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Franklin County Lady Dawgs, Wilkinson Co. boys capture 3A

SUMMIT — The Franklin County girls and the Wilkinson Countyboys are the queens and kings of the Region 7-3A BasketballTournament. The Lady Bulldogs beat South Pike Friday night for thegirls’ division championship 70-65, behind Paige Webster’s 21points.

In the boys championship, Wilkinson County won 74-61 over theSouth Pike Eagles.

In the consolation boys game, Columbia blasted Franklin County100-56.

The Lady Bulldogs (23-5) jumped out to a 22-17 lead and neverlooked back. South Pike would cut the lead 53-48 after threequarters of play behind forward Ivielle Stewart’s big jumpers.Stewart finished with a game-high 27 points.

Coach Charles Moore’s team would not back down as the LadyBulldogs used Webster and junior standout Shareka Hunt’s keybaskets to put away the Lady Eagles in the final minutes. They alsoplayed some outstanding defense to hold South Pike’s Stewart tojust three points in the fourth frame.

“It was a matter of playing defense and keeping a hand inStewart’s face, Moore said. “We put LaTanya (Williams) on her inthe fourth quarter. She only made one three-pointer in the fourthquarter.”

Williams scored 16 points, while Hunt added 14. Point guardMonea Cameron had 13 points.

Wilkinson County 74, South Pike 61

Paced by Kenny Harper’s 20 points, Wilkinson County won theRegion 7-3A boys championship in convincing fashion.

The Wildcats (27-5), coached by Arthur Lee, got 17 points fromguard Gary James and 10 points from Lawrence Cage. Wilkinson Countyled the Eagles 31-29 at halftime.

South Pike got a game-high 25 points from Phillip Brown in thelosing effort.

Columbia 100, Franklin County 56

After a one-point, 56-55 loss to South Pike Thursday night inthe Region 7-3A semifinals, the Wildcats took out some frustrationon the Bulldogs, winning the third-place boys’ consolation game

Franklin County (8-20) got 18 points from Jamie Collins in theloss. Jason Hunt added nine points.