Basketball Roundup: Vicksburg, PCA earn district sweeps

Published 12:58 am Saturday, January 6, 2024

Davian Williams and Kameryn Bailey have both carried Vicksburg High’s boys’ basketball team at different times this season. On Friday night, they teamed up to do it.

The duo scored 13 of the Gators’ 19 points in the fourth quarter, and Williams scored five of their last seven points in the final minute for the finishing kick on a 50-47 victory over Columbus.

Bailey finished with a game-high 17 points, including 11 in the second half. Williams scored 14 and played the hero at the end.

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Williams converted a three-point play with a minute to go to put Vicksburg ahead 45-43, then made two more free throws with seven seconds left to seal it. The Gators trailed 33-31 entering the fourth quarter.

Mike Hood led Columbus (14-4, 2-1) with 16 points, including eight in the fourth quarter. The Falcons had a four-game winning streak snapped.

Tyler Henderson and Lazaveon Sylvester added six points apiece for Vicksburg (15-3, 3-0 Region 2-6A), which won its fifth consecutive game and remained atop the region standings. Vicksburg will go on the road Tuesday to play Neshoba Central.

Callaway 78, Warren Central 63
Warren Central continued a recent slump with a 15-point loss to Callaway Friday night in Jackson.

Warren Central (9-11, 0-3 Region 2-6A) lost for the fifth time in six games, after it had won seven of the previous eight. The Vikings will go on the road Tuesday to play Ridgeland, and then return home to face Columbus on Jan. 12.

Porter’s Chapel 58, Franklin Academy 54
Gavin White made four 3-pointers and scored a team-high 22 points to lead Porter’s Chapel Academy to a victory over Franklin Academy in its MAIS District 3-3A opener on Friday.

White was 9-for-15 shooting from the field overall for PCA (7-2, 1-0 District 3-3A). As a team, PCA made seven 3-pointers and had 10 steals.

Ty Mack posted a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds, while Noah Porter had eight points and seven rebounds. Taylor Labarre finished with 15 points and seven steals.

Labarre and White each scored six points in the fourth quarter to help the Eagles rally from a 45-37 deficit entering the period.

Addison Spradling led Franklin with 23 points.

PCA plays Monday, on the road at River Oaks, and then returns home on Tuesday to face Hillcrest Christian. Both girls-boys varsity doubleheaders begin at 6 p.m.

Vicksburg 36, Columbus 32
Post player Cynia Johnson scored a game-high 19 points, and Vicksburg High (5-14, 2-1 Region 2-6A) picked up a needed win in the girls’ half of Friday’s doubleheader.

The Missy Gators built a nine-point lead heading into the fourth quarter, then held on down the stretch. Rodrianna Hall finished with six points for Vicksburg and Terri Boyd scored four.

Kyonnie Brooks led Columbus (1-15, 0-3) with 14 points.

Callaway 102, Warren Central 11
Jahanna Wilson scored 24 of her game-high 28 points in the first half to lead Callaway (13-4, 3-0 Region 2-6A) past Warren Central (0-19, 0-3).

Anissa Branson made three 3-pointers and finished with 19 points for Callaway, while Megann Wallace scored 13 points and Trinity Cook had 11.

Shay Hodge led Warren Central with four points. Janiya Scroggins, Jakiya Perkins and Ana Bridges scored two each.

Porter’s Chapel 63, Franklin Academy 29
Jae’la Smith racked up another double-double with 27 points, 10 rebounds, five steals and five assists to help the Porter’s Chapel Academy Lady Eagles (7-0, 1-0 MAIS District 3-3A) remain undefeated.

Lauren Madison also had a double-double for PCA, with 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Sophie Masterson just missed adding a third to the list with 10 points and nine rebounds.

Marley Bufkin also had six points and four steals for the Lady Eagles, who shot 54 percent (27-for-50) from the field. They outscored Franklin 28-5 in the third quarter after leading by nine points at halftime.

Aydean McLain led Franklin Academy with 15 points and Taylor Biggs 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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