Rivalry Game: Berrien vs Cook Tonight

Tonight in Adel at Cook High School former region foes Cook and Berrien will face off in the rubber match of home/home set of games. Cook took the first games in Nashville, winning the Girls contest 57-38 and in a close battle with the boys 52-47. Both teams have struggled in region play, as Cook was reclassified in 1-AAAA, and Berrien is working to improve in 1-AA. But you can throw records out, as Berrien and Cook have always played hard against each other. The Rebels Football squad beat Cook this season, snapping an 18-year reign by the Hornets.

Treyonna Boone is fouled as she shoots against Brooks County. Photo: Eddie Senkbeil/SGSN

Treyonna Boone is fouled as she shoots against Brooks County. Photo: Eddie Senkbeil/SGSN

Berrien’s Rebelette squad enters the game at 6-9, and has a better record on the road this year. They fell to Brooks County on Tuesday night 53-38. They will depend on post play from Treyonna Boone and good shot selection from Tim Hathcock’s backcourt team of Alliyah Styles and MiKayla Alexander. Styles had 6 points Tuesday but struggled at the charity stripe, netting 1 of 4 attempts. Boone finished the contest with 9 points but went 1 for 5 from the free throw line. Hathcock will be looking for better consistency from his squad.

Cook’s Lady Hornets  has had a better season. Coach Clemmie Foster’s team enters at 8-5 (1-2). While struggling against region opponents like Monroe, the Lady Hornets have been able to hit jumpers from outside consistently, with 3-pointers saving the game against Fitzgerald in OT earlier this year.  Berrien will have to contain Aaliyah Turner and her hot shooting, forcing the Hornets to go to the post where Mercedes Clowers will live. Boone and Clowers should be a good matchup to watch early, with fouls controlling the impact in the post.

In the Boy’s contest, Cook Coach Tommy Blackshear has a different lineup in place since before Christmas break. Losing one player to eligibilty issues, and others to disciplinary action early in the school year, Blackshear has found hidden gold in Tray Jackson, Henry Desmond, and Jeremiah Smith.  Cook fell by 8 to a strong Monroe squad on Tuesday night,  and hopes to regroup in this non-region matchup. Berrien took their first region win on Tuesday night, dispatching Brooks County 67-48. Senior forwad Jay Harris led the Rebels with 21 points in the win, getting help from Justin Owens and Darius Tisby. Tisby finished with 10, and Owens netted 11. Keshaude Jackson also finished in double digits, hitting home for 11 points. Harris tallied a double-double on the evening, grabbing 11 rebounds in addition to his 21 points. Coach Aric Mawdesley hopes his strong play from his first five will transfer to tonight’s contest. Game time for the girl’s tipoff is 6:00PM.

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