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Patrician, Sumter advance to area finals

By By Jeff Byrd/staff writer
Feb. 2, 2002
Patrician Academy and Sumter Academy set up a doubleheader for the championships in the AISA 2A-West Area 1 finals today. The girls' championship is set for 2 p.m. with the boys' title game slated for 3:30.
Sumter boys 66
South Choctaw 47
Sumter Academy advanced to the AISA 2A-West Area 1 finals with a 66-47 win over South Choctaw Academy.
Sumter will play Patrician Academy today for the title. Both teams have earned berths in next week's state tournament in Montgomery.
Sumter improves to 14-5 on the season.
Sumter was led by Tucker Spidle with 21 points. John Upchurch had 11 and Shane Martin tossed in 10. SCA was paced by Dusty Johnson with 21.
Patrician boys 43
Marengo 20
The Patrician Saints moved into the AISA, 2A-West Area 1 finals this afternoon by ripping Marengo Academy 43-20. Patrician, now 16-7, will face Sumter Academy today at 3 p.m.
The Saints broke loose from a 15-15 tie game with 28 points in the second half. Leading Patrician in scoring was Jordan May with 13 points and Steven Charlton had 11.
Marengo received six points each from Matt Barr and Kyle Robinson.
Meridian girls 57
Starkville 41
Meridian carried a 31-20 lead into halftime in beating the Lady Jackets at Starkville.
Valencia Hairston led Meridian, 15-11, with 16 points. Stephanie Mosley scored 12, Kierra Williams had eight and Megan Mendiola and K'Tecia Evans both had seven.
Starkville got 13 points apiece from Marcia Milons and Tameka Chandler.
Neshoba boys 67
West Point 48
The Rockets of Neshoba Central picked up a Division 2-4A win at West Point on Friday.
Tavares Walker and Calvin Parker each scored 20 points to lead Neshoba Central in the romp. The Rockets improved to 20-7 on the season. Desmond Jones chipped in 10 points for coach Kelvin Smith's team.
Lake girls 64
Pisgah 46
Kimyatta Viverette tossed in 19 points as Lake whipped Pisgah in Division 6-1A action.
Lake moves to 23-3 on the season and leads 6-1A with a 10-0 league mark. The Lady Hornets also got 11 points from Roxana Rogers.
Patrician girls 58
Marengo 31
The top-seeded Patrician Academy girls whipped Marengo 58-31 in the AISA 2A-West Area 1 Tournament.
The Lady Saints, now 15-4, will face Sumter Academy today at 2 p.m.
Patrician broke out to a 31-13 lead after one half of play.
Brooke Norris led Patrician with 16 points, seven steals and seven assists. Stephanie Guinn had 15 points.
Marengo was led by Emily Harris with 11 points.
Wayne Aca. boys 64
Lamar School 45
Steven Wood and Cory Cochran each scored 15 points to pace Wayne Academy to the win at Waynesboro.
Lamar led 30-29 at the half. But the Jaguars came back with a 19-2 third quarter to go up 48-32 after three quarters.
The Raiders, 4-18, were led by Jace Hill with 16 points.
WSHS girls 57
Scott Central 47
Division 5-2A leader Williams-Sullivan will remain in front after beating Scott Central 57-47 on Friday night. The Lady Yellowjackets improved to 9-1 in 5-2A, while Scott Central dropped to 4-4 in league play.
The loss drops Scott Central to 17-13 overall.
The two teams were tied 27-27 at the half. The Lady Yellowjackets used a 14-6 third quarter to take a 41-33 lead. They then outscored the Lady Rebels 16-14 in the fourth quarter.
Angela Howard paced Williams-Sullivan with a game-high 26 points.
Britney Burks tossed in 21 points and Kattie Nickson had 13 for Scott Central.
Sumter girls 44
South Choctaw 23
Natalie Fox fired in 17 points to lead Sumter Academy to the 21-point win over South Choctaw Academy on Friday night in AISA tournament play.
Sumter has now won seven straight games to improve to 9-8 on the season.
Alana Jackson led SCA with 10 points.
Heritage girls 48
Lamar School 30
Heritage knocked off Lamar 48-30 Thursday night in Columbus. The loss drops the Lady Raiders to 5-21 on the season.
Heritage led 21-16 at the half. It was 40-23 after three quarters after Heritage had a 19-7 quarter.
Lamar was led by Libby Huff with 11 points. April Rodgers and Summer Richie had six each.
Whitney Jeffers scored a game-high 19 points for Heritage. Victoria Beard had 12 and Sara Buster chipped in 11.
Lamar Jr. High girls 21
Heritage 19
The Lamar Junior High School girls knocked off Heritage in overtime.
The win improves the junior Lady Raiders to 13-7. Lamar led 8-4 at the half. Heritage came back with an 8-2 third quarter to take a 12-10 lead. Lamar came back with a 9-7 fourth quarter to send the game into overtime.
Cheryl Luquire led Lamar with eight points. Kristina Makey and Leigh Phillips had five apiece.
The Lady Raiders will begin play in the Junior High Conference Tournament at Central Hinds today against Copiah Academy.
Heritage boys 52
Lamar 37
Heritage ran out to a 34-7 halftime lead to beat Lamar School 52-37 in academy boys' action on Thursday night.
David Haggard and Jace Hill each scored 15 points to pace the Raiders.