Region 5-5A Tournament Results (Day 1)

Here are the Region 5-5A Tournament results from Day 1:

Game 1 (Girls): No 1 West Jones 41, Wayne County 23

What happened:

Baskets were a minimum for West Jones in the opening quarter, making just three baskets on four free throw attempts. They trailed Wayne County 12-3 at the end of the first period. 

Dominate in the remaining periods – starting with the second period – the Lady Mustangs outscored Wayne County 17-2 to take a six-point lead, 20-14, into the locker room and finished 21-9 in the second half to win their 25th game of the season. 

Points scored:

West Jones – Bre Carr (13), Imani Arrington (13), Brikayla Gray (8), Mia Moore (5), Jurnee McLaurin (2).

Wayne County – LaShanda Everett (11), Bayleigh Busby (4), Aliyah Hill (3), Jamia Chambers (2), Kadarin Spencer (2), Sharrika Everett (1).

Game 2 (Boys): No. 1 Laurel 78, No. 4 West Jones 59

What happened:

Laurel took over the lead from West Jones, 11-9, with 2:23 remaining in the opening period and never looked back. Showing their dominance, Laurel outscored West Jones in every period, including the first after a shaky five to six-minute start. 

Points scored:

Laurel – Cameron Jones (18), Austin Lindsey (11), Xavier Evans (8), Antwan Hatten (7), Abraham McKenzie (7), Levi Walker (7), Jontarius Henderson (6), Ben Murry (3), Quendarius Armond (2), Kanodrion Johnson (2).

West Jones – Jarad Naylor (20), Tajrick Randolph (9), Cedric Bender (8), Jon Micah Coleman (6), Preston Turner (6), Coleion Page (5), Quantizing Keyes (4), Dylan Page (1).

Game 3 (Girls): No. 3 Laurel 63, No. 2 South Jones 58.

What happened:

Laurel survived a late comeback attempt by South Jones. 

The Lady Tornadoes jumped out to an early 12-2 lead four minutes into the first period and held their ground up until the fourth quarter. After a back and forth quarter, Laurel regained its lead with nearly two minutes left to play. They held on to pick up the upset win based on seedings. 

Points scored:

Laurel – India Singleton (22), Beverly Tillman (13), Kristian Edwards (12), Zoey Cooley (8).

South Jones – Kelsi Jackson (20), Jernize Gammage (14), Jordan Clark (11), Ebony Fulford (4), Fayla McGilberry (3), Valencia Britton (2), Nikia Jones (2), Kaylee Moody (2).

Game 4 (Boys): No. 2 Wayne County 77, No. 3 South Jones 63.

What happened:

A big first and fourth period helped Wayne County cruise to victory in the night-cap game on Day 1 of the Region 5-5A Basketball Tournament. The War Eagles outscored South Jones, 18-7, in the opening period and, 24-20, in the final stanza to stay within a comfortable lead. South Jones remained in the game, somewhat, by winning period number two and three. 

Points scored:

Wayne County – Terrance Jones (17), Devonta Pittman (15), Raesheem McCall (13), Garius Ray (12), Justin Dunn (8), Zhakerreun Wesley (4), Raydarius Washam (4), Myriss McCullum (4). 

South Jones – Jordan Miller (25), Andre Thomas (11), Jamari Dease (8), Greg Smith (3), Jackson Delk (3), Corbin Travis (2).

Friday’s Schedule:

4 pm – South Jones vs. Wayne County (Girls)

5:30 pm – West Jones vs. South Jones (Boys)

7 pm – West Jones vs. Laurel (Girls)

8:30 pm – Laurel vs. Wayne County (Boys)

Sports Editor

James is a graduate of Stringer High School and Jones County Junior College. He is an award-winning AP and MS Press photographer, writer, and layout designer.

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