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Brookhaven splits with Loyd Star

Photo by Chris King/Loyd Star’s Lydia Britt (2) goes for two as Johniqua James (32) of Brookhaven High School tries to defend the goal. The Lady Hornets defeated the Lady Panthers 57-39. The Panthers defeated the Hornets 97-58 in boys’ action.

Photo by Chris King/Loyd Star’s Lydia Britt (2) goes for two as Johniqua James (32) of Brookhaven High School tries to defend the goal. The Lady Hornets defeated the Lady Panthers 57-39. The Panthers defeated the Hornets 97-58 in boys’ action.

Led by McKenzie Smith’s game-high 26 points, the Class 2A Loyd Star Lady Hornets collected a 57-39 upset of 5A force Brookhaven Monday night at Loyd Star.

Loyd Star (3-0) broke a tightly contested game open in the second half, as Smith scored in bunches to put the Lady Hornets ahead.

“It was a defensive struggle,” said Loyd Star coach Gene “Moochie” Britt. “Brookhaven pressed all night, and our girls played through it.”

Lydia Britt collected 13 rebounds to go along with nine points and three assists to cool Lady Panthers’ attack.

Ole Brook, coached by Preston Wilson, was led by guard Shonia Harris with 11 points and two steals. Silentino Collins added nine points, four assists, and three steals.

Still the night belonged to Smith, the Co-Lin softball signee who showed that she’s also one of the state’s well-rounded basketball players as well by collecting 26 points and eight rebounds.

“McKenzie had a great game,” said Britt. “I’m proud of our whole team. We battled and played hard against a very well coached and good Brookhaven team.”

Loyd Star was 27-of-38 from the free-throw line, while Ole Brook was 9-of-23.

In the boys’ game, Ole Brook senior guard Damarius Brooks scored 29 points and grabbed three rebounds and two steals en route to a 97-58 win over Loyd Star.

Brooks, who’s quickly becoming one of the top scorers in the state, was automatic most of the night. He had a career high 42 point last week against South Pike.

“Brookhaven has a fast and athletic team,” said Britt. “They outplayed us from start to finish.”

Brooks and Ole Brook were lights out from the start, as the Panthers collected several baskets off turnovers.

Jashawn Perkins and Denarius Gray each added 15 points apiece for the Panthers.

Ole Brook was 20-of-27 from the free-throw line, while the Hornets were 8-of-14.

For Loyd Star, sophomore Dane Smith scored 19 points and drained five treys. 

Titues Sims and Patrick Price each scored 10 points and had seven boards. Price added three assists.