After Lee County girls basketball coach Fran McPherson found out that only the Lady Trojans and Upson-Lee were left in an Upson-Lee tourney once other girls teams pulled out, she tried to find another event.
However, after beating Upson-Lee for the second day in a row Tuesday, McPherson seemed almost as surprised as she was pleased after the team was given such a big trophy.
"They called it a tournament and we got a really nice trophy," McPherson said after her team's 39-28 win Tuesday. "I thought at first it would be treated just as two regular-season games. It wasn't a true tournament; but again, it gave us experience other than just practicing over the holidays."
Lee County, which also beat Upson-Lee, 70-43, on Monday, earned another honor after Tuesday's game -- Lady Trojan Lindsey Crawford was named the MVP for the two days after finishing the games with 30 total points. She had 12 Tuesday.
"The coaching staff from Shorter College came to the game and are showing a lot of interest in her," McPherson said. "Kennesaw State had offered her, but they rescinded their scholarship offer, so she was happy to see that other colleges have interest in her. She really showed up to play."
Lee County (12-3) used its depth to keep the pressure on Upson-Lee.
PELHAM GIRLS 68, IRWIN COUNTY 63: After trailing for most of the game, the Lady Hornets rallied to win the Irwin County Christmas Tournament.
D'Ambria Thomas led Pelham with 31 points, followed by Tashaunessy Reese with 17 and Octavia Kierce with 11. For the tournament, Thomas averaged 24 points, followed by Kierce with 18 and Reese with 17.5.
"They were huge," Pelham coach Derrick Lavatte said. "They are my big three and have been doing it all year. We are now just trying to get ready for region play. We don't have any seniors, and that's the most exciting thing about this team."
DWS BOYS 63, PIKE (Ala.) 41: Reggie Brown led the Knights with 17 points, followed by Jordan Alexander with 13 and Michael Matthews with 11.
The Knights will face Stratford Academy at 8 p.m. today for the title in a Montgomery, Ala., tournament.
"I thought we played better defensively," said Deerfield-Windsor coach Gordy Gruhl, whose team's record improved to 8-0. "On Monday, we were a little lackadaisical defensively, but (Tuesday), we cut down on our mistakes and did not give up too many easy baskets. We just played solid basketball for four quarters."
DWS GIRLS 52, FORT DALE 26: Sabrina Curry's 14 points helped lead the Lady Knights to victory. Deerfield will play Stratford at 6 p.m. today for the tournament title in Montgomery.
Teammate Heather Lash had nine points and 11 rebounds, and Curry also had six steals and four assists. Lauren Fulford also had six assists and only one turnover.
"We really jumped on them," said Deerfield coach Ty Kinslow. "Our pressure gave them fits."
AMERICAN HERITAGE BOYS 66, SCA 50: A brief lapse in the second quarter proved costly for the Eagles in an Orlando, Fla., tournament.
"We were winning the game, 23-20, about halfway through the second quarter and they went on something like a 13-0 run on us," said Eagles coach Matt Ruta, whose team's record is 5-3. "We played toe-to-toe with them the rest of the way, but we just couldn't execute at times when it really counted."
Sherwood was led by Gary Holloway with 12 points, followed by Brannan Anthony with 10 and Wesley Pittman with nine. Sherwood plays East River for third place at 6:15 p.m. today in Orlando.
WESTOVER GIRLS 68, HANDLEY, Ala. 24: Dytieshia Dunson led the Lady Patriots with 14 points, followed by Ieshia Young with 13, Cessily Colwell with 12, and Danielle Glover (11) and Kahler Fletcher (10) in a Callaway High School tourney.
With the win, coach Lewis Smith's team improved to 8-1.
"We had some transportation problems and we got there kind of late, but it didn't affect our play," Westover coach Lewis Smith said. "We kind of got off the bus and were ready to play."
Westover plays an undetermined opponent at 3:30 p.m. today at Callaway.
UPSON-LEE BOYS 74, LEE COUNTY 58: Jakoby Mallory scored 17 points for Lee County, followed by Samford Seay with 16 and Donte Smith with 13. Seay was named to the All-Tournament team.
The Trojans' record now is 2-10.
"We just made some turnovers in crucial situations," Trojans coach Tim McPherson said. "We did play a better game, though, than the one we played Monday against Baneker."
RANDOLPH SOUTHERN BOYS 50, CRISP ACADEMY 37: Clay Ferguson led the Patriots with 12 points, followed by Loy DeVane with 11. Randolph Southern's record now is 6-1 and finished fourth in an Alabama tournament.
"We were kind of jelly-legged after Monday's game," Randolph Southern coach Robert Bryant said, referring to the previous game his team lost. "Clay really did a good job shooting the ball for us. He was the spark."