Philadelphia High School's Kaleb Moore dribbles up the court in an earlier game this season. The Tornadoes visit Southeast Lauderdale on Tuesday and host Kemper County on Friday.
Philadelphia High School's Kaleb Moore dribbles up the court in an earlier game this season. The Tornadoes visit Southeast Lauderdale on Tuesday and host Kemper County on Friday.
The Philadelphia High School boys are hoping to jell at the right time as their basketball season starts to wind down.

Both Tornado teams picked up victories Saturday in the Philadelphia Shootout. The Lady Tornadoes defeated Leake County 54-33, while the Philadelphia boys won their game 61-53.

Both teams dropped two games last week. The Lady Tornadoes fell 45-41 at Kosciusko and 52-47 to Heidelberg.

The Tornadoes lost 60-44 to Kosciusko and 57-40 to Heidelberg.

"All of the teams in our region are about equal," Philadelphia coach Jason Broom said. "There is no dominate player like last year, and everyone is trying to defend their home court. We have eight region games left and if we can win our share, it should give us a good seed in the region tournament."

Philadelphia has two games slated for this week. They were to play at Southeast Lauderdale on Tuesday and host Kemper County on Friday.

The Tornadoes enter the week with a 6-14 record while the Philadelphia girls stand at 8-12.

The Tornadoes turned it on in the second half as they defeated Leake County. Trailing 34-30 at the half, the Tornadoes outscored the Gators 17-8 in the third quarter to pull ahead. Romon Gray scored 15 points to lead Philadelphia. Kaleb Moore added 12 points while Sherman Bufkin added 11 points and Ricky Triplett scored 10.

Sherman Bufkin scored 11 points to lead the Tornadoes in their loss to Heidelberg. Trailing 17-15 after the first quarter, the Tornadoes saw the Oilers build up a 36-19 halftime lead that was too hard to overcome.

Kosciusko led 29-20 at the half and pulled away in the final quarter. Bufkin led Philadelphia with 11 points while Moore added nine points.

The Lady Tornadoes scored 25 points in the final quarter to put Leake County away. Isabella Fulton led Philadelphia with 10 points while Kenyatta Moore and Tatyana Fox both added nine points.

Heidelberg jumped out to a 16-3 first quarter lead and held on for the win.

Fox scored 18 points while Carter added 13.

Trailing 26-20 at the half, the Lady Tornadoes fought back in the second half against Kosciusko but couldn't overcome the Lady Whippets' lead. Fulton led Philadelphia with 10 points.