Tuesday sports: Horn Lake rallies to beat Mustangs

Photo: Horn Lake’s Kylen Pernell, shown in Tuesday’s contest at Center Hill, led the Eagles with 23 points. (Bob Bakken/desotocountynews.com)

Horn Lake took a pair of basketball wins at Center Hill Tuesday night but none of them came easy. The number-one ranked Horn Lake boys recovered from a deficit to defeat the Mustangs 72-67 after the Lady Eagles rallied late in a low scoring 38-34 win.  

HORN LAKE BOYS 72, CENTER HILL 67:  Center Hill took an early three-point lead after one quarter at 18-15 and led the Eagles 36-33 at halftime. The Mustangs were led in the first half by Jaidyn Rankins, who scored 15 of his game-high 32 points in the opening half of play. Jeremy Holloway added nine in the half for Center Hill.  

Center Hill’s Jaidyn Rankins powered in 32 points to lead the Mustangs against Horn Lake. (Bob Bakken/desotocountynews.com)

Horn Lake countered with Kyren Pernell, who finished the first half with 10 points including a pair of three-pointers.  

Twin brother Kylen Pernell keyed the second half turnaround for the Eagles, scoring 11 of his team-high 23 points in the first eight minutes after halftime, and a Kylen Pernell dunk with 1:17 left in the third quarter gave Horn Lake a 54-52 lead which they never lost after that. 

At one time in the third quarter, Center Hill had as much as a 12-point lead on the top-ranked Eagles at 45-33.

The 10-0 Eagles would hold Center Hill to 12 points in the final quarter for the five-point victory.  

Kylen Pernell’s 23 points were backed by Kyren Pernell’s 19 and John Randle with 10. 

Rankins, who finished with 32 points for Center Hill, nailed seven three-point baskets, including a run of four straight in the third period of play. 

Indiya Bowen shoots for two of her 16 points for Horn Lake in the victory over Center Hill Tuesday night. (Bob Bakken/desotocountynews.com)

HORN LAKE GIRLS 38, CENTER HILL 34: The Lady Eagles recovered after weekend losses to Brandon Friday at home and to Ingomar at the Tangle on the Trail, but had to rally late Tuesday to beat their cross-county rival.  

Center Hill roared out for the early 13-7 lead after one quarter and held Horn Lake to just five second-quarter points for 27-12 halftime lead. 

However, the Lady Eagles rallied in the second half, holding the Lady Mustangs to just a basket from Paige Wilcher in the third quarter, but still trailed 29-20 going into the final eight minutes. 

That’s when Indiya Bowen took over in the fourth quarter for the Lady Eagles. Despite being saddled with foul trouble, Bowen took charge to score nine of her game-high 16 points while the Lady Mustangs struggled in the offensive end to net just five points in the final eight minutes. 

After Bowen’s 16 points, Lamyah Harris scored eight points with five coming in the final quarter.  

Center Hill, now 4-7 for the season, was led by Madison Hughes’ 11 points, along with seven each from Dominique Collins and Madison Bush. Neither Collins or Bush would score in the second half.  

Madison Hughes led Center Hill in scoring with 11 points. (Bob Bakken/desotocountynews.com)

Here’s Tuesday’s DeSoto County scoreboard:  

Tuesday, Dec. 13

Prep boys basketball

  • Byhalia 73, DeSoto Central 71
  • Horn Lake 72, Center Hill 67
    • Horn Lake-Kylen Pernell 23, Kyren Pernell 19
    • Center Hill-Jaidyn Rankins 32, Kaison Saunders and Jeremy Holloway 10 each
  • Hernando 65, Tunica Rosa Fort 56
    • Hernando-Derrell Tate 23, Eric Oliver 14, Justin Hammett 11
  • Southaven 66, Lewisburg 48
    • Lewisburg-Gage Haley 12
    • Southaven-Kam House 19

Prep girls basketball

  • DeSoto Central 66, Byhalia 33
    • DeSoto Central-Mya Richardson 26
  • Horn Lake 38, Center Hill 34
    • Center Hill-Madison Hughes 11
    • Horn Lake-Indiya Bowen 16
  • Hernando 53, Tunica Rosa Fort 5
    • Hernando- Hallan Wallace 12, Skylar and Damyia Cummings 10 each 
  • Southaven 44, Lewisburg 43
    • Lewisburg-Rainey Lamb 17, Allison Irby and Alicia Kautzky 10 each.
    • Southaven-Leanna Silas 18 

Prep boys soccer

  • Center Hill 3, Olive Branch 0
  • Lake Cormorant at Horn Lake – canceled
  • South Panola at Hernando – canceled

Prep girls soccer

  • Center Hill 4, Olive Branch 1
  • Lake Cormorant at Horn Lake – canceled
  • South Panola at Hernando – canceled 

Prep wrestling

  • North Pontotoc 43, Lewisburg 33

NBA G League basketball

  • Memphis Hustle 132, Lakeland Magic 130 (overtime) (box score)

Bob Bakken

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