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Central drops two in division home opener
by Donica Phifer
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GLEN -- It was a no-go for the Alcorn Central basketball teams in their first home game of division play for the 2012-2013 season.

The Bears dropped both contests to the Booneville Blue Devils, each team losing by double digits.

The Lady Bears fell in a 68-56 final, as the boys finished with a 69-55 loss.

Down by five points at the half, Central outscored the Blue Devils by one in the third still trailing by four.

Alexis Harmon would open the fourth quarter with four points for the Bears, enough to tie the game at 45.

Booneville's leading scorer Jasmine Allen, who racked up 30 points during the game, would lead the Blue Devils to a 23 points run in the fourth.

Allen would tie with Dee Friar for 8 points in the final period, putting the game out of reach for Central in the final moments.

Booneville opened the boys game on a 4-0 run against Central, building towards a first quarter that saw two ties.

The Bears gained a two point lead in the second quarter - the only lead in the game - as momentum remained with the Blue Devils and leading scorer Kenny Paul Geno.

Geno would extend the lead for the Blue Devils back to seven on two back-to-back dunks in the closing minutes of the second quarter,

With a 34-27 deficit for the Bears at the half, Central would make a run for the lead in the third quarter off a steal and a lay-up from Ben McIntyre.

The lead for Booneville cut to four, Preston Cline stepped up to score two more for the Bears to place the score 45-43.

In the fourth, the Blue Devils would shoot for 12 points at the line, coming up with 8 of the team's 23 points.

Booneville moves to 12-3 (1-0) and 9-5 (1-0) for the season, while Central holds an 8-10 (0-2) and 13-6 (1-1) record.

The Alcorn Central Lady Bears will be traveling to Belmont for the Belmont Challenge today, where they will play Falkner at 1:20.

Both Central squads will also make a return trip to Belmont on Tuesday, January 15 for a division double-header. Tip off is set for 6 p.m.

(G) Booneville 68, Alcorn Central 56

BHS 15 15 15 23 -- 68

ACHS 13 12 16 15 -- 56

BOONEVILLE (68): Jasmine Allen 30, Dee Friar 12, Maleeka Patterson 7, Cora Geno 5, Erica Whitten 5, Shy Agnew 4, Zoe Thornton 3, Bre Agnew 2.

ALCORN CENTRAL (56): Lauren McCreless 23, Alex Madahar 9, Alexis Harmon 9, Haley Barnes 8, Kennedy Hester 5, Kayla Massengill 2.

3-POINTERS: (B) Jasmine Allen 2, Maleeka Patterson 2, Erica Whitten, Cora Geno, (AC) Lauren McCreless.

RECORD: Booneville 9-5 (1-0), Alcorn Central 8-10 (0-2)

(B) Booneville 69, Alcorn Central 55

BHS 15 19 17 18 -- 69

ACHS 8 19 19 9 -- 55

BOONEVILLE (69): Kenny Paul Geno 27, Jordan Miller 16, Antonio Crump 10, Jack Nichols 7, Daryl Barfield 3, Isaiah Witherspoon 2, Jazz Prather 2, Joseph Caver 2.

ALCORN CENTRAL (55): John Works 17, Jay Moore 14, Preston Cline 10, Ben McIntyre 9, Jonathan Lancaster 4, Chandler Young 1.

3-POINTERS: (B) Antonio Crump 2, (AC) John Works 2, Ben McIntyre 2, Jay Moore.

RECORDS: Booneville 12-3 (1-0), Alcorn Central 13-6 (1-1)
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