Sylva-Bay holds on for 1-point win over Central Academy

By By Marty Stamper/The Meridian Star
Dec. 6, 2000
HEIDELBERG The girls' basketball teams from Sylva-Bay and Central Academy seem destined to put on a pretty good show when they square off this year. In two meetings, they've traded one-point wins.
Sylva-Bay held off a late rally for a 56-55 win over Central in the opening round of the District 3-A Christmas Tournament at Heidelberg Academy Tuesday night.
Central had knocked off Sylva-Bay by a point on Nov. 28 at Macon.
The Lady Saints got 21 points from Katye Tubb and 20 from Amber Carlisle in Tuesday's win. Lauren Husbands added nine points and Ingrid Norvell scored six.
Sylva-Bay improved to 10-3 with the win after going 8-16 last year.
Rowell expects a lot of tight division battles this year.
Margaret McClure led Central, 6-9, with 17 points. Megan Stokes scored 12, while Leslie Hancock, Lindley Simpson, and Carrie Coker each had eight.
Sylva-Bay led 11-8 after one quarter, 26-21 at halftime, and 41-34 to start the fourth quarter. Central got to within 52-50 with 2:05 remaining, but trailing 56-53 with seven seconds left settled for a layup by Stokes with one second remaining.
Action resumes Thursday at 4 p.m. with Kemper, 3-7, taking on Sylva-Bay in girls' action. The Kemper, 7-1, and Sylva-Bay boys meet at 5:30 followed by the Newton and Heidelberg, 4-5, girls at 7. The Heidelberg, 2-3, and Newton boys finish the night at 8:30.
Newton girls 44, Wayne 31: The Lady Generals spotted Wayne the game's first six points before rallying to within 12-10 by the end of the first quarter.
Wayne then suffered a 13-minute, 35-second span in which the Lady Jaguars managed only one free throw as the Lady Generals took control. Newton, which led 32-13 at halftime, increased its lead to 40-13 before Wayne's scoring drought ended with a basket with 2:25 left in the third period.
The Lady Generals were up 42-17 to start the fourth quarter.
Newton, 6-6, was led by Brandi Upton's 17 points, 15 of which came in the first half. Ashley Callaghan added 10 and Casey McMahan tossed in nine.
Wayne, 0-8, got 10 points from Janna Revette, seven from Erin Stanley, and five from Keri Hutto.
Sylva-Bay boys 41, Central 38: With 5:11 left, the Central boys were looking their first win of the season square in the eyeball as they had just taken a 38-29 lead on back-to-back 3-pointers from Drew Hines.
Aided by several Viking turnovers, Sylva-Bay closed the game with a 12-0 run to keep Central winless. Highlighting the Saints' run were four straight baskets from Justin Smith over a three-minute span with a 3-pointer from Andres Norvell thrown in for good measure.
Sylva-Bay, 6-2, got 13 points apiece from Norvell and Smith. Nathan Hayes added seven points.
Central, 0-12, got 15 points from Ken Hailey, eight from Ben Good, and six each from Hines and Tyler Huerkamp.
Newton boys 49, Wayne 39: The Generals built a 19-point lead over the first three quarters, then held off a late run by Wayne for the win.
Newton led 14-4 after one quarter and took a 25-14 advantage into halftime. The Generals were up 40-21 by the end of the third quarter.
Wayne got to within 45-39 on a free throw by Brent Sturdivant with 47 seconds left after Steve Wood buried a 3-pointer 30 seconds earlier.
Nathan Stamper hit a pair of free throws with eight seconds remaining to put the Generals up 49-39 to seal the win.
David White led NCA, 5-4, with nine points. Daniel Champion added eight, while Stamper, Kyle Chaney, and Will Bean each had six points. Daniel Harrison and Jason Frith both had five.
Wayne, 1-5, was led by Wood's 21 points. Cory Cochran had seven and Sturdivant added five.