Local teams struggle in tourney
Lady Tigers win in overtime, finish 2-1
The T.R. Miller boys, and W.S. Neal boys and girl’s teams had trouble getting in the win column at the T.R. Invitational held on Dec. 22 and Dec. 23. The Miller boys lost by large margins in its games versus Atmore and Monroe County.
The WSN boys suffered a 21-point loss at the hands of Hillcrest-Evergreen; and lost a close game against Flomaton. The WSN girls went 0-2 in the tournament. The TRM girls went 2-1, with its most notable win coming in overtime against Choctawhatchee.
TRM 47, Clarke County 49 (Girls)
Steely Ruzic led the Lady Tigers in points with 18. Kyla Bell-Barton had 17 points. Aleria Smith had 12 points.
Andrea Daffin led Clarke County with a game-high 23 points.
TRM 70, Escambia High 14 (Girls)
It was all TRM in the blow out win. Escambia High failed to score in the fourth quarter.
TRM 47, Choctawhatchee 43 (Girls)
It took over time to decide a victor after Choctaw’s Gabby Brown drained a deep three pointer at the buzzer to tie the game 39-39 at the end of the fourth.
Miller outscored Choctaw 8-4 in overtime to seal the victory.
Leading Miller was Kyla Bell-Barton with 16 points and Steely Ruzic with 14 points.
Brown led Choctaw in scoring with 13 points. Ataliya Brown had 12 points.
TRM 41, Atmore 79
Rebounding, turnovers and three-point shooting was the trifecta for Atmore in which it dominated the Tigers.
Miller was outrebounded by Atmore 41-26, which resulted in 26 points for the Blue Devils. Atmore shot 32 more shots than Miller. Atmore made 10 three-pointers in the game. Miller made one three-pointer.
The Tigers had 24 turnovers, compared to Atmore’s 10.
Michael Smith led Miller with 20 points.
TRM 27, Monroe County 69 (Boys)
Miller trailed Monroe County 15-14 after the first quarter. The rest of the game was all Monroe, with the away Tigers pressuring the ball full court causing Miller turnovers.
Tyler Stallworth led Monroe County with 24 points. Deandre Robinson had 17 points. Jhacaves Gulley had 12 points.
No Miller player reached double-digits in scoring.
WSN 11, Hillcrest 62 (Girls)
Ravon Woods led Neal with four points. MeeMee Lawson had three points. Alyssa Askew and Jashira Dees had two points each.
Tyesha Rudolph led Hillcrest with 18 points.
WSN 25, Flomaton 51 (Girls)
MeeMee Lawson led Neal with 12 points. Tori Gillam had four points.
Danielle Sager led Flomaton with 13 points.
WSN 60,Hillcrest 81 (Boys)
The Eagles had 25 turnovers against the Class 3A top-10 ranked Hillcrest-Evergreen Jaguars. Neal also shot poorly from the free-throw making 11-out-of-32 attempts.
Leading Neal was junior Jacobey Hawthorne with 17 points and two steals. Kenneth Walker had Marvin Maddox had 13 points. Maddox also recorded three rebounds and two steals.
WSN 47, Flomaton 51 (Boys)
Despite a good second and third quarter from the Eagles, Flomaton closed out the game outscoring Neal 18-13 in the fourth quarter to defeat the Eagles for the second time this season.
Jacobey Hawthorne led the Eagles in scoring with 15 points (11-for-16 in free throws). Marvin Maddox had 11 points. J.T. Gantt had six points, six rebounds, three steals and two blocks.