By David Wheeler/Special to the NEMS Daily Journal
MOOREVILLE – The Mooreville Troopers started the first half strong on Friday, and finished it even stronger.
That translated into a 77-50 victory over Lee County foe Nettleton in the Division 2-3A opener for both schools.
We moved the ball well, and played good team ball,” Troopers head coach Jeff Tally said. “When we can get everybody healthy, I’d like to see how good we could be.”
Coming off two weeks on the sideline to heal up, Mooreville senior Austin Timms was playing good early, scoring all the Troopers’ points as the team moved to a 10-2 lead. Timms continued his strong play in the second half, scoring three of his team’s first four field goals, and advancing the lead to 33-19.
Then the Troopers (12-2, 1-0) sprinted to the locker room in style.
Mooreville went on a 12-0 run to close the half, with Timms scoring a basket for 23 first half points. Javon Berry capped the run with two dunks in the final 18 seconds to lift Mooreville to a 45-25 halftime lead.
“That run is what put the game out of reach,” Tally said. “That’s hard to overcome.”
Timms led the Troopers with 24 points and Berry chipped in 20. Chris Long had 16 to lead Nettleton.
(G) Mooreville 65, Nettleton 47: The Lady Troopers (7-7, 1-0) put the pedal to the medal in the second half to really clinch this contest.
Nettleton held a 13-12 edge after the first quarter, but good free throw shooting propelled Mooreville to a 32-21 halftime lead.
“This was a pretty nice win,” Lady Troopers head coach Kala Parker said. “It’s been a couple of years since we started off in the division like this.
“The key tonight was our ball movement and patience on offense.”
Meagan Edmonds paced the Mooreville offense with 17, and Jabria Pounds and Coco Whitfield scored 10 each to lead Nettleton.