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PCA turns eye toward District 4-2A basketball tournament

Porter’s Chapel Academy’s basketball teams still can put a big accomplishment on their resumés this season. They just have only one chance to do it.

Manchester Academy swept PCA on Tuesday, 72-28 in the boys’ game and 54-18 in the girls’. The Eagles and Lady Eagles will now both be in the play-in game for the MAIS District 4-2A tournament, at Benton Academy on Feb. 4 at 6 and 7:30 p.m.

The winner of the play-in game will advance to the main draw of the district tournament and earn a spot in the MAIS Class 2A South State tournament. The top four teams in each district move on, and there are five teams in District 4-2A.

PCA will end the regular season Friday at 5 p.m., at Briarfield Academy.

PCA’s boys’ team fell behind early Tuesday against Manchester and never caught up. Jon Riley Poe scored 11 of his game-high 15 points in the first quarter as the Mavericks raced to a 23-8 lead, and then extended it to 42-13 by halftime.

Dylan Dendy and Upton Hitt each added 13 points for Manchester, which will have the No. 3 seed in the district tournament and will face No. 2 Greenville-St. Joe in the first round. Dendy also grabbed 12 rebounds.

Michael Tod Andrews led PCA (4-16) with 14 points, while Tyler Washington had five points and five rebounds. The Eagles went 2-for-14 from 3-point range, and shot just 8-for-36 (22.2 percent) overall from the field.

The girls’ game got similarly sideways for PCA. Manchester got out to a 41-15 lead by halftime and cruised to the 54-18 victory. PCA did not score in the third quarter.

Lizzy Carpenter had 12 points and six rebounds for Manchester, and was one of four players in double figures. Lanie Potter scored a game-high 14 points, all in the first half. Ivy Sowell finished with 11 points, and Karley Martin had 10.

Brittnee Martin led PCA (7-13) with seven points, and Bailey Andrews scored four. The Lady Eagles shot 5-for-34 (14.7 percent) from the floor.

(G) Clinton 66, Warren Central 39
Kimbreyell McBride scored a game-high 20 points, Jakayla Johnson and Kaitlyn Walker had 11 apiece, and Clinton inched closer to earning the No. 1 seed in the MHSAA Region 4-6A girls’ tournament by beating Warren Central for the second time this season.

Clinton (18-4, 5-0 Region 4-6A) opened the second half with a 13-2 run and outscored Warren Central 28-11 in the third quarter to take control of the game. A six-point Clinton lead at halftime swelled to 23 by the end of the third quarter.

Ashlea Raney led Warren Central with 15 points, and Aniya Sanders scored 11.

The Lady Vikes (8-10, 0-4) lost their sixth consecutive game, and for the eighth time in nine games. They can still avoid the No. 4 seed in the region tournament — and a likely first-round rematch with Clinton — by winning its last two region games against Madison Central on Friday and Feb. 7.

Clinton, meanwhile, is in first place in the region and can clinch the top seed by beating second-place Murrah (19-6, 3-1) on Feb. 7. Clinton can also earn the No. 1 seed if Murrah loses to Madison Central (16-7, 0-3) on Feb. 4.