Basketball Roundup: Vicksburg, Warren Central, PCA boys earn region victories

Published 11:05 pm Friday, January 19, 2024

Vicksburg High’s boys’ basketball team bounced back nicely from its first region loss.

Tyler Henderson led four players in double figures with 16 points, and the Gators went on the road to beat Callaway 68-54 on Friday night.

Michael Johnson finished with 15 points for the Gators, including eight in the fourth quarter to help them sew up the win. Kameryn Bailey added 12 points, Davian Williams scored 11, and Kealon Bass had six.

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Vicksburg lost 31 of 35 meetings with Callaway from 2005 to 2021, but has now won five in a row. It swept the season series against the Chargers for the second consecutive season.

The Gators (17-4, 5-1 MHSAA Region 2-6A) also rebounded from a loss to Ridgeland — their only region loss so far — in their previous game. They’ve won seven of their last eight games and maintained their grip on first place in Region 2-6A.

Vicksburg was scheduled to play Terry in the Rumble in the South event at Mississippi College on Saturday, but the game has been canceled. It will return to the court Tuesday, when it goes on the road to face Columbus.

Warren Central 85, Neshoba Central 72
Gaylon Turner scored 29 points, and Warren Central (12-11, 3-3 Region 2-6A) stayed red hot by beating Neshoba Central.

The Vikings won their third consecutive region game after losing their first three, and avenged a 10-point loss to Neshoba Central (12-10, 2-4) on Jan. 2. Their 85 points were a season-high.

Turner made five 3-pointers and scored 21 of his 29 points in the second quarter.

Jaylon Winters added 16 points for Warren Central, Robert Williams scored 15, and Kevin Jackson had 10.
Warren Central will play two home games next week, Tuesday vs. Callaway and Jan. 26 against Ridgeland.

Porter’s Chapel 53, Franklin Academy 49
Ty Mack had a double-double with 26 points, 10 rebounds and six assists to lead Porter’s Chapel Academy (9-3, 3-1 MAIS District 4-3A) past Franklin Academy on Friday.

Mack made three 3-pointers in the first quarter and four in the game. He was 9-for-15 shooting from the floor.
Jase Jung added 11 points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots for the Eagles. Taylor Labarre scored eight points, while Chase Hearn grabbed seven rebounds.

Kyler Roberts led Franklin Academy with 25 points and Addison Spradling scored 16.

ACCS 77, St. Aloysius 50
Anthony McCloud had 19 points and six rebounds for St. Aloysius (11-10, 1-3 MAIS District 4-5A), but the Flashes took their second district loss in as many nights at the hands of Adams County Christian School.

Korey Sims added 11 points for St. Al.

In the junior high game, ACCS also defeated St. Al 37-32. Dru Gleese led St. Al with 15 points, Keller Bradley scored 10, and Walt Andrews had seven rebounds and five assists.

Girls
Callaway 68, Vicksburg 33
The Vicksburg Missy Gators’ up-and-down season continued with a lopsided road loss against Callaway (17-6, 6-1 Region 2-6A).

Cynia Johnson led Vicksburg with 17 points, but was its only player to reach double figures. Terri Boyd and Rodrianna Hall scored five points apiece.

Vicksburg (6-16, 3-3) has alternated wins and losses over its last nine games, neither winning two nor losing two games in a row at any point. It lost both regular-season meetings with Callaway, marking the first time that has happened since 2015.

Neshoba Central 86, Warren Central 20
Erica Lyons led five Neshoba Central players in double figures with 16 points, and the Rockets (22-1, 6-0 Region 2-6A) routed Warren Central (0-23, 0-6) to remain atop the Region 2-6A girls’ basketball standings.

Miley Thomas and Lanayah Henry had 11 points apiece for Neshoba Central, while Taysha Isaac and Nalani Thompson scored 10 each.

Porter’s Chapel 81, Franklin Academy 43
Jae’la Smith had another monster game for Porter’s Chapel Academy, but this time she wasn’t alone.
Smith finished with 28 points, 18 rebounds and seven assists, and three other players scored in double figures as the Lady

Eagles (10-0, 4-0 MAIS District 4-3A) crushed Franklin Academy to remain undefeated.
Sophie Masterson had 21 points and five rebounds, and Marley Bufkin made six 3-pointers to finish with 18 points and four assists.

Lauren Madison also had a double-double, with 14 points and 12 rebounds.

Porter’s Chapel was 14-for-32 from 3-point range as a team, and shot 50 percent (32-for-64) from the field overall.

Ayden McCain led Franklin Academy with 18 points, while Taylor Biggs and Amanda Hatton scored 10 each.

ACCS 44, St. Aloysius 38
D’Kiyah Davis scored 12 points and Adams County Christian School defeated St. Aloysius in a foul-filled game. Each team had two players foul out, and eight of the game’s 10 starters finished with at least three fouls apiece.

Elle Larson led St. Al with 10 points, with seven of those coming from the free throw line. Maddy McSherry scored nine points, and Megan Theriot scored six. St. Al was 24-for-34 from the free throw line.