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CA girls, boys busy with basketball

by James Beasley

The Copiah Academy Lady Colonels outscored Parklane Academy 20-12 in the fourth quarter, but it wasn’t enough as the Lady Pioneers hung on for a 45-40 victory at the Brookhaven Academy Invitational during the holidays.

CA led 9-7 after the first period, but Parklane rallied, outscoring Copiah 14-6 in the second quarter to grab a 21-15 halftime lead. The Lady Pioneers increased their margin to double digits, 33-20, by outscoring CA 12-5 in the third stanza, enabling them to survive the Lady Colonels’ fourth-quarter comeback.

Emily Fahner was the high scorer for Copiah with 12 points. Other CA scorers included Caroline Beach and Rachel Strait with 6 points each, Ashley Baham with 5 points, Heather Teasley with 3 points, and Lori Baham with 2 points.

Parklane’s Maggie Jackson led all scorers with 20 points, followed by teammate Caitlin Adams with 14 points.

Copiah 40, Bowling Green 33

Copiah Academy jumped out to a 16-4 first-quarter lead and held off the Bowling Green Lady Bucs the rest of the way as the Lady Colonels registered a 40-33 win at the Brookhaven Tourney during the holidays.

Madelon Cline led the winners with 15 points. Ashley  Baham was also in double figures with 11 points. Other CA totals included Emily Fahner with 5 points, Caroline Beach with 4 points, Lori Baham and Heather Teasley with 2 points each, and Rachel Strait with one point.

Gabby Givens was Bowling Green’s top scorer with 13 points.

Copiah 47, Central Holmes 20

The Copiah Academy Lady Colonels connected on seven 3-pointers, four by Ashley Baham, and went on to pummel the Central Holmes Lady Trojans 47-20 at Gallman in CA’s first game of the new year.

Copiah led 15-4 after one period, thanks to a pair of treys by Madelon Cline. Baham hit a trio of 3-pointers in the second quarter as the Lady Colonels stretched their lead to 26-9 at the half.

Baham scored another 3-pointer in the third quarter, and Heather Teasley connected on one in the final stanza as CA pulled away for the lopsided victory.

The Lady Colonels were led by Baham with 12 points, followed by Cline with 9 points. Other Copiah totals included Emily Fahner and Teasley with 7 points each, Rachel Strait and Lori Baham with 4 points apiece, and Caroline Beach and Amanda Pyron with 2 points each.

Melody Abboud led Central Holmes with 10 points, including 8 in the third quarter.

Columbia 47, Copiah 38

The Columbia Academy Lady Cougars outscored Copiah 18-11 in the fourth quarter and beat the Lady Colonels 47-38 in an important district matchup at Columbia last Saturday.

Columbia Academy led 15-11 after the first period and 26-17 at halftime. Copiah crept within two, 29-27, by outscoring the Lady Cougars 10-3 in the third quarter, but the rally fell short due to Columbia’s big run.

The Lady Colonels’ Emily Fahner led all scorers with 21 points, more than half of her team’s total. Teammate Ashley Baham scored 9 points, while Rachel Strait and Caroline Beach each had 3 points, and Amanda Pyron 2 points. Cara Joyner led the Lady Cougars with 14 points.

Copiah’s record now stands at 12-7, while Columbia improved to 13-5.

BOYS ACTION

Bowling Green 46, Copiah 42

After trailing for much of the game, the undefeated Bowling Green Buccaneers rallied in the final moments to edge the Copiah Academy Colonels 46-42 at the Brookhaven Academy Invitational during the Christmas holidays.

The Bucs led 12-7 after one period, but CA outscored them 14-4 in the second quarter to take a 21-16 lead at halftime. Bowling Green cut the margin to two, 35-33, by the end of the third period and outscored the Colonels 13-7 in the final eight minutes to earn the victory.

Hunter Greer led Copiah with 12 points. Fellow senior Clay Price was also in double figures with 10 points. Other CA scorers included Matthew Wright with 8 points, Scotty Reese with 5 points, Ben Boone with 4 points, and Reece Hankins with 3 points.

Trent Grabert led the winners with 17 points, followed by Kevin Bond with 13 points.

Brookhaven 71, Copiah 46

The Brookhaven Academy Cougars proved to be rude hosts as they walloped the Copiah Academy Colonels 71-46 at the Brookhaven Invitational last month.

The Cougars jumped out front 19-4 in the first quarter, led 36-20 at halftime, and gradually pulled away for the easy win.

Copiah’s Hunter Greer, Scotty Reese, and Clay Price each scored 12 points in a losing effort. Other CA totals included Matthew Wright with 5 points, Ben Boone with 5 points, and Owen Jones with 2 points.

Copiah 76, Central Holmes 39

After a nip-and-tuck first quarter, Copiah Academy outscored Central Holmes 61-25 the rest of the way and overwhelmed the Trojans 76-39 at Gallman in the Colonels’ first game of 2008.

Clay Price’s 3-pointer tied the score 12-12 with 2:25 left in the opening period, and Russ Singleton’s trey in the final minute gave CA a one-point lead, 15-14, heading into the second quarter.

Price and Ben Boone each connected on a pair of 3-pointers as the Colonels took a 37-22 halftime lead. Copiah outscored the Trojans 17-6 in the third quarter and continued to pull away in the final eight minutes for the easy win.

Price led all scorers with 21 points, including five 3-pointers. Scotty Reese and Boone were also in double figures with 16 and 10 points, respectively. Other CA scorers included Singleton with 9 points, Owen Jones with 8 points, Brandon Smith with 6 points, Adam Ganucheau with 4 points, and Matthew Wright with 2 points.

Ricky Winstead led Central Holmes with 14 points.

Columbia 62, Copiah 55

The Columbia Academy Cougars outscored Copiah Academy 20-10 in the pivotal third quarter and went on to beat the Colonels 62-55 in a key district matchup last Saturday in Columbia.

Copiah led 13-12 after one quarter and 31-29 at halftime, but trailed 49-41 after the Cougars’ third quarter run. And even though the Colonels outscored their opponent 14-13 in the final eight minutes, it wasn’t enough to overtake the Cougars. Copiah’s record now stands at 4-11.

The Colonels’ Clay Price led all scorers with 22 points. Fellow senior Matthew Wright was also in double figures with 11 points. Other Copiah scorers included Scotty Reese with 9 points, Reece Hankins with 6 points, Ben Boone with 4 points, and Owen Jones with 3 points.

Columbia’s balanced attack was led by Drew Broome with 14 points and a trio of players who each scored 12 points.

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