Both Sumter teams move into AISA area tournament finals
From staff reports
Feb. 3, 2001
Sumter Academy's teams moved into the finals of the Alabama Independent School Association's Class 2A, Area West Region 1 tournament with wins Friday night.
Sumter's top-seeded girls ripped Jackson (Ala.) Academy 57-22, while the Sumter boys knocked off Patrician 68-57.
The Lady Eagles are in tonight's finals beginning at 6 p.m. against Patrician Academy. Patrician advanced with a 52-24 win over South Choctaw Academy.
Sumter's boys will take on Marengo Academy in their final at 7:30.
Sumter Academy girls 57, Jackson Academy 22: The Lady Eagles jumped to a commanding 31-8 lead in the first half and coasted to an easy win.
Amanda Chambless pumped in 16 points to lead Sumter Academy, while Jess Watkins scored 14 as the Lady Eagles improved to 18-2. J.J. Cook threw in 13 points.
Sumter Academy boys 68, Patrician Academy 57: The Eagles built a nine-point lead in the first half and made it stand up with a 40-point outburst in the second half.
John Upchurch burned the nets for a game-high 28 points for the Eagles, while Shane Martin scored 19 and Tucker Spidle nine as Sumter improved to 10-10.
Jordan May led Patrician with 20 points and John David Cornelson scored 11 for the Saints.
Patrician Academy girls 52, South Choctaw Academy 24: The Lady Saints, the second seed in the tournament, held a commanding 29-6 lead at halftime and coasted to the win.
Stephanie Guinn scored 10 points to lead the Lady Saints, while Kirby Baxter turned in a solid performance with nine points, seven rebounds and six steals.
Catherine Lewis led SCA with 12 points.
Choctaw Central girls 102, Williams-Sullivan 59: The Lady Warriors won for the 83rd consecutive time on their home floor, busting the scoreboard against old rival Williams-Sullivan.
Choctaw Central led 57-28 at halftime and easily improved to 24-3 on the season.
Deaundrea Johnson led a balanced scoring attack for the Lady Warriors with 18 points. Chantay Frazier scored 13 and Shavon Willis had 11, while three others scored nine.
Keilandra Scruggs led the Lady Yellow Jackets with 15 points.
Choctaw Central boys 64, Williams-Sullivan 63: The Warriors fell behind early, but rallied with 22 points in the final quarter to take the win.
Choctaw, which improved to 10-17, got 18 points from Kinsey Henry and 15 from Julius Willis.
Jerry Dixon led Williams-Sullivan with 21.
Lake girls 68, Pisgah 45: The Lady Hornets just keep on cruising, as Lake improved to 27-3 overall and kept its Division 6-1A record perfect at 11-0 with a big win over Pisgah.
Kimyatta Viverette pumped in 17 points to lead Lake, which led 40-21 at halftime.
Roxana Rogers scored 14 points for the Lady Hornets, Odena Cox added 13 and Kim Cox scored 10 for coach Bill Ingersol.
Southern Choctaw boys, 80, Millry 52: The Indians charged out to a 12-point halftime lead in front of the home crowd and never looked back in the rout.
The Indians (19-8) were paced by the usual suspects, as Terrell and Bernard McGrew scored 17 and 12 points, respectively.
Larry Campbell stepped up with 12 points, as well, while Marques Hill pulled down six boards. Southern Choctaw plays host to cross-county rival Choctaw County today.
Heidelberg girls 72, McLaurin 56: Thirteen proved to be the lucky number for the Lady Oilers, as Keisha Hales, Jessica Yates and Catina Fowler all poured in 13 points to lead HHS to the Division 7-3A home win.
It wasn't close for long as the Lady Oilers (19-8) led 39-23 at the half. Shawna Stevens added 11.
Heidelberg boys 83, McLaurin 55: It was the same story in the nightcap, as the Oilers (19-8) got balanced scoring with Derrick Turner's 14, Michael Pierce's 12, William Duke's 11 and Fred Stephen's 10-point efforts.
Ted Williams' bunch led 38-21 at the break.
Noxapater boys 53, Edinburg 51: This one was a neck-and neck battle all the way, as the visiting Tigers led the Eagles by a bucket, 27-25, going into the locker room.
Jonathan Hunter paced the Tigers (5-12) with 14 points, while J.E. Haynes and Nijel Young chipped in with 12 and 10, respectively.