Eagles win another road basketball challenge

Three DeSoto County boys’ basketball teams took to the road for MLK Day holiday play Monday and one team is returning home with a victory.  

Horn Lake traveled to Lanier High School in Jackson to take part in the MLK Classic and came away with an 88-70 victory over Pascagoula.

The Eagles improved to 21-1 for the season ahead of a non-region home game Tuesday against Grenada and a region game at Southaven on Friday.  

Coach Chico Potts’ squad and the Panthers held even at 12-12 after one quarter but flew away from the team on the Coast the rest of the way, leading 34-28 at halftime, 57-49 after three quarters. Horn Lake posted 31 fourth-quarter points in taking home the victory. 

The Pernell twins again led the way for the Eagles with Kyren Pernell posting 23 points that included three three-pointers. Kylen Pernell also hit a trio of three pointers and finished with 19 points. Connor Simms stepped to add 16 points in the win.  

Pascagoula (16-5) was led by Dorian McMillan, who scored a game-high 25 points for the Panthers.  

In other action, Starkville defeated Olive Branch 70-55 at the Rumble in the South at Mississippi College, with Jaylyn Tyler leading the Quistors with 13 points. DeSoto Central traveled to Winfield City, Ala. to play Covenant Christian, Ala. and fell in a low-scoring contest 44-38.  

Monday, Jan. 16

Prep boys basketball 

  • Covenant Christian, Ala. 44, DeSoto Central 38 (at Winfield City, Ala.)
  • Horn Lake 88, Pascagoula 70
    • Horn Lake: Kyren Pernell 23, Kylen Pernell 19, Connor Simms 16
  • Starkville 70, Olive Branch 55
    • Olive Branch: Jaylyn Tyler 13

Saturday, Jan. 14

Prep boys basketball

  • Florence 74, Center Hill 72 (3OT)
    • Center Hill: Jaidyn Rankins 22, Jon Mitchell 20

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