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Bogue Chitto loses thriller to Amite County 70-66

Amite County won a thriller against Bogue Chitto Monday night, taking another region win at the wire 67-66.

The Trojans dominated the first half, but the Bobcats got the home crowd on its feet with a second-half comeback that began late in the third quarter. Bogue Chitto was back in the mix in the fourth quarter, but came up one agonizing point short in the end.

“Basketball is a game of runs and we had many runs tonight,” Amite County coach Cavadas Nunnery said. “You got to let other kids play in pressure situations, cause if they don’t they’ll never learn how to play ball. We got more depth than anyone in this district, and that’s our advantage.”

The Trojans pressed for a 10-point lead to start the game before the Bobcats found the net. Bogue Chitto got enough offense going to keep the game close at the end of the first period, trailing 15-9.

Amite County pressed the ball hard in the second quarter, limiting Bogue Chitto to just eight points. The Trojans were up 44-18 at halftime.

Bogue Chitto opened up the second half attempting to chip at the Trojans lead. Despite the Bobcats’ offense starting to click late in the third, Amite County’s offense showed no sign of letting up, as they led 58-33 after three full quarters were in the books.

The Cats forced the Trojans into foul trouble in the fourth, which helped them climb back into the game. Bogue Chitto was unable to complete the comeback, as the Trojans won by a final score of 67-66.

The win moves Amite County to 6-1 in Region 7-2A, with an overall record of 9-12. The loss drops the Bobcats to 2-4 in Region 7-2A, with an overall record of 8-14.

Amite County had three players reach double digits. Terrion Rodgers led the Trojans with 17 points, while Tyrese Hackett followed with 13 points. D’Kenyene Roberts netted 12 points. Cosby hit eight points. Daveyon Woodside and Kenrel Steptoe each made four points. Chapman and Sehmare Bonds each had two points. Smith also had two points.

Bogue Chitto had one player reach double digits — Malik Richardson led the Bobcats with 32 points.

Brandon Lewis followed with eight points. Damarcus Godbolt netted seven points, while Jermaine Black and Cameron Gladdens each shot six points. Zach Upkins made four points, and Darius Porter finished with three points.

Bogue Chitto will be in regional play Friday as they take on Region 7-2A opponent West Lincoln.

Amite County will also be in regional play Friday as they take on Loyd Star in Region 7-2A.

Story by Dave Linton