Saturday sports: Eagles, Quistors win in the Tangle

The two DeSoto County boys’ basketball teams considered among the top teams in Mississippi high school basketball right now solidly stated their case for those positions on Saturday. 

Horn Lake and Olive Branch both posted wins in the annual Pontotoc Tangle on the Trail classic, as the Eagles defeated Moss Point 66-35 and Olive Branch dumped Forest Hill 70-41.  

Meanwhile Center Hill was stung by Cleveland Central 72-30 in the Tangle finale Saturday evening.  

HORN LAKE 66, MOSS POINT 35: The Eagles used a combined 40 points from the Pernell twins and 11 more from Conner Sims to beat the Tigers from the Gulf Coast. 

Kyren Pernell’s 21 points earned him the Most Valuable Player award for the Horn Lake Eagles’ victory. (Bob Bakken/desotocountynews.com)

Horn Lake started strong with a 26-8 lead after one quarter and led 41-16 at halftime. The lead grew to 61-27 when the third quarter ended and with the large lead, the fourth quarter was played with a running clock not stopping except for timeouts in the final eight minutes of the game.  

The Eagles were led in scoring by Kyren Pernell, who received the game’s MVP award with a team-high 21 points, 12 of which were scored in the third quarter. Pernell sank a trio of three-pointers among his 21 points.  

Twin brother Kylen Pernell finished with 19 points for Horn Lake and Conner Sims added 11. Kendrick Osby led the Tigers with 23 points. 

Horn Lake coach Chico Potts later praised his team’s attention to details. 

“The defensive details, more than anything,” Potts said. “That’s going to be the determining factor in how we do and how we finish up. I thought we did a good job of imposing our will on them (Moss Point).”

OLIVE BRANCH 70, FOREST HILL 41: Jaylyn Tyler scored 15 points to earn game MVP honors and lead the Conquistadors to the easy victory over the Patriots. Most of Tyler’s point production came in the second quarter, when he scored 13 of the team’s 33 points for a 43-23 halftime lead. The Quistors continued to pour it on the Patriots in the third quarter, as Olive Branch held Forest Hill to just seven points while scoring 23 for a 66-30 edge. With the large lead, the fourth quarter was played with the running clock.  

Joining Tyler with game-high scoring honors was Reece Garrison, who also scored 15 points, nine of the total scored in the second-quarter outburst.  

Riyan Nelson of Forest Hill scored 14 points to lead the Patriots in the loss.  

Jaylyn Tyler scored 15 points to earn him the Most Valuable Player award for the Olive Branch Conquistadors victory over Forest Hill. (Bob Bakken/desotocountynews.com)

Playing less than 24 hours after an intense and hotly-contested 79-71 district win at rival Center Hill Friday night, Olive Branch coach Eric Rombaugh was pleased with how his team responded. 

“Coming around to play a good team today, the boys responded better than I expected,” Rombaugh said. “They did a great job on defense, talking and rotating on offense, sharing the ball, and we shot the ball well today.”

CLEVELAND CENTRAL 72, CENTER HILL 30: The Mustangs struggled from the start against the 5A Wolves, trailing 28-9 after one quarter and 48-13 at halftime. The 35-point lead meant the entire second half went to a running clock but that didn’t stop Cleveland Central from posting 20 points to the Mustangs’ nine in the third quarter.  

Jhordan Chaffin and Nic Warner were the leading scorers for Center Hill in the contest with nine points each.  

Jayden Sampson led Cleveland Central with 23 points in the victory.  

Here’s the Saturday DeSoto County scoreboard:

Prep boys basketball

  • Northpoint Christian 68, Grenada 41
  • Cleveland Central 72, Center Hill 30
    • Center Hill: Jhordan Chaffin, Nic Warner 15 each
  • Horn Lake 66, Moss Point 35
    • Horn Lake: Kyren Pernell 21, Kylen Pernell 19, Conner Sims 11
    • Moss Point: Kendrick Osby 23
  • Olive Branch 70, Forest Hill 41
    • Olive Branch: Jaylyn Tyler, Reece Garrison 15 each
  • Lafayette (Oxford) 55, Hernando 54
    • Hernando: Justin Hammett 15, Tommy Brown 10

Prep girls basketball

  • Germantown (Madison) 44, Horn Lake 43
  • Lafayette (Oxford) 49, Hernando 32
    • Hernando: Damyia Cmmings 10

Prep girls soccer

  • Hernando vs. Bay St. Louis
  • Sumrall 3, Hernando 0

JUCO women’s basketball

  • Northwest 70, Dyersburg State, Tenn. 61

NBA G League basketball

  • Memphis Hustle 118, Texas Legends 105
    • Memphis Hustle: Vince Williams Jr. 23, Matt Hurt 17

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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