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TRM girls, ECHS boys go undefeated in tourney

Corey Williams | The Brewton Standard Miller captured first place in the 2016 County tournament. Aleria Smith (sitted center) was named girl’s MVP.

Corey Williams | The Brewton Standard
Miller captured first place in the 2016 County tournament. Aleria Smith (sitted center) was named girl’s MVP.

The T.R. Miller Lady Tigers captured first place in this year’s Escambia County basketball tournament. The Escambia County Blue Devils continued its dominance in the tournament, going undefeated to secure first place in the boys’ division.

TRM 54, ECHS 35 (Girls)

The Lady Tigers got out to an early lead and never looked back in its first win of the tournament.

Leading Miller was Kyla Bell-Barton with 21 points, 11 rebounds and two steals. Janazsia Nettles had 10 points, three assists, two rebounds and two steals. Steely Ruzic had 10 points, six rebounds and two steals.

Ja’Quanda Webster led ECHS with 15 points.

TRM 37, ECHS 65 (Boys)

The Tigers made a late run at the end of the second quarter to keep the game close, but found themselves hampered by 20 turnovers and a good shooting night by the Blue Devils, notably Triston Knox who finished the game with 21 points of off seven made three-pointers. Michael Smith led Miller in scoring with nine points. Devon Robinson led the Blue Devils with 27 points.

WSN 27, FHS 42 (Girls)

Points were hard to come by early on for the Lady Eagle. The team finally cracked the score column with 2:20 to go in the first quarter on a bucket by junior Marishia Fraser. Neal trailed 21-11 at the half. Flomaton outscored Neal 21-16 in the second half.

Tamera Dunn led Flomaton with 15 points.

Fraser led Neal in scoring with 18 points.

WSN 54. FHS 52 (Boys)

The game proved to be thriller between the two teams. The Eagles led 49-46 with a 1:30 to go in the fourth after two key free throws by Kenny Walker.

On the next trip down court, Flomaton made an attempt for a three-pointer but missed, a Flomaton player was able to recover the rebound and kick it out to No. 12 Trey Dixon for the open three-pointer to tie the game 52-52 with 29 seconds left to play.

After a timeout by the Eagles, guard Jacobey Hawthorne drove to the basket and made a dump off pass to teammate Marvin Maddox for the wide-open layup to give the Eagles a 52-50 lead.

Dixon attempted another 3 pointer for the stretch but missed as time expired.

Hawthorne finished with 18 points to lead the Eagles. Maddox finished with 12 points. Matthew Thomas had 10 points. James Lewis led Flomaton in scoring with 10 points.

TRM 41, WSN 12 (Girls)

Miller proved too much with its defensive pressure against Neal.

Leading Miller was freshman Aleria Smith with 10 points, 12 rebounds and six steals. Alijah Fountain had eight points four steals and three rebounds; Morgan Longmire had seven points, two rebounds and one steal; Janazsia Nettles had six points, three rebounds and a steal; and Jakyra Spears had five points.

Marishia Fraser led Neal in scoring with eight points.

TRM 46, WSN 38 (Boys)

It was a sloppy game between the two rivals in its first matchup of the season.

Joshua Jolly led the Tigers with 19 points (11-12 in free-throws), seven rebounds, four assists and three steals. Sophomore forward, Cody Hall recorded a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Michael Smith had six points, a team-high 15 rebounds and three assists.

Jacobey Hawthorne and Marvin Maddox led Neal in scoring with seven points each.

Miller out rebounded Neal 41-20. Both teams were in double-figures in turnovers with Neal having 14 and Miller, 27.

Flomaton 40, ECHS 32 (Girls)

Ja’Quanda Webster led ECHS with 14 points, Jade Adams had 11 points.

Flomaton’s Madison McFadden led the Lady Canes with 11 points, and Tamera Dunn had 10 points.

ECHS 78, Flomaton 32 (Boys)

Devon Robinson led ECHS with 13 points. Lue Williams had 11 points. Triston Knott had 10 points.

Flomaton’s Corey Bailey had 10 points.

WSN 13, ECHS 44 (Girls)

The top scorer for Neal was MeeMee Lawson with four points. Haley Watson, Tori Gillam and Tatum Reeves each had three points.

WSN 41, ECHS 70 (Boys)

A 26-point second quarter and a 19-point third quarter was enough for the Blue Devils to cruise to a comfortable win over Neal.

Devon Robinson led the way for Escambia County with 17 points. Lue Williams had 10 points.

Leading Neal was Jacobey Hawthorne with nine points. Marvin Maddox had seven points.

Neal had 28 turnovers in the game.

TRM 43, FHS 19 (Girls)

The Lady Tigers cruised to the win in the final round of the county tournament.

Aleria Smith led Miller with 10 points. Alijah Fountain had eight points. Morgan Longmire had seven points.

Carter led Flomaton with seven points. Emmons had six points.

TRM 40, FHS 45 (Boys)

After only scoring nine points in the first quarter, Miller rebounded in the second to go into halftime down only 21-24. The Tigers put themselves in a position to tie the game down 43-40 in the fourth, but missed a three-point attempt. Flomaton closed out the game with two key free throws by D. Armstrong.

A.J. Hayes led Flomaton with 10 points. Armstrong and J Steele had nine points each.

Joshua Jolly led Miller with 12 points. Michael Smith had nine points.

All-Tournament Team

Named to the All-tournament team for the girls were Marishia Fraser of WSN; Ja’Quada Webster of Escambia County; Tamara Dunn of Flomaton; and Morgan Longmire of TRM. Aleria Smith of TRM was named most valuable player.

Named to the All-Tournament team for the boys were Jacobey Hawthorne of WSN; Joshua Jolly of TRM; Daquan Johnson of Flomaton; and Triston Knott of Escambia County. Devon Robinson of Escambia County was named most valuable player.