HELENA-WEST HELENA- An 11-2 run by North Pulaski (7-5,1-0) early in the third quarter broke open a tight game as the North Pulaski Falcons defeated the Helena-West Helena Central Cougars (3-3, 0-1 5A-Central) by a score of 79-68.
Trailing 39-37 with 7:40 to go in the 3rd quarter, the Falcons went on an 1--2 run to take a 48-41 lead. Helena-West Helena never trailed again. The Cougars cut the lead to 51-48 late in the third, but two consecutive three point shots by Rashawn Langston pushed the lead back to nine. Helena-West Helena never got that close again, trailing 60-53 at the end of the third quarter.
The game was tight throughout the first half. The Cougars led 21-20 at the end of the third quarter. Helena-West Helena's Alonzo Murphy hit a three point shot at the buzzer to end the first half to tie the game at 37-37. Langston led North Pulaski with 29 points. Eric Mouton added 18, followed by Joseph Aiken with 14. The Cougars were led by Jeremy Hampton with 19 points, followed by Delane Bedford with 15 points.
In girls' action, Helena West Helena (3-3, 1-0 5A-Central) led from start to finish as they defeated the Lady Falcons by a score of 56-37. The Lady Cougars started fast and built a 24-10 lead at the end of the first quarter. The lead grew to 30-14 before North Pulaski went on a 6-2 run to cut the lead to 32-20 at the intermission. The Lady Falcons opened the second half and quickly cut the lead to 34-28, but that was as close as the Lady Falcons would get. The Lady Cougars opened the lead back up to nine points to 44-35 at the end of the third quarter. The final stanza was all Helena-West Helena as they held North Pulaski to two points over the final eight minutes.
The Lady Cougars were led by Kymberlee Collier with 21 points. Cassandra Nealy and Delana Bedford followed with 10 points each.