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FRIDAY'S PREP HOOP ROUNDUP: Lee County falls to Seminole as Herald Super 6er Seay sits out

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

EDISON -- The Wesley Burks Christmas Tournament in Calhoun County is supposed to put on display some of the best area talent under one roof for two days.

But when it came to Lee County vs. Seminole County on Friday night in the tourney opener for both teams, there was talent noticeably missing from the floor for the Trojans, who lost, 51-44, to the Indians as they played with out Herald Super 6er Sanford Seay.

"He missed the bus and we weren't able to reach him (on why he was late)," lamented Lee County coach Tim McPherson, whose team is 1-6 on the season. "It really put us in a bind. His 14 points a game is big and I wasn't happy about it by any means."

McPherson hoped to have the situation resolved by today when Lee plays Baker County in the consolation finals, but wouldn't rule out sitting him down like he had to last week when Seay missed practice.

"We have 12 other guys on this team who want him out here and they know he's capable of playing big-time ball down the road," McPherson said. "So it hurts everyone when he's not here (in more ways than one)."

Tanner Stone led Lee with 12 points, while Martez Dyson added 10, but the shining light from the evening was the play once again of Seminole's Kerry Chrispen, who led Seminole (6-5) with 19 points as he reached double figures for the 11th straight game this season.

"He's been great for us all season," Seminole coach Kevin Godwin said.

Added McPherson: "(Kerry) burned us all night."

Nate George Jr., whose father -- Nate George Sr. -- coaches at the Indians' biggest rival, Miller County, added 10 for Seminole, which will face Calhoun County in today's championship game at 8:30 p.m.

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LEE COUNTY GIRLS 53, SEMINOLE 34:

The Lady Trojans opened the Wes Burks Tournament with a solid win behind 21 points from DaQueena Moore and 15 from Carle Ely to improve to 4-2 on the year.

The win places Lee in the tournament finals tonight at 7 in Edison against host Calhoun County, which downed Baker in its opener.

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SCA BOYS 73, COLONIAL HILLS 61:

The Sherwood Christian boys basketball team, under the direction of first-year head coach Gavin Felix, remained unbeaten on the season Friday with a 73-61 win against Colonial Hills.

Gary Holloway led the Eagles with 23 points, followed by 15 from M.J. Vangure and 14 from Rashard Davis.

Sherwood advanced to play in the finals today at 4:30 p.m. against either Calvary or Trinity, which was Friday's late game that wasn't over at press time.

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BAINBRIDGE BOYS 69, Interlachen (Fla.) 62:

Herald Super 6er Devon Baulkmon led the way with 22 points, Rodney Glenn added 17 and 14 rebounds and Dontravius Marshall notched 10 as the Bearcats (5-2) won their opener of the Subway Shootout in Florida and advanced to play Mariannia (Fla.) today at 8 p.m.

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WESTWOOD GIRLS 63, GRACE CHRISTIAN 33:

The Lady Wildcats improved to 5-6 overall thanks to a big game from Virginia Vereen (17 points), as well solid performance by Hannah Hinesley (14) and Miller Singleton (12) to open their annual home holiday event, the Westwood Christmas Tournament, with an easy win.

Brock Bailey led Grace with 11 points.

Westwood advanced to play Brookwood today in the finals at 4 p.m. after Brookwood beat Byne Christian, 47-16. Darian Eckler led the Byne girls with five points.

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WESTWOOD BOYS 55, GRACE CHRISTIAN 15:

Jake Kotter scored a game-high 15 points, while Bryce McQuaid led Grace with 5 points.

The win advances Westwood to the finals today against Brookwood, which beat Byne, 60-39, despite 20 points from Casey Sanders.

The championship game is slated for 5:30 p.m.

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SHERWOOD GIRLS 46, COLONIAL HILLS 15:

Kaylee Dixon led the way with 18 points, Maggie O'Connor added 14 and the Lady Eagles improved to 2-4 with a win at the Calvary Christmas Tournament in Columbus.