With a large crowd on hand and bragging rights in Helena-West Helena on the line, the Helena-West Helena Central Cougars (3-0, 1-0) got 46 points and 9 assists from Michael Boone as they routed the KIPP Delta Blue Hornets 96-32 in front of an estimated crowd of over 1,000 fans at the CHS Gymnasium.

With a large crowd on hand and bragging rights in Helena-West Helena on the line, the Helena-West Helena Central Cougars (3-0, 1-0) got 46 points and 9 assists from Michael Boone as they routed the KIPP Delta Blue Hornets 96-32 in front of an estimated crowd of over 1,000 fans at the CHS Gymnasium.

The Lady Cougars (3-0, 1-0) also routed the Lady Blue Hornets by a score of 53-19. Both teams led from start to finish.

The Cougars opened with a quick six points to lead 6-0 with just over 7:00 remaining in the opening quarter. The Hornets would rally and cut the lead to 6-4 and 10-8 before the Cougars went on a 9-0 run punctuated by one 4-point play and another three by Boone to make the score 19-8 with 2:47 to go in the first. That lead grew to 15 points by the end of the quarter at 28-13.

Central got a spark early in the second when Justin Redmon got the ball on a fast break and brought the crowd to its feet with a thundering dunk as the Cougars cruised to a 43-23 lead at the break.

Helena-West Helena smothered the Hornets with defensive pressure in the second half and Central increased the lead to 24 at 71-47 at the end of third. With 6:35 remaining in the game, the Cougars stole the ball and Demond Franklin laid it in off the glass to make the lead to 79-54 and the Hornet fans started making their way to the exits as the Cougars cruised to a 34-point win.

In addition to the 46 from Boone, Demond Franklin had 19, Quanderius Sanders added 15, and Job Eaton scored 10.

For the Lady Cougars, Alexandria Sanders led the team with a career-high 14 points in the dominating 34-point defeat of the Lady Hornets. Helena-West Helena never trailed and held the Lady Hornets to single digits in the first half as the Lady Cougars took a 24-9 lead into the locker room punctuated by a 13-2 run to start the game. The lead steadily grew in the second half.

In addition to the 14 points from Sanders, Central got 13 points and five blocked shots from Tara Green while Kerra Trancy added 13 points as well.

In the junior girls game, the Lady Cats cruised to a 39-18 win. Taylor Gray had 23 points to lead Central. Tierra Bailey added 8.