HOGANSVILLE -- Westover High School girls basketball coach Lewis Smith wanted to keep his Lady Patriots in game shape during the holidays.
Now, the Lady Patriots have a championship trophy to show for it.
Westover's Dytieshia Dunson earned tournament MVP honors as the Lady Patriots won their division via a 55-47 win against LaGrange in a tournament hosted by Callaway High School on Wednesday.
Dunson also was joined on the All-Tournament Team by teammate Ieshia Young. During Wednesday's win, Dunson scored 22 points, followed by Young with 13 and Kahler Fletcher with 10.
"We did some good things executing at game speed against a LaGrange team we might see in the playoffs," said Smith, whose team's record is 9-1. "You want to test yourself against teams like that to see where you are. It's a great confidence builder for us."
DWS BOYS 72, STRATFORD 39: Deerfield's Reggie Brown was named MVP of a Montgomery, Ala., tourney and was joined on the All-Tournament team by Michael Matthews.
Matthews scored 18 points Wednesday, followed by Duane Anderson with 13 and Brown with 11.
"I thought it was the most complete game we had played all season," said Knights coach Gordy Gruhl, whose team's record improved to 9-0. "Defensively, we had a good game, forcing lots of turnovers and backing each other up."
Gruhl hopes Deerfield, which was GISA Class AAA runner-up the past two seasons, can use this as a springboard to a successful 2010.
"I hope it's a good springboard," Gruhl said. "It certainly can be a good year. We need to build on this game defensively, we keep getting better there. We're certainly on the right track."
DWS GIRLS 31, STRATFORD 21: The Lady Knights' Sabrina Curry was named MVP of a Montgomery, Ala., tourney and was joined on the All-Tournament team by Morgan Phillips, who on Wednesday had 10 points, eight rebounds and two assists. Deerfield's Miranda Phillips added seven rebounds and four assists, and Phillips sealed the win with key free throws down the stretch.
"Stratford is always competitive, and we had not beaten them in a couple of years before (Wednesday)," Deerfield coach Ty Kinslow said. "When you hold a team like that to only 21 points, you really played special on the defensive side of the ball."
Courtney Kelson and Sarah Shellhaas added six points each for the Lady Knights (9-3).
SCA BOYS 58, EAST RIVER 47: In an Orlando, Fla., tourney, the Eagles clinched third place and Wesley Pittman was named to the All-Tournament team. Pittman scored 19 Wednesday, followed by Brannan Anthony with 10 and Pete McSwain with nine.
"We were up by 20 at one point, so we need to do a better job closing out games," Sherwood coach Matt Ruta said. "Overall we played well, but I'd just like to see us cruise down the stretch next time."
Sherwood's record is 6-3.