NEWTON — Eight basketball games are on tap for the Newton Challenge Saturday at Newton High School.

Featured games of the day have the Philadelphia girls taking on Bay Springs and the host Tigers and Lady Tigers squaring off with Meridian.

Action gets under way at 10 a.m. and will likely run past 10 p.m.

“We start with Lake and Newton County girls and boys,” said Newton basketball coach Crandal Porter. “Then we’ve got McAdams and Scott Central in girls and boys. Then we go with Bay Springs and Philly, which should be a really good girls’ game, then Bay Springs boys play Southeast (Lauderdale).

“Meridian and Newton play in both boys and girls in the last two games. It should be a good day of basketball.”

Philadelphia’s Lady Tornadoes improved to 18-2 with a 62-22 spanking of Neshoba Central on Tuesday.

The Lake boys improved to 4-20 and won their third straight after losing 19 of their first 20 by beating Mississippi School for the Deaf 83-82 on Tuesday.

The Lake girls also knocked off MSD 58-42 to up their record to 14-12.

The Newton County girls fell to 10-15 with a 66-53 loss to Bay Springs on Tuesday, while the Newton County boys defeated Bay Springs 61-55 to improve to 15-10.

The Meridian Lady Wildcats improved to 22-5 with an 80-29 rout of Choctaw County, Ala., while the Wildcats upped their mark to 17-9 by beating Choctaw County 68-45 for their 10th straight win in Tuesday games.

The Newton girls improved to 22-4, while the Newton boys upped their record to 15-7 by whipping Clarkdale on Tuesday. The Lady Tigers won 69-37, while the Tigers posted an 80-44 victory.

Southeast Lauderdale’s boys fell to 10-14 with a 65-53 loss to Choctaw Central, while Scott Central’s girls dropped to 4-18 with a 57-40 loss to Union.

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