader / Marty Albright / Brookhaven’s Darius Bryant (30) is fouled from behind by South Pike’s Tavarious Williams in boys’ action Tuesday night at Sinclair Gymnasium.

Lady Eagles soar past Lady Panthers

The undefeated Brookhaven Panthers (15-0) put together a 21-12 run in the final period to defeat the South Pike Eagles 72-50 Tuesday night at Sinclair Gymnasium.

In girls’ action, the South Pike Lady Eagles soared past the Lady Panthers to claim a 57-25 victory.

Brookhaven will begin division play Friday as the Panthers and the Lady Panthers host Natchez for three games. Junior varsity action tips off at 5 p.m., followed by the varsity games at 6 and 7:30 p.m.

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Originally, the schedule had Brookhaven traveling to begin division play at Natchez, but the location was changed due to gym renovations at Natchez.

Brookhaven 72, South Pike 50 

The Brookhaven Panthers’ high-powered offense overpowered the South Pike Eagles in the first half as Ole Brook carried a 36-22 lead into halftime.

In the third period, the Eagles put together a 16-15 run to cut into the Panthers’ lead at 51-38.

In the final period, the Panthers regained the momentum and hammered the Eagles with a 21-12 surge to put the game out of reach.

“The guys played really well tonight, but we need to improve some things on defense,” said BHS coach Jimmie Butler.

Lazorian McNulty powered the Panthers’ offensive attack with 24 points and three rebounds. Damarius Brooks chipped in with 19 points, two rebounds and three assists. Darius Bryant netted 11 points and had four rebounds. Garrett Smith was the leader on the boards with 11 rebounds and scored eight points. Shon Blackwell and Marte Jones contributed four points apiece. Blackwell also finished with 10 assists and four rebounds. Danarius Gray scored two points.

Jaquarius Lewis was the top scorer for the Eagles with 17 points. Elijah Brown and Jalon Andrews contributed eight points each. Devon Harris had five points.

Daily Leader / Marty Albright / Brookhaven's Arnancy Arnold (21) shoots a short jump shot over South Pike's Nakaylis Washington (14) Tuesday night.

Daily Leader / Marty Albright / Brookhaven’s Arnancy Arnold (21) shoots a short jump shot over South Pike’s Nakaylis Washington (14) Tuesday night.

Lady Eagles 57, Lady Panthers 25 

The Lady Eagles overpowered the Lady Panthers to claim a 35-14 lead at halftime.

In the second half, the Lady Panthers managed to slow down the Lady Eagles, but could not win the scoring battle as South Pike held on with a 22-11 run in the final two periods.

“The girls played hard against a very good team,” said BHS coach Preston Wilson. “We have got to find a way to put together a couple of good quarters to give ourselves a chance to win games.”

Jada Henderson was the top shooter for the Lady Panthers with 10 points. Taylor Carter contributed six points. Cynphoni Thompson provided four points. Johnique James and Tamia Stallings scored two points each. Angel Washington added one point.

MyNeka Frazier powered the Lady Eagles with 18 points. Tomia Mitchell chipped in with 13 points. Shatarria Varnado netted eight points.

In junior varsity action,  the South Pike Lady Eagles defeated the Brookhaven Lady Panthers 34-18.

Shatarria Varnado led the Lady Eagles with nine points. Kayla Brumfield and Chasey Hall had six points each.

Angel Washington paced the Lady Panthers with six points.