West Lincoln Lady Bears remain perfect after big win over Wesson
Published 5:30 pm Friday, January 15, 2021
Eleven up and 11 down thus far in the season for coach Brooks Smith and his West Lincoln girls’ basketball team.
The Lady Bears (11-0) kept their record perfect Tuesday with a 74-24 home win over Wesson (4-5) in Jack Case Gymnasium.
In the boys’ matchup, Wesson (5-3) stayed in the running for the top spot of Region 7-2A with a 72-62 win over the Bears (1-10).
The Lady Bears outscored Wesson 19-7 in the opening quarter and 20-4 in the second quarter to take command of their game.
Senior forward Brittany Sturkey scored 19 points for WL in her usual, efficient way. Sturkey went 8-of-14 from the floor and 3-of-5 from the 3-point line while pulling down four rebounds and making a team-high five steals.
Sophomore guard Madilyn Case exploded for a career-high 19 points, as well. Case had a previous varsity high of six points come in a win over Enterprise earlier this season.
Tuesday she was 8-of-11 from the floor and 3-of-6 from the 3-point line in the win.
Sophomore point guard Kara Beth Addison rounded out the WL double digit scorers as she netted 12 points, pulled down four rebounds, handed out four assists and made three steals.
Senior forward Mya Brown added nine points for West Lincoln while freshman Alexis Johnson and senior Jena Hughes scored four points each. Freshman Preslee Rushing added two points, as did sophomore Mailey Kate Young. Sophomore Mary Claire Johnson also scored one point for the Lady Bears.
Wesson and coach Michelle Nunnery came into the matchup after beating Bogue Chitto 40-35 a week earlier.
If West Lincoln remains on top of the division standings and wins the regular season region title for a fourth-straight season, then expect the battle for seeds No. 2-4 to be tight, with Bogue Chitto, Loyd Star and Wesson all fighting for positioning.
Wesson was led by Kionna Gibson with seven points in the loss. Jahnasia Harris added five points and Meleyjah Lyons scored four points. Sasya Smith and Breanna Grant-Hall scored three points each and Tarayvia Miller rounded out the Wesson scoring with two points.
Wesson boys’ coach Rusty Newman and his team moved to 2-0 in Region 7-2A play with the win over West Lincoln.
Last season, Wesson finished as runners-up in the regular season and the region tournament. They hosted a playoff game in which they beat Taylorsville before being eliminated by Philadelphia in the second round.
“I thought we played well offensively against West Lincoln,” said Newman. “We moved the ball well and got great opportunities. We made big free throws down the stretch. Defensively though, we played lazily. We’ve got to defend better moving forward.”
Wesson had three players in double figures in their win, led by senior guard Antrelle Sims with 23 points. Senior shooter Larson Lewis added 18 points and senior guard Jason Edwards scored 15 points.
Connor Bradshaw added eight points, Nic Edwards scored six points and Quay Harris scored two points for Wesson.
Brooks Smith coaches both West Lincoln basketball teams. His boys’ team got a game-high 26 points from senior guard Ty Brotherns.
Enrico Price added 15 points, while Trevon Jones chipped in 14 points for the Bears. Sangyin Stewart scored three points while Brody Taggart and Baylor Sills scored two points apiece for WL.
West Lincoln is back in Case Gymnasium hosting Amite County Tuesday while the Cobras will host Enterprise that same day in the Snake Pit.