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McKENZIE (November 19) — McKenzie High School opened the basketball season Tuesday, hosting Lexington and earning a split.The girls’ contest was a thrilling back-and-forth. The Lady …
McKENZIE (November 19) — McKenzie High School opened the basketball season Tuesday, hosting Lexington and earning a split.
The girls’ contest was a thrilling back-and-forth. The Lady Rebels led by three after the first quarter, the Lady Tigers pulled ahead by a point just before the half, then McKenzie led by a pair after three frames. Lexington rallied early in the fourth, but the Lady Rebels trailed by just three points with a minute remaining. The Lady Tigers hit key shots late for a 45-39 win.
In the nightcap, the Rebels took an early lead, then pulled away in the second quarter en route to a 67-47 victory.
Lexington Lady Tigers 45, McKenzie Lady Rebels 39
McKenzie led 11-8 after the opening frame, led by Shelby Davis with five points, including a three-pointer. Camille Travis also hit a three, and Dani Dyer scored three points. Lady Tigers Kyla Taylor, Haley Scott, MaKayla Herndon and Candace Butler each had a pair.
Lexington outscored McKenzie 11-7 to take the lead in the second, led by Marki Boykin with five points, including a three. Scott scored three points, Taylor added a pair, and Diamond Holland hit a free throw. Anna Callahan led the Lady Rebels with five points, and Lilly Bennett had a pair. At the half, the Lady Tigers led 19-18.
McKenzie rallied 10-7 in the third to regain the lead, led by Callahan with six points. Davis and Bennett each added a pair. Taylor scored four for Lexington, and Brylee Phillips hit a three-pointer. Entering the final frame, the Lady Rebels led 28-26.
The Lady Tigers came back to take the win with a 19-11 advantage in the fourth, led by Scott with seven points, including a three. Taylor scored five, Boykin had four and Holland hit a three-pointer. Travis hit a three for McKenzie, and Davis also had three points. Bennett and Kylie Reynolds each scored a pair, and Briley Auvenshine hit a freebie.
Lady Tiger Kyla Taylor led all scorers with 13 points. Haley Scott scored a dozen, including a three, and Marki Boykin had nine, also with a three.
Anna Callahan led the Lady Rebels with eleven points. She was five-for-five at the line. Shelby Davis scored ten, including a three-pointer.
Rebels 67, Tigers 47
McKenzie jumped out to a 14-10 lead after the first frame, led by Lazarick Hill with six points. Lucas King scored five with a three-pointer, Micah Austin had a pair and Nate Whitsell hit a free throw. Tigers Matthew Reeves and Justin Russell each hit a three, and Rodarius Transor and Tristin Roberts each had a pair.
The Rebels pulled away with a 23-8 advantage in the second, led by Hill with eight, including a three. King again scored five with a three. Whitsell and Austin each had four points, and Caleb Gill had a pair. Roberts scored four for Lexington, and Michael Leslie had a pair. Russell and Caleb Gordon each hit a free throw. At the half, the Rebels led 37-18. McKenzie added to the lead with a 17-12 tilt in the third, led by Hill with five points. Whitsell and Witt Mitchum each scored four, and King and Austin each added a pair. Leslie led the Tigers with four, and Isaac Yarbrough scored three points. Transor and Russell each added a pair, and Kenneth Jones hit a freebie. Heading into the final frame, the Rebels led 54-30.
Lexington outscored McKenzie 17-13 in the fourth for a closer final score, led by Russell with five points, including a three. Transor scored four, and Roberts had three points. Yarbrough and Tanner Neisler each had a pair, and Jones hit another free throw. King and Mitchum each scored four for the Rebels. Whitsell hit a three, and Hill added a pair.
Rebel Lazarick Hill led all scorers with 21 points, including a three-pointer. Lucas King scored 16 with a pair of threes, and Nate Whitsell had a dozen with a three.
Justin Russell led the Tigers with eleven points, including a pair of threes. Tristin Roberts scored nine.