DeSoto County basketball and soccer teams are back in action this week with a full slate of games scheduled tonight.
However, Lewisburg and Olive Branch basketball teams got a jump on the action with non-league contests played Monday evening.
In Lewisburg, the Patriots boys’ team held off a late challenge to edge Rossville, Tenn. Christian Academy 58-57.
The Patriots took a 30-23 lead into the locker room at halftime and increased it to an eight-point margin at 44-36 after three quarters of play.
However, the Wolves fought back in the final eight minutes and nearly picked up the road victory.
“The kids played hard, they did a good job battling down the stretch and keeping their heads up when weren’t exactly going our way,” said Lewisburg coach Adam Tipton. “We were showing some pretty good focus in the closing 30 seconds to help close this ball game out. Our kids are young and they’re learning and playing hard together. It’s a good win for us tonight.”
Jeremy Lane led Lewisburg with 10 points and received support from Stephen Moore’s nine and Noah Sheffield’s eight points in the victory, the first of the year (1-5).
In the girls’ contest, Rossville Christian did rally and took away a 53-49 victory over the Lady Patriots and first-year head coach Jason Greer.
After staking itself to a 15-9 lead after one quarter, Lewisburg still held a scant one-point advantage at halftime at 25-24.
However, Greer’s club pushed the margin to 38-32 after three quarters of play, before the Lady Wolves put the rally together in the final frame to come away with the win.
“I thought our kids played as hard as they could,” said Greer. “That’s kind of our trademark if you ask any coach that’s seen us play. We play hard and that’s a team thing and that’s a team effort that everybody’s bought into.”
RCA was led by Caroline Loftin’s 21 points and netted 13 of those points in the fourth quarter.
Claire Fleming paced Lewisburg (1-5) with 13 points, including three from beyond the three-point arc. Madison Baldwin and Lauren Brady chipped in with nine points each.
Olive Branch traveled to Collierville, Tenn. Monday night and came away with a pair of basketball victories. The Conquistador boys beat the Dragons 74-60 after the top-ranked Olive Branch prevailed 75-55.
Mississippi State-commit Myah Taylor led all scorers with 33 points in the Olive Branch girls’ victory and shot 61 percent from the floor. Mahogany Vaught added 16 and Katie Blackmon 11 for the Lady Quistors.
The Olive Branch girls are now 7-0 for the season. Collierville fell to 5-2.
D.J Jeffries led the Olive Branch boys with 24 points, followed by Tray Boyd III with 19. The Conquistadors improved to 5-1 for the season, while Collierville dropped to 1-3.
Bob Bakken is Sports Editor and may be contacted at 662-429-6397 ext. 240.