NEGREET — The Simpson Broncos had four players score at least eight points, offsetting a tremendous effort from Negreet sophomore Brian Brown, coming away with a 51-44 victory on Monday night in non-district action.

NEGREET — The Simpson Broncos had four players score at least eight points, offsetting a tremendous effort from Negreet sophomore Brian Brown, coming away with a 51-44 victory on Monday night in non-district action.

With the win, the Broncos improved to 9-3 overall, claiming its fourth straight victory since a loss in the finals of the Grace Christian Tournament.

Negreet dropped to 4-5 overall. The Indians return to action at the annual Shriner’s Classic in Many, where they will face powerhouse Florien.

The Indians took the initial lead of the game on a bucket in the post by Morgan Sparks and led again at 3-2 following a Sparks free throw.

But then Simpson took the lead on a three-pointer from Roman Redfearn, which was followed by a free throw from Matthew Ward, a bucket by Tyler Meyers and a layup from Redfearn, opening up a 10-3 advantage and prompting a timeout from Negreet head coach Tim Parker.

Jacoby Spikes connected on a three-pointer of the stoppage, with Brown and Sparks adding baskets during a 7-2 run to close the gap for Negreet to 12-10 at the end of the first eight minutes of play.

A pair of Brown layups allowed the Indians to tie the game at 14-14, but the Broncos countered with five straight points, four of which came from sophomore Austin Williams, opening a 19-14 cushion.

But the Indians rallied back with five straight points to tie things up at 19-19.

A bucket and two free throws from Redfearn, along with two late free throws from Ward, gave Simpson the lead at the intermission as they took a 26-21 advantage into the locker room.

The Broncos came out of the break and opened up an 11-point lead as Redfearn drilled a three, Ward converted on an old-fashioned three-point play and Meyers scored a couple of times as Simpson took a 36-25 cushion.

But behind the play of Brown and Patrick Martone, a 10-2 surge by the Indians allowed them to get to within three points of the lead heading into the final eight minutes of regulation, 38-35.

Redfearn scored to open the fourth period for the Broncos, but buckets by Brown and Shemar Drew cut the deficit to one, 40-39.

Cameron Walker connected on a pair of free throws to give the Broncos a little breathing room and seven straight points after a Brown free throw gave Simpson a late nine-point advantage.

The Indians got no closer than seven points the rest of the way, with Simpson garnering the win.

Redfearn paced the Broncos with 21 points, while Meyers came in with 12 points. Ward and Williams notched eight points each.

Brown led all scorers as he had 24 points for the Indians in the loss. Sparks finished with seven points and Martone added four points.

 

GIRLS

Negreet…….58

Simpson…….35

 

The Negreet Lady Indians improved to 5-4 on the season on Monday night by knocking off the visiting Simpson Lady Broncos in non-district play, 58-35.

The Lady Indians opened the game by taking a 20-12 lead over the Lady Broncos (4-6) after the first eight minutes of play.

Negreet continued to add to its lead during a second-quarter surge which saw Simpson net just four points, allowing the Lady Indians to go into the halftime break with a 31-16 edge.

The Lady Broncos whittled the deficit to single digits during the third period, but the Lady Indians battled back and took a 46-26 advantage into the final eight minutes of action.

From there, it was all Lady Indians as they earned the 23-point victory.

Kelsey Thaxton led a trio of Negreet players in double figures with 14 points, while Madison Holmes and LaQuitha Walker scored 13 and 11 points, respectively. Kylie Anders chipped in with nine points.

Dallas Burns paced Simpson with 12 points, while Ally Berry notched 10 points.