Friday was a snow day for DeSoto County sports, with all activities being canceled due to the closing of schools for the inclement weather.
Center Hill, Horn Lake and Hernando were proactive in moving their basketball games to Thursday to avoid Friday’s snowy weather, however. Games that were still set to be played Friday will either have to be canceled completely or rescheduled.
In action that took place Thursday, Brien Kimmons was the top producer of the night, as he powered in 31 points in leading Center Hill to an easy 91-33 non-district win over Hickory Flat at Center Hill. Kevin Henry added 16 for the 14-6 Mustangs.
In the other boys’ game of Thursday night, Horn Lake stopped Hernando 49-43 in a 6A district contest at Horn Lake.
In Thursday girls’ basketball, Center Hill claimed a 51-50 win over Hickory Flat and Horn Lake needed overtime to hold off Hernando 36-35.
BUSY BASKETBALL TUESDAY: The closest game of Tuesday night’s basketball action came in DeSoto Central’s 60-55 double-overtime victory over Hernando. Jalen Bates scored 18 points and Gabe Moore 16 for the Jaguars.
Elsewhere, Kevin Henry scored 17 points for Center Hill, but Brighton, Tenn. handled the Mustangs 74-43. Northpoint Christian’s Myles McCaskill scored 17 points but the Trojans lost to Harding Academy 53-45. Strayhorn edged Lewisburg 73-70, Southaven handled Horn Lake 58-46 and Magnolia Heights improved to 2-0 in its MAIS conference with a 68-58 win over Pillow Academy.
In girls’ results from Tuesday, Hernando defeated DeSoto Central 52-29. Hernando coach Daniel Forbes has been pleased with the defensive play of his team of late, especially Kaitlyn Doyle, who he noted held Lady Jag standout A’mya Washington scoreless in the Hernando win.
Lewisburg improved to 14-6 with a 56-50 win over Strayhorn, Dereseia Randle scored 16 points, while Taylor Woodhouse and Venita Williams each had 13 for Southaven in the Lady Chargers’ 64-57 district win over Horn Lake. Lauren Gross scored 16 as Northpoint Christian netted a 44-39 win over Harding Academy, while Brighton, Tenn. beat Center Hill 47-42 and Pillow Academy stopped Magnolia Heights 52-33.
EAGLES AID RANGERS: Two former Horn Lake Eagles impacted their teams’ performances on the floor for Northwest Mississippi Community College Thursday night. Jitaurious Gordon scored 16 points in the Rangers’ 89-82 overtime victory at Northeast, which came after Chrissah Shaw tied a career high with 22 points in the Lady Rangers’ 80-62 loss to Northeast.
SOCCER KICKS: Weather called off games Thursday on the soccer fields, as well as scheduled games for Friday with school being canceled. On Tuesday, Ivan Gonzalez scored for Center Hill in the Mustangs’ 1-0 victory over Lewisburg. Hernando shut out Horn Lake 3-0. Olive Branch needed penalty kicks to defeat New Albany and Southaven likewise needed penalty kicks to edge DeSoto Central.
In girls’ soccer play, Center Hill improved to 10-3 for the year with a 2-1 overtime decision over Lewisburg, as Tiffany Ogden and Annie Chen scored for the Lady Mustangs. Olive Branch beat New Albany 3-1, Southaven shut out DeSoto Central 6-0 and it was Hernando over Horn Lake 2-0.
HUSTLE UPDATE: The Memphis Hustle NBA G League team is in Mississauga, Ontario to play in the league’s annual Showcase event this week, playing two games in front of fans and scouts. Thursday, the Hustle lost to the Lakeland Magic 117-108, despite Austin Nichols’ career-high 23 points. Memphis wraps up the Showcase Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. against the Maine Red Claws.
RIVERKINGS WEEKEND: The Mississippi RiverKings’ SPHL hockey team hit the road Saturday to play at Huntsville, Ala. Saturday night against the Havoc. The RiverKings host Knoxville Friday night at the Landers Center in Southaven.
POWERLIFTING CANCELED: Weather has impacted several events scheduled for the weekend, including the Lewisburg Invitational powerlifting meet, scheduled for Saturday. It has been moved to Saturday, Jan. 20.
Bob Bakken is Sports Editor and may be reached at 662-429-6397 ext. 240.