Free throws carry Vikings past Ridgeland; St. Al tops Cathedral
Warren Central used a balanced scoring effort and some sharp free throw shooting down the stretch to get back into the win column on Tuesday.
The Vikings made 13 of 14 free throws in the fourth quarter, and scored their last 10 points from the line as they beat Ridgeland 54-51 to snap a brief two-game losing streak.
Jabari Bowman led Warren Central (2-2) with 16 points, and three other players reached double figures. Daniel Smothers scored 14 points, Del’Jayvien Harried had 11 and Anthony Lumpkin 10.
Harried and Lumpkin were a combined 10-for-10 from the foul line in the fourth quarter. Ridgeland used a 7-0 run to pull within one point, 47-46, before the Vikings closed it out from the free throw line.
Warren Central finished the game 18-for-22 from the free throw line.
Jeff Blackmon led Ridgeland (3-2) with 21 points, while Jalani Bell and Christian McCullum scored 10 each.
Ridgeland shot 48 percent (12-for-25) from the field and was 9-for-12 from the foul line, but was just 6-of-23 from 3-point range. Blackmon was 3-of-11 on 3-point attempts.
Warren Central’s girls also beat Ridgeland, 55-36, to improve their record to 4-1 this season. The Lady Vikes also won their second game in a row.
Warren Central will host Germantown on Thursday night. The girls’ game begins at 6 p.m. and the boys at 7:30.
(B) St. Al 51, Cathedral 41
Markeese Wilson and Isaiah Thomas scored 14 points apiece, Trinye Brown added 11, and St. Aloysius locked down Cathedral in the second half to beat its Catholic school rival for the fifth consecutive time, and eighth time in 11 meetings since 2014.
St. Al held Cathedral to only 13 points in the second half, after trailing 28-26 at halftime. Thomas, Brown, Wilson and Mike Robinson each scored at least four points in the third quarter as the Flashes turned a two-point deficit into an eight-point lead.
J.T. Taylor led Cathedral with 11 points.
St. Al will next play on Nov. 19, at home against East Rankin Academy.
(G) Cathedral 49, St. Aloysius 37
Lauren Dunbar went 8-for-8 from the foul line in the fourth quarter and finished with a game-high 14 points as Cathedral beat St. Aloysius in the girls’ game Tuesday night.
Cate Drane hit two 3-pointers and scored eight of her 11 points in the second quarter to help Cathedral take a 27-12 lead into halftime.
St. Al rallied to score 18 points in the fourth quarter — it had 19 through the first three quarters — but Cathedral matched the surge and held on.
Marissa Jabour led St. Al with 14 points and Taylor Chewning scored seven. Jabour was 10-for-14 from the free throw line, and made seven free throws in the fourth quarter.
Cathedral has won seven consecutive games against the Lady Flashes.