BY BRADLEY CROW
The Wesson Cobras had two dates with tough competition last week in dropping a 70-37 decision to the 24-0 Hinds AHS War Dawgs at home and losing 47-40 on the road to the Saints of St. Andrew’s.
The Cobras (16-10) could not keep up with the talented War Dawgs in Wesson and became the 24th straight victory on the season for Hinds. The Cobras were led by senior guard Lonnie Reeves 18 points. Junior guard Josh Hood and senior center Josh Hart had 8 points each in the losing effort. Jacorey Wright led the Dawgs with 23 points.
Friday night was much of the same as the Cobras dropped its second game of the season to the Saints. The 47-40 victory was much in the same style of the 8 point win the Saints had earlier in the year at Wesson. Senior Michael Halford led the Saints with 18 points on the evening.
The Cobras were led in defeat by Josh Hart’s 18 points. Senior forward Matthew Cliburn had 11 points in the loss. Reeves chipped in 7 points.
Wesson Lady Cobra head coach Hugh Webb sounded like a fortune teller by predicting what would happen in his second game against the Hinds AHS Lady Bulldogs on his home court.
“I say it again,” stated Webb. “I truly feel like we match up with Hinds well and can beat them.” Webb’s comments came soon after the first loss to Hinds on the road and on cue the Lady Bulldogs delivered a win for Wesson to the tune of 52-42.
The win was more in the style of a wrestling match than basketball game as the overly aggressive Lady Bulldogs rang off 26 fouls in a game the Lady Cobras were patient and methodical in securing the victory.
Leading the Lady Cobra charge in the win was freshman point guard Marian Allen and sophomore forward Ann Shelby Davis who had 16 points apiece. Allen nailed 16 of 18 free throws on the evening in the battle royal for all of her points. Sophomore guard Macie Case nailed 2 three pointers and finished the evening with 8 points. The Lady Cobras trailed 23-21 at the break.
The Lady Cobras (17-12) invaded Madison Friday evening for a return date with the Lady Saints of St. Andrew’s. The Lady Cobras were sluggish the whole way coming off the big victory with Hinds and fell to the Lady Saints 34-33.
A foul was whistled with 1 second left on the clock to send Lady Saints guard Laura Nicholas to the free throw line with the game tied 33-33. Nicholas drained the first free throw for the win much to the dismay of a disbelieving Cobra crowd.
Davis would lead Wesson with 14 points on the disappointing evening. Allen and Case would fire in 5 points each in the loss.