Panthers escape with overtime win

Published 11:40 am Thursday, January 21, 2016

Lady Vikings beat Brookhaven

VICKSBURG – The Brookhaven Panthers survived a late fourth quarter scare to prevail 72-65 in overtime against the Warren Central Vikings Tuesday night in a non-divisional contest.

In girls’ action, the Lady Vikings clobbered the Lady Panthers 47-21.

Brookhaven returns home Friday night to host Region 3-5A rival Wingfield. The varsity girls will tip off at 6 p.m., followed by the boys’ game at 7:30 p.m.

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Brookhaven 72, Warren Central 65 

In a battle between Class 5A and 6A powerhouses, the Panthers and the Vikings fought in an evenly matched contest in the first half as Brookhaven carried a slim 27-26 lead into halftime.

In the second half, Warren Central outscored Brookhaven 30-29 in the final two periods to tie the game at 56-all at the end of regulation.

In the final six minutes of the fourth quarter, the Vikings outscored the Panthers 8-6, which was sparked by a pair of free throws from Jaquan Woods. Chavis Smith sunk a 3-pointer with 2:38 left to give WC a 54-53 lead.

Before the end of regulation, Warren Central had possession with time expiring but didn’t get the shot it was looking for.

In overtime, Brookhaven’s offense heated up and outscored the Vikings 16-9 to stay undefeated on the season at 18-0.

Garrick Smith led the Panthers with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Lazorian McNulty also scored 18 points, while Marte Jones had 12 and Darrian Wilson 11. Danarius Gray netted nine points. Shon Blackwell added four points and had seven assists.

Shaun Walton directed the Vikings (8-11) with 21 points and eight rebounds. Chavis Smith added another 16 points and had five rebounds.

Lady Vikings 47, Lady Panthers 21

Kiara Lockhart, Cocoa Fultz and Amber Gaston each scored 10 points in Warren Central’s double-digit victory over Brookhaven (1-17).

Fultz led the Lady Vikes (13-6) in rebounding with 11. Fultz, Lockhart and T.T. Sims each came away with four steals as well.