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Cobras, Bobcats split games on court

The Bogue Chitto Bobcats traveled up Hwy. 51 on Tuesday night for a matchup with the 3A Wesson Cobras. In the girls’ game, the Lady Bobcats picked up their 10th win of the season with a 45-32 win. The Wesson boys won their seventh game in a row with a 63-28 triumph over the Bobcats in the finale.

In the girls’ game, senior guard Karly Leake continued her strong play of late with a game-high 17 points for Bogue Chitto. DeAnna Edwards added eight points and Cheyenne Hall scored six for the Lady Bobcats. Katelynn Palmer, Tyuna Brumfield and Kaitlin Poole scored four points apiece. Kayden McNight rounded out the BC scoring with two points.

“We played well,” said Bogue Chitto head coach Robby Walters. “We made the extra pass and shot over 50 percent through the first three quarters.”

Walters and his Lady Bobcats host the always-strong Wayne County Lady War Eagles on Saturday in Bogue Chitto. 5A Wayne County (5-6) is a little down this season, but has always been one of the most well-coached teams in Mississippi under the leadership of state champion winner Gina Skelton.

“It’ll be a challenge for us, but I’m looking forward to it,” said Walters. “Coach Skelton was playing at Wayne County when I began my coaching career there.”

The Lady Cobras (1-12) were led by Alissa Coone with eight points. Ki’onna Gibson scored seven points and Jerinesha Edwards added six points. Natassja James and Shelbi Maxwell scored three points apiece. Destini Jones and Destiny Vaughn added two points apiece and Nekevia Frye added one point for Wesson.

With their next win, the Lady Bobcats (10-4) will match their win total from last season.

The Wesson boys (12-1) are another team that is close to already matching their win total from last season (13) before the holiday break this year.

Wesson was led by seniors Shemar Dickerson with 16 points and J.D. Allen with 14 points. Antrelle Sims added seven points. Ahmadd Harvey, Kenner Bizot and Damien Smith scored six points apiece for the Cobras. Darrian Gibson chipped in four points and and Jason Edwards and Terrance Haley rounded out the Wesson scoring with two points apiece.

Josh Thomas scored eight points to lead Bogue Chitto (3-11). Lincoln Collins scored six points while Owen Anderson and Zach Upkins added five points each. Damarcus Godlbolt added four points for the Bobcats. 

Wesson hosts 5A North Pike tonight in the Snake Pit and travels to South Pike tomorrow night. The Cobras whipped North Pike 75-54 earlier this season and handed South Pike a 62-60 loss last week that was the first of the season for the Eagles.

On Dec. 27 and 28 the Cobras will play 5A Germantown and 6A Southaven in the Pearl Christmas Tournament. Wesson coach Rusty Newman hopes his team will rise to the occasion against the larger schools and the athletic teams they’ll trot out.

“We’ve got a challenging stretch ahead, but it all goes back to preparing for region play that starts after the holiday break,” said Newman. “We’re going to see some good competition over this next four game stretch.”

Story by Cliff Furr