Philadelphia’s Kenyatta Moore collides with Dana Whitsett of Kemper County Saturday during play in the Philadelphia Shootout. Kemper County won the game, 55-37.
Philadelphia’s Kenyatta Moore collides with Dana Whitsett of Kemper County Saturday during play in the Philadelphia Shootout. Kemper County won the game, 55-37.
The Philadelphia Tornado basketball teams begin their Region 5-3A schedule this week with two games on tap.

The Tornadoes were to host Choctaw Central on Tuesday and then visit Forest.

"Everybody is 0-0 right now as far as district is concerned," Philadelphia boys coach Jason Broom said. "We are 8-8 at this point, but now the games start counting. We have been working to get ready for this."

The Tornadoes went 1-1 last week as they defeated Noxapater 63-37 and then dropped a 67-61 decision to Kemper County.

The Lady Tornadoes went 0-2, losing to Noxapater 56-49 and to Kemper County 55-37.

Sherman Bufkin and Bradley Horne both scored 14 points in the Tornadoes' win over Noxapater. The game was close during the first half with the Tornadoes leading 29-18 at the half. Then the Tornadoes outscored Noxapater 17-2 in the third quarter as they put the game away. Romon Gray added 11 points and Ricky Triplett scored 10.

The Tornadoes played Kemper County a close game, especially in the first half. The score was tied at 16-16 at the end of the first quarter. Philadelphia outscored Kemper County 11-9 in the second quarter and led 27-25 at the half. Philadelphia would outscore Kemper 22-18 in the third quarter and carried a 49-43 lead into the final period.

But the fourth quarter belonged to Kemper County as the Wildcats put in 24 points while holding Philadelphia to 13. Bufkin led the Tornadoes with 16 points while Gray added 10 and Triplett scored eight.

The young Philadelphia girls dropped both games last week.

Against Noxapater, the score was tied at 12-12 after the first quarter.

The Lady Tigers outscored Philadelphia 16-9 during the second quarter and led 28-21 at the half.

Both teams scored 26 points during the second half but the Lady Tornadoes couldn't make up the difference. Issabella Fulton led with 15 points and Precious Sanders added 13.

The Lady Tornadoes battled the Lady Wildcats of Kemper County close in the first half. Kemper County led 16-13 after the first quarter and outscored Philadelphia 17-10 in the second period to go up 33-23 at the half. In the third quarter, Kemper County held the Lady Tornadoes to six points while putting in 26. Fulton scored 11 points to lead Philadelphia.

The Philadelphia gym was a busy place Saturday with eight games played, starting at 10 a.m. and going until nearly 10 p.m. Final scores were as follows:

Neshoba Central girls 63, Noxapater 37

Neshoba Central boys 95, Northeast Jones 85

Laurel girls 54, Ridgeland 36

Ridgeland boys 54, Laurel 48

Madison St. Joseph girls 66, Eupora 31

Eupora boys 57, Madison St. Joseph 51.