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Prep Basketball Roundup: ACCS wins JV boys championship

BROOKHAVEN — Cathedral’s junior varsity boys’ basketball team entered last Saturday’s 2020 MAIS District 4-4A JV Tournament with a 17-1 record and ran the table during the regular season in district play.

But in the district tournament finals, cross-town rival and No. 2 seed Adams County Christian School pulled off a huge upset as the JV Rebels held on for a 49-47 win over the Green Wave’s JV squad and received the tournament’s first-place trophy.

Led by E’Darius Green, ACCS outscored Cathedral in each of the first three quarters. The Rebels led the Green Wave 16-14 at the end of the first quarter, 27-23 at halftime, and 41-34 by the end of the third quarter.

The Green Wave tried to mount a comeback in the fourth quarter, especially in the last four minutes, but the Rebels survived despite being outscored 13-8.

Green led all scorers with 27 points and Connor Aplin added eight points for ACCS.

Cathedral’s JV Green Wave finished its season with an overall record of 18-2.

Brookhaven Academy boys 62, Cathedral 59 (Thurs.)

BROOKHAVEN — Tyler Fortenberry and Gavin Brogden each scored 10 points in the fourth quarter for Brookhaven Academy as the Cougars rallied to defeat the Cathedral High School Green Wave 62-59 last Thursday night in the MAIS District 4-4A and regular-season finale.

Brookhaven Academy, which will the district’s No. 2 seed for this week’s 2020 MAIS Class 4A South State Tournament, trailed Cathedral 22-17 at halftime before going on a tear in the second half. The Cougars outscored the Green Wave 23-20 in the third quarter to trail by just two points and 22-17 in the fourth quarter to escape with the three-point win. The key was their defense on JT Taylor, who had 25 points through three quarters. He was held to only three points in the fourth quarter.

Taylor led Cathedral (12-15, 2-6) with 28 points and made five 3-pointers. Kaden Batieste finished with 13 points and Christian Wright added 12 points, eight of them in the fourth quarter.

Fortenberry led Brookhaven Academy with 21 points while Brogden chipped in with 20 points.

The Green Wave will be the No. 4 seed out of District 4 and will take on District 3 No. 1 seed Simpson Academy today at 5:15 p.m. in the opening round of the Class 4A South State Tournament, which will take place at Oak Forest Academy in Amite, La.

Parklane Academy boys 60, ACCS 47 (Thurs.)

MCCOMB — The Adams County Christian School Rebels hung tough with a good Parklane Academy team for three quarters, but the Pioneers pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 60-47 win over the Rebels last Thursday night.

ACCS trailed Parklane 26-19 at halftime, but the Rebels outscored the Pioneers 15-12 in the third quarter to cut the lead to just four points, 38-34. Unfortunately, the Rebels could not carry that momentum into the fourth quarter as they were outscored by the Pioneers 22-13.

The Rebels (12-10) were led by Vic Lassiter with 13 points and JD Granger with 10 points. Austin Blanton, Glaston Magee, and Wes Stockstill each had six points. They will be the No. 3 seed out of District 4 and will go up against District 3 No. 2 seed Hillcrest Christian School Wednesday at 4 p.m. in the first round of the 2020 MAIS Class 4A South State Tournament.

Parklane Academy girls 62, ACCS 35 (Thurs.)

MCCOMB — The Parklane Academy Lady Pioneers cruised to a 62-35 win over the Adams County Christian School Lady Rebels last Thursday night.

Parklane Academy jumped out to an 18-3 lead over ACCS at the end of the first quarter. Even though the Lady Rebels nearly stayed even with Parklane over the next two quarters, the Lady Pioneers still were able to increase their double-digit lead.

The Lady Rebels were led by Drue Boyd with 13 points and Halle Peterman with 11 points. Despite finishing the regular season with a 2-20 overall record and a 1-7 record in MAIS District 4-4A, they won the tiebreaker over Cathedral by one point and will be the district’s No. 4 seed for the 2020 MAIS Class 4A South State Tournament.

The Lady Rebels will take on District 3 No. 1 seed Simpson Academy at 4 p.m. today in a first-round game.

Brookhaven Academy girls 53, Cathedral 29 (Thurs.)

BROOKHAVEN — The Cathedral High School Lady Green Wave had one last chance to earn a berth in the MAIS Class 4A South State Tournament with a win over Brookhaven Academy last Thursday night in a District 4-4A match-up.

However, the Lady Cougars made sure that would not happen, especially on their home court, as they used a big first half to roll to a 53-29 win to wrap up the district’s No. 1 seed.

Led by Emily Claire Felder and Anne Brantley Warren, Brookhaven Academy raced to a 25-8 lead over Cathedral at the end of the first quarter. The Lady Cougars put the game away with a 19-4 advantage in the second quarter for a 44-12 halftime lead. Felder led the Lady Cougars with 12 points and Warren finished with 10 points.

With the game in hand, Brookhaven Academy head coach Ron Kessler took his starters out and emptied the bench during the second half. Cathedral outscored the Lady Cougars 10-9 in the third quarter and 7-0 in the fourth quarter.

The Lady Green Wave was led by Cate Drane with a game-high 14 points while Hailey Ellis contributed with eight points. They finished the 2019-2020 season with an overall record of 10-16 and 1-7 in district play.