Panthers sweep Tigers 65-34, 75-49
Here are the results of weekend action involving area basketball teams.
The Panthers and the McComb Tigers met up Friday night to renew their always-intense hoops rivalry.
In the girls’ game, the Lady Panthers (4-0) gave McComb their first loss of the season with a 75-49 whipping. BHS led 21-9 after the first quarter and 43-15 at halftime.
Junior forward Silentianna Collins scored 28 points to lead the Lady Panther offense. Senior Tamia Stallings added 20 points and 13 rebounds for coach Preston Wilson, who was obviously pleased with how his team played in the dominating win.
“Our defensive intensity was great from the start,” said Wilson. “We were able to set the tone for the game and maintain it. Silentianna and Tamia continued to give us an offensive boost and I was very pleased with the game overall.”
Sophomore guard Ashanti Louis dished out a team-high six assists and junior guard Ayanna McNairy handed out five assists as well.
In the boys’ contest, it was BHS (3-1) senior forward Lafollette Bogan who once again led his team in scoring, as he put up a team-high 25 points in a 65-34 victory over McComb in Sinclair Gymnasium.
Senior John Hilbert and junior Jermario Hersey added nine points apiece for Coach Marcus Flippin.
BHS is back in action tonight at the Lawrence County Tournament as they play the homestanding Cougars. The girls’ game tips off at 7 p.m. with the boys’ game to follow.
Wesson split their matchup with Loyd Star in the Snake Pit on Friday night.
In the girls’ game, the Lady Hornets (2-4) took a 59-24 win over the Lady Cobras (0-5).
The Cobras handed the Hornets a 64-50 defeat in the boys’ game behind 16 points from senior guard Shemar Dickerson. Senior wing J.D. Allen added 12 points and junior forward Darrion Gibson chipped in 11 points for the Cobras.
Micah Calcote led Loyd Star with 15 points and Dane Smith added 14 points. Calcote scored all of his points on three-point shots.
“Our defensive pressure and transition were the difference,” said Wesson head coach Rusty Newman. “We’ve still got some areas in our half-court defense that we need to clean up, but offensively we moved the ball well and got good shots. I’m proud of my guys for playing hard and getting the win.”
Loyd Star travels to Salem Nov. 27. Wesson plays East Marion today at the Lawrence County tournament.
The Bogue Chitto Bobcats split with Pisgah on Friday night, as the Lady Bobcats (4-1) took a 38-30 win over the Lady Dragons in Sandhill. In the boys’ game, the Bobcats (1-4) lost a tough 47-43 decision to the Dragons.
“We played well in the second half and especially in the fourth quarter,” said Lady Bobcat head coach Robby Walters. “We created a lot of turnovers and got the ball inside and handled their pressure much better. We still need to settle down and shoot better, but it was a good win.”
The Bobcats return to action after the Thanksgiving break when they host McLaurin Nov. 27.
Story by Cliff Furr