Tornadoes stay close despite tough losses
Both Philadelphia High School basketball teams were tested in games last week.
The Tornadoes dropped a 49-48 decision to the Laurel Golden Tornadoes in the Newton High School classic. Philadelphia then dropped a 67-61 loss to Region 5-2A opponent Kemper County.
In the Newton classic, the Philadelphia girls dropped a 45-35 decision to Wayne County. They then dropped a 65-40 decision to Kemper County.
Both Philadelphia teams have one game this week as they host Nanih Waiya.
The Philadelphia boys stayed close with the Class 5A power Laurel Golden Tornadoes all the way.
The score was tied at 6-6 after the first quarter. Laurel outscored Philadelphia 15-13 in the second quarter and led 21-19 at the half. Laurel came on strong in the third quarter, outscoring Philadelphia 21-11. The Golden Tornadoes carried a 42-30 lead into the final stanza.
Philadelphia battled back, outscoring Laurel 28-7 in the fourth quarter, but fell short by 1 point. Devonate Scott led with 16 points while Andrew Carter added 9 points.
Kemper County 67
Again Philadelphia tried to rally in the fourth quarter but fell short.
Kemper County led 15-14 at the end of the first quarter. The Wildcats outpointed the Tornadoes 16-10 in the second quarter and led 31-24 at the half. Kemper County extended its lead to 53-36 by the end of the third quarter. The Tornadoes would outscore the Wildcats 25-14 in the final 8 minutes of play, but the Wildcats held on for the victory.
Scott led with 18 points while Cal Jones scored 12 points and Haven Coburn put in 11.
“Turnovers and high percentage shots hurt us in both game,” Coach Francisco Wilson said. “We have got to correct that before we get deep into our district schedule. Every team we play is going to pack the inside and make us shoot the jumper, so we have to get better in shooting the ball from the outside.”
Wayne County 45
Lady Tornadoes 35
Philadelphia played it close in the second half but couldn’t close the gap on Wayne County.
Wayne County led 10-6 after the first quarter. They outpointed the Lady Tornadoes 16-12 in the second quarter and led 26-18 at the half. Wayne County outscored the Lady Tornadoes 20-17 in the second half to hold on to the victory.
Jaiden Burnside led with 20 points while Aeyana Hannah added 7 points.
Kemper County 65
Lady Tornadoes 40
The Kemper County girls took a big first-half lead and held on to knock off Philadelphia.
Leading 17-7 after the first quarter, the Lady Wildcats outscored Philadelphia 23-6 in the second quarter to go up 40-13 at the half. In the second half, Philadelphia would outscore the Lady Wildcats 27-25, but the win went to Kemper.
Burnside led with 13 points, while Hannah added nine points.