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Brookhaven Academy has comfortable weekend against Prentiss Christian, Newton County Academy

Brookhaven Academy’s varsity boys and girls teams tallied two wins each over the weekend, sweeping Prentiss Christian Friday evening and doing the same to Newton County Academy on Saturday.

The Brookhaven Academy Cougars and Lady Cougars traveled I-20 east to Decatur Saturday afternoon to take on the Newton County Academy Generals in a critical AA District 3 matchup. Facing an unfamiliar opponent, the Cougars were fully aware that they would need to put their best foot forward and set the tone early to diminish any thoughts of the Generals knocking off the tradition-rich BA squads.

With the game-plan set, the Cougars responded true to form on their way to a 58-18 win. The Lady Cougars followed a similar path, demolishing the Lady Gens by a score of 51-17.

Wasting no time, the Cougars (18-2) roared out quick and established a 27-point lead at halftime on their way to the eventual blowout win, leaving the Generals wondering what just hit them. Coach Josh Watts had to be pleased with his team’s performance and execution on both sides of the ball. Tate Felder led BA with 12 points.  Cade Brown and Dawson Flowers tossed in 10 points each. Ethan Nations had nine, while Britton Nelson added eight points to the balanced BA scoring ledger. Brown grabbed six rebounds to lead that category for the Cougars.

Austin Upton led Newton with five points.

The Lady Cougars (16-4) took control from the opening tip, putting the Lady Generals in the proverbial spin-cycle, amassing a dizzying 32-point advantage when the third quarter horn sounded on their way to the eventual 51-17 win.

Jana Case led BA and all scorers with a 19-point afternoon. Anne Brantley Warren dropped in 12 points, while Kailyn Jordan chipped in six points in support. Warren led the Lady Cougars in the non-scoring categories, adding five rebounds, four assists and four steals to her afternoon of work.

Anna Laurel Moody had nine points to lead Newton County.

The previous night, the Cougars and Lady Cougars were hoping to remain undefeated in district play when the Prentiss Christian Saints came calling at the John R. Gray Gymnasium. Leaving no doubt, the Cougars thrashed the Saints by a score of 85-22, while the Lady Cougars easily marched past the Lady Saints 60-12.

In varsity boys’ action, the Cougars posted 52 first half points on the outmanned Saints squad. Coach Josh Watts saw all 11 players dressed for the evening’s contest put points in the scoring column and the evening was capped off with a long range 3-point basket from Timmy Lin as the final horn sounded.

Senior Dawson Zumbro had the hot hand, leading BA and all scorers with 16 points. Luke Jackson and Britton Nelson had 14 and 10 points, respectively. Dawson Flowers, Tate Felder and Cade Brown had eight points each to round out the Cougar scoring leaders. Zumbro added five steals and three assists to his night of work.

Cass Jones led Prentiss with six points.

The Lady Cougars came out hoping to keep the momentum going from Thursday night’s game and it was evident early that they were not going to miss a beat. A 23-point first quarter by the Lady Cougars spelled doom for the Lady Saints and they didn’t look back from there. Coach Jason Case was able to go to his bench early and saw the same positive results.

Jana Case led BA and all scorers with a 20-point night. Macy Smith added 12 points while Emily Claire Felder chipped in nine points in support. The Lady Cougars did another outstanding job protecting the ball, committing only eight team turnovers the entire game.

Hanna Lee led Prentiss Christian with four points.

Brookhaven Academy will be back in action Thursday night in a home game against the Sylva Bay Saints. Junior high girls’ start time is set for 4 p.m. The game was scheduled for tonight but has been moved to Thursday due to the threat of winter weather.

All Cougar fans and the community are invited to attend and take part in some special recognitions and activities during halftime of the varsity girl’s game Thursday evening.