Loyd Star claims division wins over Enterprise
Loyd Star secured a four-game sweep over division rival Enterprise Tuesday night in Region 7-2A action at Loyd Star Gymnasium.
In the girls’ contest, the Lady Hornets (17-1, 8-0) put together a 16-10 run in the fourth quarter to beat the Lady Jackets 44-36 and remain undefeated in district play.
In boys’ action, the Hornets outscored the Jackets 46-29 in the second half to win 77-58.
Loyd Star will continue division action Friday as it travels to Prentiss to battle the Bulldogs. Junior varsity action begins at 5 p.m., followed by the varsity games at 6 and 7:30 p.m.
Enterprise will also be in action Friday as it hosts division rivals West Lincoln for four games. Junior varsity action starts at 4 and 5, followed by the varsity games at 6 and 7:30 p.m.
Lady Hornets 44, Lady Jackets 36
The Lady Hornets and the Lady Jackets (10-14, 2-6) fought back and forth in the first half as Enterprise carried a 21-20 lead into halftime.
In the second half, Loyd Star took the lead with a 8-5 run in the third period. In the final period, the Lady Hornets overpowered the Lady Jackets in the low post and outscored Enterprise 16-10 to collect the win.
“This was a tough and physical game for both teams,” said Loyd Star coach Gene “Moochie” Britt. “In the first half, we came out cold and had too many turnovers, but the in the second half, our defense managed to cause some trouble for Enterprise, which forced them to turn over the ball and help us to gain control of the game. Overall, I am glad to get the win.”
Makenzie Smith powered the Lady Hornets’ attack with 23 points, nine rebounds and two blocked shots. Hannah Dickerson netted nine points, eight rebounds, three blocked shots and had two assists. Jordan Shelby contributed six points and had eight rebounds. Faith Bergeron scored four points and had three assists. Lydia Britt added two points.
Carlee Nations was the top scorer for the Lady Jackets with 17 points. Courtney Greer provided 11 points. Alissa Barlow and Michelle Herrington finished with three points each. Karlee Burgess had two points.
“The girls played a hard-fought game through all four quarters,” said Enterprise coach Jill Nations. “Overall, I was very pleased with their effort.”
Loyd Star 77, Enterprise 58
The boys’ contest was similar to the girls’ game in the first half as Loyd Star carried a slim 31-29 lead into half.
In the third, the Hornets (10-8, 5-3) overpowered the Jackets on the boards to increase their lead to 53-45.
In the fourth, Loyd Star dominated the Jackets (11-13, 1-7) with a 24-13 run to secure the win.
“The guys played really well in the second half,” said Britt. “Our defensive pressure was the difference of the game. Overall, it was a good game and I am pleased with our team effort.”
Levi Redd directed the Hornets with 27 points, seven rebounds, four steals and two assists. Javion Beards contributed 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Greg Hooks provided eight points and had six rebounds. Avery Leggett netted seven points and had four rebounds. Patrick Price scored four points. Zach Arnold netted three points. Gene Evans, Cade Hodges and Dane Smith finished with two points each..
Dwayne Pendleton paced the Jackets with 19 points. Jontavious Smith chipped in with 13 points. Cade Feltus and Darren Richardson provided 11 points apiece. Austin Carter finished with four points.
In junior varsity action, Loyd Star defeated Enterprise twice.
In girls’ action, the Lady Hornets beat the Lady Jackets 24-15. Sarah Britt directed the Lady Hornets with eight points. Katie West had six points.
Breyuanna Johnson led the Lady Jackets with seven points. Haley Nations scored four points.
In the boys’ contest, the Hornets hammered the Jackets 44-19. Dane Smith pumped in 16 points to lead the Hornets. Zabien Price, B.J. Haden and T.K. Patterson netted five points each.
Hunter Bland was the top scorer for Enterprise with 10 points. Peyton Jergins provided four points.