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Bogue Chitto Bobcats drop two to Lawrence County Cougars

Bogue Chitto dropped two basketball games Friday night in non-conference action to Lawrence County, with the boys falling 59-45 and the girls losing 55-40.

With fast breaks and mental errors by the Bogue Chitto Bobcats (0-4), the Lawrence County Cougars (2-2) quickly took a 19-2 run in the first period. Halfway through the second, the Cougars pushed their lead to 25-5. Despite outscoring Lawrence County in the second period, the Bobcats found themselves trailing 28-13 at halftime.

Bogue Chitto managed to slow down the Cougars early in the third, but they still led 36-16. With a little over two minutes left in the third period, the Bobcats’ offense started coming to life but they still trailed by 20 points — 46-26 — heading into the fourth and final period.

The Cougars held that lead in the fourth until they were down to the two-minute wire and Bogue Chitto added some points, but it wasn’t enough to take the lead away from the Cougars. Lawrence County won 59-45.

“We had young players starting for us. It felt like in the second half the players grew up and we made strides tonight that will accelerate us into the future,” Bobcats’ coach Mark Pitts said.

Lady Bobcats (0-2) vs. Lady Cougars (1-2)

The girls’ game remained a defensive show until five minutes left in the first, when the Lawrence County Lady Cougars (1-2) went on a 6-0 run. The Bogue Chitto Lady Bobcats (0-2) managed to get on the board with 4:16 left on the clock.

With over two minutes left in the first period, the Lady Bobcats started cutting into the Lady Cougars’ lead. Lawrence County took a 14-10 lead into the second period. Despite decent defense in the second period that saw the Lady Bobcats cause several turnovers, LC took a 29-15 lead into halftime.

Bogue Chitto was able to cut into the lead at the end of the third but they trailed 43-33. The Lady Cougars’ 12-7 run in the fourth period ended the game and gave them the win over the Lady Bobcats, 55-40.

Bogue Chitto will be in action Nov. 29 as they host West Lincoln in a non-conference game. Tipoff is 6 p.m.