Lady Hornets win in double overtime
The Loyd Star Lady Hornets captured a 58-49 double overtime victory over the Bassfield Lady Jackets Thursday night to advance to the championship contest in Region 7-2A tournament action at Jack Case Gymnasium.
In boys’ action, the Hornets fell to the Prentiss Bulldogs 67-50.
Tournament action continues today as the Hornets battle the Bassfield Jackets in the boys consolation game at 5:30 p.m. The Lady Hornets will face the Amite County Lady Trojans at 7 p.m.
Lady Hornets 58, Lady Jackets 49
Loyd Star secured a 27-26 lead at halftime, but Bassfield rallied to take a 35-32 lead into the final period.
In the fourth quarter, Loyd Star answered with a 15-12 run to tie the contest at 47-47. In the first overtime, each school scored only two points to force another overtime.
In the second OT period, the Lady Hornets (20-1) blanked the Lady Jackets with a 9-0 run to capture the win.
“I am extremely proud of my girls’ effort,” said Loyd Star coach Gene “Moochie” Britt. “They fought hard throughout the whole game and found a way to get the win at the end. Bassfield has a very good team and they came ready to play. Overall, I am glad to get the win.”
Makenzie Smith powered the Lady Hornets with a double-double performance of 21 points and 11 rebounds. Jordan Shelby also had a double-double night with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Hannah Dickerson and Toni Banks contributed eight points each. Dickerson grabbed seven rebounds and Banks had three steals. Lydia Britt scored seven points and had five rebounds.
Azaria Magee directed the Lady Jackets’ offense with a game high 23 points. Derria White netted 10 points. Erica Booth and JaQuala Green provided eight points each.
Prentiss beats Loyd Star
Both teams went into halftime tied at 28-28.
In the second half, Prentiss came out hot and overpowered Loyd Star with a 39-22 run to secure the win.
“The guys came out and played really well in the first half, but in the second half, we just could not get anything going offensively,” said Britt. “Now, we must put this game behind us and prepare for Friday’s contest.”
Levi Redd was the top scorer for the Hornets (13-9) with 17 points, two rebounds and four assists. Javion Beard contributed 13 points and had seven rebounds. Greg Hooks provided eight points and had four rebounds. Avery Leggett scored five points and had four rebounds. Zach Arnold netted three points. Cade Hodges and Patrick Price finished with two points each.
Kendrick Graves powered the Bulldogs’ attack with 21 points. Kendarious Sumrall contributed 14 points. Kevin Hall provided 13 points. Tim McNair Jr chipped in 11 points. Tykevious Walker scored eight points.