Lincoln County Basketball Tournament Day 1 Recap

Published 9:00 am Thursday, December 2, 2021

Enterprise 42, Bogue Chitto 41 (Girls)

The opening game of tournament play won’t likely be topped when it comes to an exciting finish.

With the game tied at 39-39, Bogue Chitto sophomore forward De’Mya Porter caught the ball in the paint and turned to score at the basket. Just 10 seconds remained when Porter’s shot went through, and Enterprise didn’t inbound the ball until only six ticks remained.

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EAC junior point guard Hannah Jergins saw that head coach Shane Adams wasn’t going to call a timeout and brought the ball up the right side of the court. Jergins shot a running 3-pointer that left her hand just before the final horn sounded.

The runner swished straight through the net to give the Lady Jackets a last-second win. Jergins finished with 14 points to lead her team.

Freshman Katelynn Malone added 13 points for Enterprise. Senior Alexandra McGee pulled down 12 rebounds to lead the Lady Jackets on the glass.

Junior Ellie Davis, senior Ashlyn Bland and senior Natalie Harris added two points each to round out the scoring for EAC.

Porter scored 10 points, all in the final quarter as she battled foul trouble, for first year Bogue Chitto coach Marc Howard.

Senior Kaitlin Poole added six points for BC while sophomore Ty May scored a team high 12 points. Freshman Neeli Magee scored four points for the Lady Bobcats while Fayth Magee added five points, freshman Layla McKnight scored three points and senior Ali Anne Long rounded out the Bogue Chitto scoring with one point.

It was the second win of the season for Enterprise (5-0) over Bogue Chitto (2-4) as the Lady Jackets won 39-34 on Nov. 19.


Bogue Chitto 53, Enterprise 28 (Boys)

A close game in the first half turned into a rout for Howard’s Bobcats as BC began to shoot the ball with better accuracy in the final two quarters.

Bogue Chitto (4-2) was up 17-15 at halftime as freshman point guard Devonta Thompson led the Bobcats with seven points at the break.

Thompson and junior guard Shomari Jenkins torched Enterprise in the third quarter to open the game up.

Jenkins scored 15 of his game-high 19 points in the third quarter. Thompson hit a pair of 3-pointers in the third quarter and finished with 17 points. Sophomore Jax Leggett added four points as did junior Cameron Williams for Bogue Chitto.

Gabriel Harthorne scored three points for the Bobcats while Noah Magee added two points as did Isiah Collins. Jay May also chipped in five points for BC.

Enterprise (2-3) and coach Shane Adams were led by 14 points from senior Taylor Pressley. Senior Brayden Polk scored five points and freshman Landon McNickles added four points. Junior Payne Waldrop added three points for EAC while Zack Thompson and Devin Coleman scored on point apiece.

The Bobcats won 58-51 when the teams met on Nov. 19 at Bogue Chitto. The win was the fourth straight of the season for BC.


Loyd Star 56, West Lincoln 44 (Girls)

The most anticipated game of the night was a Loyd Star and West Lincoln matchup that served as a preview of the fight for the top spot in Region 7-2A.

West Lincoln and first year coach Alissa Adams came out with an efficient start that saw them jump to a 15-3 lead after the first eight minutes.

“They came out with a physicality that I think caught us early,” said Loyd Star head coach Seth Britt. “They lost three senior starters and don’t have any seniors on this year’s team, but they’ve got some experienced younger players that are playing really well.”

One of those players is junior Kara Beth Addison who scored nine first quarter points for West Lincoln.

Another thing that didn’t help Loyd Star was Aubrey Britt, their senior leading scorer, picked up a pair of first half fouls.

Loyd Star began to move better defensively and keep West Lincoln off the offensive glass as the lead began to dry up. A floater by LS junior guard Carson Hughey pulled her team within 24-21 late in the second quarter and West Lincoln held a 26-21 advantage at the halftime break.

The momentum stayed in favor of Loyd Star at the start of the third quarter as they quickly knotted the score at 26 when Britt hit a layup and Hughey knocked down a corner 3-pointer on back-to-back possessions.

Britt finished with 18 points and Hughey had 17 for the Lady Hornets.

Loyd Star led 35-34 after three quarters.

The final eight minutes were tight, possession-by-possession basketball.

The home team fed off a few West Lincoln turnovers and cashed in transition layups to pad a lead that eventually grew to double digits.

One last offensive spurt had Loyd Star scoring in the paint on consecutive layups by senior forward Madison Falvey to help hold off any late West Lincoln rally.

Alyssa Leggett scored nine points for Loyd Star while Madison Falvey added six points and Emma Falvey scored three points as did Marley Britt.

“I told the girls after the first quarter that we weren’t playing our style of basketball,” said Britt. “We started controlling the class on both ends, limiting their put-back chances and woke up ourselves up.”

The game was a non-division pairing. The schools will meet in region play at Loyd Star on Jan. 4 and at West Lincoln on Jan. 21.

The Lady Bears (3-5) have won the Region 7-2A regular season title for the last four straight seasons. The win broke a seven-game winning streak by West Lincoln in the series dating back to a 47-46 win by the Lady Hornets at home on Feb. 5, 2019.

Junior forward Ta’Kyla “Moosey” Brothern scored nine points for West Lincoln and Ramsey Hall added eight points. Mary Claire Johnson scored six points for the Lady Bears and Mailey Kate Young rounded out the scoring with three points.


Loyd Star 59, West Lincoln 40 (Boys)

Junior guard Blake Thornton of Loyd Star hit a 3-pointer on the first possession of the game for the Hornets. Thornton later nailed another shot from deep that came just before the halftime horn that put his team up 24-16 at the break.

In between those Thornton baskets, the teams combined for 16 minutes filled with turnovers and empty possessions as the game lacked any flow or rhythm.

West Lincoln turned the ball over on its first five possessions, but still were able to pull within 5-4 of Loyd Star when senior forward Enrico Price hit a driving layup midway through the first quarter.

First year West Lincoln coach Jay Case has young guards that are still learning when to pick the ball up instead of trying to dribble through a sea of slapping, reaching hands.

For Seth Britt, who coaches both Loyd Star teams, his boys’ group returns nearly the entire roster from a team that won the Region 7-2A title last season.

The win was the second of the season for Loyd Star (2-6) as Britt’s crw beat Wesson and has losses to Lawrence County, St. Andrew’s, Salem, North Pike along with a pair of defeats to Franklin County.

The Bears (0-6) are still searching for their first win of the season as they battled but never got the margin below 10-points in the final quarter.

Price scored a team-high 14 points for West Lincoln. Tristin Rollins scored eight points and Sangyin Stewart chipped in six points for the Bears. Josh Thornhill and Tyquarius Terrell added five points each while Landon Burgess and Javarius Lewsi rounded out the West Lincoln scoring with one point apiece.

Eight Hornets scored for Loyd Star, led by senior forward Craig Bass with 13 points. The 6-foot-4 Bass is best known for being part of the Loyd Star baseball pitching staff. Having not played basketball since junior high, his addition gives the Hornets size inside, something that West Lincoln couldn’t counter.

Junior guard Nathan Mills scored 10 points and senior guard Nathan Calcote added 10 points of his own. Calcote grabbing a rebound to then push for a transition layup was a play that worked well for Loyd Star in the fourth quarter as he scored six points in the period.

Junior Julius Smith, the leading returning scorer on the team, added eight points for the Hornets. Sophomore forward Colby Terrell scored eight points too while Thornton added six points. Junior guard Casen DeHart scored three points and Caden Yarborough rounded out the LS scoring with two points.

After the conclusion of the county tournament, Loyd Star has road games at North Pike and Lawrence County along with a home game against Wesson on its pre-Christmas schedule. The first Region 7-2A game will be at home against West Lincoln on Jan. 4.

“We came out in zone and I kind of wanted to stick with that, but we went to a man-to-man defense in the second half and that changed the tone of the game for us,” said Britt. “We got some turnovers and transition buckets off our defense that helped loosen us up.”

Case and his Bears will play at Wesson, Salem and the Mississippi School for the Deaf later in Dec. They’ll also host Puckett on Dec. 10 and play at the Puckett Holiday Tournament on Dec. 28-29. West Lincoln is scheduled to play Pelahatchie on the first day at 10:30 a.m. and Crystal Springs at 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 29.

Lincoln County Tournament basketball resumes on Thursday with Bogue Chitto and West Lincoln playing in the 4p.m. and 5:30 p.m. games. Host Loyd Star and Enterprise then tangle in the 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. matchups.

The schedule for Friday has West Lincoln and Enterprise playing in the early games and Loyd Star facing Bogue Chitto in the final pair of games.