Basketball Roundup: Vicksburg rolls past Clinton Christian; Raymond too much for Warren Central

Published 12:38 pm Wednesday, December 20, 2023

Even without two of their best players, the Vicksburg Gators made easy work of Clinton Christian on Tuesday.

Michael Johnson scored 11 of his 16 points in the first half, and Kealon Bass and Jadarius Henderson finished with 10 points each as the Gators beat Clinton Christian 61-36 in a boys’ basketball game.

The Gators played without leading scorers Davian Williams and Kameryn Bailey, who missed the game because of illness. In their absence, 11 players scored and several others stepped up into bigger roles.

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Johnson got the Gators going with his big first quarter. In the second half, Bass scored seven points in the third quarter and DeCorey Knight Jr. had six in the fourth.

Vicksburg led by two points at halftime, then outscored Clinton Christian 17-4 in the third quarter to take a 38-23 lead.
Josh Johnson led Clinton Christian with 12 points and K.J. Lambert scored 10.

Vicksburg (12-3) won for the third time in four games. It will play its last game of 2023 on Friday, when it hosts Warren Central in a big MHSAA Region 2-6A match-up. The girls’ varsity game begins at 6 p.m. and the boys at 7:30.

Raymond 52, Warren Central 41
Keymarius Lewis scored 16 points and Eric Paymon added 14 to help Raymond (12-3) overcome a stubborn Warren Central squad.

Gaylon Turner and Roosevelt Harris finished with 13 points apiece for Warren Central (8-7). The Vikings had a three-game winning streak snapped as they head into Friday’s region road game at Vicksburg.

Vicksburg 61, Clinton Christian 41
Kierra James had a monster game with 20 points, eight rebounds, five assists and six steals to lead Vicksburg High past Clinton Christian in Tuesday’s girls’ game.

Cynia Johnson also flirted with a triple-double by totaling 11 points, nine rebounds and seven steals.

Rodrianna Hall added 18 points for the Missy Gators (3-10), who jumped out to a 19-3 lead in the first quarter and were never threatened. Clajessa Albert had six points, eight rebounds and six steals.

Raymond 71, Warren Central 30
Keasia West finished with 25 points and Madyson McGill scored 14 to lead Raymond (3-10) past Warren Central (0-15) in Tuesday’s girls’ game.

Shay Hodge led Warren Central with 12 points and Harmony Wright scored 10.

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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