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Loyd Star sweeps Amite County

Daily Leader / Marty Albright / Loyd Star's Javion Bears (2) powers in the paint to score a basket against Amite County Tuesday night in boys' action.

Daily Leader / Marty Albright / Loyd Star’s Javion Bears (2) powers in the paint to score a basket against Amite County Tuesday night in boys’ action.

Loyd Star celebrated Senior Night Tuesday with two big division wins over the Amite County Trojans at Loyd Star Gymnasium.

In the girls’ contest, the Lady Hornets blasted the Lady Trojans with a 23-4 run in the final quarter to secure a 64-44 win.

In boys’ action, Loyd Star dominated the Trojans in the first three quarters to cruise to a 65-48 victory.

Loyd Star honored its basketball seniors Tuesday in between the girls and boys games as friends and families gathered for the special occasion.

Loyd Star will take the rest of the week off to prepare for the division tournament at West Lincoln next week. Game day, opponents and times have not been set.

Lady Hornets 64, Lady Trojans 44

The Lady Hornets (19-1, 10-0) and the Lady Trojans battled in a defensive contest in the first half as Loyd Star carried a 32-25 lead into halftime.

Daily Leader / Marty Albright / Loyd Star's Jordan Shelby (22) shoots a jump shot over Amite County's Deboney Wilson (4) Tuesday night in girls' action.

Daily Leader / Marty Albright / Loyd Star’s Jordan Shelby (22) shoots a jump shot over Amite County’s Deboney Wilson (4) Tuesday night in girls’ action.

In the third period, the Lady Trojans rallied back with a 15-9 run to cut into Loyd Star’s lead at 41-40. In the final quarter of action, the Lady Hornets’ offense caught fire and blasted the Lady Trojans with a 23-4 run to secure the win and win the division undefeated.

“This was a good game and a good win for us,” said Loyd Star coach Gene “Moochie” Britt. “The girls played really great on defense throughout the whole game. Amite County did a great job fighting back in the third quarter, but our girls did a good job putting the game away in the fourth quarter. Overall, I was very pleased with our team effort.”

McKenzie Smith powered the Lady Hornets scoring with 20 points, five rebounds and six steals. Jordan Shelby contributed to the attack with a double-double performance of 16 points and 10 rebounds. Hannah Dickerson provided 11 points, six rebounds, two steals and had two blocked shots. Lydia Britt scored nine points. Toni Banks finished with seven points. Caylee Yarborough added one point.

Deboney was the top scorer for the Lady Trojans with 15 points. Fredricka Smith contributed 10 points. Donyella Walker had nine points.

Loyd Star 65, Amite Co. 48

Loyd Star came out of the gates on fire to begin the first quarter to claim a 15-4 lead and continued to dominate the Trojans in the second quarter as the Hornets commanded a 29-9 lead at halftime.

In the third quarter, Loyd Star (12-8, 6-4) outscored Amite County 27-13 to increase its lead to 56-22. In the final period action, the Trojans won the scoring battle over the Hornets 26-9, but it wasn’t enough as Loyd Star held on for the win.

“This was a good win for seniors,” said Britt. “The guys came out and played hard throughout the whole game. Overall, I was very pleased with their effort and glad to get the win.

“I would like to thank all the fans for coming tonight and showing their support for these boys and girls,” said Britt. “It was a big momentum boost for our players.”

Javion Bears pumped in a game-high double-double of 28 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Hornets. Levi Redd chipped in 13 points, six rebounds, three steals and two assists. Dane Smith provided six points. Patrick Price scored five points. Gene Evans and Greg Hooks netted four points each. Dawson Zumbro and Jett Calcote finished with two points each. Zabian Price had one point.

Ederick Williams paced the Trojans’ scoring with 11 points. Naylon Patrick contributed 10 points. Tyre Clark and Deltemtrius Patterson scored six points apiece.