Tornadoes host NC in invitational
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 12:00 AM
The Philadelphia Tornadoes will host Neshoba Central Saturday in the second night of their invitational tournament.
The girls tip off at 5 p.m. followed by the boys. In the earlier game, the Newton High School teams will take on West Oktibbeha County.
"It's going to be a big game," Philadelphia Coach Jason Broome said. "This is the first time we've played Neshoba Central in a couple of years and we are expecting a big crowd."
Both Philadelphia teams are coming into the week with 4-3 records. The Tornadoes won two-out-of-three games in the Sebastopol Tournament last week. They bested Leake County 60-52 and Noxapater 61-51 and lost a 76-71 decision to Sebastopol in the championship game.
The Lady Tornadoes opened the week with a 52-43 win over French Camp. They, too, won two-out-of-three games in the Sebastopol Tournament. Philadelphia opened with a 48-34 win over Leake County, but then dropped a 51-48 decision to Noxapater. Philadelphia closed out the week with a 76-20 win over Mize.
"We have been taking good shots but now our shots are beginning to fall," Lady Tornadoes Coach Pashen Autry said. "We have a lot of work to do but it feels good being 4-3 right now."
Philadelphia hosts Kosciusko on Tuesday and then plays Newton High School in the first round of its tournament on Friday.
Lady Tornadoes 52
French Camp 43
Philadelphia pulled away in the final quarter to register a victory over visiting French Camp.
Philadelphia led 21-15 at the half. French Camp came on to outscore the Lady Tornadoes 17-11 in the third stanza and led 32-31 going into the final quarter. The Lady Tornadoes put in 20 points in the fourth quarter while holding French Camp to 11 and claimed the win.
Isabella Fulton led the Lady Tornadoes with 21 points while Kenyatta Moore added 13. Precious Sanders scored 12.
In a junior varsity game, the Lady Tornadoes scored 28 points in their win over French Camp. Alexis Graham scored 10 points while Kimbree Gates added five.
Lady Tornadoes 48
Leake County 34
The Lady Tornadoes kept up a steady attack as they rolled past Leake County on the first night of the Sebastopol Tournament.
Leading 15-10 at the end of the first quarter, the Lady Tornadoes outscored the Lady Gators 9-5 in the second quarter to go up 24-15 at the half. Philadelphia outscored Leake County 21-14 in the second half.
Fulton led Philadelphia with 16 points while Moore added 14 and Sanders scored 10.
Lady Tornadoes 48
The Lady Tornadoes fell behind in the second quarter and couldn't overcome it down the stretch as they lost a three-point decision to Noxapater on the second night of the Sebastopol Tournament.
Leading 8-5 after the first quarter, Noxapater outscored the Lady Tornadoes 22-9 in the second quarter to go u 30-14 at the half. Both teams scored 14 points in the third quarter. Philadelphia outscored the Lady Tigers 19-6 in the final quarter but could bridge the gap.
Fulton led the Lady Tornadoes with 14 points while Sanders added 13.
Lady Tornadoes 76
Philadelphia bounced back with a resounding win over Mize and claimed third place in the Sebastopol Tournament.
The Lady Tornadoes led 19-0 after the first quarter and never looked back. Sanders led with 30 points while Sanders added 16 and Fulton scored 10.
Leake County 52
Sherman Bufkin scored 25 points while leading Philadelphia past Leake County in the first night of the Sebastopol Tournament.
Philadelphia led 13-4 after the first quarter. The Tornadoes outscored Leake County 18-16 in the second quarter to go up 31-20 at the half. Leake County battled back in the fourth period, outscoring the Tornadoes 20-14, but Philadelphia held on for the win.
Romon Gray added 13 points and Kobe Gates scored 10.
Again, the Tornadoes jumped out to a big lead in the first quarter and held on for the win.
Leading 19-8 after the first quarter, Philadelphia outscored the Tigers 19-13 in the second quarter to go up 38-21 at the half. The Tigers outscored the Tornadoes 30-23 in the second half but Philadelphia held on for the win.
Bufkin led the Tornadoes with 16 points.
Sebastopol took the early lead in this one and held on to defeat Philadelphia in the championship game.
Leading 19-11 at the end of the first quarter, the Bobcats outscored the Tornadoes 22-20 in the second quarter to lead 41-31 at the half. The Tornadoes battled back in the second half but could close the ground.
Bufkin led the way with 20 points for Philadelphia while Ricky Triplett scored 18. Gray added 12 and Josh Fulton scored 11.