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Loyd Star Lady Hornets take down Bassfield

Loyd Star hosted district opponent Bassfield and was looking for revenge Friday night. The Lady Hornets knocked the Lady Jackets from their undefeated streak by a score of 54-48 and the Bassfield Yellowjackets handled Loyd Star to take the game 60-44.

Lady Hornets 54, Lady Jackets 48

The Lady Hornets started off strong in the first quarter as they rolled out to a 15-4 lead at the end of the first. Behind their defense, the Lady Jackets trimmed the Lady Hornet lead down to five points at 15-10 to start the second period. Bassfield cut into the Lady Hornetlead, bringing themselves within two points halfway through the second period. Despite senior guard Caylee Yarborough nailing another three pointer, it wasn’t enough to take a lead into halftime, as Bassfield brought themselves within one point at 24-23 heading to halftime.

Halfway through the third period, the Lady Jackets cut the Lady Hornets lead down to three points 31-28. Loyd Star extended their lead before the end of the third 40-31.

Behind their defense and some mental mistakes from Loyd Star, Bassfield was able to tie the game with five minutes left to play. The Lady Hornets regrouped and come away in the end by a final score of 54-48.

“The girls played a great game. The defense was able to slow them down a whole lot,” Loyd Star head coach Gene Britt said. “The girls did their job and beat an undefeated team. They need to learn to slow down some. We put Bassfield away at the end and they have a great team.”

The Lady Hornets were led by senior forward Mackenzie Smith with 19 points, 13 rebounds and six assists. Yarborough was next in scoring with 17 points and seven rebounds. Senior center Kaylea Smith chipped in with 10 points and three rebounds.

Bassfield was led by junior forward Azaria Magee with 20 points. Senior guard JaQuala scored 14 points as well for Bassfield.

Bassfield 60, Loyd Star 44

Bassfield opened the game on a seven-point run before Loyd Star sophomore forward Dane Smith nailed a three-pointer to get the Hornets into the scoring column. As the first period came to an end, Bassfield found themselves up 23-11.

Trailing by 10 points with two minutes left before halftime, Loyd Star got within four points of Bassfield before the half ended as the Yellowjackets took a 31-27 lead into halftime.

With 2:30 left in the third quarter, Loyd Star fought to stay in the game, getting as close as five points. Bassfield took a 46-39 lead into the final quarter.

Bassfield took control of the game on both sides of the ball as they extended their lead and won by a score of 60-44.

“Bassfield is super quick. Thought we played good in the second period, to come within four points,” Britt said. “Any team can beat anyone in district play.”

Loyd Star was led by Dane Smith with 20 points on the night. Sophomore forward Zabian Price contributed with nine points and junior forward Patrick Price added on six points.

Bassfield was led by senior guard Mason Sims with 18 points. Senior point guard Contravis Adams was next in line with 17 points.

Loyd Star will be in action Monday night as they head to Tylertown to take on Salem. Tip off is scheduled for 6 p.m.