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By RUSSELL TURNER
Greene County High School will host the Region 7-4A Basketball Tournament in two weeks and the Lady Wildcats appear to have wrapped up a first-round bye.
The Lady Wildcats secured the region’s No. 2 Seed with a 63-60 victory over Purvis Tuesday night at home. But, the Lady Tornados didn’t make it easy and battled back from a double-digit deficit after three periods to take the game down to the wire.
Seniors Bre Brown and Destiny Eubanks led the way offensively for the Lady Cats. Brown was a beast near the basket, posting a double-double, with 24 points and 10 rebounds. Eubanks finished with 15 points. Junior Serenity Blakely was solid with 11 points and four steals.
With the win, GCHS improved to 6-2 in region play with two region games left to play. The Lady Cats, who are now 18-6 overall, will travel to Sumrall on Friday and play hosts to Poplarville next Tuesday.
The Lady Wildcats took a big leap forward last Friday with a lopsided, 55-27 win over visiting Poplarville. Coach Dale Kimble’s team led 14-10 after the first quarter and stretched that lead to 31-14 by halftime. GCHS put the game away in the third period, outscoring the Lady Hornets 20-2, en route to a 55-27 victory.
Nine players scored for the Lady Cats in the win. Blakely led the way with 12 points, six rebounds and four steals. Brown followed with eight points and eight rebounds, while junior Gen Walley also added eight points, pulled down six rebounds and had two assists and two steals. Junior Kelsie Mitchell had seven points and Eubanks added six.
Boys drop close game to Hornets
In boys’ action, GCHS fought hard, but could not get the win over Poplarville on Friday.
The Wildcats trailed by seven at the half, but closed the gap to 29-32 by the end of the third quarter. They couldn’t hold that momentum in the final period and lost the game by a 46-40 final score.
Seniors Brock Green and Chris Gray led the Wildcats offensively. Green was the top scorer for GCHS with 12 points and also had six rebounds and a team-high three steals in the loss. Gray finished with 10 points and five rebounds.
Sophomore Conner West had a solid outing with six points and a team-leading 11 rebounds. Senior Anthony Calhoun also had six points for GCHS.
On Tuesday, the Cats dropped a 67-43 decision to visiting Purvis to drop to 1-7 in region play. No individual stats were available.
It is unclear who GCHS will face off against in the first round of the tournament.