West Lauderdale boys hold off Tornadoes

By By Marty Stamper and Jeff Byrd/The Meridian Star
Nov. 29, 2001
DECATUR West Lauderdale jumped out to a 14-point lead in the first quarter, then held off a strong comeback by Philadelphia to take a 49-48 victory in quarterfinal action Wednesday in the East Central Community College Central Mississippi Classic.
Boo Ramsey buried three 3-pointers in the first three minutes and 40 seconds as the Knights pulled out to an 11-2 lead. West led by as much as 18-4 before the Tornadoes got the last two baskets of the first quarter.
West took a 24-17 lead into halftime and had a 36-26 advantage to start the fourth quarter.
A steal and layup by Mandrako Jackson cut the Knights' lead to 38-34 and the battle was on.
The Tornadoes got to within 43-42 on a layup by Tellas Burnside with just under a minute remaining, but Ramsey and Karlos Lewis both made a pair of free throws over the next 20 seconds to put the Knights up 47-42.
A 3-pointer from Bobby Goodin made it 47-45 with 22 seconds to go, but a driving layup from Calvin Moore effectively sealed the win as the Tornadoes hit a 3-pointer as time ran out to cut the deficit to one.
The two will meet in a pair of Division 5-3A games along with the Neshoba Central Invitational.
Ramsey finished with a game-high 27 points.
West, 7-1, also got nine points from Moore and seven from Lewis.
Philadelphia, 4-2, got 13 points from Goodin, who hit three 3-pointers, 12 from Jackson, nine from Burnside, and seven from Richard Garrett.
West faces Forest, 7-0, in semifinal action Friday at 8:30 p.m., while Philadelphia was eliminated with the loss.
Neshoba Central 82
Newton 64
While it wasn't nearly as severe as the 108-33 thrashing the Rockets put on a limited Newton roster earlier this month, Neshoba improved to 5-2 with the 18-point win.
The Rockets advance to Friday's 5:30 p.m. semifinal date with unbeaten Newton County, 4-0.
Neshoba led 20-16 after one quarter and took a 37-33 edge into halftime. The Rockets were up 53-45 to start the fourth quarter, then outscored Newton 29-19 over the final eight minutes.
Neshoba got a solid one-two scoring punch from 6-foot-5 junior Calvin Parker and 6-foot-2 senior Tawon Walker. Parker scored 28 points, while Walker tossed in 24. Tavares Walker added 12, Desmond Jones had seven, and Chris Davis scored six.
Newton, 1-2, got 20 points from 6-foot-3 senior Bobby Lindsey, 12 from Laderrian Blaylock, nine each from Cornelius Caraway and David Edwards, and six from Zack Logan.
Forest 55
Morton 50
Forest sophomore Charles Rhodes tossed in a game-high 22 points to lead the Bearcats past the Panthers in the battle of Scott County unbeatens. Rhodes was 9-of-10 at the free-throw line. Forest returns to action Friday at 8:30 p.m. against West Lauderdale, 7-1. Morton was eliminated with the loss.
Newton County 46
South Leake 43
Newton County survived a pesky South Leake club 46-43 here at the East Central Mississippi Classic at ECCC on Wednesday night.
The Cougars' Tony Smith hit the back end of a two-shot foul with eight seconds left to put Newton County up three. South Leake got off a potential tying shot but came up short.
The win moves Newton County to 4-0 on the season. They will advance to Friday's semifinal round.
South Leake led 16-10 after the first quarter. The Cougars rallied in the second when the 6-foot-8 Smith scored 11 of his game high 16 points in the period.
The charge put Newton County up 25-24 at the half.
They increased the lead to 40-36 after three quarters.
Al Willis had 11 points for Newton County. Jerry Luckett scored 15 while D'Anthony Ealy added 10 for South Leake.

News

Russellville Parks and Rec adult softball league grows interest

Franklin County

PROGRESS 2024: Veteran Spotlight – Thomas Randall Miller

Franklin County

Community Spirit Bank announces promotion

Franklin County

Police search underway for man wanted in three states

Franklin County

Local students earn collegiate honors

East Franklin

PHOTOS: East Franklin Junior High awards honors

News

Traveling band makes stop at Phil Campbell High School

News

Russellville Parks and Rec holds adult sandlot softball game

Galleries

PHOTOS: Community celebrates Fourth of July with annual Jam on Sloss Lake

News

Second Canadian Phil greeted by town

Franklin County

Franklin County Schools lead nurse school nurse named administrator of the year

News

Former Russellville resident performs in ‘Miracle Worker’

Galleries

PHOTOS: Russellville, Red Bay public libraries enjoy summer reading program events

Franklin County

PROGRESS 2024: Veteran Spotlight: Robbie Richardson

News

University of Mississippi announces spring Chancellor’s Honor Roll

News

PHOTOS: Community turns out for Phil Campbell Festival

Franklin County

University of Alabama announces spring graduates

Franklin County

Dean’s, president’s lists students named for UA spring term

Franklin County

PROGRESS 2024: Veteran Spotlight – Hugh Plott

Galleries

PHOTOS: Inaugural downtown Russellville Art Crawl winners

Galleries

PHOTOS: Russellville Public Library holds princess, pirates bounce party

Franklin County

Northwest Shoals Community College signs 24 students in FAME class

Franklin County

PROGRESS 2024: Veteran Spotlight – Tony Chard

News

Car show benefit helps raise needed funds

x