A long 3-pointer from Jaquavian Jackson with 3:09 to go in the third quarter broke a 31-31 tie and put the Helena-West Helena Central High School Cougars (1-2, 1-0) ahead for good as they held on for a 58-50 victory over the KIPP Delta Blue Hornets Tuesday night in front of a near capacity crowd at the CHS Gymnasium.

A long 3-pointer from Jaquavian Jackson with 3:09 to go in the third quarter broke a 31-31 tie and put the Helena-West Helena Central High School Cougars (1-2, 1-0) ahead for good as they held on for a 58-50 victory over the KIPP Delta Blue Hornets Tuesday night in front of a near capacity crowd at the CHS Gymnasium.

Jackson’s three sparked a 10-3 run, which put the Cougars up 41-34 with just over a minute to play in the third quarter. Michael Boone closed out the third quarter with a driving floater in the lane with eight seconds to go in the third to leave the Cougars up 43-37 heading in to the final stanza.

With 3:33 to go in the game, the Hornets hit a long 3-pointer to cut the Cougar lead to 48-44. However, that was as close as they would get. Still trailing by four and with the ball in the front court, the Hornets fell victim to the quick hands of Boone who stole the ball and passed to Malik Moore in the front court for a layup to push the lead back to 50-44.

The two teams went back and forth the rest of the way with free throws by Jordan Watson and Boone icing the game down the stretch.

KIPP actually led the Cougars 28-27 at halftime. KIPP’s largest lead also came in the first half when they briefly led by three points.

Boone led the Cougars with 23 points. Moore followed with 12. Watson added 10.

In the women’s game, dominating is one of few words that could adequately describe the Lady Cougar (2-0, 1-0) performance. Central opened the game on a 20-2 run on their way to an 81-17 victory in a game where there was a running clock the entire second half.

Kevonshaye Stackhouse led Central with 32 points. Janaija Harvey followed with 19 points. Tara Green added 14.

Next up for Central is another local rivalry contest in conference play as the Barton Bears pay a visit to the Central High Gymnasium on Friday night. The junior high game will begin the action at 5 p.m.