The Charlton County Maidens and Indians traveled to Thomasville last week to participate in the Auto-Owners Holiday Hoops Tournament held at The Brookwood School. Both teams won twice, while losing once, with the Maidens finishing in third place and the Indians finished in fifth.
The Maidens kicked off the action on Monday against Terrell Academy. Playing without leading scorer Makaylah Garard, who became ill prior to the game, the Maidens fell behind 9-6 after the opening quarter, but would rally and take a 29-24 halftime lead. The seond half remained close, but in the end the Maidens would pull out a 49-42 win. Jordan Vernon paced the Maidens with 20 points, while Heaven Whitlock scored 14 and Shadiamond Greene added 13 points.
On Tuesday, the Maidens faced off against R.F. Munroe out of Quincy, FL. Without the services of Garard, again the Maidens fell behind 15-9 before coming back to take a 27-22 halftime lead. The lead would shrink to one after three qaurters and Munroe was able to pull away in the fourth quarter and hand the Maidens their first loss of the season 53-48. Whitlock led with 18 points, while Greene and Vernon were both in double figures with 14 and ten points, respectively.
With the loss the Maidens were eliminated from the championship game and on Wednesday faced the host Brookwood for third place. Garard was healthy for this game and led the Maidens with 26 points. The Maidens jumped out quick and held a 13 point halftime lead and maintained the lead the remainder of the game to pick up a 65-50 win. Also in double figures were Jordan and Greene with 12 points each, while Whitlock added ten points.
Vernon and Whitlock were selected to the All Tournament Team.
The Indians opened up play on Monday against Terrell Academy and led by four at the half. But Terrell would tie the score heading into the final period. The fourth quarter went back and forth with Terrell holding on to a 76-75 lead after Charlton's last second shot was off the mark. Jarvis Wright led the Indians with 25 points, while Curtis Burroughs and Jamari Hamilton each scored 15.
With the title not in the picture anymore, the Tribe played for the best finish possible and would take on Miller County on Tuesday. The Indians would come out fast and seemed to be on the verge of blowing out the Pirates as they led 50-29 at the half. But Miller chipped away in the second half and cut the lead to 15 after three quarters and the Tribe had to hold on at the end to claim an 80-73 win. Curtis Burroughs scored a game high 26 points, while Elyiss Williams chipped in 22 of his own. Also in double figures were Wright and Hamilton with 11 points each.
On Wednesday, the Tribe would play Worth County in the fifth place game. Charlton led by ten at the half and blew the game open in the second half and cruised to a 62-35 win. Wright led the way with 25 points, while Williams added 16 points to help the cause.
Williams was selected to the All Tournament Team with double digit averages in scoring and rebounding.
Both teams return to the court on Thursday when they travel to Ocilla to face Irwin County.