Poplarville basketball teams fall to Greene County

Published 7:00 am Thursday, February 8, 2018

The Lady Wildcats defeated Poplarville’s girls basketball team 66-36 during Monday night’s action.

Greene County High School led 24-9 at the end of the first quarter but by halftime, the team increased that lead to 39-17. In the second half of the game, the Lady Hornets scored nine points in the third and 10 in the fourth.

Poplarville girls Head Basketball Coach Robin Jeffries said Jasmine Merrill finished the game with 23 points and Tytiana Buckley had 11. She also said Merrill and Buckley have been the team’s top two scorers this season.

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The Lady Hornets (5-15, 1-8 Region 7-4A) will play its final game of the regular season Friday night when the team hosts Forrest County Agricultural High School. Tip-off will take place at 6 p.m.

Wildcats 50, Hornets 33: The Poplarville boys basketball team lost to Greene County 50-33 Monday night during its final road game of the regular season.

Hornets’ Head Basketball Coach Run Bowen said Canaan Ray led the team with 13 points and Jacob Landry followed with 10. Poplarville will finish the regular season at home when the team hosts Forrest County Agricultural at 7:30 p.m. 

So far this season, Ray is the team’s leading scorer, averaging 13.4 points per game, followed by Taylor Josey at 11.1 points per game and Jacob Landry, who averages 9.1 points per game. Also, Ray leads the team on 3-pointers with 38 this season, Landry has scored 27 and Josey has completed 23.

On the boards, Landry leads the team with 123 rebounds, Kevin Hart has 69 and Josey comes in third with 59.

Also, Ray leads the team in assists with 37, followed by Jordan Bolton with 31 and Landry with 26. In the steals column, Ray has a total of 46, Josey has 29 and Landry and Bolton each have 21.

“We played Greene County really well and we continue to make young mistakes even though our kids have gotten better as individuals,” Bowen said. “We are still learning how to win as a team and we didn’t have a summer program last year but this year, we have a big summer planned and we will be much improved next year.”

Next week, both teams will travel to Sumrall High School for the Region 7-4A district tournament, where they will seek a bid to the Class 4A basketball tournament.