This just in: Showboating during warmups of a game still does not help one's team.

Prior to the tipoff of Meridian High's basketball game Saturday, a visiting Callaway team dunked three different times. Meridian High standout Rodney Hood drained two of three technical free throws to give the Wildcats a lead they would never lose, and the ball all before the first second ticked off the clock. Meridian went on to rout the visiting Chargers 62-39.

The Wildcats came out focused and looking to put the contest away early as they would stretch their lead to as many as 16 points before settling for a 14 point lead at 32-18 heading into halftime.

"Our guys came out hungry tonight," said Meridian head coach Randy Bolden. "I thought we came out flat last week against Quitman but we've had good practices this week and came out with a lot of intensity."

The second half was more of the same story as Meridian continued to widen the margin possession after possession.

Meridian's defense swarmed the Callaway players the whole night as it did not allow a single Charger to score in double digits.

The Wildcats were led by a great all-around performance from Matthew Hurn as he scored a game-high 18 points. Hood also contributed to the Meridian cause with 15 points, six rebounds and two blocks.

"He's our spark plug," said Bolden of Hurn. "He does everything for us coming off the bench, he's our best defensive player."

The Wildcats improved to 7-3 on the season and are back in action Tuesday as they host Quitman.

Meridian girls 69

Callaway 61

The Meridian girls basketball team was involved in a shootout in the first game of the night Saturday as it exchanged basket for basket with Callaway before pulling away in the final minutes for an eight-point victory.

Meridian (5-4) used its size to dictate play as it dominated the rebound margin on both ends of the floor. Labreia Reese had a monster game as she finished with a team-high 18 points and a ridiculous 18 rebounds to lead the Wildcats.

Three other Wildcats score in double figures as Aquashia Anderson scored 13 points, while Reyada Stinner added 11 and E.T. Warren dropped in 10.

Callaway was led by Alisa Ross's game-high 27-point performance and Jammieca Hudson who chipped in with 16.

Meridian, who improved to 3-1 at home, will host Quitman on Tuesday.

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