Tornadoes host 'Shootout' with 8 games
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 12:00 AM
If you like high school basketball, the Philadelphia High School gym will be the place to be this Saturday.
Eight games are scheduled for the Philadelphia Shootout, starting at 10 a.m. with both Neshoba Central teams playing in the early games. The action closes out with a double-header between Philadelphia and Kemper County.
"We have some good matchups," Philadelphia Coach Jason Broom said. "If you like high school basketball, we hope you'll drop by. The gym will be warm and it's a good place to get out of the cold weather.
The schedule is as follows:
10 a.m. - Neshoba Central girls vs. Noxapater
11:30 a.m. - Neshoba Central boys vs. Northeast Jones
1 p.m. - Eupora girls vs. Madison St. Joseph
2:30 p.m. - Eupora boys vs. Madison St. Joseph
4 p.m. - Laurel girls vs. Ridgeland
5:30 p.m.- Laurel boys vs, Ridgeland
7 p.m. - Philadelphia girls vs. Kemper County
8:30 p.m. - Philadelphia boys vs. Kemper County.
The Philadelphia boys entered the week with a 7-8 record while the Lady Tornadoes stand at 3-10. Both teams were to play host to Noxapater on Tuesday before hosting the shootout on Saturday.
In their first action back the holidays, the Tornado teams lost at Union Friday. The Yellowjackets defeated the Tornadoes 75-65, while the Union girls took a 68-37 victory over the Philadelphia girls. On Saturday, the Tornadoes traveled to Winona for a single game where they dropped an 70-67 decision.
Against Union, Philadelphia led 21-15 at the end of the first quarter. The Yellowjackets responded by outscoring Philadelphia 16-10 in the second quarter and the Tornadoes led 31-30 at the half.
Union came out strong in the second half and outscored Philadelphia 45-35 over two quarters to take the win.
Sherman Bufkin finished with 22 points while Ricky Triplett added 13. Quinton Campbell scored 26 for the Union boys.
In the girls game, Natasha McCune scored 17 for Union. Kimmaria Jackson had 14, Gracelynn Renville 14 and Jalisa Holley 13.
Precious Sanders led Philadelphia with 12 points while Isabella Fulton added 11.
Winona led 28-26 at the half. Then free throws made the difference in the second half as Winona went to the line 25 times vs. Philadelphia' nine attempts.
Michael Whitlock led the Tornadoes with 11 points while Bufkin had nine points.