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West Lincoln Bears advance to title game

Daily Leader / Marty Albright / West Lincoln's Keshaun London (11) makes a acrobatic layup over Bassfield's Racheem Booth (10) Thursday night in boys tournament action.

Daily Leader / Marty Albright / West Lincoln’s Keshaun London (11) makes an acrobatic layup over Bassfield’s Racheem Booth (10) Thursday night in boys tournament action.

The West Lincoln Bears handed the Bassfield Jackets a 58-45 loss Thursday night to advance to the Region championship at Jack Case Gymnasium.

In the girls’ contest, the Lady Bears fell short of reaching the title game, losing to the Amite County Lady Trojans 50-45.

Tournament action continues today as the Lady Bears battle the Bassfield Lady Yellowjackets in the consolation game at 4 p.m. The Bears will entertain the Prentiss Bulldogs in the boys championship contest at 8:30 p.m.

West Lincoln 58, Bassfield 45 

The Bears (18-9) dominated the first half as they clobbered the Yellowjackets to take a 28-11 lead.

In the second half, both teams put points on the board with ease, but West Lincoln secured the win with a 30-28 run.

“I was very please with my guys’ effort,” said West Lincoln coach Lane Young. “We came out strong to begin the game and controlled the tempo of the game. This was the best that I have seen us play all season as a team. Everyone played well offensively and we rebounded the ball extremely well tonight. ”

Ronnie Edwards and Keshaun London powered the Bears’ explosion scoring 16 points each. London finished with eight rebounds, five assists and two steals. Edwards had two rebounds and three steals. Adam Martinez contributed 15 points and had five rebounds. Jayden Rushing and Donterrius Taylor provided four points each. Dominique Chism netted three points.

Gerobe Peters paced the Jackets’ offense with 15 points. Mason Sims chipped in 14 points. Contravis Adams had eight points. Racheem Booth netted six points and had seven rebounds. Caleb McLaurin scored two points.

Lady Trojans squeeze past Lady Bears

 Lady Trojans 50, Lady Bears 45

The Lady Bears and the Lady Trojans kicked off the tournament with a defensive battle as Amite County secured a 20-16 lead at halftime.

In the second half, Amite County won the scoring bout 30-29 to clinch the win.

West Lincoln trailed Amite County 43-42 with three minutes left in the fourth quarter, but could not overcome the Lady Trojans’ 7-2 run at the end.

“I thought we played until the very end,” said Young. “Three costly turnovers in the fourth quarter really hurt us as Amite County capitalized on our mistakes with a 7-2 run at the end.”

Jana Case directed the Lady Bears with a double-double performance of 16 points and 13 rebounds. Demeshia Deer scored 10 points and had five rebounds. Hanna Moak provided eight points. Skylar Hall netted five points. Alli Mullins scored four points and Layton Sill had two points.

Fredreka Smith paced the Lady Trojans with 17 points and six rebounds. Deboney Wilson chipped in 13 points. Annbria Hardey added 11 points and four rebounds. Destiny Williams scored six points and grabbed five rebounds. Ariesha Chandler finished with three points and had four rebounds.