COLLINSVILLE- The West Holiday Classic kicked off Friday afternoon featuring four local schools. Newton County, Northeast, Sebastopol, and host West participated in the tournament.
Northeast swept Sebastopol in the opening games of the tournament. The Lady Trojans won 61-37 while the Trojans escaped in the final minutes winning 54-48.
Trojans 54, Bobcats 48
It was a tight game till the final buzzer went off. However, the Trojans used a strong opening quarter to separate the two squads, leading 14-7. Maurice Clemons scored on a driving lay-up with 5:40 left in the first half to send the Trojans on a 6-0 run and make the score 26-20.
The Bobcats added a free throw by Chris Williams to end the run making it 26-21.
The Trojans ended the half on a 12-0 run sparked by a Clemons jumper.
With 3:38 left in the third quarter, Williams hit a shot to send the Bobcats on a 7-0 run, but they still trailed the Trojans at the end of the half 41-36.
It was a nip and tuck fourth quarter, but the Trojans held on to win the game 54-48.
Clemons led the way for Northeast with a game high of 22 points.
Williams paced the way for the Bobcats netting 16. Eric Banks chipped in 15. With the win, the Trojans improve to 6-7 on the season. The Bobcats fall to 9-3.
Lady Trojans 61, Lady Bobcats 37
The Lady Trojans closed out the first quarter leading Sebastopol 14-7. With 3:59 left in the half Dana Logan’s trey sent the Lady Trojans on a 13-0 run making it 30-16. Northeast led 35-20 going into halftime.
The Lady Trojans outscored the Lady Bobcats 17-10 in the third quarter. Sebastopol outscored the Lady Trojans 14-9 to finish the game.
Brittney Williams netted 22 for the Lady Trojans. Logan added 19. Holly Summers scored 10 points while Pharrah Butler chipped in eight.
Northeast improves to 8-5 with the win while Sebastopol falls to 7-4 on the season.
Russell Christian (girls) 41
Crenshaw Christian 15
Payton Lippert led the Russell Christian Academy girls basketball team as the it took down Chrenshaw Christian Academy, 41-15, in the Patrician Academy Christmas Tournament Friday night.
Lippert scored 25 points and tallied nine rebounds, while Blair Robinson and Haley Fuller both had eight rebounds a piece to help RCA improve to 6-4, 0-1 on the season.
Crenshaw Christian (boys) 66
Russell Christian 47
The Warriors went down in the first round of the Patrician Academy Christmas Tournament Friday night, falling to Chrenshaw Christian 66-47.
Tyler Bolden led Russell Christian with a game-high 22 points, including four three-point baskets. Brett Boland also chipped in with eight points.
Chrenshaw was led by Vladimil Petrov with 21 points. Trent McGough (16 points) and Alex King (12 points) were also in double digits on the night.
Noxubee County (girls) 57
Southeast Lauderdale 45
The Southeast Lauderdale girls fell to Noxubee County, 57-45, in the Kemper County Holiday Classic Friday night.
Gabrielle Cole led the Lady Tigers with 19 points as Southeast fell to 7-4 on the season. The Lady Tigers will face Sumnter Central (Ala.) today at 4:30 p.m.
Meridian (boys) 68
Greenforest Academy (Ga.) 62
Meridian stayed in the winner’s bracket of the Chick-Fil-A Holiday Invitational Classic Friday night, taking down Greenforest Academy 68-62.
Joel Baskin led the Wildcats with 21 points, going 5-of-8 from beyond the arch. Davontae Brewster had 17, going 4-of-6 from three. Je’Vaughnte Harris had 10 points and eight assist and shot 6-of-7 from the foul line in the final two minutes of the game to help put away the win for Meridian. B.J. Miller was also in double digits with 10.
The Wildcats move to 12-3 on the season and will face Columbia (Ga..) today at 6 p.m. CST.
Meridian (girls) 66, Warren Central 37
West Lauderdale (boys) 67, Newton County 59
West Lauderdale (girls) 50, Newton County 40