BIGGERSVILLE — Biggersville hosted Division 1-1A rival Jumpertown Thursday with hopes of their second sweep of the week and came up with one out of two.
The Lady Lions built a 10-point third quarter lead after the teams were knotted 22-all at halftime only to see the Lady Cardinals hit a three-pointer at the end of regulation to send the contest to overtime before pulling away in the extra period to win 64-59.
The Lions made easy work of Jumpertown in the boys game, led by 17 from freshman Jathan Hatch as they dominated the Cardinals 77-50. Both coaches emptied their benches in the fourth quarter after BHS led by as much as 37.
In the opener neither squad could manage much breathing room in a nip-and-tuck first half. The Lady Lions led 10-9 at the end of one before Jumpertown kept things close in the second, outscoring Biggersville 13-12 to force the halftime tie.
Cheyanna Johnson, who drilled the three-pointer at the end of regulation and scored a game-high 27, hit two from range in the first half to keep her team in it with nine points at the break. Asia Stafford, who scored a team-high 18 for Biggersville, countered for the Lady Lions with 12 at intermission.
The third period belonged to Biggersville as Leileigh Moody nailed a pair of three-pointers and the Lady Lions defense held the Lady Cardinals to 10 points as they led 39-32 heading into the final period.
That’s when Jumpertown began their furious rally as Johnson led the charge with nine points, the final three from the top of the right wing to earn JHS a reprieve.
Johnson then scored six points in the extra period to help the Lady Cards pull away late for the win as she nailed 4-5 from the line to seal it.
Others in double figures for Biggersville (2-2, 0-1) were Aaliyah Moody and her sister Leighleigh with 13 each. Brianna Mason scored 17 for Jumpertown (4-3, 1-0) followed by Elyse Goodwin with 10
The Lions were playing only their second game of the season with a full allotment of players since eight football players rejoined the team following a highly successful gridiron season that ended in Jackson in the 1A state championship game.
The short time period, which involved only one solid practice to get ready for Wheeler this past Tuesday, didn’t show as the Lions broke open what was a close game in the early going to forge a 16-4 lead after one on their way to a commanding 44-19 lead at intermission.
Lions freshman Jathan Hatch, who transferred in from Ripley prior to the season and was a part of the BHS football team, was hot early with 13 first half points en rout to tying for game-high honors with Jonah Warren of Jumpertown with 17.
After building as much as a 39-point third quarter lead head coach Cliff Little used the final period to allow his younger bench players to register some meaningful game time as did the Cardinals.
Biggersville (2-0, 1-0), seeking their third straight unbeaten Division 1-1A title this season, also saw Zyonn Mayes and Devin Leatherwood reach double figures with 15 and 16 points respectively. Zae Davis was close with eight. Kye Elliott was also in double figures for the Cards (2-5, 0-1) with 10.
The Lions will be in action at 2:30 Saturday afternoon as they face Amory in the annual BIGG Boys Classic at the Biggersville High School gym. Both Biggersville squads will return to the court next Tuesday when they travel to Booneville for a pair of non-division games.
Elsewhere around the area Thursday night, the Tishomingo County Lady Braves improved to 11-1 with a 58-47 home win over Dyer (TN) Co.
The Lady Braves are ranked No. 2 in Northeast Mississippi with their only blemish coming in a one-point loss to top-ranked Belmont.
In Friday night action, the Alcorn Central Lady Bears (5-6, 1-0) earned a Division 1-3A win as they topped visiting Booneville 50-40 behind a game-high 19 from Ella Hughes and 16 from Ella Mask.
In the nightcap, the Golden Bears shocked the Blue Devils 67-64 behind 19 from Keagan Hicks, 16 from Justin Hernandez, 15 from Jacob Tucker and 10 from Alex Moore. Central improves to 8-2 overall and 1-0 inside Division 1-3A as they bounced back from a tough loss Tuesday at Corinth.
No scoring information for either BHS team was available at press time.
•New Site was scheduled to host Choctaw County in a pair of Friday night contests but both Choctaw teams were placed on quarantine forcing the Cardinals to fill those slots.
The Lady Cardinals played TCPS and won 59-40 to improve to 10-1 on the season while the Cardinals got past DeSoto Central (a 6A school) 65-49. No scoring information was reported for the girls game. Ethan eaton paced the unblemished ‘Cards (10-0) with 21 while Joel Barber added 14 and Dalton Pounds 13. The Jumpertown boys will face McNairy Central in the opening game of Saturday’s BIGG Boys Classic at Biggersville High School. Tip is scheduled for 8:30 a.m.
After winning three in a row the Corinth girls found themselves on the short end of a 53-20 loss at North Pontotoc Friday as they fall to 3-2 overall and 0-1 in Division 1-4A.
The Warriors were unable to get their game in due to the Vikings being placed on quarantine Thursday. That game will be rescheduled for some time in January.
Walnut players rewarded for outstanding season
Walnut head football coach John Meeks announced Friday that 15 of his players were named to either the first or second team of the All-Division 1-2A squads for 2020.
Senior All-State selection TJ Colom II was named Co-MVP while quarterback Cade Hunt, wide receivers Tony Luellen and Brandon Shields, offensive linemen Landon Phillips and Mario Zuniga, defensive end JC Merritt, linebacker Bubba Wilbanks and defensive back Zay Hudson all made the first team. Offensive lineman Christian Brooks, tight end Dalton Hall, linebackers Eli Dollar, CJ Adams and Cole Rutherford and defensive back Tyler Trussell were each named to the second team while Eli Akins, AJ Crum, Ryder Hughes, Trae Jackson and Jaylon Jordan were on the honorable mention list.
The ‘Cats finished the season 8-3 and finished the season in a 50-49 shootout loss at East Webster in the second round of the MHSAA playoffs.