DeSoto Central basketball

DeSoto Central’s Kyler Carter (2) attacks the Senatobia defense on the break in Tuesday’s 56-55 victory in the Jaguar gymnasium. Talvyn Dean (0) defends for the Warriors.

Bob Bakken|DTT

Scoreboards and scorekeepers were kept busy in DeSoto County sports action Tuesday night, as three girls’ basketball players made the “30-point club,” scoring 30 or more points in their respective contests.

Topping the list was Northpoint Christian School’s Jade Wells, who netted 39 points for the Lady Trojans in a 74-27 victory at Fayette Ware, Tenn.

Michaela Brown added 11 more as the current Tennessee Division II-A state back-to-back champions remained unbeaten for the season.

Claire Fleming scored 32 points for Lewisburg in the Lady Patriots’ 69-49 defeat of Strayhorn Tuesday night. Lewisburg erupted for 46 points in the second half after leading by five at halftime.

Another county player filling the nets Tuesday evening was DeSoto Central standout A’Mya Washington, who scored 33 points in the Lady Jags’ 62-52 loss to Senatobia. Tanajah Saulsberry answered Washington’s 33 points with 31 of her own for the Lady Warriors.

The Hernando girls ran their season record to 9-1 with a 44-33 win over North Panola Tuesday night; Munford, Tenn. defeated Center Hill 40-33; it was Southaven over Byhalia 49-31, as Tye Metcalf led Southaven with 15 points; and Magnolia Heights topped Bayou Academy 36-31 in other girls’ basketball games Tuesday that were reported.

In boys’ basketball action Tuesday night, Jiavonni Harris scored 13 points and Jalan Bates added 12 more, but DeSoto Central held off a challenge from Senatobia in a 56-55 victory, improving the Jaguars’ record to 3-7 for the season.

DeSoto Central had to rally from 48-39 down after three quarters and a last-second three-point attempt by Senatobia was off target for the hometown Jaguars to come away with the win.

“I’m proud of my kids, they have not quit all year,” said DeSoto Central coach William Bentley after the game. “In past games, we were the team that made the mistake or had the turnover toward the end. Tonight, we made the other team give the ball up at the end of the contest.”

All 12 of Bates’ points came in the second half for DeSoto Central.

“He’s had all that potential, the length, athleticism and drive,” Bentley said. “Now, he’s starting to put all that together and he’s got a will that doesn’t stop. He knows he’s going to be one of our guys at the end to get it done.”

Alavez Powell led all scorers with 21 points for Senatobia in the loss.

At Center Hill, Brien Kimmons and Justin Kearney each scored 19 points in the Mustangs’ 76-43 win against Munford, Tenn.

Lake Cormorant defeated Grenada 66-52 behind Montez Allen’s 26 points; North Panola topped Hernando 49-43; Strayhorn defeated Lewisburg 90-79; Fayette Ware, Tenn. outscored Northpoint Christian 65-36, despite Dee Young’s 10 points for the Trojans; and Magnolia Heights beat Bayou Academy 80-50.

ON THE SOCCER PITCH: Soccer contests from Tuesday included the DeSoto Central boys stopping Hernando 3-0 and the Lewisburg boys with a 3-2 win over Lake Cormorant.

Girls results included Hernando over DeSoto Central 6-0 and Lewisburg shut out Lake Cormorant 4-0 with Maggie Olive as winning goalkeeper for the Lady Patriots.

Bob Bakken is Sports Editor and may be reached at 662-429-6397 ext. 240.

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