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Pair of area hoopers go over 1,000 career points

Last week saw two area schools recognizing girls’ basketball players who’ve reached milestones in their careers, as Brookhaven Academy junior guard Anne Brantley Warren and West Lincoln senior forward Brittany Sturkey both went over 1,000 career points scored.

Warren went over the mark in a 38-33 win against Central Hinds Saturday in John R. Gray Gymnasium.

A starter on a state championship team as an eighth grader, Warren is the floor general for a BA team that currently has a 14-4 record under the direction of coach Ron Kessler.

BA is scheduled to play next week in a tournament hosted by Copiah Academy. The schedule is for the Lady Cougars to play Warrant Central on Monday, face Jackson Prep on Tuesday and then finish the tournament up with a game against Hartfield Academy on Wednesday.

The Cougar boys’ team will also be playing in the same tournament and they’ll face Lamar Christian, Clinton Christian and Hartfield as well.

The West Lincoln basketball teams are done until 2021 after their games last week.

Sturkey went over 1,000 career points in a 71-9 blowout of Richland High back on Dec. 8. The next game for the Lady Bears was their most impressive of the season as they went to perennial 2A contender Puckett and whipped the Lady Wolves 48-31.

Since joining the varsity as a sophomore Sturkey has upped her scoring every season. She averaged 5.7 points per game that first season and then 9.8 per game as the key reserve for a team that finished as state runners-up her sophomore season.

Last year was her best yet as Sturkey averaged 16.5 points per game and this season she’s up to 17.2 per night for an 8-0 Lady Bear team and coach Brooks Smith.

West Lincoln is scheduled to return from the Christmas break on Dec. 2 when the Lady Bears host Lawrence County.