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Falcons add blemish to Panthers’ record

Daily Leader / Marty Albright / Brookhaven's Garrick Smith (13) battles in the paint to score a basket against Wingfield Friday night at Sinclair Gymnasium.

Daily Leader / Marty Albright / Brookhaven’s Garrick Smith (13) battles in the paint to score a basket against Wingfield Friday night at Sinclair Gymnasium.

Lady Panthers snap losing streak

The Wingfield Falcons escaped Brookhaven with a 59-46 win over the Panthers Friday night in Region 3-5A action at Sinclair Gymnasium. The loss was the first of the season for Brookhaven (18-1, 2-1).

In girls’ action, the Lady Panthers (2-17, 1-2) captured their second win of the season with a 50-44 victory over the Lady Falcons.

Wingfield 59, Brookhaven 46 

Brookhaven led 18-14 after one quarter of action, but Wingfield’s defense held the Panthers’ high-scoring offense to only two points in the second. The Falcons closed the half with a 10-2 run to take over the lead at 24-20.

Brookhaven struggled to find its offensive rhythm in the second half, finishing 51 percent inside the arc and 14 percent from three-point range.

Wingfield outscored the Panthers 35-26 in the final two quarters to end Brookhaven’s perfect season.

“Wingfield was the better team tonight,” said BHS coach Jimmie Butler. “Defensively, we didn’t play our best and we made too many offensive mistakes. We are proud of our accomplishments. Our goals have not changed. We have to realize that we must work harder to accomplish them.”

Darrian Wilson and Demarius Brooks were the top scorers for the Panthers with 11 points each. Wilson helped on the boards with six rebounds. Lazorian McNulty chipped in 10 points, four rebounds and two assists. Garrick Wilson provided seven points and had seven rebounds. Shon Blackwell scored four points, three steals and three assists. Danarius Gray had three points.

Tyrie Jackson pumped in 18 points to lead the Falcons. La’Andre Thomas contributed 15 points. Myles Owens netted nine points.

Daily Leader / Marty Albright / Brookhaven's Taylor Carter (3) drives past a Wingfield defender in girls' action Friday night.

Daily Leader / Marty Albright / Brookhaven’s Taylor Carter (3) drives past a Wingfield defender in girls’ action Friday night.

Lady Panthers 50, Lady Falcons 44 

After a 21-all halftime score, Brookhaven outscored Wingfield 29-23 in the final two quarters to capture its second win of the season.

“It feels great to get the win,” said BHS coach Preston Wilson. “The girls played hard through four quarters of action and made the plays they needed to get the win. Overall, I was very pleased with their effort.”

Mya Washington and Cheyenne Motley paced the Lady Panthers with 10 points and five rebounds each. Asia Byrd contributed eight points and was the leader on the boards with nine rebounds. Jada Henderson and Tamia Stallings netted five points apiece. Stallings finished with six rebounds as well. Alarria Townsend scored four points. Cynphoni Thompson, Arnancy Arnold, Johnique James and Angel Washington had two points each.

Ty’Nieia Chism was the top shooter for the Lady Falcons with 13 points. Briana Thompson chipped in 12 points.

Brookhaven continues action Tuesday as the Panthers and Lady Panthers travel to Jackson to battle Provine for another big division test. Varsity action start with the girls’ game at 6, followed by the boys at 7:30 p.m.