Philadelphia’s Stetson Moore is surrounded by a trio of Newton County defenders on Friday night.
Philadelphia’s Stetson Moore is surrounded by a trio of Newton County defenders on Friday night.
The Philadelphia High School basketball teams split a pair of games with Newton County last Friday night.

The Lady Tornadoes defeated the Newton County girls 76-48 while the Tornadoes lost an intense overtime battle with the Cougars, 51-46.

The Lady Tornadoes improved to 7-4 while the Philadelphia boys fell to 7-5. They will visit Kemper County Friday night.


Lady Tornadoes 76

Newton County 48

The Lady Tornadoes took control of the game in the first quarter behind the shooting of Andrika Carter, Tyesha Cole and point guard Nia Luckett.

Leading 15-8 after the first quarter, Carter sank two free throws early in the second quarter to put her team 17-8. Luckett scored a free throw and a field goal with 4:17 remaining in the second quarter to put her team up 24-15 with 4:17 remaining. From that point, the Lady Tornadoes outscored Newton County 15-13 to post a 39-28 halftime lead.

The Lady Tornadoes had an 20-11 point scoring edge in the third quarter as they carried a 59-39 lead into the final quarter. Philadelphia maintained that edge in the final; quarter to take the victory.

Luckett led with 24 points and Carter scored 22 points.

Coach Jason Broom was proud of his team’s victory as they ended a two-game win streak. The Lady Tornadoes’ press and fast

“It was a good win,” Broom said. “We maintained our high tempo style throughout the game. We knew they would try to slow us down but I thought we moved the ball around well and took the good shots.

“We are developing a routine now and playing good competition. That should get us ready for our upcoming region schedule.”

The Tornadoes visit St. Andrews on Thursday and Kemper County on Friday night.


Newton County 51

Tornadoes 46

The two teams battled with intensity of a district tournament elimination game.

Newton County led 14-12 after the first quarter. Stetson Moore scored with 5:15 to put the Tornadoes in front 17-16. Then Jarron Boler sank a three-point shot and Moore scored again to give the Tornadoes a 21-16 lead with three minutes remaining. Newton County came back to tie the game at 21-21 with 2:08 left in the half. Then Boler hit a three-pointer to put his team up 24-21. Newton County scored late in the quarter and the Tornadoes led by one at the break.]

The teams stayed close throughout the third quarter with the Cougars carrying a 38-35 lead into the fourth quarter.

Coach Michael Tardy had his team slowing the ball down through the fourth quarter as he stressed patience and taking good shots.

John Scott Carter sank a three-point shot with 10 seconds left to tie the game at 44-44 and that’s how it stood at the buzzer. The teams were headed to overtime.

Perhaps the turning point of the game came when a Philadelphia layup under the basket was nullified when offensive charging was called. The Cougars took the lead and held on for the victory.

Boler led with 18 points and Moore scored 11.