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Saints run away from Tigers

Wendell Lewis finished with 17 points and seven rebounds to lead Selma (5-5) to a 73-52 rout of Chilton County (0-2) on Tuesday.

The Tigers kept it close early, but Selma simply proved too big and physical for Chilton County.

“We couldn’t keep them off the boards,” said Chilton County coach Donnie Hand. “The kids played hard, and they don’t quit, (but) Selma’s a good team.”

A Jasmine Wave jump shot tied the game at 11 late in the first quarter, but Selma responded with an 18-2 run sparked by a Josh Dixon 3-point play and hot shooting by Justin Ravizee and Wendell Lewis to take a 29-13 lead.

Nelson Williams hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to make it 34-20 at the half, but in the third quarter, the Saints picked up where they left off. A Duprie Rivers bucket led to a 9-0 run to give Selma a 43-20 advantage.

The win earned Selma its first winning streak of the season. Selma coach Woodie Jackson has seen improvement in his team, but wants to see more.

“There are still a lot of areas we’ve got to make improvements in,” said Jackson. “Overall, we’re very, very happy with the win. But we’re still not happy with the effort.”

Rivers added 13 points and seven rebounds for the Saints, and DeAngelo Norris finished with nine points and five assists.

Williams led the Tigers with 14 points and Grantland Karn had eight.