Desoto County Sports

Tuesday sports: Trojans stopped by Lions in overtime

Northpoint Christian School basketball teams had a couple of closely-contested district contests with Harding Academy Tuesday night on David Manley Court. The Northpoint Lady Trojans held off Harding 45-41 in the girls game, but the Lions rallied and prevailed over the Trojans 57-53 in overtime. 

HARDING ACADEMY BOYS 57, NORTHPOINT CHRISTIAN 53 (OVERTIME): Trailing 26-21 at halftime, Harding held Northpoint to just eight points in the third quarter and gained a 50-50 tie to send the game into overtime. That’s where the Lions held Northpoint to just three free throws in the extra period for the win.  

Northpoint took a 13-9 first quarter lead after one quarter with Dean Patterson scoring six of the Trojans’ 13 points in the quarter. The Trojans claimed the halftime edge of five points thanks to a four-point quarter from Christian Gilliland and three-point baskets from Ayden Kelley and Jack Patterson.  

Christian Gilliland of Northpoint Christian led the Trojans with 24 points in the loss to Harding Academy Tuesday. (Bob Bakken/

Gilliland scored six of Northpoint’s eight points in the third quarter but got little help in the eight-minute session, outside of a basket from Gray Patterson. Meanwhile, Chaziah Curry’s pair of hoops for four points paced a balanced scoring attack that brought the contest even at 34-34 entering the fourth quarter.  

Savion Anderson and Carter Reed each scored four points for Harding in the final eight minutes of regulation to help send the game into overtime. Northpoint answered with a seven-point quarter from Gilliland and an additional five points from Jack Patterson.  

In the overtime period, Harding won with a three-pointer from Reed, a basket from Jack Turman and two free throws from Anderson. The Trojans could only answer with two free throws from Gilliland and another charity basket from Dean Patterson. 

Gilliland led all scorers with 24 points and Dean Patterson scored 12 more. Harding was led by Reed’s 13 and Curry with 11 points in the victory.  

NORTHPOINT CHRISTIAN GIRLS 45, HARDING ACADEMY 41: The Lady Trojans claimed another TSSAA Division II-A district victory by holding off the Lions for the four-point conquest. Lillie Milligan was the player that was the difference for Northpoint, scoring 26 of the Lady Trojans’ 45 points in the victory.  Harding was led by Makyah Malone’s 17 points. 

In a low-scoring first half, Northpoint held a 16-13 lead at halftime and outscored Harding 16-11 in the third quarter for a 32-24 edge at the start of the final quarter of play.  

But Harding made it close with a 17-point fourth quarter, but came up short at the final buzzer.  

Lillie Milligan, shown on defense, led the Northpoint offense with 26 points against Harding Academy.
(Bob Bakken/

Milligan was nearly unstoppable for Northpoint, scoring 10 first-half points toward her 26-point performance. She added 10 more in the third quarter and hit six key free throws in the final quarter for the Lady Trojans.  Nailah Herrera was next for Northpoint with nine points in the win.

Malone sparked the second-half comeback for the Lions with 14 of her 17 points coming after intermission.  


Tuesday, Jan. 10

Prep boys basketball

  • DeSoto Central 66, Center Hill 56
    • Center Hill: Jonathan Mitchell 13
  • Olive Branch 98, Lewisburg 76
    • Lewisburg: Gage Haley 22, Noah Jorgenson 15
    • Olive Branch: Jaylyn Tyler 26
  • Hernando 67, South Panola 61
    • Hernando: Josh Humes 22, Eric Oliver 10
  • Horn Lake 85, Southaven 79
    • Horn Lake: Kylen Pernell 33, Kyren Pernell 17
    • Southaven: Ken House 23, Ian Jeffries 14
  • Harding 57, Northpoint Christian 53 (overtime)
    • Northpoint: Christian Gilliland 24, Dean Patterson 12
    • Harding: Carter Reed 13, Chaziah Curry 11

Prep girls basketball

  • Horn Lake 58, Southaven 49
    • Horn Lake: Indiya Bowen 21, Franziska Kelly 12
    • Southaven: Anaria Lee 16, Merciana Sandifer 11
  • Center Hill 57, DeSoto Central 42
    • Center Hill: Taylor Ware 21, Jairya Rankins 11, Madison Hughes 10
  • Olive Branch 39, Lewisburg 38
    • Lewisburg: Izzy Gross 12
    • Olive Branch: Madison Young 20
  • South Panola 73, Hernando 51
    • Hernando: Damyia Cummings 22
    • Horn Lake 58, Southaven 49
  • Northpoint Christian 45, Harding 41
    • Northpoint: Lillie Milligan 26
    • Harding: Makyah Malone 17

Prep boys soccer

  • Southaven at Horn Lake
  • Hernando 8, South Panola 0
  • Grenada 3, Lake Cormorant 2 (Grenada wins in penalty kicks)

Prep girls soccer

  • Southaven at Horn Lake
  • Hernando 12, South Panola 0
    • Hernando: Delaney Hopkins, Sarah Bomar – 2 goals each
  • Grenada 6, Lake Cormorant 0

Prep wrestling – Center Hill

  • Center Hill 48, Briarcrest Christian 22
  • Center Hill 36, Lewisburg 35
  • Lewisburg 47, Briarcrest Christian 29

SPORTS ETC.: Quinn Thurman and Sophie Bauer of Northpoint Christian’s volleyball team this week were named to the Tennessee Sportswriters Association’s All-State Team. Thurman is a freshman and Bauer is a junior. The complete list is found on the TSWA website


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