The second and final day of the 2021 Peggy Bain Christmas Classic tipped off Tuesday morning with a pair of Tishomingo County schools in the spotlight as the Belmont boys challenged Hickory Flat and the fifth-ranked Tishomingo County girls squared off against West Union.
Following are summaries of games played yesterday.
(Girls) Tishomingo County 63, West Union 48
The fifth-ranked Lady Braves ran into a team well-versed in changing defensive patterns to throw their opponents off their game. However, they still had plenty of firepower and improved to 17-0 with a 63-48 victory over the Lady Eagles.
“They (West Union) are pretty good, especially at changing up defenses on us to keep us off our game,” said TC head coach Brian Middleton. “However, I thought we picked up on it well and were able to put some distance between us in the second half.”
Tishomingo County led by just nine (34-25) at halftime but used an 18-5 third-quarter run to create some breathing room.
Clara Garland led three TC players in double figures with 17. Madison Bennett connected on four 3-pointers and finished with 15 while Reese Moore added 12. Emma Calliant scored a game-high 18 for West Union.
(Boys) Hickory Flat 50, Belmont 49
The Belmont boys found out the hard way Tuesday that no score is safe when there’s enough time on the clock.
The Cardinals were coasting with a 15-point advantage (44-29) midway through the third when they began to succumb to defensive pressure applied by the Rebels. As time ran out, Hickory Flat’s Bradford Hopper made a floating 12-foot baseline jumper to hand the Rebs their second straight win in the Peggy Bain Classic.
Ty Ramsey and Eli Reno led Belmont with 14 while Drew Wilson paced Hickory Flat with 20.
(Girls) Adamsville 58, Alcorn Central 53
For the second straight day, the Lady Bears gad their chances to win a game in the Peggy Bain Classic only to see Adamsville come up with baskets and stops towards the end of the game when they needed them to win 58-53.
Led by nine points apiece in the first half, Central took a 31-25 lead into the locker room. However, the Lady Cards used an 18-11 third quarter to regain the lead and the teams stayed even for a majority of the final period.
Sadie Perriman scored 20 to lead AC while Chloe Swearengin tallied a game-high 28 for Adamsville.
(Boys) West Union 75, Walnut 56
West Union established complete control from the opening tip, using a 28 point second-quarter outburst to open a 41-22 lead at intermission, and cruised from there for the 75-56 win.
Daniel Conlee scored a game-high 20 for the Eagles.
(Boys) New Site 74, Kossuth 33
The Royals connected on eight three-pointers and took the game to Kossuth early and often in a 74-33 win at the Peggy Bain Classic on Tuesday.
Daniel Wildmon had five of New Sites triples and finished with 16 while Malachi King poured in a game-high 20 for the Royals, who won their fourth game of the season. Jack Hancock led the Aggies with nine.
(Boys) Alcorn Central 51, Corinth 43
In a replacement game made necessary due to Bolivar Central opting out of the varsity contest against Corinth, the schools’ coaches decided to make a JV game out of it and pitted the county rivals against each other.
The Warriors were as steady as could be, scoring 11, 10, 11 and 11 quarter by quarter. However, the Golden Bears used a 16 point second quarter to build a 25-21 lead at intermission, a lead they never relinquished.
Owen Depoyster was good for 21 for Central to lead all scorers while Devon Jones paced Corinth with 11.
(G) Bolivar Central 54, Corinth 43
The Bolivar Central Lady Tigers fought through a tight first half and pulled away in the third quarter on their way to a 54-43 win over the Corinth Lady Warriors on Day 2 of the Peggy Bain Christmas Tournament.
Corinth led 9-5 after the first period, but the Lady Tigers – boosted by a trio of Chloe Griffin 3-pointers – fought back to take a 26-25 halftime lead.
Bolivar Central’s Azoeka Dennis exploded for 14 second-half points to help the Lady Tigers push to a 45-31 lead going into the final frame.
Griffin led all scorers with 20 points. Dennis scored 19 for the Lady Tigers. Nevaeh Bunch scored 10 for Bolivar Central.
Kennadi Walker led Corinth with 18 points. Lazoya Howard finished with 10 points for the Lady Warriors. Zakiah Gwyn added nine points.
(B) Alcorn Central 67, Adamsville 62
Keagan Hicks and Brady Talley combined for 56 points in a 67-62 Alcorn Central win over the Adamsville Cardinals in Day 2 of the Peggy Bain Basketball Tournament.
Hicks scored 12 of the Golden Bears’ 23 first-quarter points to help give Alcorn Central the 23-15 lead after one.
Talley scored 13 of Alcorn Central’s 16 second-period points to expand the lead to 39-27. The Golden Bears led as much as 35-22 in the quarter.
An Adamsville rally fell short in the third, and the Cardinals trailed 46-41 going into the fourth.
Adamsville got as close as 58-55 on a Jacob Bowles 3-pointer with 5:25 left in the game.
Talley finished with 29 points for Alcorn Central. Hicks scored 27.
Bowles led Adamsville with 18. Braxton Enzor scored 14 for the Cardinals. Ty Case scored 10. Logn Luckett added nine.
(B) Southaven 54, Tishomingo County 25
The Southaven Chargers led early and never looked back in a 54-25 win over Tishomingo County in Day 2 of the Peggy Bain Christmas Tournament.
Jonterious Chambers led Southaven in the first quarter with nine points to push the Chargers to a 13-6 lead going into the second quarter.
Southaven held the Braves to two second period field goals to take a 28-11 halftime lead.
The Chargers led 45-18 going into the final frame.
Chambers led all scorers with 16 points. Zykeius Pryor scored 10 for Southaven. Spence Coffman, Landon Hemphill and Ashton Dilworth scored five points each to lead the Braves.
(Boys) Biggersville 52, The Webb School 50 (OT)
Zae Davis tallied 21 while Brooks Brand added 15 as the Lions completed a two-game sweep with a 52-50 overtime win over The Webb School in the West Kentucky Hoops Classic in Princeton (KY) on Tuesday. Evan Eurshur had a game-high 25 for The Webb School.
Brand and Davis tied for game high honors in Monday’s 64-54 victory over Lee (AL).
With the victory coach Cliff Little’s squad is now 9-2 overall and will be the No. 1 boys seed in next week’s Alcorn County Tournament, being held this year at Biggersville High School.