Selma High sweeps rival Keith High

Published 4:37 pm Wednesday, November 23, 2022

By Travis Gupton

The Selma Times-Journal

Selma High started Thanksgiving week with two wins over Keith High in front of a raucous crowd at Selma High School on Tuesday night.

Boys

Selma 52, Keith 43: Selma came out quickly scoring the first four points of the game. Keith could not get their first bucket to fall in the first quarter until the 1:54 mark of the first quarter. Both teams struggled at the end of the first quarter to find points but at the end of the first quarter, Selma led 12-6.

In the second quarter, the Saints started to push away. Deshawn Flannagan started the run, but it was  Jamarion Acoff who scored seven points in the quarter to extend the Saints’ lead.

Keith battled back at the end of the quarter behind eight points from Tommy Tisdale III. At the half Selma still led 26-14.

The Bears came out of halftime on a mission. They outscored the Saints 17-14 in the third quarter, making it a 40-31 Selma lead going into the fourth.

The Bears cut the Saints’ lead  to six at the 5:30 mark of the fourth quarter but that was as close as they would get.

Flannagan scored eight important points in the fourth to push the game just out of reach of the Bears. “Overall I was proud of our effort,” Selma Head Coach Daron Rembert said after the game.

“ I thought we played with the right intensity but I don’t think we played smart basketball. We do have some things that we need to clean up. We will focus on cleaning those things up while focusing on getting better as a team.”

Keith was led by Tisdale and Keith head coach Marcus Turner said that he is a leader for this team this year.

“ He is a great kid,” Turner said. “ The thing about it is he is always prepared. Day in and day out. He is the first one to come into the gym and the last one to leave. He always tries to lead by example. He is not as vocal as I would want them to be but he is always leading by example.”

Girls

Selma 38, Keith 26: It was a tight game in the first quarter. Selma had three different players score in the first quarter and held a 6-5 lead after the first quarter. The Lady Saints started to push away in the second quarter. Selma outscored Keith 11- 7 in the second quarter behind five points from Jamiria Jackson to give them a 17-13 lead at the half.

Coming out of the half Selma kept doing the same thing and pushed the lead out to 10 in the third quarter. Keith did not have a field goal until two seconds left in the quarter and looked at a 28-18 deficit going into the fourth.

Keith pushed hard in the fourth behind five points from JaKayla Moore.

Selma was held without points for over three minutes before Jackson scored six of the last eight points of the game to give Selma the win. Jackson finished with 17 points to lead all scorers for Selma. For the Lady Bears, Moore led the team with 12 points.