Basketball set to pick up pace after holiday hiatus

by Sean Dunlap

After a 5-1 start to the hoops season, both the Franklin County High School varsity boys and girls basketball programs were set to return to court action this week.

The Bulldogs were slated to face off at home against McComb on Tuesday, Nov. 30 and results of that contest were not available at press time.

On Friday, Dec. 3, FC will play host to Brookhaven with action to begin with a junior varsity girls contest starting at 5 p.m., followed by both varsity teams.

On Tuesday, Dec. 7, the Bulldogs will welcome Morton with JV boys tipping off at 5 p.m., and varsity action will follow.

The Bulldogs will spend the remainder of December — prior to the Christmas break — on the road with a Tuesday, Dec. 14 contest at Lawrence County, a Friday, Dec. 17 visit to Natchez and will take part in the Lions Club Classic on Saturday, Dec. 18.

FC’s Lady Bulldogs have collected wins thus far over West Lincoln, 54-50; Loyd Star, 58-44 and 60-51; North Pike, 47-40; and Provine, 58-53.

The only loss for the girls’ program came at the hands of North Pike, 41-39, in mid-November.

The Lady Dawgs are averaging 52.6 points per game to start the current season with JaSharreah Hunt scoring an average of 27 PPG and JaKya Brown recording 17 PPG to pace the team.

The boys’ squad rolled off three wins in a row to start the 2021-22 season by beating West Lincoln, 71-37; Loyd Star, 58-42; and North Pike, 55-53.

The Bulldogs dropped a 78-52 decision to Provine in early November before taking back-to-back victories over North Pike, 61-55; and Loyd Star, 62-44.

The Dawgs are scoring an average of 59.8 points per game through the first six contests of the season with Kobe Marshall average 13 PPG and Caleibria McDonald contributing almost 12 PPG.