The Philadelphia Tornado basketball teams split a pair of games with Kemper County last Friday at the PHS gym.

The Lady Tornadoes took a 47-27 win over the rebuilding Kemper County girls while the Philadelphia boys lost a 60-56 decision to the Wildcats.

Both teams now stand at 6-2.

Philadelphia has two games lined up for this week. They were to visit Newton County on Tuesday and visit the Clinton Arrows on Friday. The following Friday, December 29, the Tornadoes will be at home against Newton County.


Lady Tornadoes 47

Kemper County 27

Philadelphia settled the matter with Kemper County early in the first half and played its reserves for most of the second half.

The Lady Tornadoes led 28-7 at the half. Nia Luckett and Andrika Carter both scored 12 points to lead the Lady Tornadoes.

Coach Jason Broom said he is looking forward to the challenge of this week so his team can be tested against stiffer competition.

“”The way our schedule has worked out, we haven’t seen tough competition, night after night, which will make us better,” Coach Broom said. “We need that to get ready for the region competition. Hopefully, we’ll get that this week and next.”


Kemper County 60

Tornadoes 56

Kemper County pulled away in the fourth quarter to claim its first win of the season with a victory over the Tornadoes.

Philadelphia led 18-12 after the first quarter. But the Wildcats would limit the Tornadoes to six points in the second quarter while scoring 12 and the score was tied at 24-24 at the half.

Both teams scored 14 points in the third quarter. Then the Wildcats outpointed Philadelphia 22-18 in the final stanza to take the win.

Jarron Boler led the Tornadoes with 26 points while Stetson Moore added 14.

“They have a lot of talent and we were ready for them in the fourth quarter,” Coach Michael Tardy said. “This is December and we are still working things out.”