Friday sports: Quistors boys, Lady Jags pick up region hoop wins

Photo: Trey Wall of Olive Branch and Jace Graham of DeSoto Central battle for a rebound during Friday’s contest at DeSoto Central. (Bob Bakken/desotocountynews.com)

Friday night high school region basketball action in DeSoto County saw a full house at DeSoto Central see the Olive Branch Conquistadors hold off the home Jaguars while the Lady Jags stopped Olive Branch in a big region win for them.  

OLIVE BRANCH BOYS 68, DESOTO CENTRAL 62: JayLyn Tyler poured in a game-high 27 points to push the Conquistadors past the Jaguars Friday night at DeSoto Central. The win keeps the Quistors unbeaten in Region 2-6A play at 3-0 and Olive Branch won its fifth straight game.  DeSoto Central dropped to 10-7 overall and 1-2 in region play.  

DeSoto Central had several opportunities late in the contest to pull off the upset, especially with Bob Dickson Jr. getting 19 points and Caleb Curtis adding 15 more for the Jaguars.  

Olive Branch held a 10-9 lead after one quarter but DeSoto Central came back in the second quarter for a 32-27 lead at halftime. Tyler scored nine points for the Quistors in the second period, while the Jaguars were led by Curtis with a trio of three-pointers for nine points.  

The difference came in the third quarter, when Olive Branch erupted for 25 points in the quarter for a 52-47 lead heading into the final period of play. 

Dickson got eight of his points in the third period for DeSoto Central, while Olive Branch got 10 from Tyler, who added five more in the final quarter of play. Among his 27 points, Tyler made four from beyond the arc for a total of 12 points.  

DESOTO CENTRAL GIRLS 46, OLIVE BRANCH 36: The Lady Jags turned aside their Olive Branch rivals to open the evening, thanks for Thailan Payne’s 16 point effort in the victory.  

Olive Branch opened the game with a 7-6 first quarter lead, but DeSoto Central rallied for a 17-16 lead at halftime.  

The Lady Jags broke the game in the third quarter, outscoring the Lady Quistors 19-12 in the quarter for a 36-28 lead heading in the final period of play.  

Payne scored six points in the first half, but scored six in the third quarter and four more in the final quarter to lead DeSoto Central, now 10-5 for the season and 1-2 in Region 2-6A. Olive Branch fell to 4-7 overall and 1-2 in region action.

Brianna Black paced the Lady Quistors with 14 points, with eight of the total coming in the first half.  

Here’s the Friday night DeSoto County prep basketball scoreboard:  

Friday, Jan. 13

Prep boys basketball

  • Lausanne Collegiate 73, Northpoint Christian 60
    • Northpoint: Christian Gilliland 25, Ayden Kelley 12
  • Olive Branch 68, DeSoto Central 62
    • Olive Branch: Jalyn Tyler 27, Reece Garrison 11
    • DeSoto Central: Bob Dickson Jr. 19, Caleb Curtis 15
  • Lake Cormorant 86, Greenville 76
    • Lake Cormorant: Alijah Jackson 43, Dalen Anderson 20 
  • Lewisburg 67, Center Hill 61
    • Center Hill: Jaidyn Rankins 25, Kaison Saunders 15
    • Lewisburg: Gage Haley 15, Amarion Davis 13, Noah Jorgenson 13
  • Horn Lake 80, South Panola 61
  • Southaven 79, Hernando 54
    • Hernando: Derrell Tate 18, Eric Oliver 15

Prep girls basketball

  • Northpoint Christian 33, Lausanne Collegiate 28
    • Northpoint: Nailah Herrera 11
  • DeSoto Central 46, Olive Branch 36
    • DeSoto Central: Thailan Payne 16
    • Olive Branch: Brianna Black 14
  • Lake Cormorant 36, Greenville 21
    • Lake Cormorant: Arianna Manning 12, Taliyah Austin 11
  • Center Hill 65, Lewisburg 50
    • Center Hill: Dominique Collins 16, Jairya Rankins 12
    • Lewisburg: Allie Carroll 18, Allison Irby 16
  • South Panola 67, Horn Lake 52
  • Southaven 48, Hernando 39

Bob Bakken

Bob Bakken is the most recognized and most trusted name in DeSoto County news and sports reporting, as readers continue to express their appreciation for his accuracy and fairness in the stories he writes. Bob provides content for DeSoto County News and occasionally is heard on the OB Pod podcast talking about area happenings. A former newspaper editor and writer, his award-winning background also includes television news producing, sports media relations, and radio broadcasting.

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