Wesson falls in title games

Published 6:00 am Wednesday, January 2, 2008

WESSON — The Hillcrest Christian boys and the Pelahatchie girlscaptured the Wesson Invitational Basketball Tournament Saturdaynight with wins over the hosts.

Hillcrest Christian held off Wesson for 77-64 win and thePelahatchie girls crushed Wesson 61-36.

Wesson resumes its basketball season on Friday, Jan. 4 at HindsAHS.

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Selected to the boys all-tournament team from Wesson were JoshHart and Lonnie Reeves. Wesson’s Ann Shelby Davis and Macie Casewere named to the all-tournament girls team.

The Most Valuable Players were Bradley Parker of HillcrestChristian and Alexis Boyd of Pelahatchie.

Hillcrest Christian 67, Wesson 64

The Wesson boys (11-4) were led by Lonnie Reeves with 20 points.Matthew Cliburn netted 17 points. Firing in 11 points was JoshHart. Cody King finished with 10 points.

“Cliburn gave us a great game,” said Wesson boys coach RonKessler. “We got down early didn’t play strong. We made somecareless mistakes. But I’m proud of the kids. They fought back. Wechipped away after it. Lonnie had a good game. He had some bigfield goals in the second half.”

The Cougars led Wesson 27-20 at halftime. They led theCobras

Hillcrest Christian got 20 points from Austin Hartzog. Netting16 points was Parker. Emmanuel Ezellofo scored 14 points.

Pelahatchie 61, Wesson 36

Pelahatchie’s relentless, full-court pressure defense ungluedthe Wesson girls.

“The Pelahatchie girls pressure just caused us to turn the ballover,” said Wesson girls coach Hugh Webb. “Pelahatchie is so quick.Those two twins, Alexis and Allison, play so well together. Wedidn’t handle their pressure well. I really think they are a BigHouse club,” meaning a state tournament team.

” Ann Shelby Davis and Macie Case had a good tournament,” addedWebb. “Danielle Tadlock had a good game against Cathedral.”

Pelahatchie led 26-13 at halftime.

Davis paced Wesson(10-7) with 9 points.

For Pelahatchie, Alexis Boyd led with a game-high 24 points.Rock Ann Lock followed with 10 points.