Northeast and West Lauderdale sweep
By By Robby Atkinson/The Meridian Star
Nov. 16, 2001
In the opening round of the 2001 Lauderdale County Tournament Northeast Lauderdale and West Lauderdale took a pair of wins to open up the first day of action. The Lady Trojans overcame a horrible night shooting to take a slim 39-35 win over Clarkdale. The Northeast Lauderdale boys squad had no problems in scoring a victory over Clarkdale by a final score of 90-45.
West Lauderdale had a big night in the win column as well by taking a pair of wins from rival Southeast Lauderdale. The Lady Knights took a dominat win over Southeast by a score of 71-33 while the boys took an 80-54 win over the Tigers. In day two of the tournament West Lauderdale and Northeast will meet with the girls game to begin at 4 p.m. with the boys game to follow at 5:30 p.m. Southeast Lauderdale and Clarkdale will conclude the night with a pair of games.
The Lady Bulldogs of Clarkdale had only one thing in their mind before their game with Northeast Lauderdale and that was nothing but an upset. Clarkdale almost got their wish, but the Lady Trojans escaped with a four point over the much improved Lady Bulldogs. "You have got to give Clarkdale a lot credit because they played up and down the floor with us," said Northeast Lauderdale head coach Dan Stegall. "We had a bad night shooting and that didn't help and we didn't play great defense like we expect to do," Stegall added.
The poor night of shooting hit both teams in the very first period of action, but the Lady Bulldogs did hold a 12-11 advantage at the end of the opening quarter. Clarkdale was led the quarter by Felicia Kirksey who paced the lady Bulldogs with six points. The Lady Trojans started to get things on track and took one of their very few leads of the half on a basket by Quin Jackson with 6:08 left until halftime with Northeast on top 13-12.
Northeast extened their lead moments later on free throws and a basket by Crystal Hopson to give the Lady Trojans a 16-12 with 4:21 left in the second quarter. Clarkdale got back in the game behind a couple of points from Tamara Brown to tie the game 17-17. Norhteast got a bucket good from Sha Londa Jackson to put Northeast ahead 20-17 at the halftime break. The Lady Trojans came out on fire offensivley and score three consecutive times to take their biggest lead at 27-19 with 3:11 left in the third quarter. Clarkdale came right back on a pair of baskets to trim the Northeast lead to 31-24 at the end of the third.
Despite a great fourth quarter comeback by Clarkdale the Lady Trojans took the win 39-34 and improve to 3-3 on the year. Jackson led the Lady Trojans with 15 points followed by 13 points from Shaquita Bell. Brown had a big night for Clarkdale with 18 points and Danielle Gaddis chipped in with seven in the loss for Clarkdale.
West Lauderdale 71
The Lady Knights were on top the entire game and never looked back in scoring the win over the defening Class 3A Champions by a final of 71-33. West Lauderdale led 25-8 at the end of the first quarter and kept scoring to begin the second period of action. Patty Monroe led the Lady Knights to a 43-12 lead at the half behind 17 big points from Monroe.
West Lauderdale started the third quarter on a 12-0 run led by J.J. Huggins and Shannon Lloyd to build the lead to 55-12 with lots of time left in the third quarter of action. The Lady Tigers did have one bright spot in the final quarter with seven points from Sam Smith, but it wasn't enough as West Lauderdale scored the win over Southeast. Monroe finished the night with 19 points and Huggins added 14 for the Lady Knights.
West Lauderdale 80
The Knights were boosted by a big first half from Calvin Moore to take a big win over Southeast. Moore did certainly have a big night for West Lauderdale with 35 points. The Knights led at the halftime break by a score of 50-27 and of course never looked back.
West Lauderdale had much of the same in the second half and came up with the win. Boo Ramsey came in with 14 points for West Lauderdale and Karlos Lewis had 10 in the win for the Knights. Ben Reed had 17 points in the loss for Southeast Lauderdale.
Northeast Lauderdale 90
Northeast led 25-11 at the end of the first quarter and had no problems in taking the win from Clarkdale. The Trojans put the game away at the beginning of the third quarter behind three big baskets by Marcus Betts to lead the Trojans to an impressive win over the Bulldogs.
Betts finished the game with 22 points for Northeast Lauderdale.