MCS, MMI claim tourney titles
The selma Times-Journal
The Meadowview Christian Lady Trojans run at a championship took them one step closer to fulfilling that goal on Saturday night when they made short work of the Evangel Christian Lady Lions 65-42. Carol Ann McIntyre finished the night with 17 points and 15 rebounds, giving her a second double-double for the tournament. She also garnered a slot on the All-Tournament team. She was joined on that list by her teammate Devan Aultman, who finished the night with 14 points and nine rebounds. The sophomore finished the night perfect from the floor (6-for-6) and perfect from the stripe (2-for-2).
Kasey Burton tac ked on 11 points. Elyse McIntyre who dished out 11 assists in round one, had a seven-assist performance in the championship. She also had eight points and four rebounds. Adra Creamer led the Lady Lions with 15 points from a quintet of triples.
Meadowview will be in action on Friday when they face South Choctaw in the first round of the Elite 8 Tournament at Faulkner University. Tipoff for that game is tba.
In other regional sports:
MMI (G) 48, Warrior Academy (G) 32
Felicia Sprott led all scorers for the Lady Tigers with 27 points en route to their 48-36 victory of the No. 2 seeded Warrior Lady Braves. Emily Easley and Yolanda Kelly both finished the night with seven points each. Cadet Suttles finished with five points and Cadet Cochran added two points in the victory.
Keshara Moore finished the night with 22 points to lead the Lady Braves.
The win gives the Lady Cadets a No. 1 seed going into the Elite 8 Tournament at Huntington where they will meet the winner of the Lakeside/Crenshaw Christian final. Tipoff for that game is set for 3 p.m.
Warrior Academy (B) 80, MMI (B) 79
Jovaris Smith and Kendrick Moore had a combined 43 points, but the Tigers still found themselves trailing by 12 with 3:00 left in the game. MMI finally went back on top on the scoreboard by one point with 1:00 left in the game. Smith made it a two-point lead after hitting one of a pair of free throws stemming from a Warrior Technical Foul. The lead was short lived. With under :10 on the clock Warrior’s Jamie Donaldson got free in the corner and drained a three at the buzzer to give the Braves an 80-79 victory. MMI had beaten Warrior in their two prior meetings.
Jerome Smith finished the night with 15 points and Wendell Crews added 12 points. Same Greene added five points and Amellio Fikes had a basket. The loss gave the Tigers a No. 2 seed heading into this weekend’s Elite 8 Tournament at Huntingdon.
The Tigers will match-up with the Chiefs from the Lakeside School in the first round on Thursday.
Tipoff is set for 1 p.m.
Francis Marion 53, Sunshine 51
Trailing 20-2 was not the way Woody Jackson wanted his Runnin’ Rams to start off again 1A’s Sunshine High.
Jackson pulled his Rams out of a zone defense, and as they say, the rest is history. The Rams came back and Kevin Curry sank the go-ahead basket with little time left on the clock to seal the victory. Curry finished the night 11 points and a pair of rebounds and was one point shy of tying Devin Dunnican, who finished the night with 12 points. Johnathon Anderson posted 10 points while Antonio Collins pulled down nine rebounds and added six points. Edward Hinkle finished the night with eight points, six rebounds and seven assists.
Judson College 68, Toccoa Falls 56
The Judson College Lady Eagles gave their seniors a going away present &045; a 68-56 victory in the last home game of the season Friday night in Marion. The Lady Eagles were able to post the victory over the visiting Lady Eagles from Toccoa Falls College in Georgia.
Sophomore Charity Fuller led the charge offensively for the Lady Eagles with a 16-point performance, while senior Jennifer Holmberg set the stage defensively by pulling down 22 rebounds. Putting up 14 points in her last game at Marion didn’t hurt Judson’s cause either. Juniors Anna Billingham finished the night with 12 points and a quartet of rebounds and Marsha Ford tacked on eight rebounds and four points.
The Lady Eagles will be in action at Miles College on Feb. 7 in Birmingham.
Wilcox Academy (B) 45, Southern Choctaw (B) 40
The 13-5 Wildcats secured their No. 1 seeding at next weekend’s state tournament with a regional championship and then a win in the regional tournament on Friday night. The Wildcats upended Southern Choctaw in the finals of the area tournament 45-40.
Bo Bledsoe led all scores with 13 points and was selected as the MVP of the Area tournament. Andrew Wright finished the night with 12 points and Zach Kennedy finished with nine. Both garnered All-Tourney team honors. Wilcox will play Feb 10 at Faulkner University. Their opponent has not been determined yet.
Meadowview Chr (G) 60, Taylor Road (G) 23
The Lady Trojans already have their trip to Montgomery sewn up with a 6-0 regional record at the end of the regular season. But having 17 wins on top of that mark didn’t hurt. Meadowview tacked on win No. 18 Friday night with a 60-23 shellacking of the Taylor Road Lady Tigers.
Carol Ann McIntyre led the Lady Trojans with 21 points and 10 rebounds. She also had a trio each of steals and assists. Elyse McIntyre led the team in assists with 11. Devan Aultman finished the night with 13 points and seven rebounds. Haley Johnston tacked on 10 points and seven rebounds.
Taylor Road’s Danielle Petty led the beaten Lady Tigers with nine points.
R.C. Hatch (B) 102, John Essex (B) 43
The R.C. Hatch Bobcats recorded win No. 27 with ease on Friday night, knocking off 1A John Essex in the process.
Frankie Sullivan led the Bobcats with 26 points and five rebounds. He also had six steals.
Phillipe Johnson had 13 points and seven steals. Coleman posted a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds. Pope finished the night with 12 points and six rebounds
Antwan Starks added 14 points and four rebounds and Kelvin Dudley posted 15 points. Hatch is the No. 1 seed and will host their area tournament beginning Friday.
R.C. Hatch (G) 81, John Essex (G) 18
The R.C. Hatch Lady Bobcats were able to secure a win also with relative ease. The Lady &8216;Cats were led by Venecia Dudley’s 16 points. Janita Essex added 13 points and Ahjah Mitchell posted 12 points in the victory. Hatch will host their area tournament beginning Thursday.
Evangel Chr (B) 54, Meadowview Chr (B) 47
The Meadowview Christian Trojans’ season came to a close on Friday night, falling to top-seeded Evangel Christian.
Derek Lassiter led the Trojans with 25 points and J.R. Lowe tacked on 15 points. Austin Dennis added four points. Dustin Lee and Blake Smith combined for three points in the loss.