Loyd Star, Bassfield eliminate Enterprise
The Loyd Star Hornets and the Bassfield Lady Yellowjackets ended Enterprise’s basketball season Tuesday night in the elimination round of the Region 7-2A tournament at Jack Case Gymnasium.
In the girls’ game, Bassfield’s Azaria Magee hit two clutch free throws with four seconds left to secure a 47-43 victory over the Lady Jackets.
In boys’ action, Loyd Star senior Levi Redd scored a game-winning layup at the buzzer in overtime to edge the Jackets 79-78.
Loyd Star (13-8) will advance to Thursday’s contest to play the Prentiss Bulldogs at 5:30 p.m. The Bassfield Lady Yellowjackets will face the Lady Hornets at 7 p.m.
Bassfield 47, Enterprise 43
In a battle of Lady Jackets, Bassfield secured a slim 17-15 lead at halftime.
Enterprise battled to tie the game at 34-all at the end of the third period, but Bassfield outscored Enterprise 13-9 to secure the win.
“The girls fought hard until the very end,” said Enterprise coach Jill Nations. “We just gave them too many extra opportunities at the basket. This was a tough loss overall, but I am proud of my girls. This was a great learning experience for my girls as we have everyone returning next season.”
The Lady Jackets of Enterprise conclude their season with a 13-15 record.
Michelle Herrington directed Enterprise with 13 points, eight rebounds and four steals. Carlee Nations contributed 11 points, three assists and two steals. Courtney Greer provided eight points. Monisha Pendleton netted seven points. Jana Nations and Alissa Barlow finished with two points each.
JaQuala Green was the top scorer for Bassfield with 17 points. Deria White chipped in 13 points. Azaria Magee scored eight points.
Loyd Star 79, Enterprise 78 (OT)
For the fourth time this season, Loyd Star and Enterprise battled in a head-to-head matchup, but this game was a fight to keep their seasons alive.
Loyd Star claimed an early 21-13 lead, but Enterprise rallied back in the second quarter with a 28-17 run to take a 41-38 lead into halftime.
Loyd Star reclaimed the lead in the third quarter with a 19-9 run to take a 57-50 advantage into the fourth period. In the final quarter, Enterprise battled back with a 21-14 run to tie the game at 71-all after Darren Richardson nailed a three pointer at the buzzer.
In overtime, Loyd Star outscored Enterprise 8-7, but before the contest ended the Jackets captured a brief lead after Darren Richardson nailed two free throws. Loyd Star’s Levi Redd raced down the court on the following possession and scored the game-winning layup at the buzzer.
“Both teams played until the very end,” said Loyd Star coach Gene “Moochie” Britt. “Levi Redd’s basket at the end was huge for us. We were very fortunate to secure the win after making crucial mistakes at the end that could have cost us our season. Overall, I was very pleased with my guys’ effort.”
Javion Beard powered the Hornets with double-double performance of 35 points and 14 rebounds. Redd contributed 21 points and had five rebounds. Avery Leggett provided 11 points and had eight rebounds. Cade Hodges scored nine points and Greg Hooks finished with three points.
Jontavious Smith directed Enteprise with 27 points and 11 rebounds. Dwayne Pendleton chipped in 25 points and had eight rebounds. Richardson provided 12 points. Cade Feltus finished with seven points. Zach Hodges netted four points and Austin Carter had three points.
“Great game for both teams,” said Enterprise coach John Knight. “Loyd Star deserves credit for the win they made the big play at the end. Overall, I could not more prouder of my guys. They fought hard throughout the whole game and did not give up.”
Enterprise wraps up its season with a 11-17 record overall.