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Indians win Enterprise tourney

By Staff
Richard Dark/The Meridian Star
Jan. 7, 2001
ENTERPRISE The Enterprise Invitational concluded Saturday night with the Southern Choctaw Indians taking the boys crown in a hard fought contest over the Northeast Lauderdale Trojans. Southeast Lauderdale won the girls trophy for the second consecutive year with an easy win over host EHS.
The early game saw the NEL Lady Trojans fight past the Lady Indians in a lengthy overtime thriller that saw 63 fouls whistled.
The late game between the Enterprise Bulldogs and the Southeast Tigers, which concluded at 11:30 p.m., went to the Bulldogs, 90-74.
Northeast girls 85, Southern Choctaw 81: The Lady Trojans, led by a 30-point performance from Quin Jackson, forged a six-point lead after three quarters, only to see the Lady Indians storm back to force overtime.
In the extra session, NEL got points inside from Dorecious Powe, who finished with 21, to eventually come away with the win.
SCHS got 23 from Monique Nicholson and 15 from Tara Pascley to stay within striking distance. The Lady Trojans hurt themselves by shooting just 15-of-31 from the free throw line.
Crystal Hopson added 10 for NEL, while Tanycia Philaw and Shaykesha O'Neal put in 12 and 11, respectively, for SCHS.
Southern Choctaw 69, Northeast boys 68: The Indians came from behind late in a game where a controversial intentional foul was whistled on the Trojans inside the final minute.
The marathon 60-foul affair saw the lead change hands several times. But the Indians' Shaun Causey pumped in a game-high 24 points and Bernard McGrew spelled him with 15 of his own. The contest was knotted at 35 at the break. Stephen Dyess led NEL with 19 points and Marcus Betts cleaned up down low, putting in 15. Neither team shot the ball well from the stripe, as NEL hit just 20-of-34 and SCHS made only 21-of-40.
Southeast girls 67, Enterprise 35: Monique Horner continued to light it up from beyond the arc, as Joe Miller's Lady Tigers were never threatened by the younger, more inexperienced EHS group.
Horner rained a bevy of 3-pointers on the way to a 30-point night, as SEL outscored the Lady Bulldogs 22-2 in the second period. The Lady Bulldogs, never stopped hustling, however. Despite being down by a lopsided margin, they outscored SEL in the final frame.
Lesley Ruffin and Kenitta Cooley each scored six foe the Lady Tigers (14-6). Shonda Bester paced EHS with 10 and Jerra Cook and Chasity Stingley each had seven.
Enterprise boys 90, Southeast 74: The Bulldogs pulled away in the second half to improve to (7-7). Once again Corey Boggan had a big night with 30 and Bryan Bester added 21. The Tigers, seeking their second win of the season, were down by only a bucket with 7:01 to go in the third, before the Bulldogs pulled away. Doug Rowe hit for 24 and Jonathan Russell sunk in 18 for the Tigers.

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