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BHS sweep takes McComb tourney titles

The Brookhaven High Panthers went a perfect 4-0 over two days to sweep the McComb Coca-Cola Tournament.

The Panthers were first matched up with the homestanding McComb Tigers. In the girls’ game the Lady Panthers took home a 59-45 win. In the boys’ game the Panthers held off McComb 41-40.

The Lady Panthers (16-1) led 36-31 at halftime before a big 18-6 third quarter put the game firmly in their control. Junior forward Silentianna Collins scored 24 points to lead the BHS cause. Collins previously scored a season high 28 points in a 75-49 win over McComb at BHS on Nov. 16. Senior forward Tamia Stallings scored 14 points for BHS. Sophomore guard Ashanti Louis stuffed the stat line with six points, 10 rebounds, seven assists, and two steals.

Ayanna McNairy, Miyah Miller, and Keyana Benjamin scored three points apiece for the Lady Panthers. Sharquita Cook and Dymonde Washington scored two each for BHS. Cynphoni Thompson and Yacoruina Braxton rounded out the BHS scoring with one point apiece.

In the boys’ game the Panthers (14-2) got a team high 21 points from senior Lafollette Bogan. It was the ninth time for Bogan to top the 20-point plateau in his senior season. He also grabbed 12 rebounds and senior forward John Hilbert snatched 11 rebounds as well. Hilbert also chipped in four points. Senior Axavian Jones scored seven points for the Panthers and sophomore La’Darius Thrasher added five points. Kadarius Wells scored three points and Caleb Edwards rounded out the Panther scoring with one point.

On the second day of the tournament the Panthers had an early matchup with the Franklin County Bulldogs. Just as they did in an earlier season matchup with Franklin County in Meadville, the Panthers took two wins from the Bulldogs with the ladies winning 53-21 and the boys taking a 54-38 victory.

BHS begins Region 6-5A play Friday, when they travel to Natchez High for a matchup with the Bulldogs. The Natchez Lady Bulldogs currently sit 8-7 and the boys’ team holds a record of 9-5.

Story by Cliff Furr