By Melissa Meador/Monroe Journal
AMORY – Aberdeen returned the favor to county rival Amory on Saturday night, handing out a 66-51 home loss less than a month after losing the Monroe County tourney title to the Panthers.
The loss ended a streak of nine straight wins for Amory since the start of the county tournament.
“Good momentum build- er for us heading into next week,” said Aberdeen coach Roy Hazzle, whose Bulldogs lost to Mooreville in OT on Friday. “We came in knowing we didn’t want to lose back-to-back games.”
Aberdeen opened up a 21-13 lead in the beginning of the second quarter, thanks to a 3-pointer by Rico Haughton to close the first and a basket by Jakeese Walker to open the second.
A pair of Nick Beeks buckets brought the Panthers to within five just minutes later, before Ken McCoy and Aaron McMillian each hit shots to stretch it back to 7.
Free throws from Jaylon Fair and Dario Robinson at the start of the third cut the lead back to 4, but Aberdeen opened a double-digit lead late in the quarter on scores from McCoy and Marcus Carothers.
“I think when two good teams play each other, anything goes. Whoever hits the shots and gets those big stops is going to win,” Amory coach Rob Browning said.
Haughton led Aberdeen with 13 points. Carothers scored 12, and McCoy and McMillian scored 11 each.
Devin McIntosh and Beeks led all scorers with 14 points, while Dario Robinson scored 13.
(G) Amory 54, Aberdeen 44: Ashley Thompson scored a game-high 20 points for Amory. Alexis Walker led Aberdeen with 17 points.