Vikings move into first place in division

Published 6:09 pm Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Warren Central’s boys’ basketball team is starting to look like it just might be the team to beat in Division 4-6A.

Chris Early scored six of his 11 points in the fourth quarter, and Jabari Bowman led the team with 14 points as the Vikings beat Clinton 49-46 on Tuesday night to remain unbeaten in division play.

Warren Central (13-3, 2-0 Division 4-6A) has won 12 of its last 13 games overall and is already the only undefeated team in the division. It will step outside the league to play crosstown rival Vicksburg on Saturday, and then complete the first half of the 4-6A round robin with a home game against Provine next Tuesday.

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With 10 games left in the regular season, Warren Central has already reached a win total it achieved only twice since 2005.
Chavis Smith added eight points, while Kolby Moore scored 20 for Clinton (4-13, 0-1).

(G) Warren Central 58, Clinton 46

After some ups and downs in the first half of the season, the Warren Central Lady Vikes appear to be finding a groove.

Amber Gaston just missed a triple-double with 16 points, 11 rebounds and nine blocked shots as the Lady Vikes (14-4, 2-0 Division 4-6A) beat Clinton (14-3, 0-1) for their fourth win in five games. The hot streak emerged from a stretch in which they lost three out of four in late December.

Warren Central committed 19 turnovers and trailed by seven at halftime, but managed to pull away in the fourth quarter. Da’Sha McGloster’s shot with 2:32 left in the third quarter gave WC a 32-31 lead, and it never trailed again. Warren Central outscored Clinton 41-22 in the second half.

McGloster finished with 10 points. Cocoa Fultz joined Gaston with a double-double, with 15 points and 11 rebounds, while Dominique Caldwell totaled 13 points and eight rebounds.

(B) Hillcrest 91, St. Aloysius 34

Harrison Carr and Kenneth Beverly each drilled three 3-pointers in the first half as Hillcrest Christian raced out to a 55-21 lead at halftime and cruised to a victory over St. Aloysius on Tuesday night.

Carr finished with 11 points and Beverly with nine. Johnny Magee and Bruce Reed each scored 13 points to lead Hillcrest.

Braxton Chewning led St. Al (6-7, 1-2 District 3-AAA) with 10 points, while Phillip Upshaw added nine and was 5-for-5 from the free throw line. Coleman Verhine scored six points. The Flashes will host Riverfield Academy Friday at 6 p.m.

(B) Central Hinds 61, PCA 41

Jeffery Richburg scored 21 of his game-high 26 points in the first half as Central Hinds easily defeated Porter’s Chapel Academy.

The Cougars opened up a 35-9 lead at halftime and cruised in the second half. Davis McDade added nine points for Central Hinds.

Glenn Alan Kittrell led PCA (7-10, 0-3 District 3-AAA) with 13 points and 11 rebounds, and Michael Tod Andrews finished with nine points and six rebounds. Jake Arias scored six points, all on free throws in the fourth quarter.

PCA hit five 3-pointers, but was just 12-for-38 shooting (31.6 percent) from the field and 16-for-28 at the free throw line.

(G) Central Hinds 62, PCA 23

The Porter’s Chapel Academy Lady Eagles had their three-game winning streak snapped in rude fashion, with a blowout loss at Central Hinds on Tuesday night.

Kelsi Carmichael scored 21 of her 25 points in the first half as Central Hinds jumped out to a 37-13 halftime lead. Chloe Barton added 15 points for the Lady Cougars and Kendall Lowery scored 10.
Gracie Felker led PCA (8-13, 1-2 District 3-AAA) with eight points, and Hannah Embry scored five.

About Ernest Bowker

Ernest Bowker is The Vicksburg Post's sports editor. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post's sports staff since 1998, making him one of the longest-tenured reporters in the paper's 140-year history. The New Jersey native is a graduate of LSU. In his career, he has won more than 50 awards from the Mississippi Press Association and Associated Press for his coverage of local sports in Vicksburg.

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