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Tigers, Long Beach girls claim EHS crowns

By Staff
TIGER SHOT – Southeast's B.B. Brassfield makes a jump shot in the finals of tournament play against Stringer at Enterprise High School Saturday night. Photo By Carissa McCain / The Meridian Star
By Ryan Satcher / staff writer
Jan. 5, 2003
For 36 minutes, the Lady Bulldogs of Clarkdale outplayed Long Beach in the championship game of the Enterprise Tournament. Unfortunately for Clarkdale, however, the two teams had to play 40 minutes to decide the champion.
Long Beach outscored Clarkdale 10-2 in the double overtime to take a 52-42 win on Saturday night.
In the boy''s championship game, Southeast came away with the title with a 67-48 win over Stringer.
The Lady Bulldogs slowed the pace of the game and frustrated the Lady Bearcats with a triangle-and-two defense, but in the end couldn't overcome 17-1 Long Beach.
Clarkdale jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the first quarter and Long Beach struggled against the Lady Bulldog defense. The Lady Bearcats finally scored with 30 seconds left in the quarter to make the score 7-2.
Clarkdale stretched the lead out in the second quarter and took a 14-4 lead after a three-pointer by Misti Alexander. Long Beach responded with a 6-0 run and after a Clarkdale bucket, went on another 6-0 run to tie the game with 1:44 left in the second.
Felicia Kirksey hit a long three with two seconds left in the half to give Clarkdale a 19-16 lead at the break.
The Lady Bulldogs stretched the lead out to six points in the third quarter, but Long Beach went on a 6-0 run in the final minutes to tie the game after three quarters.
The teams traded runs in the fourth quarter and ended regulation tied at 36-36.
Long Beach went up two points in the overtime with offensive rebounds, but Kirksey hit both ends of a one-and-one to tie the game. The Lady Bearcats answered, but Daniella Gibbs hit a shot with 18 seconds left to send the game to double-overtime.
Long Beach controlled the second overtime period and outscored the Lady Bulldogs 10-2 to take a 52-44 victory.
Gibbs led Clarkdale with 23 points on the night while Kirksey had 11. Latoya Carson led Long Beach with 18 points and Marcia Levens added 10.
Southeast boys 67
Stringer 48
Southeast brought home the championship on Saturday night with a big 67-48 victory over Stringer in the boys' championship game.
The Tigers outscored the Red Devils 21-9 in the second quarter to take control of the game after a close first quarter.
Southeast jumped out to a 7-0 lead on two baskets by Nehemiah Nwankpah and three free throws by LaPatrick Carlisle. Stringer answered with a 10-2 run to take a 10-9 lead after the first.
The Tigers then took control of the game in the second. Southeast closed out the quarter with a 14-5 run to take a 30-19 lead at halftime.
The Tigers then outscored the Red Devils 20-12 in the third quarter to take a commanding lead. Southeast stretched the lead out to as many as 25 points in the final quarter before putting in subs and finishing the game with the 67-48 victory.
Nwankpah led Southeast with 19 points while Windham Campbell added 17 in the win. Rodney McDonald led Stringer with 20 points while Jim Yawn had 13.
Scott Central boys 65
Clarkdale 49
Scott Central jumped out to a big lead and held on to beat Clarkdale in the consolation game on Saturday night.
The Rebels outscored the Bulldogs 17-8 in the first quarter and led 36-19 at half. Clarkdale got the lead down to 10 points after the third quarter, but could not make a comeback.
Pierre Barlow scored 24 points for Scott Central and Roderick Loper added 20. Brandon Mabry led Clarkdale with 15.
Enterprise 39
Southeast came back from Friday's loss with a big win over Enterprise in the girls' consolation game.
The Lady Tigers led 28-14 at halftime and went on to take the 20-points victory.
Lashondria Hall had 19 points for Southeast in the win while Sam Smith added 13. Kacey Jimmerson scored 14 for Enterprise and Shonda Bender had 13 in the loss.
Enterprise 42
Long Beach outscored Enterprise 16-1 in the first quarter and went on to take the 73-42 victory.
Wayne Ulrich scored 27 and Brian McGee scored 14 for the Bearcats. Patrick McLaughlin had 19 points and Dennis Watson added 12 in the loss for the Bulldogs.
Stringer 25
Scott Central jumped out to a 33-10 lead at half and blew away Stringer 51-25.
Tamesha Bulter had 14 points for Scott Central and Elyse Clay had 12. Lance Kelly led Stringer with 10 points while Alphaka Moore added 9.