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Both BA teams in South State semi action today, Cougars crush Ben’s Ford in quarterfinals

Brookhaven Academy made short work of their competition on Thursday night in the quarterfinals of the MAIS AA South State Tournament at John R. Gray Gymnasium.

In the girls’ game the Lady Cougars (24-6) blasted Ben’s Ford Christian School 60-23. Freshman point guard Anne Brantley Warren scored 13 points and made four steals. Senior Jana Case added 13 points and 12 rebounds. Freshman Madison Moak scored 12 points and grabbed six rebounds while fellow freshman Emily Claire Felder scored 11 points. Sophomore Makayla Martin added 10 points.

The Lady Cougars have now qualified for the AA State Tournament that takes place next week at Benton Academy. BA moves on to a 4 p.m. matchup today against the Centreville Academy Lady Tigers. Back on Dec. 12 the Lady Tigers beat BA on their homecourt by a 56-44 final. The girls’ championship game is scheduled for Saturday at 2:15 p.m.

The BA boys also played Ben’s Ford Christian School out of Bogalusa, Louisiana on Thursday night and like their female counterparts, the Cougars met little resistance from the Eagles. The Cougars (27-3) whipped BFCS 71-38 in their matchup.

Freshman Tyler Fortenberry scored 17 points to lead the BA offense. Senior Cade Brown put on a show with three first half slams on the way to 14 points and eight steals. Senior forward Dawson Flowers scored 13 points. Trey Fortenberry added eight points and Britton Nelson stuffed the stat line with five points, seven assists, and five steals.

BA moves on to a 6:30 p.m. matchup today against Newton County Academy. The Cougars are 3-0 against the Generals this season. NCA made the semifinals by upsetting higher seeded Glenbrook School 38-26 on Thursday night. The boys’ finals are scheduled for 5:15 p.m. on Saturday.