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Sumter Academy blasts South Choctaw

By Staff
From staff reports
Jan. 17, 2001
Sumter Academy came within one game of breaking .500 on the year Tuesday with 73-53 win over South Choctaw.
John Upchurch scored 27 points to lead Sumter in the win, which improved the Eagles to 7-8. Joseph Hoggle and Shane Martin each chipped in 11 and Tucker Spidle added nine.
Brad Absten led South Choctaw with 16. Rob Dahlborg added 10.
Sumter Academy girls 53, South Choctaw 23: Sumter Academy improved to 13-2 with the 20-point win Tuesday. South Choctaw Academy fell to 5-7 with the loss. Danielle Buckalew and Jess Watkins each scored 12 points to lead Sumter. Taylor Andrews led South Choctaw with 11.
Scott Central girls 54, Puckett 41: Brittney Burks' 31-point effort helped Scott Central improve to 16-7 on the year. Burks made 16-of-17 free during the game. Kattie Nixon added 11 points for Scott Central. Puckett fell to 6-15 with the loss.
Newton County Academy girls 63, Wayne Academy 32: Newton Co. Academy knocked off Wayne Academy thanks to the scoring of seniors Brandi Upton and Ashley Callahan. Callahan led the way with 15 points and Upton added 13.
Newton Co. Academy boys 64, Wayne Academy 59: Jason Frith paced Newton Co. Academy with 20 points Tuesday. Daniel Champion added 13 for the Generals in the win.
Morton girls 66, Clarkdale 37: Morton knocked off Clarkdale thanks to 21 points from Tara Reeves and 14 apiece from Teresia Ealy and Tyeasha Denson. Clarkdale was led by JorD'an Orr with 16.
Clarkdale boys 63, Morton 61: The Bulldogs improved to 7-13 with the 2-point win over Morton Tuesday. Richard Matthews led Clarkdale with 19 points. Jamie Followay chipped in 13 and Anthony Holliday and Bryant Gaddis each added 12. Todd Butler paced Morton with 21 points. Elijah MacDonald and Ralph Patterson each added 14. The loss dropped Morton to 15-10.
Patrician Academy girls 58, Marengo 24: Patrician improved to 11-5 by doubling up Marengo Tuesday. Stephanie Guinn scored 11 points to pace Patrician and Kirby Baxter added 11. Lesley Ann Pope led Marengo with 16 points.
Quitman boys 77, West Jones 57: Quitman won a big game over district foe West Jones Tuesday to improve to 10-9 overall and 3-1 in its district. Quitman was led by David Laphand with 23 points and 11 rebounds. Renaldo MacKenzie chipped in 11 and Lorenzo White and Jason Pearson each added 10. Rico Keyes led West Jones with 20 points.
Heidelberg girls 77, Prentiss 54: The Lady Oilers took an easy win over Prentiss Tuesday to improve to 14-6 on the year. Jessica Yates scored 21 points to lead the Lady Oilers. Catrina Fowler added 15 and Princess Bender chipped in 12. Ileashia Newsome scored 17 points to lead Prentiss.
Heidelberg boys 85, Prentiss 80: Ted Williams' Oilers improved to 15-5 by getting big efforts from Derrick Turner and Lee Jones, who poured in 30 and 19, respectively. Fred Stephens added 13. Prentiss was led in scoring by Anthony Jefferson's 25.
Kosciusko boys 66, Noxapater 43: J.E. Haynes led the balanced attack with 13 points as the Tigers defeated the Whippets (13-10), who fell despite getting 32 from Tim Alford and 17 from Abe Evans.
Louisville boys 73, West Point 66: LHS improved to 15-5, getting 12 points from D'Andre Hardin and another dozen from Andre' Coleman in the attack that saw five players score in double figures. West Point's leaders were Decateur Robinson with 29 and Jon Ferguson, who collected 15.
Louisville girls 68, West Point 50: Faith Whitfield and Shenita Ford did the trick for LHS, improving them to 12-4 on the season. Katrina Barr scored 13 for West Point.
Noxubee County boys 50, Neshoba Central 48: Reginold Roby paced the Tigers with 18 points, while teammate O'Bryant Brandy added 13, as Noxubee held off the Rockets in the two-point thriller. Neshoba's Lardon Byras was key, putting in 12 points, while his teammates Desmon Jones and Tawan Walker each hit for 10.
Forest boys 57, Raleigh 48: The Bearcats stormed back from a seven-point halftime deficit, tied the game after three and didn't look back, as they won going away. Paul Brown and Charles Rhodes each dumped in 15, the number of points FHS outscored the Bulldogs by in the second half. Bobby Keys and Tam Evans led RHS with 17 and 15.