For the second straight time this season, the Olive Branch basketball teams swept their Southaven counterparts in a boy-girl doubleheader Tuesday night, this time on the Southaven gym floor.
The Conquistadors got out to a slow start in the boys’ game, then turned it on in the second half for a 92-59 victory.
D.J. Jeffries and Kelvin Allen combined for 47 of the Quistors’ 92 points, with Jeffries hitting for 24 and Allen contributing 23.
K.J. Riley paced the Chargers with 19 points.
Southaven had a 12-9 lead after one quarter and held a one-point advantage, 33-32 at halftime.
Coming out of the locker room at intermission was when Olive Branch took over in the third quarter and claimed a 62-49 lead going into the final eight minutes.
“I wish we would have started the first half like we started the second half,” said Olive Branch coach Eric Rombaugh. “Southaven knocked down some shots and we had to adjust our defense a little bit, put some pressure on them with a zone (defense) and finally start making some of our shots.”
Allen scored 15 of his 23 points in the second half and 13 of Jeffries’ 24 points also came after the break.
In the girls’ game, Nadia Gillespie and Katie Blackmon led the Lady Quistors to a 67-37 victory over Southaven, offsetting Venita Williams and Tye Metcalf’s efforts for the Lady Chargers with nine points each.
Olive Branch held a 16-10 lead after one quarter and held Southaven to just two points in the second period for a 40-12 intermission lead.
The lead increased to the point that running time was used in the fourth quarter.
“We played some hard-nosed defense and they did what they are supposed to do,” said Lady Quistors’ coach Jason Thompson about his team. “We got them (Southaven) to turn it over, speed it up and play a little faster than they probably wanted to.”
The wins in Southaven Tuesday added to a pair of Olive Branch victories between the schools earlier in the month on the Quistors’ home floor.
With reclassification, the DeSoto County competitors are now in separate districts and separate classes, but Rombaugh still holds this as an important pairing of teams.
“It’s a good rivalry,” Rombaugh said. “(Southaven) Coach (Ron) Wilson and I have been battling for years, and years and years. He’s got the best of me a lot of times. There’s some rivalries in this county with Olive Branch that aren’t so good, but this is a good one.”
HOOP HIGHLIGHTS: In other boys’ action, Kaeden Laws led 8-0 Center Hill to a 68-57 victory over Clinton Tuesday night. Brien Kimmons added 15 for the Mustangs. Myles McCaskill’s 14 points paced Northpoint Christian to a 55-46 win at Magnolia Heights. Lake Cormorant edged Hernando 65-62 in overtime, Senatobia stopped Horn Lake 88-60 and Collierville, Tenn. defeated DeSoto Central 42-36.
In girls play, Lauren Gross’ 25 points led unbeaten Northpoint Christian to its fourth straight win, 60-32 at Magnolia Heights. Jade Wells added 16 for the Lady Trojans. Lewisburg improved to 6-1 with a 66-47 victory at New Albany, Horn Lake defeated Senatobia 56-45, it was Clinton over Center Hill 65-41, Hernando beat Lake Cormorant 68-31 and Collierville, Tenn. defeated DeSoto Central 63-40.
KICKIN’ IT: Ivan Gonzalez’ four goals led Center Hill to a 7-0 win on Tuesday over Senatobia. Ashton Taylor scored two more for the Mustangs in their victory. Elsewhere, Oxford shut out Southaven 4-0 and Lewisburg edged Saltillo 1-0.
Among girls’ matches reported, Annie Chan scored a three-goal hat-trick for Center Hill in the Lady Mustangs’ 5-2 win over Senatobia, improving Center Hill’s record to 5-1. Oxford outscored Southaven 5-1, Lewisburg beat Saltillo 4-0 and Olive Branch shut out Corinth 3-0.
Bob Bakken is Sports Editor and may be reached at 662-429-6397 ext. 240.