Loyd Star season ends with pair of 2nd round losses

Published 8:43 am Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Both the Loyd Star boys’ and girls’ basketball teams had their season ended with road losses over the weekend in the second round of the MHSAA 2A State Tournament.

Lake 47, Loyd Star 29

Lake High (21-3) used pressure to jump up 11-5 in the opening quarter Friday on their home court. The Lady Hornets (13-13) battled all game but were unable to overcome a 23-9 halftime deficit.

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Senior guard Aubrey Britt led LS with 15 points in the loss and junior Alyssa Leggett joined her in double figures with 11 points. Junior Marley Britt chipped in three points for coach Seth Britt.

The only losses this season for Lake and coach Maurice Bowie were to 5A Columbus, 4A Leake Central and a 2-point loss to division foe Kemper County. Lake moves on to face Newton High, a region opponent that they are 2-0 against this season, in the third round.

Loyd Star ends the season with a 13-13 record. Britt, Emma Falvey, Emma Falvey and Baylee Zumbro make up the Loyd Star senior class.

Newton High 78, Loyd Star 50

The fast-paced style of Newton High (21-6) shot the home team out to a 20-4 first quarter lead Saturday against Loyd Star. The Hornets (13-13) fought back to win the second quarter 22-19, but the deficit was too great for Britt’s team.

Sophomore forward Colby Terrell led Loyd Star with a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds. Junior guard Julius Smith scored a team high 12 points for the Hornets. Junior guard Blake Thornton scored eight points, senior forward Craig Bass added seven points and junior guard Casen DeHart chipped in four points. Seniors Nathan Calcote and Samuel Redd scored three points apiece and senior Michael Rodriquez rounded out the scoring for LS with two points.

Newton High won Region 5-2A with a perfect 10-0 record. The team is coached by Crandal Porter, who has won three state championships at the school (two in girls, one in boys). Porter is in his second stint at NHS after previously coaching the women’s team at East Central CC.

Bass, Calcote, Rodriguez and Redd make up the Loyd Star senior class.