PCA falls to Mt. Salus in district tourney

Published 10:23 pm Friday, February 6, 2015

From Staff Reports

Porters Chapel Academy lost a heartbreaker to Mt. Salus Christian in the opening round of the District 5-A tournament Friday. The Eagles fell, 37-36,  to put themselves out of contention for the district championship.

Javontae Frye led PCA with 17 points and five steals, while Zac Morgan notched five points in the losing effort.

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“We played hard but came up a little short,” Porters Chapel coach Wayne Lynch said.

The Eagles will play the loser of Vertias and Clinton Christian tomorrow at 3:15 p.m. at the Rebul Academy gym in Learned, Miss. for the tournament’s third place game.

“I expect another close game,” Lynch said. “As long as we come out and take care of business, we should win the game.

(G) Greenville 72, WC 48

Warren Central was held to just 25 second half points en route to a Region 4-6A road loss to Greenville Friday. The Lady Vikes (14-11, 3-2 Region 4-6A) went down 15-7 in the first quarter and never led in the contest.

Dominque Caldwell led the team with 17 points. Shae Bracey recorded 15 points, while T.T. Sims ended the game with 13 points for Warren Central.

Destiny Hemphill recorded a game-high 25 points for the Honeybees, while Taneisha Miller recorded scored 19 points.

The Lady Vikes will look to get back in the win column Tuesday when they take on Murrah at home at 6 p.m.

(B) Greenville 51, WC 43

The Vikings were plagued by a slow start, falling to Greenville on the road to drop a key Region 4-6A game. Warren Cenral (9-15, 1-4) went down 17-8 in the first quarter and fell down by six at halftime, unable to recover for a .

Chris Stamps paced WC with 13 points, Shunterrence Walton added 11 and Mario Doyle dropped nine in the defeat.

Rod Birt led Greenville with 10 points.

Warren Central comes back home Tuesday to face Murrah. Game tome is set for 7:30 p.m.

(G) St. Al 63,  Piney Woods 34

Grace Upshaw and Michelle Howington scored 14 points apiece to lead St. Al to an easy win over Piney Woods.

Howington added seven steals and six rebounds for the Lady Flashes, who opened up an 11-point lead at halftime and outscored Piney Woods 19-6 in the fourth quarter to turn it into a blowout.

Claire Gamble only scored four points for St. Al, but had six steals and 12 rebounds. Avery Parman added seven points, five rebounds and three blocked shots.

Anitra Elliott led Piney Woods with 10 points.

St. Al 73, Piney Woods 51

St. Aloysius showed off its depth Friday, getting big nights and key contributions from a host of players as it routed Piney Woods 73-51.

Josh Brown led the Flashes with 23 points and John Tillman Thomas had 14 points and five steals. They were the only St. Al players to score in double figures, but Luke Eckstein had seven rebounds and four steals and Drake Dorbeck had six points and five rebounds.

St. Al too control of the game by outscoring Piney Woods 21-5 in the second quarter to take a 24-point lead into halftime, and was never seriously threatened after that.

Keyshawn Bettingfield led Piney Woods with 17 points.