Madison Savage of Philadelphia drives toward the basket to set up a shot Friday night during the Lady Tornadoes’ 70-63 win over Kemper County.
Madison Savage of Philadelphia drives toward the basket to set up a shot Friday night during the Lady Tornadoes’ 70-63 win over Kemper County.
The Philadelphia Lady Tornadoes held off an improving Kemper County Lady Wildcats team to take a 70-63 victory Friday night in prep basketball action.

Leading 14-9 after the first quarter, the Lady Tornadoes had a 20-13 advantage in the second quarter and led 34-22 at the half.

The Lady Wildcats pulled to within 10 points – 42-32 – with 2:26 left in the third quarter. Then the Lady Tornadoes outscored Kemper 9-4 in the time left in the quarter and carried a 51-36 lead into the fourth quarter.

Philadelphia increased its lead to 59-43 with 6:19 left in the game. But from that point, the Lady Wildcats outscored Philadelphia 20-11 and cut that lead to six points – 66-60 – with 1:24 remaining. Philadelphia held off the threat and took the victory.

Nia Luckett led the Lady Tornadoes with 34 points while Tyesha Cole scored 18. Precious Chamberlain rejoined the Lady Wildcats during the Christmas break and led with 28 points.

 

East Webster 
tournament

The Lady Tornadoes played two games during the Christmas tournament at the East Webster tournament the weekend before New Years.

They lost a 54-31 decision to 15-3 South Pontotoc and then bounced back to defeat J.Z. George 72-35.

The Lady Tornadoes trailed 21-15 at the half. South Pontotoc outscored them 34-16 in the second half. Luckett led with 13 points.

Philadelphia put up some big points against J.Z. George Leading 37-22 at the half, the Lady Tornadoes scored 21 points in the third quarter to put the game away. Luckett led with 21 points while Andrika Carter added 18 points and Madison Savage scored 11.

“We needed a tough game like Kemper gave us to get tuned up for district,” Coach Jason Broom said. “We have one more (vs. Choctaw Central) and then they really start counting.

“Obviously, we want to be in first or second place going into the region tournament. That will get us automatic bid into the state tournament,” Broom said. “We tried to beef the schedule up this year and I am glad we got a competitive game from Kemper. They hung with us.”

 



This week

The Lady Tornadoes were to play at Choctaw Central on Tuesday. Then then host Newton High School Friday in the first Region 4-2A game of the season. Philadelphia enters the week with a 10-5 record.