Basketball Roundup: Another big game from Smith sends PCA past Briarfield; St. Al boys roll over Benton

Published 9:12 am Friday, December 8, 2023

Jae’la Smith had her brief double-double streak come to an end, mainly because she was too busy doing everything else on the court.

The senior totaled 37 points, eight assists and seven steals to lead Porter’s Chapel Academy to an easy 63-32 girls’ basketball victory over Briarfield Academy on Thursday.

It was the third time in as many games this season that Smith has scored at least 20 points for PCA (3-0), although this was the first one in which she did not have at least 10 rebounds. She finished with three. Smith was 11-for-17 from the field, however, and 5-for-5 from 3-point range. She scored 19 points in the first half as PCA surged to a 36-9 lead at halftime.

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Lauren Madison did have a double-double for PCA, with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Marley Bufkin added six points and four assists, and Sophie Masterson finished with three points and eight rebounds.

Led by Smith’s sharp shooting, PCA shot 58.7 percent (27-for-46) from the field.

Anna Beth Russell led Briarfield with nine points, and Ella Claire Payne scored six.

Porter’s Chapel will be back in action Dec. 14, when it hosts Tallulah Academy.

Briarfield 52, Porter’s Chapel 50
Ben Coullard scored 19 points, Cullen McIntosh added 13, and Briarfield Academy used a big surge in the third quarter to beat Porter’s Chapel in Thursday’s boys’ game.

Coullard and McIntosh combined for all 16 of the Rebels’ points in the third quarter, as they outscored PCA 16-7 to take a 36-30 lead into the fourth. PCA rallied in the final period but never regained the lead.

Noah Porter led PCA (3-1) with 21 points and seven rebounds. Ty Mack finished with 12 points and seven rebounds, and Taylor LaBarre scored nine points on three 3-pointers. The Eagles were only 8-for-17 from the free throw line.

St. Aloysius 65, Benton Academy 38
Anthony McCloud led three players in double figures with 18 points and four steals, as St. Aloysius routed Benton Academy on Thursday.

Carson Gleese and Carter Henderson scored 10 points apiece for the Flashes, and Walker Lambiotte added nine. Gleese also had five assists.

St. Al’s junior high team also beat Benton, 31-16. Dru Gleese scored 14 points and John Hossley had six. Evan Mallard finished with 10 rebounds, while Grant Gattle had five steals.

St. Al will finish a stretch of four consecutive home games by playing Greenville Christian Friday night and East Rankin Academy on Monday. Both games start at 6 p.m.

About Ernest Bowker

Ernest Bowker is The Vicksburg Post's sports editor. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post's sports staff since 1998, making him one of the longest-tenured reporters in the paper's 140-year history. The New Jersey native is a graduate of LSU. In his career, he has won more than 50 awards from the Mississippi Press Association and Associated Press for his coverage of local sports in Vicksburg.

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