By Rocky Higginbotham

Kemper County Messenger

Nanih Waiya’s boys and girls dropped basketball contests at Sebastopol last Tuesday night and at home against Union on Friday night.

The Warriors lost 54-30 at Sebastopol and 60-44 to Union to remain winless at 0-12 on the season. The Lady Warriors fell 35-19 at Sebastopol and 55-38 to Union and are now 2-10 under first-year head coach Jason Morgan.

Both squads were to visit Class 4A power West Lauderdale on Monday before returning home to entertain Winston Academy on Thursday.

Next week, the Warriors and Lady Warriors are scheduled to participate in the Columbus Christian Academy Tournament on Friday and Saturday (Dec. 29-30).

Both squads had their moments in home losses to Class 2A Union last Friday night.

The Lady Warriors trailed by just two at halftime, and promptly scored the first five points of the third quarter to take a 28-25 lead.

But the Lady Yellowjackets reeled off 18 straight points, and Nanih Waiya went 4 minutes, 55 seconds without scoring and played catch-up the rest of the way.

Hope Thames led the Lady Warriors with 25 points in the loss, while Dallyn Nance scored seven.

The Warriors were down by 15 at the half and the deficit quickly grew to 20 in the third quarter. A 14-5 run pulled the Warriors within 52-41 with 4:27 left, but they could get no closer.

Bryce Stanton had 14 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and a couple of steals to lead the Warriors, while Isaac Eiland scored 14 points to go with seven rebounds, three assists and two steals.

Jordan Higginbotham added eight points, nine rebounds, three blocked shots and two steals; Trey McMullan chipped in four points; and Tyquan McCully handed out a team-high five assists.

Nanih Waiya turned it over nine times in the opening period but just 16 times in the game, but was out-rebounded 48-37.

At Sebastopol last Tuesday, the Lady Warriors dug a 24-5 hole in the first half before outscoring the Lady Bobcats 14-11 in the second half. Thames scored nine points and Hanna Higginbotham chipped in six.

The Warriors were outscored in all four quarters of a 24-point loss, as they were down 22-10 at halftime and 36-18 after three quarters.

Eiland scored 14 points and Ethan Dailey chipped in six in the loss.