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Bay Springs basketball polished off Day 1 of its Holiday Basketball Tournament Friday night with a pair of wins. In Game 6, the Lady Bulldogs came from behind to beat Leake County, while the boys followed with a blow out victory over Northeast Jones in the nightcap game. Here’s how the contest played out: 

Girls: Bay Springs 47, Leake County 36. 

Though juniors Katie Ellis and Hailee Nixon led in points scored Friday night, it was players off the bench like sophomore Brittney Brown who helped Bay Springs beat Leake County, 47-36, in a come-from-behind win of sorts. 

Brown’s six-point fourth period pushed Bay Springs out in front of Leake County down the stretch. Back-to-back baskets by Brown early in the period tied, then put the lead in the hands of the Lady Bulldogs, 35-33. She finished the game with eight points.

“We had some girls off the bench that came into the game and played well,” said Bay Springs girls head coach Nedra Hosey. “I needed something, so I put Brown in, and she played well.”

Bay Springs outscored the Leake County 16-4 in the final eight minutes to earn win number three on the season.

Leake County led at the end of the first and second period, and at times by as much as eight points – on three different occasions to be exact. Bay Springs fought back three times in the contest to tie. The last was the charm as the Lady Bulldogs pulled in front and held the lead to earn the victory.

“We had trouble rebounding in the beginning,” said Hosey. “They [Leake County] would shoot and get the offensive rebound. Towards the end, we got better at blocking out and rebounding. We also cut down on our turnovers. We’ve been struggling with turnovers lately. 

“Honestly, our shots started falling later in the game, too.”

Ellis finished with a team-high 15 points. Nixon fell in second with 14.

Bay Springs girls improve to 3-5 on the season (according to MaxPreps) and will face Heidelberg Saturday night in the tournament at 7 p.m. Leake County falls to 10-5 and will square off against Florence to open Day 2 of the tournament at noon. 

Boys: Bay Springs 71, Northeast Jones 43.

A special night for junior Daylan Lindsey turned into another big win for Bay Springs.

Lindsey scored a game-high 19 points to lead the Bulldogs over Northeast Jones in a crushing fashion, 71-43. 

“Lindsey has come on tremendously for us this year,” said Bay Springs boys head coach Corey Mackey. “He’s been playing well all season. Last year was a learning experience for him. He’s learned and bought in, and now he’s one of our top players.”

Nearly all of Lindsey’s points came in the second and third period.

Bay Springs could have coasted, especially following the performance they gave in the first period. The Bulldogs led Northeast Jones, 17-2, after eight playing minutes on the hardwood. 

“We’ve been talking about playing the full 32 minutes as of recent [as a team],” Mackey said. “The kids took it personally and came out the gate with a great start. That allowed us to play more kids tonight and that’s always good when everyone is taking part and cheering each other on. 

“It’s a big deal to be able to play a bunch of guys. I always talk about playing for the future and not solely for the moment. I try to get as many young guys in as I can, and not just [mop up] minutes but actual game minutes when it’s meaningful.”

Bay Springs continued the rout by outscoring Northeast Jones in the remaining three periods. 

The Bulldogs improve to 12-1 on the season and will play Heidelberg in the nightcap game Saturday at 8:30 p.m. to conclude the tournament. Northeast Jones falls to 9-7 and will play Leake County Saturday at 1:30 p.m.