SEL boys slip by Kemper County
By By Jeff Byrd / staff writer
Nov. 20, 2002
The Southeast Lauderdale boys are quickly proving they will be a force to reckon with this season.
The Tigers of coach Ryan Miller won the third out of their last four games by beating visiting Kemper County 84-78 on Tuesday night. The win moves the Tigers to 3-2 on the season.
The Southeast Lady Tigers, meanwhile, used a big second half to swamp the Kemper County Lady Wildcats 66-40. The Southeast girls improve to 5-1 on the year.
Southeast boys 84
Kemper County 78
The foul problems of Southeast point guard Nememiah Nwankpah caused Miller some anxious moments. The Tigers saw a 14-point third-quarter lead vanish to nothing after Nwankpah picked up his fourth foul.
Besides the fact they lost composure on offense, the Tigers had also lost its best defender against Kemper's top scorer in Terrance Westerfield. Westerfield responded with a strong surge, scoring 11 points over the quarter's final four minutes to hand the Wildcats a 67-66 lead following his three-pointer with 21 seconds left.
Fortunately, Miller found someone who could step up and fill the void in the fourth quarter. Windham Campbell came through taking over the point duties while also making big plays on defense.
Campbell keyed a 12-4 start of the fourth quarter with two baskets and a pair of assists to give Southeast a 78-71 lead.
Then with under 35 seconds to go, he made the game's finishing play when he drew a charging foul on Westerfield. It also was the fifth foul sending Westerfield to the bench.
It was better than just double figures. Campbell had a team high 19 points including seven in the fourth quarter.
He had 12 in the first half with seven coming in a second quarter where the Tgiers gained the upper hand. A 9-0 run capped by Campbell's three-pointer gave the Tigers a 32-20 lead.
They were able to build the spread to 51-35 before the Wildcats clawed back to make it 55-45 by halftime.
Nwankpah did score 13 points before departing with 2:55 left in the fourth quarter with five fouls. B.B. Brassfield had 13 points, all coming in the second quarter. Alex West and Chris Gordon each had 10.
Kemper County, 1-3, got a game-high 20 from Rodicus Hopson and 17 from Westerfield. Gary Griffin added 12 and LeShawn Triplett had 11.
Southeast girls 66
Kemper County 40
A bad second quarter had Southeast girls coach Joe Miller doing some chewing out at halftime. The Lady Tigers responded in the second half with a 20-6 third quarter.
The big run put Southeast up 47-29. They were never threatened afterwards in the fourth quarter.
Tate had eight points in the third-quarter spurt and finished with a game high 22. Samantha Smith added 16. Southeast had 25 made field goals and was 13-of-23 from the line.
Kemper County was led by Monique Mosley with 17 points. Jashemia Cherry had eight.