Exploding for 10 fourth-quarter points, Quitman Junior High broke open a close game against neighboring Weston to take a 24-9 victory and the girls championship of the season opening Weston Junior High Tournament. Choudrant beat Castor 41-12 to win the boys title.
Quitman reached the finals by taking down Choudrant 27-12 and Saline 27-11 while Weston made it to the championship game by topping Dodson 25-12 and Castor 11-7.
In boys competition Castor drew a first round by and then eliminated the Weston boys 34-15 in the second round after the Wolves had beaten Dodson 42-14 to open the tourney. Choudrant beat Quitman 34-31 in the first round and Saline 49-17 in the second round to reach the finals.
Quitman 24 Weston 9 (Championship) – Hallie Kate Pullig, who led all scorers with 12 points, was one of five girls who scored in the pivotal final frame, joining Lily Jones, Brenna Lamkin, Kinsley Ponder and Breelyn Boone. Allie Robertson and Brealyn Patton also pitched in with two points in the first and second quarter respectively. Carly Jo Griffin led Weston with four points followed by three from Brylie Cuthrell and two by Carlynn Waters.
WJH Scoring: Griffin 4, Cuthrell 3, Waters 2
Quitman 27 Saline 11 (Second Round) – Seven players scored in the team effort that saw Quitman score 18 in the second half to win going away. With Allie Robertson hitting her first three pointer of the season and Lily Dark, Sophia Kliebert and Ella Simonelli adding a basket each, QJH took a 9-5 halftime lead. Seven points by Hallie Kate Pullig and another Duck basket stretched the lead to 18-9 setting the stage for Brenna Lamkin to score four, London Burks add three and Simonelli to hit her second bucket in the game for the final points. Saline was led by Jalynn Jiles with five followed by Bella Blewer, Hannah Peoples and Jaylynn Malloy with two each.
SJH Scoring: Jiles 5, Blewer 2, Peoples 2, Malloy 2
Weston 11 Castor 7 (second round) – A seven point surge by Weston in the second quarter lifted Weston to the low scoring victory. Two players from each team did all the scoring with Carlynn Waters scored 8 and Carly Jo Griffin added 3 for Weston. Rogers and Creel scored 4 and 3 points respectively for Castor.
CJH Scoring: Rogers 4, Keel 3
QJH 27 Choudrant 12 (first round) – After the two teams played to a 6-6 standstill in the first quarter, Quitman held Choudrant to just two points combined in the second and fourth quarters to win their season opener. Hallie Kate Pullig scored 10 to lead eight Lady Wolverines who posted points. Brenna Lamkin hit the first three pointer of the season on her way to five points followed by Breelyn Boone’s four fourth quarter points that helped Quitman scored 12 in the final frame to blow the game open. Sophia Kliebert, Kinsley Ponder and Klea Blalock hit a basket each with Braelyn Patton and Lily Duck contributing a free throw apiece. Za’Niga Jones led Choudrant with seven points.
CJH Scoring: Jones 7, Bryan 2, Foust 2, Young 1
Choudrant 41 Castor 12 (championship) – It was over early as Choudrant raced to a 8-0 first quarter lead that blew open to a 21-2 advantage at the half. Clarence Mayweather scored 14 to lead a balanced attack that saw eight Aggies tally points.
Castor Scoring: Nealy 4, Sullivan 4, Smiley 2, Smith 2
Castor 34 Weston 15 (second round) – Castor exploded to a 17-0 first quarter lead and never looked back to eliminate the tourney host. Remy Kennard scored five to lead the Wolves with Bryce Tolar adding four points. Malachi Harris, Leyton Younse and Braxton Brown chipped in with two each. Smiley led Castor with 14 followed by McNealy with eight points.
CJH Scoring: Smiley 14, McNeely 8, Sullivan 5, Nealy 5, Smith 2
Choudrant 49 Saline 17 (second round) – Choudrant outscored Saline 30-4 in the first and fourth quarters on their way to a tournament high in points scored. Clarence Mayweather led the way for the Aggies with 16 points that included a tourney best four 3-pointers. July Johnson scored 8 and both Turner Rhodes and Sam Sellers chipped in with six apiece. Elijah Calloway scored 11 to lead Saline with Braiden Robinson adding four and Rylon Mauthe scoring two.
SJS Scoring: Calloway 11, Robinson 4, Mauthe 2
Weston 42 Dodson 14 (first round) – Weston raced out to a 27-3 first quarter lead with Remy Kennard nailing three 3-pointers to score 13 and Leyton Younse adding 12 points. Dawson Griffin added seven points in the second quarter, including his first three pointer of the year as the Wolves ran the score to 36-3 at the half. Braxton Brown, Colt Guyotte, Bryce Tolar, Kash Gandy, and Audra Spence all hit a basket each to round out the scoring. Dodson was led by Rily Womack with 8 and both Brody Tucker and Levi Hanson with 3 each.
DJH Scoring: Womack 8, Hanson 3, Tucker 3
Choudrant 34 Quitman 31 (first round) – Choudrant outscored the Wolverines 7-4 in the final quarter to break a 27-all stalemate after three quarters in the most entertaining contest of the tournament. After falling behind 20-11 in the first half the Wolverines came alive for 16 third quarter points to draw even. Kaleb Maxwell hit six of eight free throws and added three baskets to pace Quitman with 12 points with Hayden Seymore chipping in with seven points on the strength of a pair of three pointers. Eli Jackson and Joseph Delaney made four each followed by Kobie Williams with three and Jack Thomas with one. Clarence Mayweather led Choudrant with 17 points.
CHS Scoring: Mayweather 17, Cooper 8, Johnson 4, Rhodes 3, Treston Tucker 2