The Helena-West Helena Central Cougars (7-2, 3-0) cruised to an easy victory Friday night over the DeWitt Dragons (2-7, 0-3) at the CHS Gymnasium with a 69-27 win on Friday.
Helena-West Helena needed only six seconds to get on the board as Demond Franklin got the tip and nailed a three from the left wing to start the scoring. DeWitt’s Calen Brown scored the first points for the Dragons with 6:41 to go to make the score 5-2 in favor of the Cougars.
CHS responded with another three-pointer from Thomas Seals which was answered with a basket by Johnta Wright for the Dragons to cut the Cougar lead to 8-4 with 6:15 to go. The Cougar defense would hold DeWitt to just one point the rest of the quarter as Helena-West Helena got points from Jalen Stayton, Ahmaud Jones, Joseph Robinson, and K. J. Acklin on the way to a 22-4 lead at the end of the first period.
It was more of the same in the second period as the Cougars played everyone on the roster and dominated DeWitt with pressure defense, which led to turnovers and baskets in transition. After DeWitt got the first points of the period from Seth Courtney on the opening possession of the quarter, the lead reached 30 points with 2:53 to go when Joseph Robinson made a layup to make it 37-7.
DeWitt broke the 15-0 CHS run when Courtney scored to make it 37-9. A late basket from Braden Shandy for the Dragons got DeWitt in double digits just before halftime, but Jermaine Williams got a steal and a score to push the lead to 31 points at the intermission with the score at 42-11.
The Cougars continued to pour it on in the third. Brian Miller opened the scoring on the first possession and Demond Franklin ended the quarter with a slam dunk with 0:09 on the clock that brought the Cougar Faithful and pushed the lead to 46 points at 63-17.
The mercy rule was in effect for the entire fourth quarter. Kyleen Milton scored the last points of the game with 0:05 on the clock.
Franklin led the Cougars with 19 points. Seals added 11. Caleb Brown led DeWitt with 15 points.
Lady Cougars thump Lady Dragons 42-25
In women’s action, the Lady Cougars (6-3, 3-0) opened the game 5-5 from three point range and used a smothering defense to hold the Lady Dragons (1-8, 0-3) to just five first-half points on the way to a 42-25 win.
Kerra Trancy hit her first of three long-range shots in the opening period just 15 seconds into the game from the right wing to open the scoring. Tara Green added one of her own on the next possession and Helena-West Helena led 6-0 with 7:17 to go in the first period.
After Carrington Hollimon got DeWitt on the board with 6:54 remaining, Trancy hit two more long-range jumpers and Shiria Lindsey added another to make it 15-2 at the 4:01 mark from the first period. DeWitt managed only one point over the final 6:54 of the period and CHS was up 19-3 at the end of the first.
With CHS giving everyone playing time in the second quarter, offensive production slowed, but the Lady Cougar defense still dominated, holding the Lady Dragons to just two points in the period. Trancy scored all four points for Helena-West Helena in the second and it was 23-5 at the intermission.
The teams began to trade baskets in the third. Helena-West Helena took its biggest lead at 34-13 when Green grabbed a rebound and scored on the putback with 1:32 to go in the third. DeWitt got baskets from Naturi Harris and Astyn Beck to close the game to 17 points at the end of the third with the score 34-17.
The Lady Dragons scored six consecutive over a three-minute span in the final stanza with baskets from Alyssa Stewart, Beck, and Hollimon to cut Helena-West Helena advantage to 38-25 with 2:!4 remaining. But Green would add four points down the stretch to end DeWitt’s final gasp.
Green led all scorers with 17 points and had 12 rebounds. Trancy added 13 points to round out those in double figures.
Jr. Cougars defeat Jr. Dragons 49-38
In the Jr. High game, the Cats jumped out to a 16-3 lead in the first quarter and never looked back on the way to a 49-38 win over the Jr. Dragons. Kylen Ester led the Cats with 17 points. Jeremiah Rollett had 12.