Sumter Academy girls, Southern Choctaw boys win tourneys

By Staff
From staff reports
Dec. 10, 2000
The Sumter Academy Lady Eagles improved to 6-1 on the season by holding off the Pickens Academy Lady Pirates 46-41 down the stretch.
Sumter was up 27-16 at halftime and carried a 14-point lead into the final period before Pickens ended the game on a 14-4 run.
Sumter was led by Jess Watkins, who scored 20 points and also pitched in four rebounds and two blocked shots. Amanda Chambless added 11 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Lady Eagles.
Amanda Pate led Pickens with 11 points.
The win gave Sumter Academy the title of the Pickens Academy Tournament. Watkins was named the Most Valuable Player of the tourney, while Chambless made the all-tournament team.
Sumter is at Warrior Academy Monday.
Wayne County girls 50, Laurel 42: Gina Skelton's Lady War Eagles of Wayne County continued to play solid defense Friday night as they knocked off Laurel 50-42 in area prep basketball action.
The victory was the 10th of the season for Wayne County, which is now 10-3. The Lady War Eagles entertain Brandon in a Division 5-5A game Friday in their next action.
Natalie Jordan led Wayne County with 10 points, while Carla Bartee scored nine and Thelma Cooper chipped in six.
Courtney Lindsey led Laurel with 15 points. The Lady Tornadoes got nine from Sharia Gully and eight from Latoya Anderson.
Wayne County led 12-6 after one quarter and used a 20-point burst in the third period to take a 43-36 lead into the final period of play.
Velma Jackson girls 67, Southeast Lauderdale 56: The Lady Tigers jumped out to a big lead at Camden Friday night but couldn't hold on against the host Lady Falcons.
Velma Jackson won the Division 5-3A opener, cutting its deficit to three points at the half and then outscoring Southeast 37-23 in the final two periods.
Katunia Levy pumped in 29 points to lead the Lady Falcons, while Sonyette Bowie added 12 points.
Southeast fell to 8-5 overall and 0-1 in division play despite 29 points from Monique Horner and 12 from Lesley Ruffin.
Southern Choctaw boys 77, Millry 67: The Indians improved to 2-1 on the season and captured the championship of the Millry Invitational Tournament by beating the host squad Saturday.
Southern Choctaw erupted for 24 points in the opening period and stretched its advantage to 44-28 at the half.
Shawn Causey's 17 points led four Indians in double figures. Benard McGrew and Terrell McGrew added 13 points apiece and Marcus McGrew chipped in 10.
Southern Choctaw returns to action Monday when the Indians host Leroy in a Class 2A, Area 1 game.
Patrician Academy girls 46, Demopolis Academy 6: The Lady Saints led 28-0 at halftime and had no trouble disposing of Demopolis.
Brooke Dobbins pumped in 12 points to lead Patrician, which led 11-0 after one quarter, 28-0 at the half and 39-5 going into the final period. Stephanie Guinn threw in nine points.
Patrician, which is now 6-1, is at Southern Academy Monday.
Demopolis Academy 52, Patrician Academy boys 51: The Saints fell behind by seven in the first half and couldn't pull off the win despite a late rally.
Patrician, which is now 2-5 on the season, lost despite 15 points, nine rebounds and four assists from Jordan May. John David Cornelson scored 14 points and grabbed eight rebounds and Justin Irving added eight points.
The Saints are at Southern Academy Monday.
Meridian High School's boys' team won the consolation championship in the Brandon soccer tournament Saturday with a 1-0 win over Warren Central.
The Wildcats, who are now 6-5-1, had beaten Vicksburg 6-0 earlier in the day.
In the win over Warren Central, Meridian's Benji Ware scored the only goal of the match during the closing seconds off a long throw-in from Michael Collins.
Patrick Widen was in goal for the Wildcats, tossing two shutouts and allowing just one goal on a penalty kick in three games.
Earlier in the day, Meridian coasted past Vicksburg with a pair of goals from Andrew Gambrell. Leslie Rush, Peter Davidson, David Mundy and Steven Sollie each scored one goal.