The Lady Hornets defeated the Ruleville Central Lady Tigers 63-54 in the championship game of the girls tournament, while the Trojans edged out the Coahoma AHS Tigers 51-46 in the championship game of the boys tournament. The Lady Hornets improved to 9-0, while the Trojans improved to 9-1. Ruleville fell to 7-4.
In the boys game, the Trojans had a dogfight on their hands. East Side took an early 10-0 lead in the first quarter, but Coahoma AHS quickly went on an 11-0 run to take an 11-10 lead. East Side was able to take a 15-11 lead at the end of the first quarter and a 27-23 lead at halftime.
The Tigers were able to battle back. With the score tied 36-36, Coahoma AHS’s Terry Henderson hit a 3-point at the end of the third quarter buzzer to put the Tigers up 39-36 going into the final period.
The Trojans were able to battle back in the fourth period. John Paul Davis, who was held to just four points in the first three quarters, stepped his game up and scored eight points in the final period. Davis finished the game with 12 points.
“He’s been a guy that’s been contributing for me all year,” East Side head coach Leroy Cotton said about Davis. “For him to come through at the end was really, really big for us. He didn’t try to force things, and he just let the game come to him.”
East Side’s defense stepped up as well as the Trojans were able to outscore the Tigers 15-7 in the fourth quarter.
Bobby Jones Jr. led the Trojans with 16 points and was named the tournament Most Valuable Player.
“He played very well for me this summer and kind of faded at the start of the year,” Cotton said about Jones. “He has listened to coaching and continued to work hard. He came up huge for us through out the tournament. I’m looking forward to him continuing his good play.”
Perry Henry rounded out East Side’s double-digit scorers with 11 points. Along with Jones, Davis and Charles Jackson made the all-tournament team. B.J. Hall made the all-tournament team for Broad Street, Khalil Strickland made the all-tournament team for JFK and Anthony Spivey made the all-tournament team for Ruleville.
In the girls game, the Lady Hornets had a battle of their own with the Lady Tigers. The Lady Hornets held a 28-21 lead at halftime. JFK had a tough time dealing with Ruleville’s Shakira Singleton, who scored a game-high 26 points with four 3-pointers. The JFK trio of Frederica Haywood, Ieysha Mays and Alegsha Haywood were on top of their game to help put the Lady Hornets over the top. Frederica scored 21 points with 17 rebounds, three steals and two assists, followed by Mays with 20 points, 10 rebounds and two steals and Alegsha with 15 points and four 3-pointers. Frederica ended up earning tournament MVP honors with her teammates Alegsha and Ieysha joining her on the all-tournament team.
“Right now, we’re ahead of where we were last year,” JFK head coach Linda Allen said. “We have a senior ball club, and they know this is their last year. They’ve stepped up their game. We just want to take it one game at a time.”
Ruleville Central head coach Chiquita Bracey said mistakes messed up her team.
“Overall, we played a pretty decent game, but we just had too many mental breakdowns through out the course of the game,” Bracey said.
Finn and Singleton made the all-tournament team for Ruleville, Toneisha Bell made the all-tournament team for Broad Street and Shammia Love made the all-tournament team for East Side.
East Side and John F. Kennedy will return to action in the Bolivar County Tournament at East Side and D.M. Smith beginning Thursday, while Ruleville will host Gentry on Monday.