The Purvis Lady Tornadoes and Oak Grove Warriors concluded play in the Lamar County Basketball Tournament on Tuesday night with wins over host Sumrall in their respective title games.
Purvis Lady Tornadoes 39, Sumrall 36
A day after edging Oak Grove, 45-42, in the opening round, Purvis held on for another close victory against Sumrall.
“These wins in this tournament did not come easy, but we found a way to win,” Purvis coach Michael Thornton said. “It was two intense games.”
Thornton’s Lady Tornadoes improved to 13-3 with the win, surpassing their win total from last season in the process.
“My first couple of years, we lost almost every close game,” Thornton said. “I think you have to learn how to win. The good thing about these kids is that we’re very young, and they’re winning some tough games.”
Purvis jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the opening minutes of the contest, but Sumrall battled back and answered with a 7-0 scoring run. Three lead changes ensued between the end of the first quarter and the beginning of the second.
Down 13-10 early in the second quarter, Purvis got back-to-back baskets from Stephanie Ryals and Karson Suire to pull ahead, 15-13, and the Lady Tornadoes never trailed again. Sumrall kept it close the rest of the way, but a made free throw from Suire and a steal from Bree Lowe in the final seconds sealed the Lady Bobcats’ fate.
Elise Jackson led Purvis with 15 points, and Suire added 11.
“I thought Sumrall played with a lot of intensity,” Thornton said. “They shoot the ball really well. It was just a hard-fought victory.”
Tiriana Greenwood scored a game-high 16 points in the loss for the Lady Bobcats.
Oak Grove Warriors 79, Sumrall 33
Blake Roberts’ back-to-back three pointers at the beginning of Tuesday’s game were a sign of things to come for Oak Grove. By night’s end, the Warriors had connected on 14 shots from behind the arc in their dominant win.
“I just told them if they went out and played hard on defense, I didn’t care what they did on offense. Their eyes lit up, and we really shot the ball well,” Oak Grove coach LaRon Brumfield said. “We’ve been working on that, so it’s good to see the fruits of our labor come to fruition in the game.”
All told, seven different Warriors made at least one three-pointer.
“We got in a good rhythm, and everybody was making them.”
Roberts led the way with four of them and a game-high 12 points.
“We’ve been talking about shot selection and the people in your personal space,” Brumfield said. “They were letting him [Roberts] shoot. When you let a shooter have wide-open shots, it’s easy for them.”
Brandon Tilley added 10 points for the Warriors, who improved to 12-1 with the win.
“We like where we are, but we gotta keep grinding,” Brumfield added. “We go to the North Forrest Christmas Tournament next week, and that’ll be our last game until district. We got a lot to work on.”
Sumrall fell to 5-6 with the loss. The Bobcats were led Tuesday by Tylus Moore’s nine points.