Philadelphia has two home region games
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 12:00 AM
The Philadelphia Tornado basketball team has a pair of home Region 5-3A basketball games lined up this as they look toward the upcoming district tournament.
The Tornado teams were to host Newton High School on Tuesday and Heidelberg on Friday.
The Philadelphia boys lost two games last week, falling to Southeast Lauderdale 59-51 and to Kemper County 49-40. They entered the week with a 6-16 record.
The Lady Tornadoes came in to the week with an 8-13 record after falling 98-46 to Southeast Lauderdale and 46-41 to Kemper County.
A slow second quarter was the difference for the Tornadoes in their 59-51 loss to Southeast Lauderdale.
The Tigers led 14-13 after the first quarter. Then Southeast held Philadelphia to six points in the second quarter while scoring 13. At the half, the Tigers led 27-19. Both teams scored 32 points in the second half as the Tigers held on for the win. Kaleb Moore and Sherman Bufkin both scored 16 points to lead Philadelphia.
The Tornadoes played Kemper County close until the fourth quarter when the Wildcats pulled away. Philadelphia led 22-21 at the half. The Wildcats came back to tie the game at 33-33 at the end of the third quarter. Then the Wildcats limited Philadelphia to sixth fourth quarter points while scoring 15 to pull away. Tinsley Greer scored eight points to lead Philadelphia.
The Lady Tornadoes were no match for Southeast Lauderdale which is one on of the top ranked teams in the state. Precious Moore led Philadelphia with 26 points while Tatyana Fox added 11.
A poor second quarter was the difference for the Lady Tornadoes in their loss to Kemper County. Philadelphia led 14-10 at the end of the first quarter. But then the Lady Wildcats came back to outscore Philadelphia 14-2 and led 28-12 at the half. The Lady Tornadoes fought back in the second half but could not make up the difference. Moore led the Lady Tornadoes with 10 points while Kenyatta Moore added nine points, Fox scored eight, and Isabella Fulton scored seven.
"We are trying to stay positive," coach Pashen Autrey said. "This is a young team. We have to stay together and work on the small things that keep beating us."