The Meridian High School Lady 'Cats walked away from a crucial district battle against Brandon with a nail-biting 37-30 win at home Friday night.
Meridian guard Chrystianna Bakken led the team early on, sinking two consecutive three pointers in the first quarter as the Lady 'Cats trailed, 9-8, heading into the second quarter.
Meridian senior Kayla Gordon picked up three quick fouls early on, forcing her to the bench for most of the first half. The Lady 'Cats countered by holding the ball for the final four minutes of the half to go into the break up 12-11.
Meridian kept a steady lead throughout the game until the middle of the third quarter when Lady Bulldog guard Tytiana Hall helped inch Brandon past the Lady 'Cats. Meridian trailed, 21-20, at the end of the third quarter. Unfortunately for Brandon, the lead was short lived as Meridian's Miracle Dubose sprung to action.
Dubose exploded in the fourth quarter, putting up eight consecutive point while helping the Lady 'Cats bolt past Brandon. Dubose finished the game with 17 points, while Bakken and Gordon chipped in with nine points apiece.
With the help of two late baskets from Gordon, Meridian (18-3, 3-0) was able to hold on for the win and remain in first place in District 5-6A. The Lady 'Cats will travel to Oak Grove on Tuesday.
Meridian boys 61
The Meridian High Wildcats caged the Brandon Bulldogs, 61-42, in a shootout Friday night at Meridian High School.
Joel Baskins led the way for Meridian with a game-high 19 points, shooting 5-of-8 from beyond the arch. Two of those threes came early in the third quarter, as Baskins knocked down back-to-back shots to extend a 31-20 halftime lead to 37-20 and help Meridian (17-4, 4-0) cruise to an easy win.
The first quarter of the game was neck-and-neck with the Wildcats leading, 17-16, heading into the second quarter. It wasn't until the middle of the second that the Wildcats began to really out shine the Bulldogs, taking a 31-20 lead into the half.
After Baskins started the run in the third, senior Johntavius Thomas managed to bring every one in the gym to their feet as B.J. Miller set him up for an and-one slam to set up a three-point play. Miller also had a big night for the Wildcats, tallying 15 points, five assists and six rebounds.
Meridian will travel to Oak Grove for another district game on Tuesday.