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Day 1 of Lincoln County tourney kicks off at Loyd Star

The hardwood at Loyd Star High School got plenty of play Thursday as the four-day Lincoln County Round Robin tournament got underway.

The tournament consists of boys’ and girls’ teams from host school Loyd Star as well as from Bogue Chitto, Enterprise and West Lincoln. They’ll all get the opportunity to fight to the top.

“We really enjoy hosting this tournament and it’s great for our kids,” Loyd Star head coach Gene Britt said. “All the people in the county get to come out and watch some good basketball in the county for a weekend.”

Enterprise girls 52, Bogue Chitto 47

The day started off with the Enterprise Lady Yellow Jackets taking down Bogue Chitto by a score of 52-47.

The game was up and down for the first half and both teams headed into halftime deadlocked at 24.

The third quarter went to Bogue Chitto as the Lady Bobcats caught fire from three-point land. Senior guard Terrah Nelson led the charge as she drained three three-pointers in a row to open up the third. Nelson would end the game with 20 points, draining four threes in the game. Bogue Chitto ended the third quarter with a 41-33 lead.

Enterprise would take control in the fourth quarter as they opened up scoring nine straight to take the 42-41 lead. Enterprise got the necessary defensive stops and hit free throws when needed to take control in the fourth quarter. Enterprise outscored Bogue Chitto 19-6 in the fourth quarter to take the 52-47 win.

“I saw a lot of guts out of my players, especially in the end,” Enterprise head coach Jill Nations said. “They trusted me to tell them what to do. They pulled it out and made the free throws necessary to win the game.”

Senior guard Courtney Greer carried the Lady Yellow Jackets with 19 points, including going 8-11 from the free throw line.

“I saw a lot of leadership out of her tonight,” Nations said of Greer. “She stepped up and made some free throws at the end.”

Enterprise moves to 8-0 on the season with the victory.

Enterprise 58, Bogue Chitto 45

In a game that went back and forth through three quarters, Enterprise dominated when it mattered most in the fourth en route to a 58-45 victory.

With Bogue Chitto leading 43-38 heading into the fourth quarter, Enterprise took control the rest of the game, outscoring Bogue Chitto 20-2 in the fourth quarter.

The player of the game in this matchup was Enterprise senior guard Dwayne Pendleton, who had a game high 38 points and shot 15-17 from the free throw line to help out the scoring.

With the win, Enterprise moves to 4-4 on the season and Bogue Chitto falls to 0-8 on the season.

Loyd Star girls 70, West Lincoln 39

Loyd Star took control of the game in the first quarter, out-scoring West Lincoln 26-5 and they never looked back as the Lady Hornets cruised the rest of the game and took the win 70-39.

“We shot the ball well and rebounded the ball well tonight,” Britt said. “We ran our offense extremely well and got easy baskets. It was just good, team basketball.”

The game seemed over halfway through the first quarter as Loyd Star opened the game on a 17-0 run. It was a 40-10 at halftime and West Lincoln never had an answer to stop the Lady Hornet offense.

The Lady Bears would make a run in the third quarter, out-scoring Loyd Star 19-14 and cutting their lead to 54-29, but the score was too much to overcome.

Senior guard Mackenzie Smith led the Lady Hornets with 20 points on 6-7 shooting from the field and going 8-11 from the free throw line.

“It’s great to host this tournament and get a win at home against a county rival,” he said.

West Lincoln 62, Loyd Star 52

West Lincoln held a slim lead over Loyd Star for the majority of the game and pulled away in the end with a 62-52 victory.

The game seemed to get out of hand with West Lincoln leading 47-32 at the end of three quarters, but Loyd Star would make a run in the fourth to cut the West Lincoln lead to 57-51. Loyd Star had three possessions after cutting the West Lincoln lead to six, but turned the ball over on all three possessions.

“I’m proud of the way we played right there in the last four or five minutes of the game,” Britt said. “We needed to play like that the whole ballgame.”

Junior forward Donterrius Taylor led the Bears with 24 points on the game.

With the win, West Lincoln moves to 5-4 on the season.

Photo by Dylan Rubino/Loyd Star’s Zach Arnold (3) drives to the hoop against  West Lincoln in the Lincoln County tournament.

Photo by Dylan Rubino/Loyd Star’s Zach Arnold (3) drives to the hoop against West Lincoln in the Lincoln County tournament.