Enterprise Yellow Jackets fall short against Prentiss 48-44

Published 7:30 pm Saturday, January 21, 2017

Enterprise hosted Prentiss Friday Night came into the matchup looking fto pick up an important district win for both the Jackets and Lady Jackets. The Lady Jackets showed improvement from Tuesday night’s game, as they defeated the Lady Bulldogs 51-46. Prentiss was able to outlast Enterprise as the Jackets dropped a tough contest 48-44.

Enterprise 44, Prentiss 48

Prentiss opened up the game on a 7-0 run to take momentum early. Halfway through the first period, Enterprise was finally able to make it into the scoring column and the offense started to settle with Prentiss taking a 13-7 lead into the second period.

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Prentiss’ defense was able to force turnovers and turn them into transition baskets, taking a 23-17 lead into halftime.

The defense for the Bulldogs picked up where they left off before halftime, scoring off of more turnovers. Enterprise was able to cut into the Prentiss lead, trailing 34-26 heading into the fourth period.

Despite being down by seven points with five minutes left in the game, Enterprise fought to continue to cut the deficit. With under a minute left in the game, Enterprise made every effort to take the lead back, but the Bulldogs were able to escape with a 48-44 victory.

“We didn’t play well, but overall the boys gave a good effort. Thought we played better in the second half. We gave ourselves plenty of chances to win at the end and just couldn’t make the shots,” Enterprise head coach Shane Adams said. “Prentiss is a good athletic team. Now we got to get ready to face another one Tuesday in Bassfield. I’m proud of the boys for fighting back into the game. We just need to make shots.”

Enterprise was led by senior guard Dwayne Pendleton with 17 points and three rebounds for the game. Junior forward Cade Feltus followed up with 16 points on the night. Senior guard Darren Richardson contributed well with eight points and reeled in eight rebounds as well.

Sophomore forward Tykevious Daniels was the leading scorer for Prentiss with 18 points. Senior guard Tim McNair Jr. followed up with 13 points for the Bulldogs.

Lady Jackets 51, Lady Bulldogs 46

Despite getting off to a slow start, the Lady Jacket defense was able to cause problems for the Lady Bulldogs, which they quickly turned into points. Enterprise took a 9-7 lead into the second period.

With over three minutes left in the half, the Lady Bulldogs took their first lead of the game, only to see Enterprise quickly re-take the lead. The Lady Jackets built on their lead thanks to stellar play on offense and defense as they headed into halftime leading 22-13.

The defense for Enterprise picked up where they left off, taking advantage of forced turnovers. As time was running out in the third, the Lady Bulldogs managed to tie the game at 31 heading into the final period.

The Lady Bulldogs took the lead to start the fourth, but a pair of free throws from Enterprise junior guard Jana Nations tied the game. With over three minutes left in the game, the Lady Jackets started to build on their lead. In the end, Enterprise held on against Prentiss to take home the 51-46 victory.

“Great to get first a district win. It was a hard fought game between both teams.” Enterprise head coach Jill Nations said.

The Lady Jackets were led by Jana Nations with 10 points. Senior guard Courtney Greer and junior guard Haley Nations both scored eight points. Freshman guard Eden Ward scored six points as well.

The Lady Bulldogs were led by junior guard Jasmine Dothard with nine points. Sophomore forward Jakeria Madison scored eight points as well.

Enterprise will be in action Tuesday night as they host Bassfield in district play. Tip off is scheduled for 6 p.m.