from staff reports
The Meridian Star
The Meridian boys basketball team used a hot night beyond the arch to sink Petal on the road Tuesday night.
The Wildcats started the game on a 20-1 run en route to a 20-6 lead after the first quarter. Meridian did not let up in the second quarter either, rallying to a 45-15 lead at the half before running out the clock much of the second half to earn their first district win of the year.
Joel Baskin led the Wildcats with 16 points while going 3-for-6 form three-point range. Robert Peden was also hot from three, going 3-for-5 from beyond the arch for 11 points. Jontavious Thomas had 10 points, eight rebounds and six blocks, while B.J. Miller had 10 points for the ‘Cats.
Meridian improves to 14-5 and 1-0 in district and will host Oak Grove Friday night.
“We came out quick tonight,” Meridian head coach Randy Bolden said. “I thought we shot the ball really well and did a good job of defending.”
Meridian girls 48 OT
The Meridian girls basketball team clawed out a road win in its district opener against Petal Tuesday night, beating the Lady Panthers 48-44 in overtime.
The Lady Wildcats outscored Petal 10-6 in overtime with sophomore Zaria Jones adding six of her eight points after regulation for Meridian. Kayla Gordon led the Lady ‘Cats with 18 points on the night.
Meridian improves to 15-3 and 1-0 in district with the win and will host Oak Grove Friday night.
Newton County girls 42
Northeast Lauderdale 31
The Newton County girls basketball team used a strong second half to put away Northeast Lauderdale on the road Tuesday night, beating the Lady Trojans 42-31.
Up 15-14 at the half, Newton County outscored Northeast 14-8 in the third quarter and 13-9 in the final period to come away with the win.
Dalmaricka King led the Lady Cougars with 12 points and was followed by Kaylia McCree and Latesia Davis with seven apiece. Brittney Williams had seven points to lead Northeast.
Newton County (11-4) will return home to participate in the Newton County Invitational Tournament on Thursday.
Russell boys 57
Ashton Temple scored a game-high 23 points and 13 rebounds as the Russell Christian Academy boys basketball team took down Clarkdale 57-41 Tuesday night.
Temple was joined in double digits by Tyler Bolden with 14 points and Arik Washington with 12. The Warriors moved to 7-5 (1-0) with the win and will play Enterprise at 7 p.m. Friday at Meridian Community College.
Russell girls 34
The Russell Christian Academy girls basketball led Clarkdale all night as they took down the Lady Bulldogs 34-21 Tuesday night.
Anna James had 12 points and four steals for the Lady Warriors and was followed by Blair Robinson (nine points, eight rebounds) and Payton Lippert (eight points 17 rebounds). RCA moves to 8-7 (0-1) with the win and will play Enterprise Friday night.
Sylva Bay Aca. boys 59
Newton County Aca. 36
Sylva Bay Academy came into Tuesday night’s contest against Newton County Academy ranked the No. 1 team in MAIS A. The Saints justified that ranking by taking down the Generals 59-36.
Grant Nyguard led Sylva Bay with 23 points, 12 of which came off of put-back shots, and was followed by Craig Campbell with 13 and Thomas Tullos with 12. Chance Collins led NCA with 10 points despite battling flu-like symptoms.
The Generals fall to 6-4 on the season and will travel to Lamar Christian on Thursday.
Sylva Bay Aca. girls 66
Newton County Aca. 26
Holly Jones led the Newton County Academy girls basketball team with 16 points in a 66-26 loss to Sylva Bay Academy.
The Lady Generals fall to 2-6 and will travel to Lamar Christian Thursday.
West Lauderdale boys 65
Kemper County 36
The West Lauderdale boys basketball team continued its dominance on the hardwood Tuesday night, taking down Kemper County 65-36.
Vince Watkins led the Knights with 24 points, while E.J. Collier added another 14 for West Lauderdale. The Knights improved to 15-2 with the win and will host Kosciusko Friday night.
West Lauderdale girls 59
Kemper County 41