County teams spread out for holiday basketball tournaments

Published 10:35 am Monday, December 27, 2021

From the Gulf Coast to Jackson, Warren County’s high school basketball teams are getting back into action this week at a slew of holiday tournaments.

Vicksburg High’s boys’ and girls’ team are in Gulf Breeze, Florida, to play in the Innisfree Hotels Pensacola Beach Basketball Event beginning Monday. The tournament features 28 teams from nearly a dozen states. The Gators — who will face teams from Ohio, Kentucky and Georgia — are back in it after reaching the championship game in 2019.

The Missy Gators played their opener Monday morning and won 50-43 over Woodmont, a team from Greenville, South Carolina. Janiah Caples scored 21 points and Layla Carter had 16 for Vicksburg.

Warren Central’s teams will stay closer to home, with the girls playing at Copiah Academy and the boys in the JPS Christmas Tournament in Jackson, and Porter’s Chapel Academy will go to Benton Academy.

Both St. Aloysius teams are taking the week off and will return to the court next week.

Here are the schedules for Warren County’s teams this week:

Vicksburg High boys
Innisfree Hotels Pensacola Beach Basketball Event
At Gulf Breeze, Fla.
• Monday – vs. Kings High School (Ohio), 1 p.m.
• Tuesday – vs. Madisonville-North Hopkins (Kentucky), 8:30 a.m.
• Wednesday – vs. Walnut Grove (Georgia), 2:30 p.m.

Warren Central boys
JPS Christmas Tournament
At Forest Hill High School, Jackson
• Tuesday – vs. Tylertown, 1 p.m.
• Wednesday – vs. Clarksdale, 1 p.m.

Porter’s Chapel boys
Benton Academy Winter Games
• Tuesday – vs. Humphreys Academy, 5:45 p.m.
• Wednesday – vs. Mt. Salus, 3:15 p.m.

Vicksburg High girls
Innisfree Hotels Pensacola Beach Basketball Event
At Gulf Breeze, Fla.
• Monday – Vicksburg 50, Woodmont (South Carolina) 43
• Tuesday – vs. Clarkrange (Tennessee), 10 a.m.
• Wednesday – vs. Legion Collegiate Academy (South Carolina), 4 p.m.

Warren Central girls
Copiah Christmas Classic
At Copiah Academy
• Monday – vs. Hartfield Academy, 2:15 p.m.
• Tuesday – vs. Columbia Academy or Parklane Academy, 10:30 a.m. or 1 p.m.
• Wednesday – vs. TBA, 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m. or 3:30 p.m.

Porter’s Chapel girls
Benton Academy Winter Games
• Tuesday – vs. Humphreys Academy, 4:30 p.m.
• Wednesday – vs. Mt. Salus, 2 p.m.

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 sports reporters in the paper's 137-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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