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Hornets rout Saints 66-47

Though Selma earned an area title with a win over G.W. Carver on Friday, Dallas County staked its claim for the title of “county champion” with a 66-47 win over Selma on Saturday.

With the win, the Hornets finished the season undefeated against Selma and fellow county foe, Southside. They also proved that their Nov. 15 win at Selma was not a fluke.

“Yes, we’re county champions,” said Dallas County coach Willie Moore.

He did acknowledge that the Hornets had an advantage on Saturday, having not played the night before. But Selma coach Woodie Jackson refused to use that as an excuse.

“We laid down tonight,” said Jackson. “We didn’t play any ball tonight. None. Zero. We didn’t have any energy and no effort.”

Dallas County used a second quarter run to take control of a game that was tightly contested for the first quarter. After a Tedric Owens layup forced the game’s first tie since the opening tip, Selma fouls and turnovers sparked a 15-4 Dallas County run to put the Hornets ahead 47-28 at the break.

Things didn’t get any better for the Saints in the third quarter, as the Hornet defense held them without a field goal the entire period. A Wendell Lewis 3-pointer at the 6:13 mark of the fourth quarter ended the Saints’ 12-minute field goal drought.

“I thought we were relentless on the defensive end,” said Moore. “We wanted to pressure their ball handlers up and down the floor. They really didn’t get any transition baskets tonight.”

While Selma floundered, Dallas County prospered. The Hornets closed the period with an 11-1 run to extend their lead to 47-28.

Brandon Holmes led the Hornets with 21 points and Frank Crews added 16.

Justin Ravizee led Selma with 13 points and DeAngelo Norris finished with 12.