Henson twins propel Lady Cougars

SPRINGVILLE – South Pontotoc’s one-two punch of Elizabeth and Emily Henson combined for 41 points in the Lady Cougars’ 79-47 victory over the Amory Lady Panthers on Tuesday.
Elizabeth, who wears No. 2, scored a game-high 21 points while Emily, who wears No. 1, added 20 points in the victory. Elizabeth’s final basket came off an assist from her twin sister on a two-on-one break early in the fourth quarter.
“Next time, I just won’t pass her the ball,” Emily joked when asked about giving her sister the go-ahead basket in the sibling rivalry.
However, Emily outrebounded her younger sister by one, five to four, on the night.
The Lady Cougars (1-2) broke open a 10-point contest when Amory’s (0-2) super sophomore Alex Thompson went down with an ankle injury early in the third quarter, allowing South Pontotoc to go on an 10-3 run to take a 58-36 lead heading into the final frame.
C.C. Costilow, a transfer from Pontotoc, scored 16 points and grabbed six rebounds while Lexi Wilson chipped in 11 for the Lady Cougars. Thompson returned late in the third quarter to finish with 20 points and 10 rebounds while Destiny Devauld added 11 for the Lady Panthers.
(B) Amory 75 South Pontotoc 42
First-year head coach Jason Kelly has the Panthers off to a 2-0 start to the season after their 75-42 victory over the Cougars.
Jaylon Fair scored a game-high 11 for Amory while teammates Dario Robinson and Devin McIntosh each scored 10 points.
The Panthers outscored South Pontotoc (0-3) 27-9 in the second quarter to take a 42-20 lead at the break and used another big run outscoring the Cougars 18-8 in the fourth to take the 33-point victory back to Monroe County.
Wesley Barefield, Tyson Berry, and Nathan Newell scored 10 points each to lead the Cougars in scoring.
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ADAM GORE / Special to the Journal